Our Internship Partners and Sponsors

About the Tjuana Byrd Summer Internship Program

The Women’s Foundation of Arkansas is proud to launch the third annual 2023 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 2023 Tjuana Byrd Summer Internship closed on January 20, 2023.

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 June 2, 2023 – August 11, 2023

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 2023)

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

Database Administrator – The Database Administrator (DBA) Intern creates, maintains, designs, monitors and resolves problems within Acxiom or client databases. As a DBA Intern, you will use
specific relational database management systems, develop and implement database
recovery mechanisms and procedures, and coordinate security measures to safeguard
database integrity.

Preferred Major/Minor: Computer Science, Software Engineering, or a related major


Decision Support Analyst – Decision Support Analyst assists clients with defining business solutions as well as campaign management. By fully understanding details of the client’s data and Acxiom’s marketing capabilities, you will ensure our clients receive accurately segmented, cleansed, formatted and ready-to-market data. You will implement and analyze decision support processes and data to measure campaign efficiency, data accuracy, data integrity, operations performance, customer happiness, and cost-effectiveness. You will also propose solutions to support various technical operations and ensure client satisfaction through research, trouble shooting, application
administration, application user training, and code changes.

Preferred Major/Minor: Information Systems, Business Data Analytics, or a related major


Solution Developer – The Solution Developer Intern works on Acxiom and third-party software to build
solutions for business problems defined by specific business requirements. In this internship, you will tackle real-time platform problems for our clients’ solutions. You may configure or tune software, work on automation processes to tie components together, develop custom application code to accommodate defined requirements, or collaborate with others to add extensions to existing Acxiom software. You may also provide new development, ongoing maintenance, and support and optimization of solutions for the account teams you are supporting. You will have opportunities to learn a variety of platforms and solve different kinds of problems throughout the internship.

Preferred Major/Minor: Computer Science, Management Information Systems or a related major


Technical Support Analyst – The Command Center provides operational support for Acxiom’s critical services and products in a 24/7 model support. A Technical Support Analyst is responsible for monitoring Acxiom’s environments: applications, devices, and security threats. As part of the Command Center, you’ll provide end-to-end Incident Management and coordinate cross functional efforts to ensure complete service restoration for our clients and systems. Responsible for protecting both online and on-premise infrastructures, monitoring data to identify suspicious activity, and identifying and mitigating risks.

Preferred Major/Minor: Information Technology, Computer Science, or Management Information Systems or related major


Security Analyst As a IT Security Intern for Customer identity and access management, you will collaborate with internal and inter-company Technology teams regarding sophisticated and outstanding solutions and opportunities in Customer identity and access management. You will analyze information, translate requirements into functional specifications, and champion the needs while balancing priorities, technical platform capabilities, and compliance requirements of Acxiom’s customer identity landscape.

Preferred Major/Minor: Information Systems, Data Science, Cybersecurity, or related major


Southwest Power Pool, is about more than power. We’re about the power of relationships. We work together with our members and other stakeholders to ensure electricity is delivered reliably and affordably to the millions of people living in our multi-state service territory. SPP is a regional transmission organization (RTO): a nonprofit corporation mandated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to ensure reliable supplies of power, adequate transmission infrastructure and competitive wholesale electricity prices on behalf of its members.

SPP was founded in 1941 when 11 regional power companies pooled their resources to keep Arkansas’ Jones Mill powered around the clock in support of critical, national defense needs. Eight decades later, SPP still reflects our early principles of collaboration in the interest of providing a critical service for the good of our region. Our vision is to lead our industry to a brighter future, delivering the best energy value. 

Available Internship Positions at SPP

Market MonitoringThis market monitoring intern is expected to be competent with the administrative and communication tools for word processing, spread sheet development, time keeping, etc.  The intern is expected to develop fundamental understanding of electricity markets and gain knowledge of software (SAS, SQL, Tableau) associated with area of responsibility. As directed by a lead market monitor or manager, the intern should be prepared to enthusiastically complete specific assignments including market power studies, behavior of specific power plants, potential market rule changes, and financial analysis of market performance on a daily, monthly, and quarterly basis.

Preferred Major/Minor: Economics, Math, Computer Science or Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, Industrial or Computer)

Accreditation: Required for engineering majors (ABET)

Operations SupportThis Engineer Intern is expected to be competent with the administrative and communication tools for word processing, spread sheet development, time keeping, etc.  The incumbent is expected to develop fundamental understanding of transmission system concept and gain knowledge of software associated with area of responsibility. As directed by the lead engineer or supervisor, the Engineer Intern should be prepared to enthusiastically complete specific assignments directed by ad hoc stakeholder/committees, transmission planning services, tariff studies or network modeling and engineering data coordination efforts.

Preferred Major/Minor: Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, Industrial or Computer) , Math, or Data Analytics

Accreditation: Required for engineering majors (ABET)

System PlanningThis Engineer Intern is expected to be competent with the administrative and communication tools for word processing, spread sheet development, time keeping, etc.  The incumbent is expected to develop fundamental understanding of transmission system concept and gain knowledge of software associated with area of responsibility. As directed by the lead engineer or supervisor, the Engineer Intern should be prepared to enthusiastically complete specific assignments directed by ad hoc stakeholder/committees, transmission planning services, tariff studies or network modeling and engineering data coordination efforts.

Preferred Major/Minor: Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, Industrial or Computer) or Data Science

Accreditation: Required for engineering majors (ABET)

Seams & Tariff Services The IT Intern is expected to be competent with the administrative and communication tools for word processing, spread sheet development, time keeping, etc.  The incumbent is expected to develop fundamental understanding of SPP’s IT systems concepts and gain knowledge of software associated with area of responsibility. As directed by the IT lead or supervisor, the IT Intern should be prepared to enthusiastically complete specific assignments directed by ad hoc stakeholder/committees, settlements systems, data services, reliability systems, markets services, and IT support efforts.

Preferred Major/Minor: Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, Industrial or Computer) or Data Science

Accreditation: Required for engineering majors (ABET)

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 (6 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.

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.

Preferred Major/Minor: Engineering (Civil, Mechanical, Agricultural)

Accreditation: Not Required

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.

Preferred Major/Minor: Data Science, Business Analytics, Computer Science, Information Systems, Geography, Environmental Science

Accreditation: Not Required

Sustainability and Watershed – The CAW Sustainability Intern will assist with Greenhouse Gas Emission reporting, Climate Action Plan, and Solar projects.  A background in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering or similar field of study is required along with data analysis proficiency in Excel spreadsheets.

Preferred Major/Minor: Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering

Accreditation: Not Required

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.

Preferred Major/Minor: Environmental or Physical Science, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Biology, Microbiology, Environmental Health

Accreditation: Not Required

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 The L’Oréal USA Summer Internship Program is a paid, 11 week experience where you will be fully integrated into the day-to-day activities of a team while also leading your own, individual strategic project to discover what it is truly like to develop a career at the #1 Beauty Tech company in the world. We are committed to giving our interns the space to explore, to have full time employee responsibilities, present their own insights to senior management, and to become future leaders. At the end of the summer you will present your project to senior leadership for the opportunity to be considered for a full-time return offer into a Management Trainee program or a full-time role.

Preferred Major/Minor: Chemical, Electrical, Industrial or Mechanical Engineering

Accreditation: Required

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.

Preferred Major/Minor:


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.

Preferred Major/Minor:


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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