Black Philanthropist Robert F. Smith Expands Student Internship Program in STEM

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Robert F. Smith (courtesy of Morehouse College, Twitter).

Robert F. Smith is making headlines again for his philanthropic generosity. Less than two weeks ago, the billionaire investor and philanthropist, as an invited commencement speaker at Morehouse College, promised to pay the student loans for the entire graduating class. His announcement came at a moment when there is growing concern about the debt facing American students who pursue higher education.

Issues of debt are closely linked to employment, and this is where Smith is making his latest inroads. Now, he is expanding a preexisting student internship program called InternX. The program will assist more students with an emphasis in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, as well as those interested in the financial, marketing, software, non-profits, and real estate sectors.

InternX internships are available to students of color with an average 2.8 GPA. These paid internships provide eight weeks…

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