The Stay Close, Go Far High School Summer Internship Program launched as a pilot program in Summer 2022. We recruited a pilot class of 13 local businesses, placing 34 rising junior and senior high school students across the city where they learned interview skills, job readiness, and on-the-job training. The pilot was so successful that this year we had 23 local businesses sign on and more than 150 high school applicants.
The Summer Internship opportunity is so important for both our students and the businesses. On the business side, the Internship seeks to directly connect the needs of our local workforce and economic development community with a pipeline of talent within Lynchburg City Schools. The Summer Internship helps home grow our workforce by introducing students to opportunities right here at home to local businesses that are ready and willing to hire them on day-one after graduation, whether it’s from high school or college.