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About the Tjuana Byrd Summer Internship Program

The Women’s Foundation of Arkansas is proud to launch the second annual 2022 Tjuana Byrd Summer Internship Program, named after the Foundation’s first Black president. In partnership with several companies located in Arkansas, we will be offering a 10-week summer internship program for women of color attending college in Arkansas and pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (finance & related majors included). Thanks to the companies’ commitment to equity and generosity, the internship will pay $15-20 an hour*, provide free housing for the duration of the program, access to mentorship and networking events, and professional development workshops. Company executives have also agreed to participate in diversity, equity and inclusion training provided by the WFA prior to the program. Our internship program is intentionally designed to increase access to and representation in these fields for women of color in our state by eliminating barriers of cost, social capital, and location. 

*dependent on company placement

Applications for our 2022 Tjuana Byrd Summer Internship closed on January 21, 2022.

General Internship Details

  • Each company will host interns and pay $15-20 an hour, depending on company
  • 4 bedroom apartments will be provided by WFA for each company’s intern cohort for the duration of the program
  • Weekly networking events will be hosted by partner companies & other community sponsors
  • WFA will provide professional development workshops prior to and during the internship program
  • Interns will receive the opportunity to present to each company at the end of the program
  • The 10-week program will run from approximately May 23, 2022- July 29, 2022

Internship Eligibility

Students eligible to apply will:

  • Identify as a woman
  • Be a person of color and/or of a minority race or ethnicity
  • Pursuing a 2-year or 4-year degree in the fields of science, technology, engineering, & math (finance & related majors included)
    • Information on relevant majors per company & department is below
  • Attending university in the state of Arkansas
  • A rising junior, senior, or recent graduate (no sooner than May 2022)

Internship Application

Before applying, please read the company information to learn more about which companies would be the best fit for your skills, education, and career goals. 

For the application you will need:

  • A copy of your resume
  • Unofficial transcripts from all universities where you have completed coursework
  • Two recommendations (preferably from someone familiar with you in an academic setting & another from someone familiar with you in a professional setting)

Specific Company Information

Find more information about each specific company and internship below. The available internship positions are highlighted in yellow.

Acxiom is a Conway, Arkansas-based database marketing company. The company collects, analyzes and sells customer and business information used for targeted advertising campaigns. Their job opportunities will give you the opportunity to showcase your talents, grow your skills, and expose you to cutting-edge technologies, whether you’re an engineer, developer, products guru, systems and security expert or an intern looking to gain real experience with a company that will make you stand out. 

** Acxiom is only hosting rising juniors and seniors in college, not recent graduates**

Available Internship Positions at Acxiom

IT and Operations Intern – these teams architect, engineer and operate our internal and client infrastructure, including cloud platform, and cybersecurity.

Product/Engineering Intern – these teams design, code, and test enterprise-scale data management products that solve marketing problems for our clients, which include nearly half of the Fortune 100.

Delivery Intern – these teams work closely with our clients through implementing new services and products, maintaining core offerings, and delivering world-class customer service by adhering to the best-in-class data privacy guidelines

Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation, created in 1949 to provide Arkansas’ electric cooperatives with a reliable and affordable power supply,  generates and transmits electricity to our 17 electric distribution cooperatives that provide reliable, affordable power to the state we call home. Based in Little Rock, AR, AECC is owned by these 17 electric distribution cooperatives and is one of the top generation and transmission cooperatives in the nation with transmission cooperative assets of about $1.8 billion and annual energy sales of about $727 million. 

Available Internship Positions at AECC

Cyber SecurityA Cyber Security Intern assists in various areas related to cyber security and compliance. We’re looking for a charismatic and outgoing personality who can maintain a high degree of situational awareness to meet continually changing conditions with a fresh and adaptable approach. In this position, you will be given the opportunity to build camaraderie alongside peers who are versatile, enthusiastic, and strive to push forward AECC’s mission.

Engineering Intern (Electrical)An Engineering Intern assists in various areas of Power Production and Delivery in AECC’s Engineering department and will report to the AECC headquarters in Little Rock. We’re looking for someone who can maintain a high degree of situational awareness to meet continually changing conditions with a fresh and adaptable approach. In this position, you will be given the opportunity to work alongside peers who are versatile, enthusiastic, and strive to push forward AECC’s mission.

