Greenville Chamber partners with Greenville County Schools to launch internship program

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The Greenville Chamber has partnered with Greenville County Schools to create LaunchGVL — a program that connects high school students with paid internships in high-demand industries.

As part of the program, which is set to launch this summer, coordinators will match high school students with internship opportunities in engineering systems; health science; human resources and services; arts, communication, and information technology; environmental and agricultural sciences; and business, marketing, and management.

Businesses will also play an active role in developing their future workforce by guiding students on the path to filling critical jobs, according to a news release. The chamber is seeking businesses to participate in the program and host internships.

“At the Greenville Chamber, we strive to be a solutions provider. LaunchGVL provides an innovative and proactive solution to our business community’s No. 1 concern: access to qualified workforce,” said Greenville Chamber president and CEO Carlos Phillips. “By participating in this initiative, businesses not only gain immediate access to young, motivated talent but also have taken an active step in preparing the workforce of the future.”

The Greenville Drive and Jordon Construction Co. are the first companies to join the program and hire interns beginning this summer, according to a news release.

“The Greenville Drive is committed to leading the charge in efforts that strengthen our community as a whole,” said Craig Brown, owner of the Greenville Drive. “We recognize the powerful role internships can play in enhancing students’ educational experience, crystallizing their interests and strengths, and developing a more prepared workforce. Moreover, having young interns as part of our organization provides us with a sense of vitality and freshness that helps us stay on top of our game.”

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