Internship programs funded with generous support from Brown University and Cox Charities.
Mayor Angel Taveras today expressed appreciation to 11 students who spent this summer working to make a difference in Providence through the City's internship program. Participants in the summer internship program, generously supported by Brown University and Cox Charities, included undergraduate and post-graduate students who spent summer months immersed in projects across a number of municipal departments.
"I thank this talented and thoughtful group of young people for dedicating their summer to making a difference in the lives of city residents," said Mayor Taveras. "We are grateful to Brown University and Cox Charities for their generous support of this program and their valuable contributions to the city of Providence."
The City hosted a half dozen Brown University students who participated in the University's "iProv" internship program, now in its second year of placing students in nonprofit organizations based in the greater Providence area. iProv interns were sponsored with $18,000 of funding through the Swearer Center for Public Service and the CareerLAB at Brown University.
"Partnerships are critically important to the vitality of our institutions and our cities," said Brown University President Christina Paxson. "iProv is an example of a partnership that offers widespread and enduring value: It provides experiential learning opportunities for our students in ways that benefit local organizations and the communities they serve. I'm pleased Brown can play a part in this program."
This year's Mayoral Fellowship program sponsored several interns with a generous $10,000 donation by Cox Charities.
"Cox Communications believes strongly in the importance of hands-on learning. The City of Providence Mayoral Fellows internship program is a fine example of how this type of learning helps young people grow as future professionals and we are proud to support their efforts," said Jennifer Bramley, Cox Communications vice president of government and public affairs. "Education is more than just a commitment at Cox. It's a way of life for our employees and our business. Congratulations to the graduates."
Additional internship positions were funded through Providence Talks and the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism.
Providence's summer interns enjoyed twice-weekly "Lunch and Learns" through a partnership with the Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor's Office that included speakers from city and state government as well as partners in the private and non-profit sectors. Speakers included Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts, Mayor Taveras' Chief of Staff Gonzalo Cuervo and the City of Providence's Acting Director of Policy Sheila Dormody.
This summer marks the first year that summer interns were placed in the City's Providence Talks program and the Providence Public Schools. Interns also worked in the Healthy Communities Office, the Office of Sustainability, the Mayor's Policy Office and Art Culture + Tourism.