Engineering Intern (Mechanical)An Engineering Intern assists in various areas of Power Production and Delivery in AECC’s Engineering department and will report to the AECC headquarters in Little Rock. We’re looking for someone who can maintain a high degree of situational awareness to meet continually changing conditions with a fresh and adaptable approach. In this position, you will be given the opportunity to work alongside peers who are versatile, enthusiastic, and strive to push forward AECC’s mission.

Human Resources InternA Human Resources Intern will support the Human Resources Division in several disciplines such as recruiting, compensation, employee benefits and employee relations. We’re looking for someone who can develop core human resource skills that can be applied across the organization. In this position, you will be given the opportunity to take the skills you have acquired in school and apply them in a professional setting.

At Arvest Bank, our mission is to help people find financial solutions for life; that means all people. We strive every day to create the best experiences for our associates and customers. This begins with our commitment to diversity and inclusion within our workforce, workplace and communities we serve. Arvest Bank recognizes that diversity and inclusion are essential not only for social responsibility, but also to maintain a competitive advantage. Our intentional efforts mirror, anticipate and adapt to the demographic changes of the new workforce, as well as the communities that we serve and where we live. We view diversity as a collection and variety of perspectives, similarities and differences we carry with us in all areas of our lives. We value the uniqueness of everyone, and recognize that people have unique backgrounds, characteristics, experiences, beliefs, capabilities, cultures, and styles. Our goal is to foster an environment of diverse thoughts and ideas where everyone feels included, respected, and heard. At Arvest, service comes first.  That is one reason we hire people who have a passion for serving their customers and communities. We offer competitive salaries and benefits, and there is a wide range of career paths and opportunities for Arvest associates to explore. With more than 6,000 associates in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Kansas, we were recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s Best Large Employers (2018, 2017), America’s Best Employers for Women (2018), and as a World’s Best Bank (2019-2021).

Available Internship Positions at Arvest Bank

Information Technology and Security (4 interns available)based out of Northwest Arkansas. These interns will be assigned to a specific team and will take part in various projects by shadowing and working with professionals in their focus area. Specific examples include Software Engineering and Business Analysis.

Arvest Central Arkansas team (2 interns available)covering Central, Northeast, and Southwest Arkansas. These interns will shadow and partner with all groups within the local community bank to include retail bank operations, small business and commercial lending.

Central Arkansas Water is a company whose mission is: to enhance the quality of life for Central Arkansas by delivering high-quality water and dependable service that exceed customer expectations; protecting and ensuring a long-term water supply for future generations; and serving as responsible stewards of public health, utility resources, and the environment.

Available Internship Positions at Central Arkansas Water

Engineering – the intern will have a utility orientation and become familiar with the work of the engineering department and processes by visiting construction sites with one or more of our engineers or engineering technicians. CAW is looking for an individual who is an engineering major (civil, mechanical and agricultural disciplines are preferred.) The individual should be CAD literate (AutoCAD preferred) and computer software literate (Microsoft Office preferred.) The intern should be capable of working in an office setting, working in a printing room (handling paper, small and large documents) and working in the field performing construction inspection (traversing rough ground, heat and cold, wet and dry weather) Working hours are typically M-F 8-4:30.

GIS/IT – The ideal candidate for GIS/IT intern can expect exposure to a wide range of Information Technology and Geographic Information System experiences. IT duties and responsibilities include technical troubleshooting, database management, cyber security, programming, analytics, network communication, and security, maintaining hardware, software, and other systems. GIS duties might include creating paper maps, digital mapping applications, editing and analyzing existing GIS datasets (shapefiles, geodatabases, & relational databases), and working with and/or collecting GNSS data. Candidates should be pursuing a degree in data science, business analytics, computer science, information systems, geography, GIS, environmental science, or any other related field.

