Career Resources for Black/African American/African Diaspora Students

Career exploration and advancement are closely tied to one’s intersections of identity. The best Northeastern resource for career-related topics will be the Office of Employer Engagement and Career Design. Reach out to them for support in coaching groups and the Career Studio, which can provide one-on-one support to questions and tailored resources. They also offer many different coaching labs, which you can RSVP for here or on NUworks.
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Northeastern Resources

Many offices at Northeastern will help you with identity related resources. NU PLACE has partnered with the following offices to provide support for students and alumni with underrepresented racial, cultural, and/or ethnic identities to develop and achieve your career goals:

  • John D. O’Bryant African American Institute, “The Institute”, as a part of student affairs, has positioned itself within Northeastern to play a significant role in supporting African-American students and providing services and programs to increase opportunities for academic success, civic engagement, and social inspiration.
  • The Africa Global Initiative (AGI) seeks to strengthen Northeastern’s ties with Africa, and increase African student enrollment and exchanges.  Its goal is to enhance existing connections and foster new partnerships in order to fund scholarships, grow co-op and internship programs, and develop joint research opportunities with the most prestigious African higher education institutions.

Check out the main Career Resources page for more resources.

Professional Associations

Professional associations are a great way to make connections, look for jobs, and further your own professional development. These groups unite and inform people who work in the same industry or profession. There are many advantages to joining associations such as networking opportunities, conferences, forums, and job fairs.

If you cannot find a professional association that fits with your industry/profession below, conduct a web search to look up “Professional Association” along with your industry/profession title. You can also network with professionals to learn about opportunities within your specific industry/profession.

  • Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association – Providing a valuable network and visible presence for attorneys of color within the Massachusetts legal community.
  • Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys (MBWA) – The MBWA offers its members a forum to share knowledge and experiences as well as focus on issues of importance to the membership and the community. The MBWA promotes pro bono activities, community activism, and the successful balance of family and career obligations. (Law Students Membership: Free)
  • National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) – A nationwide organization formed to articulate and promote the needs and goals of Black law students and effect change in the legal community.
  • Blacks in Government (BIG) – BIG promotes equality, excellence, and opportunity at all levels. BIG provides advocacy, training, networking, scholarships, mentor programs, STEM & Oratorical competitions, as well as leadership development.
  • National Forum for Black Public Administration – Committed to strengthening the position of Blacks within the field of public administration by increasing the number of Blacks appointed to executive positions in public service organizations, and to groom and prepare younger aspiring administrators for senior public management posts in the years ahead.
  • Black Career Women’s Network BCWN – A national career development organization dedicated to fostering the professional growth and success of black women.
  • #HIREBLACK – A community that has been built to be a safe & brave space intersecting social justice & professional development. Their mission is to provide Black womxn with resources to connect and develop professionally.
  • Boston Branch NAACP, Young Adult Committee – Ensuring the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and striving to eliminate race-based discrimination.
  • Center for Black Equity – Organization dedicated to achieving equality and social justice for Black LGBTQ+ communities through economic, health, and social equity.
  • National Black Justice Coalition – Leading civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black LGBTQ+ people and those living with HIV/AIDS.

Northeastern Student Organizations

One of the best ways to network and to find students who share your career goals is to become involved in a student organization! Listed below are a number of student-run professional groups that have a specific interest in the diverse Black, African American, and African Diaspora student populations.

A full listing of NU student organizations can be found online here.

Career Resources

Career Resources and support for students among Black/African American/African Diaspora identities:

  • African American Careers – Includes a search index to locate job opportunities across the country in any job sector.
  • Black Career Women’s Network – Provides a great tool in your search for employment opportunities. Search by keyword, location, and/or category.
  • Black Enterprise – Job search engine.
  • Black Equal Opportunity Employment Journal – Includes job postings, virtual events, and webinars.
  • Black Jobs – Created to promote well-paying job opportunities for African American job seekers and help to reduce the high rate of unemployment in Black communities.
  • Elivade – Elivade is a career community for people of color. Join thousands of diverse professionals and peers to gain resources, career opportunities, cultivate peer-to-peer mentorship and grow careers together.
  • #HIREBLACK – Offers exclusive events, resources, and an invite-only member portal designed for the career advancement of Black womxn and their supporters.
  • Jopwell – Career advancement platform for Black, Latinx, and Native American students & professionals. Includes jobs & internships search feature with their partner companies.
  • Shtudy – Study screens and trains qualified Black, Latinx, and Native American software engineering job seekers and then match them with tech recruiters at Fortune 500 companies and high growth startups who support diverse and inclusive work cultures.
  • The Black Collegian – A career and self-development magazine targeted to African-American students and other students of color seeking information on careers, job opportunities, graduate/professional school, internships/co-ops, study abroad programs, etc.
  • The Black Perspective – Includes a career search engine, resource links to organizations dedicated to helping African-Americans in the community.
  • Top 21 African American Professional Groups

Additional career resources can be found on the main Career Resources page.

Opportunities for Professional Development

Because we learn from experience, you can’t just think your way to a fulfilling career: you need to test things out!

If you cannot find a professional development opportunity that fits with your industry/profession below, conduct a web search to look up “professional development” along with your industry/profession title. You can also network with professionals to learn about opportunities within your specific industry/profession.

  • Watch NUworks for co-ops, internships, and job listings.
  • Choose a professional association and sign up to attend their upcoming events.
  • Attend B.L.A.C.K and L.A.T.I.N.X – (Black Leaders Accessing Consciousness through Knowledge) and (Latinx Accessing Their Intellect through Networking and Exchange) provide students of the African Diaspora and Latin students the opportunity to interact with prominent Black and Latinx professionals. This program includes off-campus site visits, professional development workshops and career planning tailored to emerging Black and Latinx professionals interested in acquiring skills to navigate and move up in the workplace. Opportunities include:
    • B.L.A.C.K. and L.A.T.I.N.X. Professional Immersion Experience during spring break
    • B.L.A.C.K. and L.A.T.I.N.X. Treks (site visits to individual employers)

The program is a collaboration between the Office of Institution Diversity and Inclusion, John D. O’Bryant African American Institute, Latinx Student Cultural Center, and Employer Engagement and Career Design. For more information and upcoming events, please visit the B.L.A.C.K. and L.A.T.I.N.X. webpage.

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