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Bachelor's of Arts in Strategic, Legal, and Management Communications

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BCU IMPACT is a summer internship program that allows students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to get connected with companies in Utah. This allows companies to have access to a more diverse talent with the hopes of them having full-time employment at your company. The companies pay for the student's flights, housing, and salary over the summer. In return, the U will provide access to HBCU students, housing on campus, community connections, and weekend activities such as professional development and community service. IMPACT is an acronym for Internship, Mentorship, Professional Development, Academic Achievement, Community Service, Talent Enrichment.

Howard University

Simone Lawrence is the HBCU IMPACT program manager at the University of Utah. Originally from Charlotte, NC, she attended college in DC at Howard University where she received her Bachelor's of Arts in Strategic, Legal, and Management Communications, a concentration in public relations, and a minor in graphic design. She has always had a passion for creating content and acting as a liaison between people and information; therefore, she wanted to choose a career path that catered to both. During her last two years in college, Lawrence participated in HBCU IMPACT twice and at the end of her 2nd cycle was offered a full-time position at the U to manage the program. She has been living in Salt Lake City, Utah for almost two years now and loves it. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, dancing, and attending Jazz games.

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