Hampton University Announces Partnership with the Public Service Education Institute to Launch a $500,000 Endowed Fund for Student Internships

Hampton, Va. (April 30, 2024) –    Hampton University is excited to announce a transformative collaboration with the Public Service Education Institute (PSEI) to establish a $500,000 endowed fund aimed at supporting internships for students within federal, state, and local government agencies.

The creation of this fund, approved by the PSEI Board of Directors and facilitated through the Hampton University Foundation, underscores a shared commitment to fostering excellence and providing practical experiences in public service sectors.

“This initiative will significantly enhance our ability to prepare students for meaningful careers in public service by easing the financial burdens often associated with unpaid internships,” said Hampton University President Darrell K. Williams. “We are proud to partner with Graduate School USA’s PSEI to invest in the future of our students and public service.”

Bessie Willis, director of the Hampton University Career Center, expressed enthusiasm about the opportunities this endowment will bring to Hampton University students.

“Thanks to this generous fund, our students can engage in internships without the financial strain of housing and travel expenses,” said Willis. “Our partnership with PSEI is a win for Hampton University students and a model for how institutions can collaborate to support the next generation of public service leaders.”

The fund will provide eligible Hampton University students with up to $5,000 to help cover expenses related to their internship experiences, including housing and travel. This financial assistance is designed to remove barriers that may prevent students from taking advantage of internship opportunities and to facilitate a smooth transition from academic studies to impactful employment.


Hampton University, a dynamic historically Black institution with a legacy of excellence in education, research, and community service, provides a nurturing and empowering environment for students to thrive academically and personally. Founded in 1868, Hampton emphasizes a scientific and professional curriculum with a strong liberal arts undergirding, offering a broad range of technical, liberal arts and graduate degree programs. With a commitment to inclusion and innovation, Hampton continues to be a beacon of educational leadership in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Named “Best Private College” in Virginia, HU is a tightly-knit community of learners and educators representing 49 states and 35 territories and nations. With a commitment to fostering intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and global citizenship, Hampton University prepares students to thrive in an ever-changing world. Visit www.hamptonu.edu.

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