Local scholars begin summer business internships
Denver Office of Economic Development places 20 college students from Denver Scholarship Foundation
DENVER, CO — Tuesday, June 24, 2014 —The Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) today announced that through a collaboration with the Denver Scholarship Foundation, 20 undergraduate students have been placed in a range of public and private summer internships. Spanning the industries of manufacturing, IT, finance and health care in addition to government, the eight-week paid internships will provide students with fast-paced organizational and leadership experience.
"The Denver Scholarship Foundation has built an exceptional, nationally admired model for supporting disadvantaged young people and making a college education possible,” said OED Executive Director Paul Washington. "We are pleased to be able to utilize the city’s contacts and connections to support an important facet of their ongoing program—real-world, paying summer jobs for students who have completed their first two years of undergraduate study.”
The interns have each completed 60 hours of study, mostly at Colorado’s four-year institutions, with an average GPA of 3.0. The Denver Scholarship Foundation referred a pool of its scholarship recipients to the city, which then selected 20 students for positions in four city agencies as well as 12 private employers.
Internships placed within city government include OED, Denver International Airport, Technology Services and Parks and Recreation. Private sector employers include The 3D Printing Store, Gibson Athletic, Autonomous Avionics, Iconergy, P2Binvestor, Marley Coffee, Innovation Pavilion, Coolerado, Live Consulting and the Colorado Technology Association.
The Denver Office of Economic Development (OED)is dedicated to advancing economic prosperity for the City of Denver, its businesses, neighborhoods and residents. Working with a wide variety of community partners, OED operates to create a local environment that stimulates balanced growth through job creation, business assistance, housing options, neighborhood redevelopment and the development of a skilled workforce.
The Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) makes college possible for Denver Public Schools students. DSF provides college and financial-aid advice to DPS students and their families through its high school based Future Centers, and it has awarded $21 million in a renewable, need-based scholarship to support students throughout their college careers. DSF also partners with colleges across Colorado on strategies to help Denver students complete their post secondary education.DSF aims to create a community-wide movement to prepare Denver’s youth to succeed in the sophisticated workforce of today and tomorrow.