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    ExxonMobil Foundation Selects 75 Agencies to Receive Interns

    The nonprofit organizations will benefit from grants supplied by the oil company's philanthropic arm.

    IRVING, Texas -- The ExxonMobil Foundation, along with the Volunteer Center of North Texas, revealed 75 Dallas-area nonprofits that will receive grants to hire summer interns as part of the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program (CSJP), the ExxonMobil Foundation stated.

    Selected agencies are now accepting applications from college undergraduate students who are interested in a summer internship in the nonprofit sector, according to the agency. The program offers undergraduates the opportunity to earn a salary while gaining experience and serving the community, while agencies mentor aspiring young professionals and receive needed assistance during busy summer months, the organization stated.

    "The ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program has grown into such a successful program because of the shared benefits to participating students, agencies and the community as a whole," Gerald W. McElvy, president of the ExxonMobil Foundation, said in a statement. "A paid, educational internship is very attractive to undergraduates, and selected agencies benefit from hosting some of the best and brightest college students from across the country. In the end, the program is helping to develop the next generation of nonprofit professionals, volunteers and board members who will continue to give back to their communities after graduation."

    In 2008, the ExxonMobil Foundation will contribute more than $237,000 to provide for interns' salaries and the Volunteer Center's administrative expenses, the organization stated.

    "The ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program is unique in that it pairs work in the student's chosen field with an appreciation for the importance of the nonprofit sector in the community," Phyllis Bernstein, chair of the Dallas County Council on Volunteerism, a part of the Volunteer Center of North Texas, said in a statement. "We thank ExxonMobil for their continued support in the success of this program, which provides significant help to so many nonprofit organizations and connects talented young people with the needs and opportunities for service in their communities."

    The program, in its 18th year in Dallas and 37th year nationwide, has provided more than $8.4 million to support nearly 4,000 community summer job internships in 10 states, the organization stated.

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