Bank of America, United Way team up on internship program

By Bernadette Starzee

This article was originally published in the Long Island Business News.

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Bank of America has teamed up with United Way of Long Island to provide a paid summer internship program for high school and college students.

Nearly 40 students from low- to moderate-income families are participating in this year’s “Summer Youth Employment Program,” in which they are working at about 20 nonprofit organizations in Nassau and Suffolk. The program, which began June 24 and runs through Aug. 23, is administered by United Way of Long Island and supported by a $75,000 grant from Bank of America.

The students, who range in age from 15 to 21, each work six weeks and fill a variety of roles in offices, summer camps, farmers’ markets and other settings. Participating nonprofits include Boys & Girls Club of Hicksville, Choice for All, Community Development Agency of Hempstead, Community Vacation Camp of Westbury, Gateway Youth Outreach, H.E.L.P. Services, Hispanic Brotherhood, Hispanic Counseling Center, Long Beach Reach, Nassau County Youth Bureau, Youth and Family Counseling Agency of Oyster Bay, Boys & Girls Club of Bellport, Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk, Family Community Life Center of Riverhead, Gerald J. Ryan Outreach Center, Suffolk County Youth Bureau, Summer Youth Connection (Town of Huntington) and Urban League of Long Island, as well as United Way of Long Island.

The interns came together on July 31 for a professional development and community service day at Bank of America’s Melville offices. While there, they attended workshops conducted by senior bank staff on topics that included resume building, financial literacy, career guidance and leadership skill development. The interns also assembled more than 200 care packages for homeless veterans served by the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless.

United Way, which has served as the employer of record for the Summer Youth Employment Program for the past eight years, also collaborated with the Nassau and Suffolk County Departments of Human Services’ Office of Youth Services, which helped to identify both program participants and community agency host sites.


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