Clark Atlanta University Celebrates Students Securing Blackstone LaunchPad Internships

Clark Atlanta University’s Robert H. “Bob” Bell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development (CIED) is proud to announce that nine CAU students have secured highly competitive paid internships for the summer of 2024 through the Blackstone LaunchPad program.  

These internships provide a unique opportunity for students to gain valuable experience and develop essential skills in innovation, leadership, and critical thinking. The program curates summer workshops, fireside chats, and networking sessions aimed at enhancing career development and fostering connections with peers nationwide.  The students listed below have been selected for internships within the following companies:  

Janaidy Ruiz – Zenith 

Jitarra Ellis– Scholist 

Melodee Owens – SpenDebt 

Mia Wilson – Sherwood Forest 

Quadarris Green – Fanalyze 

Richania Johnson – Girls Who Invest 

Sadiamond Jaramillo – Nex Cubed 

Tyler Jackson – Dell 

Tyniah Banks – CareSpace 

CIED Director, Professor Bruce Berger, and Associate Director, Dr. Ronald Cetoute, have worked diligently to connect students to resources and provide them with support and encouragement to be entrepreneurial in their endeavors. “This is a wonderful opportunity for CAU students, and we appreciate Blackstone’s continuing efforts to accelerate their growth and learning curves. We look forward to seeing the impact they will make through their internships and beyond,” noted Director Berger.  Congratulations to our students on their remarkable achievements and for continuing to make us #PantherProud! For more information on how to get involved with the various CIED programs, events and competitions, including Blackstone LaunchPad at CAU, please contact CIED Associate Director, Dr. Ronald Cetoute, at 

About Clark University Atlanta 

Clark Atlanta University was formed with the consolidation of Atlanta University and Clark College, both of which hold unique places in the annals of African American history. Atlanta University, established in 1865 by the American Missionary Association, was the nation’s first institution to award graduate degrees to African Americans. Clark College, established four years later in 1869, was the nation’s first four-year liberal arts college to serve a primarily African American student population. Today, with nearly 4,000 students, CAU is the largest of the four institutions (CAU, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Morehouse School of Medicine) that comprise the Atlanta University Center Consortium. It is also the largest of the 37-member UNCF institutions. Notable alumni include: James Weldon Johnson, American civil rights activist, poet, and songwriter (Lift Every Voice and Sing, “The Black National Anthem”; Ralph David Abernathy, Sr., American civil rights activist; Congressman Hank Johnson, Georgia District 4; Kenya Barris, American award-winning television and movie producer; Kenny Leon, Tony Award-winning Broadway Director; Jacque Reid, Emmy Award-winning Television Personality and Journalist; Brandon Thompson, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for NASCAR; Valeisha Butterfield Jones, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Recording Academy. To learn more about Clark Atlanta University, visit