Next-Gen Business Partnership

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

U.S. Chamber NextGen Business Partnership


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:


Next-Gen Scholars: 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 has partnered with Sky’s The Limit as they aim to become the world's leading digital accelerator for underrepresented young adult entrepreneurs, providing one-on-one support from their peers & volunteer professionals, as well as training & funding.

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for the 2021 Next-Gen Scholars Program

To apply:
  1. Visit our internships page
  2. View our current openings and select up to two department preferences
  3. Complete the application and check the “Next-Gen Scholars program” box under Section II, Program
  4. E-mail your resume and completed application to indicating your preferred internships in the subject line (Example: International Affairs intern and Policy Intern)

Note: this internship will be conducted 100% virtually and offered for academic credit only. Applicants must be currently enrolled at a historically black college or university or other minority serving institution and must be eligible to receive academic credit from their institution.



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.