Top 10 Strategic Partners

INROADS Top 10 Strategic Corporate Partners
Building diverse pipelines, creating social impact and 21st century leaders

ST. LOUIS, MO — INROADS, Inc., a multi-cultural non-profit whose mission is leadership development, career preparation and creating opportunity for talented, underserved youth, recently announced its 2016 Top 10 Strategic Corporate Partners.

“According to our Strategic Alliance partner ITSMF, only 13.2 percent of minorities complete STEM majors. We believe companies that build and invest in diverse leadership pipelines by design will produce sustainable, inclusive workforces for today and the future,” said Forest Harper, President and CEO of INROADS, Inc. “By doing so with INROADS and its strategic programs, these strategic partners are making social and life transforming impact beyond their own companies.”

Selected based on the number of INROADS internships they supported in 2016, INROADS Top 10 Strategic Corporate Partners are:

  1. United Technologies Corporation
  2. Kaiser Permanente
  3. Travelers
  4. Lockheed Martin
  5. MetLife, Inc.
  6. Harris Corporation
  7. AT&T
  8. UnitedHealth Group
  9. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  10. PricewaterhouseCoopers

The Top 10 employed 49 percent of INROADS total interns and more than half (56 percent) of INROADS STEM majors.

In a recent survey conducted by international philanthropy and management consulting firm, ONE HUNDRED, 96 percent of INROADS alumni said INROADS had an impact on their career overall and on understanding how to behave in a corporate environment. Seventy-four percent think INROADS had an impact on promotions and advancement in their careers.

INROADS interns that convert upon graduation to full-time hires remain two to three years longer than interns hired via other internal or partner programs, and 79 percent of INROADS interns stay at the company they interned with after graduation, which is 15 percent higher than the average for external internship programs.

Founded in 1970, INROADS develops and places talented underserved youth in business and industry, preparing them for corporate and community leadership that affects community renewal and social change and elevates economic status and quality of life. INROADS has placed students in over 135,000 paid internships throughout its history, and graduated over 28,000 alumni into full-time professional and leadership positions with over 1,000 corporate partners. Currently, INROADS serves nearly 1,300 interns and 200 corporate clients. To learn more, visit

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