Time is running out for students to apply for a job in the 2019 Mayor’s Intern Fellows Program – the deadline is Jan. 31.
The program offers an 8-week, paid internship (interns were paid $10-$17 per hour last year) with a local company or nonprofit agency. Last year, 2,400 students applied and 395 were chosen for internships. In its 12th year, the program, designed by Education is Freedom, is seeking to expand in more ways than one.
At a kickoff event on Tuesday, Jan. 15, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and representatives from sponsoring companies AT&T, Bank of America, Chase and Highland Capital Management made pitches to expand the program to include additional companies and nonprofits. With expansion, more students could land internships.
The best pitch for the program, however, came from eight former interns. Each credited the intern program for making a difference in their lives – from giving them a jumpstart in a future career or giving them confidence to push themselves to succeed.
Internship hopefuls must live in the City of Dallas and attend a Dallas ISD school, Richardson ISD high school or charter high school. They must be age 16 and eligible to work in the United States by June 10. Additionally, they must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, solid school attendance record and a letter of recommendation from their schools.
There are also required training sessions and mock interview sessions conducted by each participating school. Applicants will attend a job fair on April 1 to meet with potential employers.
Find detailed information and the application at www.mayorsinterns.org.