Next-Gen Business Partnership

A nationwide initiative to develop the next generation of diverse business leaders


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is partnering with historically black colleges and universities and minority serving institutions to promote diversity at all levels of business. The Next-Gen Business Partnership exposes minority students to new career opportunities; promotes entrepreneurship; and encourages knowledge sharing among academics, business leaders, and trade associations.

The partnership includes four core programs:


Student Internships: U.S. Chamber provides competitive internship opportunities for university students to serve in departments across the organization based on their interests and academic majors.

Executive Speaker Series: U.S. Chamber executives address university students and faculty on important issues ranging from public policy and government to management and leadership.

Faculty and Administration Research: U.S. Chamber provides executive level education opportunities to university faculty based on their area of academic focus.

Entrepreneurship Development: U.S. Chamber convenes entrepreneurial leaders to develop a national strategy that will support entrepreneurship in diverse communities.



NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for the 2019 Next-Gen Scholars Program. To apply, you must:
  • Complete the application and note your top three internship preferences.
  • E-mail your resume and application to with subject line “Next-Gen Scholar” and your preferred internships separated by semicolons. (Example: Next-Gen Scholar: Asia; Corporate Research; Social Media)





What Participants Are Saying

“My internship at the Chamber taught me that business and politics must work together, and I need to be well versed in both.”

– Kerimal Guerrero, Howard Student & Chamber Scholar

“Diversity is bringing everyone in so that when we can share ideas and become the best and brightest version of yourself.”

– Christian Hemans, Howard Student & Chamber Scholar

“Howard’s partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce creates a uniquely tailored opportunity for our scholars to interact with the world’s largest business organization and gain real-world experience working with professionals in the areas of public policy, entrepreneurship, and advocacy.”

– Wayne A. I. Frederick, President, Howard University


“AGA represents a thriving entertainment, hospitality, and technology industry which relies on a strong pipeline of talent to grow. Giving students a peek behind the curtain of the U.S. casino industry and all its sophistication really opened up a lot of minds about who we are and what we do. We are excited to be part of this tremendous program.”

– Sara Slane, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, American Gaming Association

Recent Activity

Press ReleaseMar 05, 2019 - 3:00pm

U.S. Chamber, MBDA Collaborate to Strengthen Minority Businesses

Sign Memorandum of Understanding at U.S. Department of Commerce to foster the growth and global competitiveness of minority business enterprises

Press ReleaseDec 06, 2018 - 9:00am

RSM Survey Highlights Social Responsibility and Diversity & Inclusion in the Middle Market

Support is high, yet middle market can benefit from more formalization of programs

Above the FoldAug 21, 2018 - 12:00pm
Next-Gen Business Partnership

Next-Gen Business Partnership Kicks off with Successful Summer Internships

The Next-Gen Business Partnership is a partnership between two Washington institutions committed to developing the workforce of tomorrow.

Press ReleaseJul 30, 2018 - 12:30pm

U.S. Chamber, Howard University Launch “Next-Gen” Business Partnership

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Howard University today launched a new business partnership to help develop the next generation of diverse business leaders. At an event announcing the “Next Gen Business Partnership,” leaders from the U.S.

EventJul 30, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Next-Gen Business Leaders Launch Event

The Next-Gen Business Leaders Launch Event features speakers from Howard University and the U.S. Chamber, as well as interns participating in the inaugural internship program. Discussions focus on the importance of diversity in the workplace, how to create a diverse talent pipeline, and promoting entrepreneurship as a pathway to business success.