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Next-Gen Business Partnership

The Next-Gen Business Partnership is a nationwide initiative to develop the next generation of diverse business leaders.

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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.

Companies with greater diversity outperform their peers

Women and minorities have been underrepresented across many industries and in positions of leadership. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is stepping up to address these challenges and to help develop the next generation of diverse business leaders, we've launched the Next-Gen Business Partnership.

The four core programs

Next-Gen ScholarsU.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.

Program Status

Applications are now closed for Next-Gen Summer 2022 Internship Program

Please check back in February 2023 for information about our 2023 Summer internship.

Program Overview

To be eligible for an internship, the U.S. Chamber requires that you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or law program.


The Next-Gen internship program allows students to intern in various U.S. Chamber departments while offering events and collaborations that contribute to developing the next generation of diverse business leaders. Next-Gen focuses on exposing students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) to the world of business, public policy, government affairs, and advocacy.


A nine-week tailored internship within various U.S. Chamber departments designed to enhance students’ leadership development, provide career opportunities and spark innovation.

  • Programmatic Events
  • Individual Development Plans
  • Educational Travel and Conferences
  • Panels and Networking with Industry Leaders
  • Monetary Compensation or Academic Credit


The U.S. Chamber has 45 different departments that cover multiple career fields. Interns are matched with departments based on work history and field of study. If you have a preference for a department, please indicate it in the notes section of the application.


  • Daily responsibilities for interns typically include research, drafting memos or content, and event planning and support. Specific responsibilities vary by department and semester.
  • The U.S. Chamber also offers programming each semester to provide interns with professional development and networking opportunities. In previous semesters, this has included a resume workshop, professional panels with U.S. Chamber experts, leadership luncheons, and more.


  • Yes. You must be enrolled in a college or university and be eligible for academic credit from the school to go this route.
  • The U.S. Chamber requires proof of academic credit either through a screenshot of your registration or via a signed letter from your university stating they will receive credit. Human Resources must receive proof of academic credit before we can confirm your internship.


  • Interns not receiving academic credit for their internship will be paid.
  • The pay rate varies based on the current graduate level.

We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Our recruitment and employment policies are inclusive. We respect both the spirit and letter of the laws of equal employment opportunity.

What Next-Gen Scholars are saying

Sara Slane, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, American Gaming Association
Kerimal Guerrero, Howard Student & Chamber Scholar
Christian Hemans, Howard Student & Chamber Scholar

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