jcpenney announced that it is joining forces with INROADS, the nation's largest non-profit source of undergraduate internships for diverse youth, to bolster its emerging talent leadership program. Through the partnership, INROADS interns will be immersed over two 10-week phases in all aspects of leading a jcpenney store, with the potential of being hired after graduation.
"This is the first year jcpenney is partnering with INROADS to promote leadership diversity and we couldn't be more thrilled," said Kelley Johnson, jcpenney DVP of Diversity and Emerging Talent. "Our emerging talent program offers students personal and professional development opportunities while providing meaningful real-world experience to help shape future leaders at jcpenney and across the country."
The leadership intern program at jcpenney employs nearly 200 college students nationwide each summer, blending online instruction with hands-on experience. This year, more than 50 INROADS interns will bring their talent to the program, receiving on-going coaching, support and a unique skills development plan.
"Working with a major retailer like jcpenney provides INROADS interns with valuable career experience and opportunities to help prepare them for corporate and community leadership," said Valeria Wells, INROADS Chief Development Officer. "We look forward to working with jcpenney as we continue our mission to develop and place talented underserved youth in business and industry."
Founded in 1970, INROADS, Inc. is the nation's largest non-profit source of paid internships for talented, diverse students of all backgrounds. INROADS has placed over 125,000 paid internships throughout its history, providing students with the skills and competencies necessary to be successful in advanced careers. With over 35 offices throughout the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, INROADS has consistently been named one of "America's Top 10 Internships" for over 15 years.