December 11, 2020

The University of North Texas at Dallas (UNT Dallas) has been selected, by State Senator Royce West, to manage the Dr. Emmett J. Conrad Leadership Program. The program transitioned from the Office of Senator West to UNT Dallas in December. The application window for the 2021 Class of the Conrad Program is open Dec. 7, 2020 – Jan. 4, 2021. The program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students attending any four-year college or university, who reside in Texas Senate District 23. To apply, visit

Since 1993, the Dr. Emmett J. Conrad Leadership Program has provided paid summer internship opportunities for more than 2,400 college students who reside in Texas Senate District 23. The program helps build bridges of opportunity that will lead students to successful careers and better socioeconomic mobility. The continued success of the Conrad Leadership Program is vital to the upward financial and social mobility of Dallas area students.

“Now, in its twenty-eighth year of operations, it’s important to attract even more students, provide ever more impactful internship opportunities and transition to a more sustainable model,” said State Senator Royce West. “The ability to have program staff, recruiters and communicators dedicated to student success to help secure the program’s sustainability was a big factor in selecting UNT Dallas.”

All interns will benefit from UNT Dallas’ dedication to student recruitment, skills training, community service opportunities, interview and resume building skills, and alumni relations activities. And with the continuous support from sponsors, the Conrad Program interns will also develop the professional and marketable skills needed for success after completing their degree.

“The Conrad Program has stood the test of time with its positive influence on the futures of a generation of young people,” said UNT Dallas President Bob Mong. “We thank Senator West for his stewardship over the years, and we are very pleased that a Conrad alum, Dr. Sabrina Hodge, of UNT Dallas, can now lead this important program.”

Conrad Program interns are assigned to positions at area hospitals, city and state agencies, law firms, corporations and other industries in their specific areas of interest. Many have turned their internship opportunity into permanent employment. “As an intern with the Conrad Leadership Program, college students are able to gain valuable work experience and transfer that practicum back into the classroom,” said Dr. Sabrina Hodge, who now manages the Conrad Leadership Program at UNT Dallas. “Numerous interns have been in the program for several years, even while pursuing post-graduate degrees. I am an alumna of the Dr. Emmett J. Conrad Leadership Program and I owe much of my success to the many opportunities offered by this program.”

To learn more or sponsor a summer intern, please visit or email Dr. Sabrina Hodge at



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