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Plano offers high school students paid summer internships



PLANO, TX – The Plano Mayor’s Summer Internship Program is accepting applications until March 6 from high school sophomores and juniors who are seeking paid positions at top companies and nonprofits.

Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere launched the seventh year of the program last week with a Jeopardy-style show featuring 10 alumni, who shared what they learned from their experiences and how the program prepared them for professional careers.

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“This program is a win all the way around for our interns, employers and city,” LaRosiliere said in a news release. “Students benefit from exposure from our innovative business community, where they learn essential workforce skills, create valuable contacts and get the sense of being part of a team that’s doing big things. In turn, our companies and nonprofits gain from the students’ energy, determination, curiosity and creativity.”

The presenting sponsor of this program is Capital One. Other sponsors include JPMorgan Chase, Boeing and NTT Data.

LaRosiliere said he hopes to recruit more businesses, large and small, to provide at least 120 eight-week internships.

The part-time and full-time internships pay at least $10 an hour and run from June 8 to July 31. Selected students must also attend a March 28 training session and an April 24 job fair. The formal job offers will be announced in May.

Interested students can complete an essay and the online application. They must be 16 years old before June 8 and a sophomore or junior who lives in Plano or attends a Plano high school. They must also have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be eligible to work in the United States.