75 Nonprofits, College Students Celebrate Start of ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program

Interns and Agencies Kick-off Summer-Long Program and Honor 2009 Community Champions During Reception

Jun 2, 2009 - 12:00 PM EDT



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DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today at the Dallas Arboretum, 75 interns and agencies officially kicked-off the 19th annual ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program (CSJP). The eight-week paid internship program, now in its 38th year nationally, offers nonprofits much-needed help during the busy summer months and encourages college students to pursue careers in the nonprofit sector and to be active members of their communities. ExxonMobil provides more than $267,000 to cover intern salaries and program administration expenses.

“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. It is also an opportunity for the interns to become active participants in their own communities,” said Robert Lanyon, manager, corporate citizenship and community investments, ExxonMobil.

“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.”

Along with welcoming the 2009 interns and agencies, the reception honored the 2009 Community Champions, alumni of the program who have gone on to pursue careers in the nonprofit sector.

The 2009 Community Champions are Brandolon Barnett and Skyler Harper. Barnett interned with Globe Aware as part of the 2006 CSJP. During his internship, he had the unique opportunity to travel to Costa Rica to create a volunteer training video for the agency. As a result of his internship, Globe Aware hired Barnett full-time as the director of program development and media after his graduation from the University of Pittsburgh.

Harper participated in the 2003 CSJP and worked with Make-A-Wish Foundation as a special events intern. Today, Harper is an event manager with Big Brothers Big Sisters and he credits much of his success in the nonprofit world to his time as a CSJP intern.

“Our partnership with ExxonMobil is one that strives to engage interns and agencies with one another to promote the importance of involvement and volunteerism in our community,” said Phyllis Bernstein, chair, Volunteer Center of North Texas’ Dallas County Council on Volunteerism. “This reception is an opportunity for the 2009 interns and agencies to set the tone for a community-focused summer and celebrate past interns such as Brandolon and Skyler. 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.”

The Dallas program is administered by the Volunteer Center of North Texas, which manages the internships and trains agencies to better recruit, interview and select candidates. Each nonprofit is responsible for interviewing and hiring its own interns. This process helps ensure that the unique needs of each agency are best met.

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. Today it is active in 10 states, including Alabama, Alaska, California, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia and Wyoming.

About ExxonMobil Foundation

ExxonMobil Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of the Exxon Mobil Corporation in the United States. The Foundation and the Corporation engage in a range of philanthropic activities that advance education, health and science in the communities where ExxonMobil has significant operations. In the United States, ExxonMobil supports initiatives to improve math and science education at the K-12 and higher education levels.

Globally, ExxonMobil provides funding to improve basic education and combat malaria and other infectious diseases in developing countries. In 2008, together with its employees and retirees, Exxon Mobil Corporation, its divisions and affiliates, and ExxonMobil Foundation provided $225 million in contributions worldwide, of which more than $89 million was dedicated to education. Additional information on ExxonMobil’s community partnerships and contributions programs is available at www.exxonmobil.com/community.


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Leah Johnson or Caroline Horner, 214-373-1601