What is UNCF SPDP?

Committed to eliminating barriers to college access and completion for minority students, UNCF offers a host of programs and initiatives that aim to increase the number and success of minority college graduates.

The goals of these programs include:

  • Preparing students to navigate from college to early-stage careers
  • Exposing students to industry-sector career opportunities through summer and semester training opportunities at selected organizations
  • Reducing financial barriers to undergraduate degrees and early career advancement
  • Helping industry sectors build a diverse workforce by helping to identify and prepare high-achieving, well-qualified diverse college student candidates

Coaching For Success

UNCF offers career readiness and coaching to more than 100 minority students who participate in UNCF-sponsored student professional development programs. These programs are structured to provide paid summer and semester internships in order to expose students attending UNCF-member institutions and other colleges and universities to career paths and opportunities.

Students receive one-on-one career coaching and access to relevant career-readiness and leadership development resources and curriculum that help them:

  • Enhance critical thinking skills
  • Develop stronger project management abilities
  • Improve verbal and written communication
  • Sharpen workplace productivity
  • Hone quality workplace readiness and etiquette
  • Gain a greater understanding of their leadership style
  • Improve networking skills and interviewing techniques