The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce has partnered once again with Mayor Michael Nutter and the City of Philadelphia, WorkReady Philadelphia and their partners to encourage regional businesses to provide a paid internship this summer.
The program begins on July 5 and lasts for six weeks. Students entering 11th grade or higher work at least 20 hours per week Monday through Thursday and attend professional development programs offsite on Fridays. Each position costs the employer $1,671, which includes intern salary and program administration.
“For far too many of our region’s ambitious and talented young people, promising careers simply seem out of reach,” said Rob Wonderling, President and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. “As stakeholders in the future of this region, it is our responsibility to help change that. Working with employers and our partners in workforce development, we will give the city’s youth the chance to experience a professional environment and earn a paycheck.”
This is the sixth consecutive year that the Chamber has encouraged regional businesses to provide an internship. The campaign has been successful because Chamber members – ranging from large corporations to small businesses – have recognized the need of young people and have responded by providing a paid internship or funding a position at a non-profit organization. In fact, approximately 80 percent of the companies that hired interns last summer are Chamber members.
“The Chamber has made incredible strides over recent years to increase the number of internships available at businesses throughout the city and region,” said Mayor Nutter. “This opportunity gives teens meaningful work experience, exposes them to potential career opportunities, and helps spark their interest in pursuing higher education — all of which is crucial to positioning Philadelphia for success.”
TD Bank has been the Chamber’s corporate partner on this initiative for the past five years. In 2009 the Chamber, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Youth Network and the Chester Youth Collaborative, created a small pilot program for youth enrolled in the Chester-Upland High School. This year, Pentec Health has signed on as a supporter of the Chester program.
For youth looking to receive internship information, call WorkReady Philadelphia at 267-502-3742.