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Internships offered to low-income and minority students in Dane County

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Minority or low income students looking for work now have some options thanks to the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County.

The organization, along with a number of partners on Thursday announced they will sponsor 160 paid internships for 15 to 20 year olds.

"Teenagers between 16 to 19 holding summer jobs nationwide have declined from 53 percent in 2000 to just 22 percent in 2012." Michael Johnson, the CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, said. "The current summer unemployment rate for teenagers in Wisconsin is 19.8 percent."

The internships will be with the City of Madison, Dane County and 33 other non-profits and local businesses.

"There will be a variety of agencies the library, parks, planning, water utility, dept of civil rights, economic development," Mayor Paul Soglin said. "They'll be in these offices and we expect them to come back as we've seen in the past as permanent public employees, or making tremendous strides in the private sectors."

The internships will pay the students between nine and 15 dollars an hour, but Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke says it's about more than that.

"We know that these internships are not just about earning money and a summer job, but its about developing those life long skills, workplace skills, those mentoring relationships that are going to fuel the aspirations and the dreams for these young people," Burke said.

"These interns will provide important skills and professional connections that will help students find success in life and in future careers and help them achieve their ultimate dream," Dane County Board Supervisor Shelia Stubbs said.

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