Nonprofit Organizations, College Students Celebrate Start of ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program in Houston

ExxonMobil Kicks-off Summer-Long Program and Honors 2009 Community Champions During Reception

Jun 3, 2009 - 11:16 AM EDT



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HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today at Houston’s Hospice Garden, 65 interns and non-profit agencies, together with Houston’s First Lady, Angela White, officially kicked-off the annual ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program.

The eight-week paid internship program, now in its 38th year nationally, offers nonprofit organizations much-needed help during the busy summer months and encourages college students to be active members of their communities. ExxonMobil provided grants totaling $211,250 for intern salaries and Volunteer Houston expenses associated with the program.

“The ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program 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 Neil Chapman, president ExxonMobil Global Services Company.

“This ExxonMobil program continues to be one of the most successful signature programs we have been a part of to date,” said Carrie Moffitt, executive director of Volunteer Houston. “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,” she said.

Along with welcoming the 2009 interns and agencies, Houston’s first lady Andrea White presented the Community Champion Awards to former CSJP interns Melinda Wood and Za’ndra Jackson. Wood interned with Ronald McDonald House as part of the 2006 CSJP. During her internship, she had the unique opportunity to assist the development department in fundraising, as well as relationship management. Jackson participated in the 2002 Community Summer Jobs Program and worked with Crisis Intervention of Houston. Today both are working with leading not-for-profit agencies in Houston. Wood is a communications manager at American Cancer Society. As for Jackson, she is manager of volunteer and community outreach at Depelchin Children’s Center.

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

Volunteer Houston administers the program and assists in training the agencies on recruiting, interviewing and selecting an intern candidate, as well as how to organize and manage the summer internships. The interns are selected by the participating agencies and must be full-time college students. In addition to regular job responsibilities, interns are required to attend seminars structured to give them broader exposure to the nonprofit sector, community needs and volunteerism. Through the seminars, students also engage in professional development and community service activities.

Since the program began in 1971 in New York City, ExxonMobil has provided more than $9.3 million to support almost 4,300 community summer job internships in ten states including: Alabama, Alaska, California, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia and Wyoming, and internationally in Angola. In the Houston program alone, ExxonMobil has provided more than $1.6 million to place more than 600 college students in summer internships.

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


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