Internship Programming for College Students of Color

The Facts

Students of color were found twice as likely

to be unemployed upon graduating for over

50 years

 College students in poverty stricken families that

obtain a bachelor’s degree by age 24


In Mecklenburg County,

1 in 5 kids live under the poverty level:

35.7% Hispanic
30.7% African-American

Our Why:

We believe that each student’s dream has the ability to come to fruition with professional and personal development. With various diversity programs throughout the city, there are only six programs in Charlotte that primarily focus on work-based learning. None of the six programs target college students of color. The first of its kind, GardHouse bridges the gap between minority-owned businesses and students of color that will be seeking employment upon graduation to increase post-graduation employment opportunities for college students of color .

Our How:

With over 400 identified Charlotte MBE businesses, there are various indsutries and positions available for students to gain work-based experience. In addition, GardHouse students attend 3 required skills workshops that focus on identifying their strengths and levering them to increase professional success. To ensure that students are gaining valuable resources, we pair them with professionals of color.


Interested in joining our 2021 cohort?