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ExxonMobil Summer of Service Kicks Off

DALLAS -- Seventy-five interns and nonprofit agencies kicked off the 20th annual ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program with a reception at the Dallas Arboretum. Dedicated to helping agencies and interns alike, the eight-week paid internship program offers nonprofits much-needed help during the busy summer months and provides interns with hands-on experience in a variety of organizations, the company reported.

This year, ExxonMobil will provide $270,000 to cover intern salaries and program administration expenses in Dallas.

"Internships are increasingly more important to securing a job after graduation," Robert Lanyon, manager of corporate citizenship and community investments for ExxonMobil, said in a released statement. "The ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program is a great way for students to develop skills that prepare them for a successful future while providing more services to the community."

Along with welcoming the interns and agencies, the reception honored the 2010 Community Champions, alumni of the program who have gone on to pursue careers in the nonprofit sector. This year's Community Champions are Jarie Bradley and Meghan Irwin, the company reported.

The Community Summer Jobs Program in Dallas is administered by the Volunteer Center of North Texas, which manages the internships and trains agencies to better recruit, interview and select candidates. Each nonprofit is responsible for interviewing and hiring its own interns, which helps ensure that the unique needs of each agency are best met.

Since the program began in 1971 in New York, ExxonMobil has provided more than $16.3 million to support 4,400 community summer job internships. Today it is active in 12 states, including Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia and Wyoming.

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