Sustainability and Watershed – The ideal candidate would be one majoring in Biology, Environmental Science or Environmental Engineering. The Sustainability aspect of the internship will focus on alternative energy projects such as solar, electric vehicle planning. Sustainable Project Design and Construction Concepts include construction management and planning with the  opportunity to be involved with architects and the  mechanical engineering team. Compiling data for the Climate Action Plan and comparing it against benchmarks. The Watershed Protection Program provides the Utility’s work related to watershed management, watershed stewardship, and water quality and biological monitoring. Intern duties will include: assist with the development, collection, and analysis of various monitoring data in aquatic habitats and on forested and non-forested lands, conducting aquatic and terrestrial biotic and abiotic sampling, forestry management, plant identification, and prescribed fire. Assist in lab procedures, work on special projects involving watershed outreach and education, assist with other field evaluations and monitoring of the watershed in regard to agriculture, development, unpaved road conditions, stream degradations, etc. The intern will work in a combination of outdoor and indoor environments. Outside work will be conducted in all types of weather and the intern may be exposed to extreme heat, rain, sun, etc.  Works in forested areas with various terrains and in aquatic habitats. Exposed to dirt, mud, water, etc. on a continuous basis.  May be exposed to insects, snakes, dogs, poison ivy and other potentially hazardous plants and animals.

Water Production –The intern will have exposure to: the history of water introduction, Public Health as it relates to drinking water and introduction to surface water, and visit Lake Maumelle pump station, be exposed to the water treatment process, chemicals used, water quality indicators and operational guidelines, forecasting demand and operators’ lab testing. The intern will assist Facility Operators with treatment, perform lab analyses and other treatment operational tasks with an emphasis on understanding process fundamentals, with pilot plant Introduction and analytical laboratory, instrumentation, analytical methods, LIMS, etc. Introduction to system operation to provide an understanding of pressure, flow, volume (relate to demand) and balancing these while maintaining water quality through adequate tank cycling. Basic overview of regulations, accompany field lab techs for routine regulatory sampling. Students should be pursuing a scientific or engineering major.

Founded in 1987, CDI Contractors is a full-service general contractor and construction management company. CDI was originally founded with the sole purpose to construct retail facilities for the upscale department store retailer, Dillard’s Inc. We quickly rose in the construction industry, not only in retail, but also education, healthcare, government/municipal, industrial/manufacturing, hotels, museums, sports venues, offices, and many other market sectors with a total volume of over $7.2 billion so far. CDI has offices in Little Rock and Fayetteville, Arkansas and is licensed and/or available to perform any construction in 45 states across the country.

Available Internship Positions at CDI Contractors

2 Available Internship Positions that will do a combination of: 

Assistant Project Engineer Responsibilities: 

Assist Project Engineer with the follow: 

  • Subcontractor Management (as it relates to submittal and material procurement)
  • Submittal review and approvals 
  • RFI development  
  • Maintain Project Record Documents 
  • Process Pay applications  
  • Assist with Change Order pricing 
  • Support of safety plan 

Assistant Field Engineer Responsibilities: 

Assist Field Engineer with the following: 

  • Subcontractor Management (as if relates to installation) 
  • Submittal review skills  
  • RFI development  
  • Layout / surveying  
  • Daily reports  
  • Quality control 
  • Support of safety plan 

Assistant Estimator Responsibilities: 

Assist Estimator with the following: 

  • Subcontractor solicitation 
  • Project document review skills  
  • Takeoff 
  • Bid pricing management

L’oreal is the world’s largest cosmetics company and has developed activities in the field concentrating on hair color, skin care, sun protection, make-up, perfume, and hair care. Locally, their plant is located in North Little Rock. For all departments in which they are offering internships, they recommend engineering or supply chain majors.

Available Internship Position at L’oreal

L’Oréal Operations is an innovative, challenging, dynamic and diverse environment with the opportunity for cross-functional careers – from conception to consumer – in Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Operational Package Development. We have 45+ manufacturing plants and more than 200+ distribution centers worldwide and we are committed to continuous improvement, people development, safety, quality, and sustainability. Summer interns will be involved with projects that support these commitments and beyond to contribute to the digital and data revolution of Operations across the organization. For your summer, you may have the opportunity to be part of the team in one of the following areas: Manufacturing, Corporate Industrial Quality, Manufacturing Supply Chain, Customer Supply Chain.

Stone Bank is a commercial bank with approximately $650,000,000 in assets.  The bank specializes in government guaranteed lending and are 10th in the nation in USDA lending.  We have 7 locations, 6 branches offering retail and lending services in Little Rock, White Hall, Harrison, Mountain View, DeWitt and Gillett and a loan production office in Cave City.

