Claflin University, a historically Black educational institution in Orangeburg, South Carolina, has announced it has entered into a partnership with Zoom Video that encompasses internships, scholarships and curricula development.
The partnership will include
* Paid internships for students during the school year.
* A summer internship program.
* Scholarships for selected students, based on merit and/or need.
* Zoom-led virtual meetings for students on technical skill, career paths, and interview skills.
* Aparna Bawa, Zoom’s chief operating officer, will join the university’s board of trustees, and a member of Zoom’s leadership team will join the university’s computer science and mathematics professional advisory board.
* Zoom will support the university’s general operating plans, both financially and by working with its alumni community in career development.
“Zoom understands the historical, present and future importance of historically Black colleges and universities and other minority-serving institutions across the [United States],” said Bawa, Zoom’s COO. “We are committed to supporting these institutions via innovative partnerships that are relevant, holistic and sustainable. Claflin University is the perfect place to begin. The university’s leadership has a broad and inspiring vision for how it should educate the leaders of tomorrow, is committed to embracing technology as a means to deliver and enhance education, and is dedicated to working with Zoom to help us build a service that addresses the needs of our diverse customer base.”