Citi has added Howard University to its programme embedding students from leading schools into its innovation efforts, enabling participants to earn course credit for work with the bank on emerging technologies such as machine learning and big data analytics.
Run through Citi Ventures, the Citi University Partnerships in Innovation & Discovery (Cupid), programme is already up and running, with dozens of students studying business, design, engineering and public policy at 17 universities working with the bank on projects.
Now, students at Howard's 21st Century Advantage Program and the School of Business Executive Leadership Honors Program will also be paired with Citi teams to work on multi-year projects for course credit with access to entrepreneurs-in-residence and business leaders, as well as engage in a series of career development events and seminars hosted by Citi.
In a nod to Howard's status as a historically black university, Citi's Sara Wechter says: "We know that to be a healthy, high-performing organization, we need diversity of experience and ideas on our teams."
Barron Harvey, Dean of the School of Business at Howard University adds: "We are proud to partner with Citi in this way to provide an environment where students can test new ideas and get a real sense of the opportunities that exist at a global bank."