Available Internship Position at Stone Bank

Entry Level Information Technology Support Representative – The entry-level information technology support representative will be responsible for answering customer calls, providing first level customer help desk support, providing support to IT managers on projects and upgrades, and by providing expert guidance and advice to customers. The ideal candidate should have extensive customer service skills and feel comfortable employing these skills in a high-volume call and e-mail ticket environment. The technical support representative will address customer concerns, complaints, and inquiries in a professional and compassionate manner. Representatives should also be able to explain technical aspects to customers using easy-to-understand language

Windstream Holdings, Inc., is a leading provider of advanced network communications and technology solutions for consumers, small businesses, enterprise organizations and carrier partners across the U.S. Windstream offers bundled services, including broadband, security solutions, voice and digital TV to consumers. The company also provides data, cloud solutions, unified communications and managed services to business and enterprise clients. The company supplies core transport solutions on a local and long-haul fiber-optic network spanning approximately 150,000 miles.

Available Internship Positions at Windstream

Communication InternThe Communication Intern helps ensure that we are delivering on our mission through our internal and external communication efforts. They will partner with a diverse team of functional experts to continuously expand and strengthen the Windstream brand. The Communication Intern role lies within the Corporate Communications department, which consists of Social Media, Writing Content, Communications, Events, and more. While assisting with a wide range of projects, interns will gain experience and training in many aspects of communications, both internal and external.

Kinetic Marketing InternThe Kinetic Marketing Intern will be part of the Kinetic Marketing Strategy team. They will help ensure that we are moving the Kinetic by Windstream and Kinetic Business brands forward in the communities we serve. They will have the opportunity to learn a wide array of both hard technical skills and soft people skills. While assisting with a wide range of projects, they will gain experience and training in many aspects of Internal Communications, CMS (content management system), video producing and editing, video podcast production, graphic design, researching and writing, etc.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Partner with marketing strategy team to execute tasks related to developing our overall marketing messaging
    • Learning about very technical product offerings and presenting to internal and external audiences in a way that they can understand
    • Understand the marketing process from end-to-end
  • Assist with video producing
    • Writing/scripting, and assisting on video shoots
    • Video podcast production. Includes:
      • Day of recording/streaming
      • Guest research and recruitment
      • Prepping show outline
      • Etc.
  • Internal Communications Work
    • Write first drafts of internal communications from information given from stakeholders
    • Create/source supporting graphics, pis, and videos
    • Learn intranet CMS to post communications, update site/pages, etc.
    • Understand and update editorial calendar
    • Reaching out to various Kinetic organizations to encourage internal updates on current projects, etc.

Kinetic Pricing InternThe Kinetic Pricing Intern will be part of the Kinetic Pricing team and help ensure that we deliver rate plans into the marketplace that balance profitability with sales volumes while
simplifying our product offering.  The right candidate will have the opportunity to experience both sides of our internal decision process including data analytics blended with marketing strategy. While assisting on a wide range of projects, the right candidate will gain experience and training in both Consumer and Business marketing pricing strategies across each of our sales channels.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Partner with managers responsible for price plan development to support our consumer and business segments in business case development and executive approval presentations
  • Shadow managers responsible for the go-to-market execution of approved strategic initiative providing an opportunity to take a concept from a business case to in market execution to post launch review of results
  • Develop a presentation outlying observations from the internship program and develop recommendations regarding simplification of our product pricing strategy

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge of quantitative data analysis
  • Knowledge of financial modeling and comparative analysis
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and workflow
  • Proficient in Excel and accounting systems
  • Strong written, verbal, and organizational skills

Software Engineering Intern As an Intern with Windstream, you will receive practical corporate business experience while interacting with professionals at all levels of the company and gaining an outlook on future career opportunities. While working in this position you will experience job responsibilities that mirror those given to first-year professionals. This may include the analysis of information, learning new programs and applications, and communicating and collaborating with a variety of internal teams as you work to solve a business problem. This internship will provide you the experience of working in a collaborative team environment. You may also participate in weekly and monthly meetings where you will have the opportunity to present your work to leadership.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop, test, and implement code fixes into test environments
  • Assist senior team members with issue/bug investigation and resolution
  • Collaborate with team members at offsite locations to analyze incoming trouble tickets and recreate reported issues
  • Create and document workaround processes when possible
  • Write SQL statements to query and update databases
  • Document user requirements for minor enhancement requests
  • Document test cases for bug-fix and/or minor enhancement requests
  • Research new technologies and tools to improve business processes
  • Participate in manager 1-on-1 sessions to enhance business acumen experience
  • Other duties as assigned

If you have additional questions, please contact mspickard@womensfoundationarkansas.org

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