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March 9, 2021Press Release

Michael Best Strategies Partners with Historically Black Colleges and Universities to Launch Inaugural Public Policy Intern Program

Michael Best Strategies (Strategies) is partnering with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to recruit for its first Public Policy Internship. The program will offer an educational and supportive experience for students to gain exposure to public policy and government affairs. “Michael Best is committed to the development of leaders of color and leading more students to starting new careers in this sector in need of more diversity,” stated Rob Marchant, Michael Best Strategies President and Partner.

Starting in late May, the chosen interns will work directly with Michael Best Strategies leadership, being assigned a mentor and a sponsor for the duration of the ten-week program. Interns will also collaborate with clients to achieve common goals between companies and the state or federal government, which will expose them to the full public policy process, as well as issues related to the law. The program is open to 2022 and 2023 graduates.

“As a proud HBCU graduate, it’s a genuine honor to help create impactful opportunities for other HBCU students,” stated Tami Jackson Buckner, Michael Best Strategies Partner and graduate of Hampton University (Class of 1993, BS) and Clark Atlanta University (Class of 1996, MPA). “I can confidently say that Michael Best Strategies is a place that will fuel these individuals’ passion for politics and public policy. It’s a place that believes in the intellectual horsepower and drive of the HBCU network.”

“The Michael Best Strategies public policy intern program provides a tremendous opportunity to gain valuable experience and insight into high level politics and government for those with an interest in public policy,” stated Aaron D. Harris, Strategies Principal and graduate of Morehouse College (Class of 2008, BA).“As a fellow HBCU Alum, I am honored to be a part of a program that will be transformative for years to come.”

The internship program will start in May and run into July; interns will be located in either the Washington D.C. or Chicago offices, with the opportunity to travel to Springfield, IL as well. The main goal of the program is for interns to pursue a career in the field, whether it be with Michael Best Strategies or in government.

To apply, students can reach out to Alexandra Tillman, Senior Recruiter at actillmann@michaelbest.com. Requirements and further program details can be found at link.

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