The Black Futures in Food & Beverage fellowship program welcomes active juniors and above enrolled in any Historically Black College & University (HBCU) interested in exploring a career in the food & beverage industry. Our next cohort kicks off October 5, 2021.

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Program Overview

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Over 7 weeks, fellows will engage virtually in workshops, fireside chats, panels and conversations with some of the food & beverage industry’s most impactful leaders.

The fellowship will culminate in a virtual capstone project and virtual career day that will call executive leadership from household name brands to consider fellows for Spring/Summer 2022 internships and full-time roles. Black Futures in Food & Beverage is free to all fellows.

"Black and brown people are underrepresented in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) food and beverage workforce, and we feel it is both our opportunity and responsibility to help open doors for Black students interested in exploring CPG career paths."

Denise Woodard
Founder & CEO, Partake

What You Will Learn

Different career paths within food & beverage with deep dives from industry experts

How to build a network within the CPG food & beverage industry

Varied business models in CPG from founders and leaders who have implemented them

Resume writing and interview coaching for career readiness

How to build a purpose-driven brand that lasts

Presentation skills for clear and effective pitches and meetings 

Our 2020 Fellows

Being a member of the Inaugural Cohort of Black Futures created a safe and open space to network and ask questions pertaining to the journey through the Food & Beverage Industry. Meeting entrepreneurs in this space allowed me to understand the drive and grind it takes to succeed in the industry. As we progressed into our cumulative projects, I began to understand all of the pieces that go into a business and the effort it takes for all of the parts to work together. I’m grateful to have met industry leaders who were willing to share these gems with the team, and I’m very excited to watch the program grow.

Taniiya Murphy,
2020 Fellow

I have learned so much about food ingredients and package labels since joining the program. This has enabled me to receive a full-time offer as a Sales District Leader for PepsiCo.

DeMarcus Means,
2020 Fellow

I would rate this program if it were on a scale to 10 a 10.

Jeffery Gallimore,
2020 Fellow

Program Timing

July 9 - September 3

Application Opens

September 17

Fellows Notified

October 5 - November 19

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