Charles Rivas and Edilawit Teklehaimanot began their afternoon internships at Inova Alexandria Hospital. Both are seniors at T.C. Williams High School in the early school release program and on track to graduate. They are participating in a partnership program between the Urban Alliance and Inova. Although Urban Alliance was founded in 1996, its partnership with Inova is new this year.
According to the Alexandria Gazette Packet, “Through Urban Alliance’s High School Internship Program in partnership with Inova, students receive a nine-month paid internship with intensive professional job roles and life skills training. Emily Rogers, Communications Director for the Urban Alliance, says “There is a lot of support for students at the low end, and for the super achieving, but not much for those in the middle with all of the talent and drive but no chance to showcase it. We go after that group.” She adds, “We work with the schools with the greatest need for paid internships.” Currently, there are 21 high school seniors from Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax working in Inova clinics, hospitals, and administrative offices.”
As per Alexandria Gazette Packet, “At the end of the internship, there is a public speaking challenge where the students talk about their experiences, what they have learned, and what they hope to do next. Again, another soft skill, learning to communicate, so important in the workplace. UA was founded to expand economic opportunity and access to career options for economically-disadvantaged students. They have provided over 400 Northern Virginia students with paid internships and more than 1,350 with workforce readiness training.”