June 2, 2015

ExxonMobil Kickoff

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Interns ready to spend summer working for Houston-area nonprofits to support the community, gain real-world experience

Community leaders, nonprofits to welcome top college students at kick-off event for ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program

HOUSTON ─ College students from across the country are rolling up their sleeves to work with nonprofit organizations in the Greater Houston area as part of the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program kicking off this week.

The ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program (CSJP), coordinated by Volunteer Houston, is an eight-week paid internship program that recruits and trains future leaders by introducing college students to careers in the nonprofit industry. Nearly 1,700 students applied for an internship, and 70 were selected by nonprofit agencies to help serve those in need and enrich the community.

The students will join community leaders to launch the program at a special kick-off event on Thursday, June 4, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, located at 1001 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX 77005.

Whether it’s helping to organize summer camps for children with cancer at the Periwinkle Foundation or delivering groceries to homebound seniors with Interfaith of The Woodlands, the interns will provide much-needed assistance while gaining work experience on the operations side of nonprofit organizations.

“These nonprofit organizations are a powerful force in helping our community thrive, and they have recruited many of the nation’s best and brightest college students committed to changing the world around them,” ExxonMobil Headquarters Community Relations Manager Truman Bell said.

The ExxonMobil Foundation is providing $232,500 in grants to fund the CSJP interns’ salaries and administrative program expenses. Since the program’s inception, the ExxonMobil Foundation has contributed over $2.8 million for more than 1,000 internships in the Greater Houston area.

“Local nonprofit organizations will get crucial support during the busy summer months while interns get on-the-job training on how nonprofits function,” Volunteer Houston CEO Cameron Waldner said. “Many former interns have pursued careers and volunteer opportunities in Houston’s nonprofit sector after being exposed to the organizations’ impact on those in our community.”

The CSJP interns are undergraduate students who will be returning to college as full-time (minimum 12 credit hours per semester) sophomores, juniors or seniors in the fall of 2015. This year’s interns come from 37 universities in 17 states and are pursuing a wide variety of studies. The students applied directly to the 501(c)(3) agencies of their choice, and the participating non-profit organizations interviewed and hired them .

[section_heading]About Volunteer Houston[/section_heading]

Volunteer Houston, established in 1974, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development, promotion and support of volunteerism. For more than 38 years, Volunteer Houston has been the city’s sole referral service connecting volunteers to a broad spectrum of diverse nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit organizations all around Houston and its vicinity rely on Volunteer Houston to acquire over 42,000 volunteers per year.

[section_heading]About ExxonMobil Foundation[/section_heading]

The ExxonMobil Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of Exxon Mobil Corporation in the United States. The foundation and the corporation engage in a range of philanthropic activities that advance education, health and science in the communities where ExxonMobil has significant operations. In the United States, ExxonMobil supports initiatives to improve math and science education at the K-12 and higher education levels. In 2014, together with its employees and retirees, Exxon Mobil Corporation, its divisions and affiliates, and the ExxonMobil Foundation provided $278 million in contributions worldwide.


[section_heading]2015 ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program Participating Nonprofit Agencies[/section_heading]

Amazing Place Houston Wilderness
Asia Society Texas Center Houston Zoo, Inc.
Association for the Advancement of Mexican Interfaith of The Woodlands
Americans (AAMA) International Rett Syndrome Foundation
Aurora Picture Show KIPP Houston Public Schools
Bayou Preservation Association Literacy Advance of Houston
Bel Inizio Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Bering Omega Community Services Love Fosters Hope
Bo’s Place Memorial Assistance Ministries
Breakthrough Houston The Monarch School
CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery Montgomery County United Way
County Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Center for Houston’s Future The Parish School Partnership for the
Child Advocates Advancement & Immersion of Refugees
Children’s Museum of Houston (PAIR)
Chinese Community Center The Periwinkle Foundation
Christian Community Service Center (CCSC) Positively Houston
City of Houston Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office The Players Theatre Company
Communities in Schools – Houston Playworks
Community Youth Outreach Project C.U.R.E.
C-STEM Teacher and Student Support The Rose
Services, Inc. San Jose Clinic
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion SEARCH Homeless Services
Dress for Success Houston SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship
Financial Mentors of America, Inc. Souper Bowl of Caring
The Friendship Center Star of Hope Mission
Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services The Student Conservation Association (SCA)
Texas Center for the Missing
The Health Museum Trees for Houston
The H.E.A.R.T. Program Urban Harvest, Inc.
Hermann Park Conservancy Vita-Living, Inc.
Holocaust Museum Volunteer Houston Wildlife Center of Texas
Houston HomeAid Houston The Women’s Home
Houston Ballet Foundation Writers in the Schools
Houston Community ToolBank YES Prep Public Schools, Inc.
Houston Symphony YMCA International Services
Houston Tomorrow Young Audiences of Houston