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380 Plano Teens Head to Job Fair Competing for Coveted Positions Offered Through Plano Mayor’s Summer Internship Program

Dressed in their professional best, 380 enthusiastic but nervous Plano teens will head to a real-world Job Fair on Friday, April 26, as part of the Plano Mayor’s Summer Internship Program. The rising juniors and seniors will shake hands and interview with some of the area’s top businesses and nonprofits seeking to fill 120 paid internship spots. Approximately 50 employers will conduct more than 900 interviews during the Job Fair, which will take place at the Plano Event Center.

Mayor LaRosiliere will be there from 2:15-3:15 p.m. thanking the employers and offering sage advice to the anxious students.

Job Fair sponsor JPMorgan Chase will underwrite 20 internships in the technology, health and nonprofit sectors in addition to hiring nine students to intern at their 1 million square-foot regional headquarters campus.

To prepare for the Job Fair, the students underwent intense job-seeking training including resume development and writing, mock interviewing and professional etiquette, while learning about self-branding, behavioral interviewing and how to develop a professional persona.

Prior to the Job Fair, 26 Plano ISD teachers will be interviewing for PMSIP teacher “externships” along with a variety of other learning experiences offered by Toyota Motor North America and JPMorgan Chase.  The two-week externships are being offered at Capital One, Children’s Health, Baylor Scott & White, Ericsson, Learning Forward, My Possibilities, NTT Data Services and City of Plano. The Plano ISD Teacher Externship Program is powered by Capital One.

An invaluable “earn and learn” experience, the Plano Mayor’s Summer Internship Program gives outstanding Plano high school students an opportunity to gain powerful experience through employment in a professional workplace. In its sixth year, the program combines Plano’s vibrant business community with a nationally recognized school district, connecting motivated high school students with exceptional local companies and organizations. The summer internship program runs eight weeks from June 10-Aug. 2 and concludes with a celebratory luncheon on July 29. Capital One is the presenting sponsor for a sixth year. Interns work 20 to 40 hours weekly at a minimum of $10 per hour.


Plano students and employers will be available for interviews.  

WHEN:             Friday, April 26, from 2:15-6 p.m. Mayor LaRosiliere will be there from 2:15-3:15 p.m.

WHERE:           Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway. Job Fair will take place in the Collinwood Room.

PARKING:       There is no charge for parking.


SPONSORS:   In addition to presenting sponsor Capital One, JPMorgan Chase is the Job Fair sponsor. (They also are underwriting 20 interns in the technology, healthcare and nonprofit sectors.) Also, The Boeing Company is the Internship Enrichment and Training sponsor, and NTT Data is the sponsor of the Community Service Day at the North Texas Food Bank. Other program sponsors are AT&T, Bank of America, City of Plano, Kroger, Liberty Mutual, Oncor, Plano ISD and Trammell Crow Company. Plano ISD is the education partner.

Participating companies and nonprofits for 2019 are Abernathy, Roeder, Boyd & Hullett, P.C.;Aimbridge Hospitality; Alliance Data; ArtCentre of Plano; Assistance Center of Collin County; AT&T; Bank of America; Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano; Booster Fuels; Boys and Girls Clubs of Collin County; Buildings Officials Association of Texas; CBRE/Legacy Tower; Children’s Health; Cigna; City of Plano; Collin College; Collin County Cares; Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum; Dallas/Plano Marriott  at Legacy Town Center; Emily’s Place, Inc.; Ericsson; FedEx Office; Geoforce; Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas; Granite Properties; Habitat for Humanity; Hendrick Foundation; Hilti Inc.; Hilton at Granite Park; Hope’s Door – New Beginning Center; JCPenney; JPMorgan Chase; Junior Achievement of Dallas; Kroger; Liberty Mutual; McAfee; Meals on Wheels Collin County; Medical City Plano; Minnie’s Food Pantry; Mission Possible Kids; My Possibilities; North Texas Food Bank; NTT Data; PepsiCo/Frito Lay; Plano Chamber of Commerce; Plano ISD; Susan G. Komen North Texas; Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Plano; The Boeing Company; The Salvation Army Plano Corps; The Samaritan Inn; Toyota Motor North America; Toyota of Plano; Trammell Crow Company; UBS; Wells Fargo; and Williamsburg Custom Homes, Inc.


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