Chevy handed out $165,000 worth of scholarships to 11 HBCU students following its ‘Discover the Unexpected’ internship program.
Now in its sixth year, Chevy’s Discover the Unexpected program is a 10-week internship course for HBCU students that allows them to enter junior roles related to automotive media and journalism, providing them with real-world experience as they begin their careers. This year’s group included five students working within GM’s media department, as well as six students that were placed in journalism roles at National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) publications.
“Chevrolet is honored to continue our partnership with the NNPA for DTU, providing HBCU students professional and personal growth opportunities,” Steve Majoros, vice president of Chevrolet Marketing, said in a statement. “The fellows made an impact on our Chevy Marketing team as they navigated new experiences – including working with large corporations, virtual work environments and time management skills – and learned how to effectively convey the benefits of EVs to their local communities, all while exemplifying professionalism and passion.”
Students that interned for GM had the opportunity to create content and engaging stories regarding the Chevy Bolt EUV, as well as electrification and EV adoption in the auto industry. Those who were placed within NNPA publications worked to understand “how to bridge the gap between traditional and new-age journalism,” said NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., and crafted stories that will help to dispel and “change EV myths within their communities.”
“The NNPA and Chevrolet partnership has been and continues to be extremely productive supporting aspiring journalists and amplifying their voices,” Chavis Jr. added.
Each of the 11 students received a $10,000 scholarship grant, as well as a $5,000 stipend for their work. GM has provided roughly $600,000 in grants and scholarships to HBCU students since the Discover the Unexpected internship program launched in 2016.