Birmingham Promise on Monday launched a new semester of paid internships for seniors in Birmingham City Schools.
Throughout the spring, 75 seniors will gain work experience at 65 local businesses, ranging from the city’s largest public and private institutions to smaller businesses and startups.
“These experiences allow students to earn money, to develop job skills and to begin building professional networks that will last a lifetime,” said Rachel Harmon, executive director at Birmingham Promise. “At the same time, our participating businesses are building a pipeline of talent that will help them meet their workforce needs in the future. It’s laying the foundation for ongoing economic success in Birmingham.”
Birmingham Promise internships focus on four core industries: finance and insurance, healthcare and life sciences, energy and engineering, and digital technology.
Students who participate in the program earn $15 an hour and also receive academic credit for their on-the-job experiences. The students are matched with local employers after an application and interview process.
One of the students who received an internship is Aniyah Mosley, a Wenonah High School student who will work this spring at Protective.
“We were thrilled to welcome Aniyah to Protective and had a great time getting to know her while onboarding her at Protective,” said Kat DePalma, human resources consultant at Protective, one of the local businesses providing internships this spring. “Protective is excited to have this opportunity to support our Birmingham students while giving them an opportunity to learn our industry.”
Since Birmingham Promise launched in 2020, close to 250 students in Birmingham City Schools have benefited from the internship program, and more than 80 local employers have participated.
Employers participating in the program this semester include:
- Boswell Media; Alabama Media Group; Alabama Power; Altec; American Pipe & Supply; Babypalooza; Bama Health Foods; Birmingham Barons; Birmingham Black Chamber of Commerce; Birmingham Business Journal; Birmingham City Schools; Birmingham Civil Rights Institute; Birmingham Public Library; Birmingham Zoo; Blue Cross Blue Shield; Boulo; Brasfield & Gorrie; Bridgeworth Wealth Management;
- CBG Strategies/Jones Group LLC; Climax PR; Cobbs Allen; Cooper Green Mercy Health Services; Corporate Realty; EBSCO; eManuel Business Solutions; Encompass Health; Fleetio; Goodwyn Mills Cawood; Hardward Park; Hoar Construction; Kassouf & Co.; Kassouf Healthcare Solutions; Kelly Road Builders; Kingdom Builders Accounting; Landing; LRY Media; Magic City Pest Control; Medical Properties Trust; Naughty but Nice Kettle Corn Co.; Oakworth Capital Bank; Prosper; Protective; Robins & Morton; Rx Benefits; Segal Actuarial Services/Consulting; Shipt; Spire; Starnes Davis Florie;
- Therapy Brands; Therapy South; 3G Chemical Solutions; TruFund Financial Services; UAB Career Center; UAB Clinical Simulation; UAB Facilities Planning Design and Construction; UAB Facilities Administration; UAB Office of the President; UAB Office of the Provost; UAB Hospital Maintenance; UAB Human Resources; Urban Impact Birmingham; Urban League; Vulcan Materials; Vulcan Value Partners; Woodlawn Foundation.
Birmingham Promise continues to encourage new businesses to join the internship program. Anyone who is interested should contact Birmingham Promise at 205-843-5967.
Birmingham Promise provides up to four years of tuition assistance for graduates of Birmingham City Schools who attend public colleges and universities in Alabama. It also manages an internship program that allows high school seniors to build valuable work experience while earning money and gaining academic credit. It has also provided almost 250 internships. For more information on Birmingham Promise, visit http://www.birminghampromise.org/ or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Updated at 1:35 p.m. on 2/1/2022 to include the correct information