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    ExxonMobil Kicks Off Community Summer Jobs Program

    Nonprofit agencies gain collegiate interns to help out during the summer.

    HOUSTON and DALLAS -- Earlier this week, 65 interns and nonprofit agencies officially kicked-off the annual ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program (CSJP) in Houston, while 75 interns and nonprofit agencies kicked-off the 19th annual ExxonMobil CSJP in Dallas.

    The CSJP is an eight-week paid internship program that offers nonprofit organizations help during the summer months and encourages college students to pursue careers in the nonprofit sector.

    Now in its 38th year nationally, ExxonMobil provided more than $267,000 to cover intern salaries and program administration expenses in Dallas, and an additional $211,250 in grants for the Houston program, according to the company.

    "The ExxonMobil CSJP is much more than a paycheck or a summer job, it is an opportunity for our community to interact with the leaders of tomorrow and encourage them in their careers and futures," Robert Lanyon, manager of corporate citizenship and community investments for ExxonMobil, said in a statement. "Our hope is that at the completion of the summer, these 75 interns will return to their universities, prepared to take on the challenges of today’s world with a unique understanding of the nonprofit sector."

    At the receptions, the agencies and interns were welcomed into the program, while the events also honored 2009 Community Champions—alumni of the program who have gone on to pursue careers in the nonprofit sector.

    "This reception is an opportunity for the 2009 interns and agencies to set the tone for a community-focused summer and celebrate past interns," Phyllis Bernstein, chair, Volunteer Center of North Texas’ Dallas County Council on Volunteerism, said in a statement. "These Community Champions truly represent the spirit of CSJP and deserve recognition for the hard work they have continued beyond their involvement with the program."

    During the Houston reception, mistress of ceremonies, Melanie Lawson, news anchor for KTRK-TV 13, presented the fourth annual Volunteer Spirit Award to Ellen Hetherington for her continuous support and dedication through volunteerism with area nonprofits, including Memorial Assistance Ministries.

    "This ExxonMobil program continues to be one of the most successful signature programs we have been a part of to date," Carrie Moffitt, executive director of Volunteer Houston, said in a statement. "Among our goals at Volunteer Houston are to make people aware of the importance of volunteering, offer a birds-eye view of the needs in our community and encourage volunteerism. This program accomplishes all of those things and more."

    Since the program began in 1971 in New York City, ExxonMobil has provided more than $9.3 million to support 4,300 community summer job internships. It is currently active in 10 states including Alabama, Alaska, California, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia and Wyoming.

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