The Home Depot HBCU Externship Program

Work with The Home Depot’s internal departments to gain market research skills, experiential learning, and networking opportunities.
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Spring 2024

  • Application process opens in January 2024
  • Externships run February to April 2024

Fall 2024: Closed

  • Applications Open June 2024
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Program Overview

The Home Depot has launched its Historically Black College & Universities Externships under the Retool Your School program in partnership with its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team. Internal departments will provide HBCU students an opportunity to work on an actual organizational challenge faced by The Home Depot. Externs will conduct a detailed analysis of their assigned project and suggest best practices, actionable insights, and thoughtful strategic solutions for The Home Depot.


We are seeking ambitious sophomores, juniors, and seniors currently enrolled in accredited HBCUs.

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Application Process

After sending in your application, we'll reach out if we think you're a good fit. You'll send in a "Get to Know You" video and then participate in a live interview.

Week 1: Onboarding

During the first week of the program, you'll be setting goals for what you want to achieve in the upcoming weeks and familiarizing yourself with the industry, our platform, and your cohort.

Weeks 2-5: Research & Analysis

During the regular programming of the Externship, you will receive training and complete projects through our student platform. These exciting weeks are filled with weekly meetings, company meetings, student-led workshops, and virtual events like speaker series and networking sessions.

Present to Host Company

Top students will be selected to present their projects and findings to company leads and other senior leadership.

Here's how a Remote Externship works

We partner with leading brands to curate six to eight week programs designed for student success. By dedicating 10 hours a week, you’ll receive training, work on real problems, and network with professionals — all from the comfort of your own home.

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Our Commitment to HBCUs

At The Home Depot, we are committed to advancing education for all. We proudly support HBCUs and recognize the incredibly talented students these colleges and universities prepare and graduate into the workforce. That is why we strive to give back to HBCUs what they have so generously given their communities: a strong foundation, renewed purpose, and distinctive character. We have a longstanding partnership with HBCUs, dating back to 2009. The Home Depot Retool Your School program has been Powered by Purpose for thirteen years, committed to uplifting HBCUs through campus improvement grants. Through the remote Externships, we are proud to be expanding our Retool Your School program to support HBCUs in additional ways beyond campus improvement grants. We are proud to now provide individual student career development opportunities to prepare students for the workforce with the necessary skills for success.


Meet Our Externs

“My favorite part about working with The Home Depot was the feedback I was able to receive from the executives at The Home Depot. They were honest but empathetic. The expectation was excellence but it was communicated with grace. Being in those meetings proved to be paramount in learning how to receive feedback and the implementation of said feedback.”

Rasheed Prescott
Morehouse College ‘24

“My Externship opportunity with The Home Depot was my first experience working with a company. This was the first company that gave me a chance, and I was able to walk about with confidence and intelligence. My biggest takeaways were the importance of time management and how imperative it is in the real world. My favorite part of my Externship was receiving mentorship and assistance from the Home Depot case managers.”

Bensdjadini Michel
Clark Atlanta University ‘24

“This Externship helped me get a better understanding of Fortune 500 loyalty programs. I was able to gain skills such as analytical skills, trends analysis and even consulting. My favorite parts of the program were the supportive managers, a flexible schedule and working with other students in the Atlanta University Center. As an individual interested in corporate law, the program gave me a lot of insights in the corporate world.”

Jeremy Mensah
Morehouse college '24

"As someone interested in the business industry but still unclear about the sector I want to pursue, I was excited to participate in The Paragon One Home Depot Business Externship Program. I gained valuable insights into the business sector and built meaningful relationships with my managers and cohort. I also gained knowledge and skills in business marketing that I can transfer to my future career."

Darlene Nawuirdam
Spelman College ‘24
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