With the introduction of the first-ever GM Student Corps, General Motors North American President Mark Reuss announced that 110 Detroit-area high school students will be entering a paid summer internship program, which also emphasizes service, education and mentoring.
All of the students come from 11 United Way Network of Excellence Schools, and will work in teams of 10 to develop and implement service projects in Detroit-area neighborhoods. Helping to train and mentor them are 60 GM retirees and 12 GM student interns from the University of Detroit Mercy, of which many of the students major in service-based programs. Employee volunteers from Team GM Cares also will assist throughout the summer.
Schools participating in the GM Student Corps are: Central Collegiate Academy, Detroit Public Schools Cody Campus, East Detroit High School, Hamtramck High School, Harper Woods High School, Henry Ford High School, Madison High School, Melvindale High School, Detroit Public Schools Osborn Campus, River Rouge High School and Van Dyke Lincoln High School.
In addition to managing every aspect of their projects, from budgeting to planning to implementation, the students will meet periodically with mentors for life skills sessions following a curriculum developed by Junior Achievement.
The internship will begin in mid-June, and will finish in August.