Inspiring Minds wrapped up its first summer-long internship program on Monday.
The idea behind the new program is simple — keep students from leaving the area once they graduate.
Students who took part said they hope the program continues for years to come.
The program matched 18 students with paid internships in fields of their interests. Students worked for the city courts, with school districts and with private businesses.
Beyond the chance to work in the field, the program also offered social enrichment and personal development classes.
“We had a section where, it’s like, how to dress for an interview and for your workplace. There’s a lot of different forms of how you should dress and how you shouldn’t, what you should and should not wear. It’s actually helped a lot,” said Haley Davies.
Davies worked at the Warren Municipal Court this summer, and she said the internship gave her a look at how the court system works.
“It’s very eye-opening,” she said.
The students also learned about resume building, networking and other skills to make them job-ready.
For more information about Inspiring Minds and the program, visit www.imyouth.org.