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Facebook to Launch National Program at Winrock’s Innovation Hub

Career Connections kicks off with Skills Summit March 30-31 at Hub; College students may apply until February 15

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — January 29, 2019 — Facebook is set to kick off a new national program called Career Connections with a Skills Summit at the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub at Winrock International on March 30-31. Career Connections connects emerging talent to training opportunities, local internships and Facebook mentors.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Facebook and host this first-in-the-world program to help talented young Arkansans learn new skills and launch their careers,” said Dr. Chris Jones, executive director of Winrock’s Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub. “The Innovation Hub is a place where ideas, products, businesses and careers can take flight. We look forward to hosting this impressive group of students and business leaders and to seeing them soar toward great success.”

Career Connections is being launched in collaboration with a consortium of local partners including the Innovation Hub, Arkansas Economic Development Commission, The Conductor, Conway Chamber of Commerce, Little Rock Tech Park, Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce and area colleges and universities.

Applications for the program are open until February 15 and are available to local college students at two- and four-year colleges who have taken courses in Business, Marketing, IT or CS. Benefits of the program will include:

  • Attending the Skills Summit
  • Access to Paid Internships
  • Receiving Facebook Mentorship

Students selected for Career Connections will attend the Skills Summit at Winrock’s Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, March 30-31. During this two-day intensive training, students will build soft skills such as professional communications as well as hard skills, including brand storytelling, digital business tools and analytics, and digital and social media marketing.

Skills Summit participants will interview with Career Connections Business Partners for the opportunity to gain real work experience through paid summer internships from May to August. Once matched, they will become fellows in the Career Connections Fellowship. Fellows will receive additional benefits such as ongoing skills training and mentorship from a Facebook employee, who will provide valuable guidance throughout the three-month Fellowship experience.

Students who do not match with an internship opportunity will receive an Employment Best Practices webinar, connections to local resources, online networking opportunities and access to additional online tools.

Student Qualifications

  • Availability to attend the Skills Summit March 30-31
  • Pell Grant recipient
  • Coursework in any of the following: business, marketing, technology, information technology or computer science
  • Second year at a two-year college or in years three or four at a four-year college
  • 0+ GPA
  • Availability for a paid, professional internship over Summer 2019 in Central Arkansas

Applications are due by February 15, 2019:



The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub is committed to improving the lives of all Arkansans by inspiring innovation and expanding opportunities, particularly in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math (STEAM), and Entrepreneurship. The Innovation Hub uses tools, skills, and expertise to inspire innovators and entrepreneurs who expand the range of educational and economic opportunities for themselves, for their communities, in our state and throughout the world.


Winrock International is a recognized leader in U.S. and international development, providing solutions to some of the world’s most complex social, agricultural and environmental challenges. Inspired by its namesake Winthrop Rockefeller, Winrock’s mission is to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity and sustain natural resources. Winrock combines technical expertise with entrepreneurial innovation to improve lives around the globe.

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