None of us here at GMA had the opportunity to partake in the GM Student Corp program, but that sure would have made high school much more interesting in our teenage selves. The purpose of the program is to, “provide high school students with paid internships and the opportunity to give back to their neighborhoods.”
The initiative also benefits the entire community as a whole. This year, students will be mentored by 55 GM retirees, 14 interns from the University of Detroit Mercy and the University of Michigan-Flint, as well as numerous volunteers from General Motors. The mentors provide job training, college preparation, professional and career development, along with leadership and life lessons.
Another incentive for the students that we’ve already mentioned is that these are paid internships. Mark Reuss, the executive vice president of GM Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, points out that this internship is most likely their first job as a high school student, and it offers them financial stability while also “putting them on a path to success.”
The program was quite successful last year, in terms of their community projects. The teams renovated a total of 15 schools and 17 parks. With that, they removed over 1,800 bags of trash, refurbished over 230 fire hydrants, built over 300 benches and picnic tables, and still managed to contribute in a few other ways as well. Hopefully the addition of Pontiac High allows the GM Student Corps to accomplish even more in 2015.