About Us

HISTORY:   In May 1993, State Senator Royce West established an internship program through a partnership with Paul Quinn College and the Texas Veterans Land Board to assist Paul Quinn College students with acquiring (paid) employment experience.  In June 1993, the program was expanded to include any qualified student residing in District 23 and the employer sponsors were increased from one to nine corporations and agencies.  Twenty-seven students were serviced by the inaugural program.  The program was renamed the “Dr. Emmett J. Conrad Leadership Program” in August 1993, in honor of the renown Dallas African-American physician and educational advocate. Since 1993, there have been more than 2,400 student placements through the program.


Empower. Equip. Impact.
Empower students, provide career path exploration and experiences, while making an impact in the community.


To provide the college students in Senatorial District 23, regardless of race, creed, color, gender or age, the opportunity to secure and actively participate in internships that will provide them with viable employment experiences in their majors or fields of interest.  Thus, expanding their employment marketability, career choices, and leadership capabilities.


Provide students with an opportunity to develop their academic and professional competency through community partner mentorship, leadership workshops, innovative project assignments, inspired presentations and community service leadership opportunities that generate a positive impact on social change.

Promote a diverse academic and professional community where students are prepared to graduate from their academic programs with the knowledge and skills to serve as leaders in the community.

Enhance leadership and skill development that promote critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills.

What’s Happening: Join the Conversation

What is your generation? How do you fit in with your company? How are you surviving in a multi-generational workplace? What do you see as challenges and opportunities of working in a multi-generational workplace? How do you work with others who are not in your generation? Click on the Online Mentoring Blog post and/or log on to the Alumni Association's Facebook page and join the conversation.