Boys & Girls Club of Dane County paid summer intern program grows

Boys & Girls Club of Dane County paid summer intern program grows

The Boys & Girls Club of Dane County is growing its successful paid summer internship program for low-income and minority teens.

This summer they have secured positions for 275 teens, an increase from the 250 teens that were able to participate last year.

This BGCDC’s Internship and Employment Experience Program places students in paid internship positions with participating companies. The students are paid between $9 and $15 an hour.

In addition, the students are exposed to a business environment and get to experience different fields. It gives them an opportunity to find a career that inspires them to grow.

“It is all about giving them opportunities to see what exists in the community and we want to make sure our young people are prepared for college and careers,” said Michael Johnson, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County.

Jennifer Mendez Rodriguez participated in the program in 2014 as a paid summer intern with American Girl and WORT Radio. It opened her eyes to a career she is now pursuing in marketing. She is enrolled at Madison College and hopes to eventually transfer to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“I had never been in a business environment, especially a professional environment and I feel like that was very eye-opening,” Mendez Rodriguez said.

While the paid summer internship program continues to grow and help more students there are more than 5,000 low income and minority teens in Dane County unable to experience the same opportunity.

The Boys & Girls Club of Dane County is hoping more businesses in the county will offer to participate in the program so more students can participate.

Businesses interested in participating can apply online.