"Business leaders ask me all the time what they can we do to help education. Here’s one thing, and it’s big – bring an intern or several into your company or small business, or underwrite a student to work at a nonprofit,” said Mayor Rawlings. "It’s a game changer for these students who get a chance to be immersed into a professional work environment and are given exposure to an array of careers they never imagined. And the company also benefits because it gets to make connections with top, hard-working students who are prospective employees.”
Since its inception in 2008, 1,048 Dallas ISD and public charter high school students have participated in the program. The 2014 edition of the program was the largest – almost 1,700 Dallas public high school students applied for internships, 975 qualified for the Job Fair, and a record-breaking 300 students were hired by 102 businesses and 81 nonprofits that provided internships last summer. NOTE: Student applications for 2015 have closed; applications for 2016 will open in October at mayorsinterns.org.
In his call to action, Mayor Rawlings asked businesses to increase the number of interns at their workplace and to recruit vendors, customers, clients and neighboring businesses. And if a company cannot sponsor an intern at their business, he said they can underwrite an intern to work at a local nonprofit agency or be a program sponsor. He also made a plea to small businesses – who illustrate the spirit of entrepreneurship – to join the effort in hiring a teen. To sign up, go to mayorsinterns.org by April 1.
Mayor Rawlings shared that organizations, like the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and Omni Dallas Hotel, were so impressed with their interns that they’ve hired them as regular employees who work year round, come back during holidays or even while in college.
Entering its eighth year, the Mayor’s Intern Fellows Program introduces high school students to careers and employment opportunities in industries and companies where they have expressed interest. Modeled after the prestigious White House Fellows Program, the Intern Fellows Program prepares motivated teens to become the leaders of tomorrow.
The students – rising juniors and seniors from Dallas ISD and public charter high schools – get exposure to a variety of fields, including technology, healthcare, law, finance and accounting, education, the nonprofit sector, advertising/marketing/public relations, engineering, manufacturing and hospitality, and many more. In 2014, interns worked in hospital bone marrow units and professional theaters, led youth programs, developed sports marketing programs, and witnessed engineers and architects as they tackled their next project.
AT&T is the Founding Sponsor and Bank of America is the Presenting Sponsor of the 2015 Mayor’s Intern Fellows Program. For the past three years, Bank of America has underwritten 40 internships at nonprofit agencies as part of their $100,000 sponsorship.
Highland Capital Management is the sponsor of the Job Fair set for April 10 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion, where students will be interviewed by human resource professionals and receive formal job offers. Alliance Data is the Fellows Training Sponsor, to provide the interns with three days of intense training – including Microsoft Office and leadership training – before their summer positions begin. As the Community Service Sponsor, Tenet Healthcare will underwrite a service day at the North Texas Food Bank on June 13.
Other program sponsors include Atmos Energy, Citi, Dallas Citizens Council, Dallas ISD, Delta Dallas, Kroger, Texas Instruments, The Real Estate Council and TurningPoint Foundation.
The Mayor’s Intern Fellow’s Program is facilitated by Dallas nonprofit Education is Freedom (EIF), a comprehensive college-planning program offering a dedicated team of school-based experts who offer college-access programming in numerous Dallas ISD high schools.
Employers are asked to provide at least one eight-week summer internship for a student fellow for 20 to 40 hours weekly, pay the interns the recommended minimum rate of $9 per hour, and pay a program fee of $500 per intern, which covers the intern’s participation in "Business 101” professional development training; the Job Fair, Fellows Training and Community Service Day. The eight-week internships will begin June 15 and conclude Friday, August 7. The Mayor’s Intern Fellows Program celebratory luncheon is July 30 at the Omni Hotel Dallas.
Businesses also are asked to provide students an opportunity for job shadowing of executives and to observe company operations. Probably one of the most important aspects is to set up one-on-one conversations with managers and executives regarding college and career prospects and to share information about the company’s industry and variety of career options.
Businesses and organizations that have signed on for 2015 are AECOM; Alliance Data; ALON USA; Ambit Energy; Andrews Distributing Company; Arena Operating Company; Atmos Energy; AT&T; Axxess; Balfour Beatty Construction; Bank of America; Beck Group; Behringer; Big City Crushed Concrete, LLC; Central Kia; Children's Health; Citi; City of Dallas, Office of City Manager; Cityplace; Comerica Bank; Communities Foundation of Texas; CP&Y; Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART); Dallas Business Journal; Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau; Dallas County Schools; Dallas ISD; Dal-Tile Corporation; Deloitte; Eastfield College; Essilor of America; EY; Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; FirstSouthwest LLC; Frontera Strategy; Gaedeke Group; Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP; Gold Metal Recyclers; Good Fulton & Farrell; Grant Thornton, LLP; Haynes and Boone, LLP; HDR Engineering; Highland Capital Management; Hilton Anatole; HKS, Inc.; HNTB Corporation; Houlihan Lokey; Hunt Consolidated; Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion; iNSPIRE!; Invesco; ISN; Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.; Jones Day; Jones Lang LaSalle; JPMorgan Chase; JQ; Kimberly-Clark Corporation; Kroger; Locke Lord LLP; McKool Smith; Methodist Health System (MDMC); MoneyGram International; Omni Dallas Hotel; Omni Dallas Hotel at Park West; Omni Mandalay Hotel; Oncor; ORIX Foundation; Parkland Health & Hospital System; Pinnacle Technical Resources; PwC; Ridgemont Commercial Construction; Ryan LLC; Schmidt & Stacy Consulting Engineers, Inc.; Sheraton Dallas Hotel; Slater & Matsil LLP; South Side on Lamar; Southcross Energy; Southern Methodist University; Southwest Airlines; Tenet Healthcare; Texas Capital Bank; Texas Instruments; Texas Rangers Baseball Club; Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children; The Real Estate Council; TravisWolff, LLP; United Surgical Partners International; University of North Texas System; University of Texas at Dallas; UNT Dallas; Uplift Education; USI Southwest; UT Southwestern Medical Center; Weber Shandwick; and Wells Fargo.
Human resource professionals from participating companies will interview students at a real-life job fair to be held April 10 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion.
The program is open to rising juniors and seniors at any Dallas public or charter high school who are eligible to work in the U.S. during summer 2015. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, a solid attendance record, and a recommendation from campus leadership. They must also participate in the required training sessions prior to their internships.
To learn more or register online, go to mayorsinterns.org
or call 214-871-0783.