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HACU’s Office of Corporate Internships and Student Services coordinates and manages projects funded by federal agencies, corporations, and foundations to support Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). These program focus on capacity building, research opportunities, higher education leadership training, and grant development opportunities. 
  • Leadership Programs
    Goal: To foster the development of Hispanic leadership on a variety of levels:
    • Annual Conference Student Track addresses leadership and career opportunities for current college students.
    • The HACU National Internship Program (HNIP) offers extensive leadership training in conjunction with internship opportunities for college students with federal agencies or major corporations.
    • The annual Latino Higher Education Leadership Institute at the annual conference offers a day-long workshop on higher education leadership.
    • A Kellogg Foundation initiative, the Kellogg Leadership Fellows Program, designed to prepare the next generation of senior Latino leaders at Hispanic-Serving Institutions, has been discontinued while new funding sources are being explored.  From 2003 to 2006, under the aegis of the Alliance for Equity in Higher Education, it benefited from active collaboration and some joint programming with the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) and the National Association for Equal Opportunity (NAFEO).
  • Research Capacity Building
    Goal: To build the capacity of HSIs by enabling their faculty to become more competitive in the procurement of federal grants and contracts.
    • DHHS Professions Capacity Building Program, funded from 1999 through 2010 by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health and National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • Faculty Research Programs
    Goal: To enhance research and teaching skills of participating HSI faculty members by placing them in national research laboratories.
  • Undergraduate & Graduate Research Internship/Fellowship Programs
    Goal: To increase the representation of Hispanic students in national science research centers.
  • Pre-Collegiate Programs
    Goal: To increase enrollment of Hispanics in higher education by providing them with more resources at a younger age.
    • Early Awareness for College Preparation (Ford Motor Company STEM Pre-College Program)
    • Proyecto Science
  • A HACU Office of Information Technology and Innovation operated from 1999 to 2011
    Goal: To assist HACU-member institutions to become engaged in the emerging cyberinfrastructure (CI) and the computational and e-science it enables, bridge the "Digital Divide," and broaden the participation of Hispanics in computing.
    Many of its programs were funded through NSF and involved collaborations with the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (through the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education--NAFEO) and Tribal Colleges and Universities (through the American Indian Higher Education Consortium--AIHEC).

The Office of International Affairs provides special services both for HACU's International Members and for U.S. members in their international relations.  These services include the biennial International Conference, the international plenary and workshop track at the Annual Conference, opportunities for networking and developing joint international programs, and liaison with other international education organizations.