ExxonMobil Launches Community Summer Jobs Programs To Benefit 75 Dallas Area Nonprofit Organizations
DALLAS - The ExxonMobil Foundation and the Volunteer Center of North Texas have announced the 75 local nonprofit agencies selected to participate in this year’s ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program. The agencies are now accepting applications from undergraduate college students interested in a paid summer internship and exposure to the nonprofit sector.
The nonprofit organizations will receive assistance during the summer months and, in turn, the undergraduates receive hands-on work experience, learn the value of community service and earn a salary.
Seventy-five students will participate in an eight-week paid internship program designed to challenge, inspire and help develop skills necessary for their future careers.
Intern salaries and the Volunteer Center’s administrative expenses are funded through a grant from the ExxonMobil Foundation totaling $200,000.
“We believe that education is the cornerstone of opportunity and achievement. Through the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program, students learn about the nonprofit sector and obtain other skills that will help them become successful in their chosen careers,” said Gerald McElvy, president of the ExxonMobil Foundation. “Over the past 17 years many from this program have made significant contributions to our community, and we are gratified to see a new cadre of future community leaders lend a helping hand to useful neighborhood organizations.”
The Volunteer Center of North Texas will provide training to agencies on the recruiting, interviewing and selection process, as well as assistance in organizing and managing the summer internships.
The participating agencies will select the interns, who must be full-time undergraduate college students to qualify. In addition to regular job responsibilities, interns attend seminars designed to provide insight on the nonprofit sector, the community’s needs and volunteerism. Students also engage in community service activities.
“The ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program not only prepares college students for the future, but it also meets the needs of nonprofit organizations in the Dallas area,” said Phyllis Bernstein, chair, the Volunteer Center’s Dallas County Council on Volunteerism. “We are thankful for ExxonMobil’s continuous support of this important program and cultivating a sense of community spirit.”
Now in its 17th year in Dallas and 36th year nationwide, ExxonMobil has provided more than $7.7 million to support almost 3,700 community summer job internships in 10 states including: Alabama, Alaska, California, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia and Wyoming, and internationally in Angola. In the Dallas program, ExxonMobil has provided more than $2.5 million to place more than 1,250 college students in summer internships.
College students interested in internship positions may contact the selected agencies, university career planning and placement offices, or the Volunteer Center of North Texas. For a list of participating agencies, visit The Volunteer Center website at www.volunteernorthtexas.org.
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