George Floyd Foundation, Texas A&M University announce internship program for Black male students

Muri Assunção, New York Daily News

The George Floyd Memorial Foundation is joining forces with Texas A&M University-Commerce to launch an internship program for Black male students.

Set to launch in January 2021, the Be His Legacy Internship Program is designed to promote social justice, combat police brutality and protect the civil rights of people of color.

The program will be available to members of the African American Male Mentorship Program at the university, which “encourages Black male students to actively engage in the university experience, develop leadership skills, and successfully graduate and become future industry leaders,” according to a statement posted on the school’s website.

“We’re exceedingly happy to launch our first internship program in partnership with Texas A&M University-Commerce,” Carry Wright, the executive director of the George Floyd Memorial Foundation," said in a statement. “We will build upon the legacy of George Floyd and provide professional growth from a remote capacity.”

The George Floyd Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting against systemic racism and police brutality. It was launched in September by the family of the late George Floyd, the Black man whose death in the hands of Minneapolis police earlier this year sparked massive protests against racial injustices around the world.

For two semesters, participants of the program will engage in community outreach, educational programs and reform initiatives.

Bridget Floyd, the foundation’s president and George Floyd’s sister, explained that participants will “work on cutting-edge projects with real-world relevance while receiving mentorship from some of the brightest minds in the fields of education, government, law and the non-profit sector.”

The program is designed to provide “a one-of-a-kind experience for Black men who are interested in all aspects of civic engagement, education and justice–from voter engagement and education to PR, marketing, lobbying and fundraising,” according to the school’s associate director of the Office of Intercultural Engagement and Leadership, Jayson Douglas.


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