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HOUSTON -- Nonprofit organization Volunteer Houston and major oil company ExxonMobil have selected 65 nonprofit agencies here to participate in the 2008 ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program, Exxon stated.
The application period is open for college students seeking the paid summer internships. ExxonMobil will provide more than $195,000 in grants to pay the interns' salaries and Volunteer Houston's expenses. Volunteer Houston, meanwhile, will offer the selected agencies training to recruit and select interns, and manage an internship program.
"Real work experience and exposure to the nonprofit sector is what the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program has strived to offer college students for several years now," Steve Cassiani, president of ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co., said in a statement. "For the past 11 years, the program has provided Houston-area nonprofit agencies operating on limited budgets the added support they need during key summer months."
The ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program allows the area agencies to hire a college student for an eight-week internship, during which the applicants will work at the agencies. Along with interns' regular job responsibilities, students will attend a daylong development seminar created to broaden exposure to the nonprofit sector, volunteerism and community needs, according to Exxon.
"We are grateful that ExxonMobil has brought this program to life for us," Carrie Moffitt, CEO of Volunteer Houston, said in a statement. "The Community Summer Jobs Program cultivates a new generation of individuals who are inspired to pursue careers in the nonprofit sector, serve as board members or become lifelong volunteers."