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INROADS Expands Partnership with Symba to Power Its College Links Program Virtually

Published by Ellen Zhang on March 23, 2021
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Ellen Zhang

Ellen is the Chief Marketing Officer at Symba. Prior to Symba, Ellen worked in the cybersecurity industry, marketing data loss prevention (DLP) and cyber insurance solutions. She graduated from Boston College with a degree focused on Marketing and Information Systems.

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Symba, the leading remote internship management platform, announces an expanded partnership with INROADS, in support of its College Links program in a virtual environment. College Links works with underrepresented high school students interested in STEM and business, to prepare and strengthen them for both college and career success. Through the program, students are exposed to career immersion activities, mentoring, and goal planning.

Last summer, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, INROADS partnered with Symba to support an innovative virtual internship program called viSHIPS. With Symba’s platform and resources provided around program success, INROADS corporate partners were able to build and scale meaningful remote internships for both the students and employees.

“We are proud to partner with and support the incredible work the team at INROADS is doing to empower underrepresented students with key professional development opportunities. Last year, we organized workshops and resources to help INROADS corporate partners design remote internship experiences. We are excited to grow our partnership and help scale the reach of INROADS initiatives.” says Ahva Sadeghi, CEO & Co-Founder of Symba.

INROADS has College Links programs in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Chicago, Newark, and Washington, DC, and recently launched in Dallas, Oakland, Orlando, and Minneapolis, expanding INROADS’s mission of leveling the workforce playing field for diverse students. College Links scholars have gone on to successfully navigate the earliest stages of the career lifecycle and beyond, including the C-Suite.

"Our partnership with Symba is vital in the digital transformation of INROADS,” says Forest T. Harper, Jr., president and CEO of INROADS, Inc. “Due to COVID-19, College Links will be virtual this year. Moving forward, continuing to offer virtual programs through this best in class technology, will allow INROADS to rapidly scale and impact high school students across the country."

INROADS and Symba are excited to continue their collaboration to provide early career-building opportunities for underrepresented students.

About Symba

Symba, an all-female founded tech startup, is the leading remote internship platform. The team has designed 5000+ internship experiences, partnered with over 450 universities, and was featured in the Washington Post and TechCrunch as a leader in the remote internship movement. Symba’s platform connects companies with remote interns and supports the management of the remote internship experience.

Led by a young and diverse team, Symba is building a platform with a purpose—to open up the workforce. Symba helps businesses adapt to the future of work—adopting remote operations, investing in the next generation of talent, and committing to diversity and inclusion.


INROADS was founded more than 50 years ago. Inspired by the famed “I Have a Dream” speech, Frank Carr founded INROADS to remove career barriers to corporate opportunities for people of color. It is the largest nonprofit organization committed to leadership and career development for underrepresented talent in the world. INROADS has prepared more than 154,000 diverse leaders with pre-employment skills and graduated more than 30,000 alumni into full-time professional positions with more than 1,000 corporate partners. Currently, INROADS serves 800-1,300 interns and 200 corporate clients. Learn more at and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn: @INROADSInc.

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