The Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA) is working to grow talent in The Magic City, and they need your help. Keep reading to find out how you can help students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) find internship opportunities at the BBA’s breakfast on Thursday, October 27.
BBA is helping bring and keep talent in Birmingham
Have you ever wondered how Birmingham has so many all-star employees? The BBA is playing a role in that by helping businesses:
- Create new talent pipelines by connecting businesses with training resources
- Recruit talent
- Retain talent by working with universities to keep graduates in Birmingham
Forming strong connections between Alabama HBCUs and businesses
Did you know Alabama has the most HBCUs in the country? The BBA wants businesses to join their HBCU recruitment challenge that aims to give internship and job opportunities to HBCU students at:
- Alabama A&M University
- Alabama State University
- Lawson State
- Miles College
- Stillman College
- Talladega College
The BBA doesn’t want to stop at just internships and full-time employment. They want to help businesses connect with students through:
- Shadowing opportunities
By increasing the number of diverse and minority candidates for hire, the BBA hopes to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in the workforce.
“Research has shown that if a business provides a quality internship program the intern is more likely to continue with that company for full time employment. The impact does not stop here. In fact, the ripple effect shows that interns will return to their campuses and continue promoting the company as a good place to work to their classmates.”Trevor Sutton, Talent Solutions Partner, Birmingham Business Alliance
How can you join this program?
If you’re interested in building strong relationships with HBCUs in the Greater Birmingham Area, now’s the time to join BBA’s recruitment challenge. Here’s what the BBA is asking businesses to commit to:
- One meeting with HBCU career center staff to learn more about student programs and to share about internship and career opportunities
- One on-campus career fair at least one of the participating HBCUs
- Four HBCU seminars that will share information and resources on how to recruit and retain HBCU students
The BBA will also be committing to supporting businesses through this process. The BBA is helping your business help HBCU students by:
- Being a resource and connector to help you build relationships with Alabama HBCUs
- Highlight your business’ commitment at The Magic City HBCU Breakfast
- Hosting a seminar each quarter to expand your knowledge of HBCUs
“Interns provide a fresh perspective to an organization, which is why having a diverse recruiting strategy is especially important. Your next intern could inform a new strategy for your business or grow into your team’s next great executive leader.”Trevor Sutton, Talent Solutions Partner, Birmingham Business Alliance
Register today for The Magic City HBCU Breakfast
Grab a cup of coffee and celebrate the companies who have accepted the challenge to create an HBCU recruitment strategy at BBA’s October event, The Magic City HBCU Breakfast.
- Location: The Harbert Center, 2019 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
- When: Thursday, October 27 | 7:30-10AM
- Tickets: BBA investor $55 | General admission $75
Are you a business owner and want to be part of this event? Well, the BBA has five sponsorship opportunities—all include a table of eight at the event, different displays of your company logo and the opportunity to build an internship pipeline with HBCUs.
Birmingham, no matter if you’re munching on a pancake or waffle, you won’t want to miss this breakfast. This event is a perfect time to get plugged into the incredible work the BBA does to support Birmingham businesses.
Are you excited to help HBCU students find internships? Register today for The Magic City HBCU Breakfast on October 27.