Providence launches paid internship program for young people

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza announced Monday the city will partner with more than 20 local businesses and organizations to offer paid summer internships to residents between the ages of 14 and 24.

In a press release, the city said it will place young people “in a structured work experience with an employer” with a focus on communication, engagement in learning, critical thinking, perseverance and teamwork. The internships will last six weeks.

“Every Providence student should be prepared to succeed in the classroom and beyond,” Elorza said in a statement. “These real life work experiences are incredibly valuable and will complement the learning that occurs in schools. With the help of Providence business leaders, we are opening doors and creating pathways of opportunities for our youth.”

Participating employers include: AAA, Armory Management Company, Center for Women and Enterprise (CWE), Cornish Associates, Crossroads Rhode Island, Darrow Everett LLP, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island (DIIRI), Evolis, Federal Hill House, Global View Communications (GVC), Goodwin-Bradley, Co., KITE Architects, Lifespan, Marriott Hotels, New England Medical Innovation Center (NEMIC), Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce( GPCC), Providence Foundation, Providence Promise, Rhode Island Foundation, Roger Williams Park Zoo (RWPZ), Stages of Freedom, The Mullings Group, United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI), and Ximedica.

For those interested in applying for an internship, visit Residents can also contact the Mayor’s Center for City Services (MCCS) at City Hall by dialing 3-1-1. Applications are due May 30. 

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