Women’s Foundation Announces 22 Tjuana Byrd Summer Internship Participants

The Women’s Foundation of Arkansas has announced its 2,022 participants in the Tjuana Byrd Internship Program presented by Stone Bank. Internship program participants will have the opportunity to work for some of the largest science, technology, engineering, and math companies in Arkansas.

The internship program is designed for college-aged women of color who are pursuing their careers in STEM.

“For nearly 25 years, the WFA has been the driving force in our state’s efforts to boost the economic mobility of women and girls, and the Tjuana Byrd Summer Internship Program is another meaningful way to do that,” said Jill Floyd, Chairman of the WFA Board of Directors. “This wouldn’t be possible without our amazing business partners who are committed to helping us break down the barriers that stand in the way of women and girls in Arkansas achieving success.”

Named for the organization’s first black board president, the internship program is in honor of Judge Tjuana Byrd. Presented by Acxiom, the program is part of the WFA’s Girls of Promise initiative and aims to help women and girls reach their full economic potential in STEM-related fields.

The internship takes place as a 10-week program where participants benefit from a fair salary, free housing and access to mentorship opportunities, networking events and workshops. professional development.

The list of 2022 participants is as follows:

  • Princess Welch, Harding University
  • Zunnoora Qadir, University of Central Arkansas
  • Zoie Keys, Hendrix College
  • Alexandria Mooney, University of Arkansas Fayetteville
  • Prapti Pandey, Arkansas State University
  • Oyinkansola Abejide, University of Central Arkansas
  • Raista Ouattara, University of Central Arkansas
  • Dasiah Williams, University of Southern Arkansas
  • Victoria Wells, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • Kiara Ealey, Philander Smith College
  • Neriah Carter, University of Arkansas Fayetteville
  • Maria Quintero-Pena, University of Arkansas Fayetteville
  • Xamaria Collins, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
  • Kai Wright, Philander Smith College
  • Alma Puga, University of Arkansas Fayetteville
  • Shannon Stewart, Arkansas State University
  • Safiya John, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
  • Reagan Boone, Arkansas State University
  • Basha Moncur, University of Arkansas Fayetteville
  • Dominique Powell, Henderson State University
  • Rameia King, University of Arkansas Fayetteville
  • Sasha McCoy, University of Arkansas Fayetteville
  • Sarah Balenko, University of Arkansas Fayetteville
  • Jaleigha Houston, University of Southern Arkansas
  • Naija White, University of Southern Arkansas

In addition to Stone Bank sponsoring the internship, the following companies support the program: Acxiom, Arvest Bank, Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation, Central Arkansas Water, Windstream, L’Oréal, Dassault Falcon Jet and CDI Contractors. The leaders of each company participate in the diversity, equity and inclusion training provided by the WFA, before the start of the program.

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