More than 300 Baltimore youth are building a professional resume this school year
Posted September 03, 2019
Baltimore, Md., September 2, 2019 - Today, 73 twelfth-graders from Baltimore City are headed to work at a corporate internship. Tomorrow, more than 100 ninth-graders will travel across the greater Baltimore area for work as well. By the end of the week 345 total high school students from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (CRJ) in upper fells will have reported to the first day of a year-long internship. From now until the end of the school year, they will work one day each week to earn a portion of their tuition, learn workplace skills, and develop a powerful social network in their city. 

This experience is possible through what the school calls its Corporate Internship Program (CIP). “Our students earn their opportunity, create value for our partners, and learn professional skills critical for college and career success,” shared John Busse, who directs the program. 

The work-study program is a part of a model used by 37 Cristo Rey schools across the nation. In Baltimore, this innovative approach to education provides four years of professional work experience combined with a college-preparatory education to young people from families who have, on average, a household income of less than $35,000 a year. The results include a higher-than-average college acceptance, enrollment, and persistence rate: 100%, 90%, and 85%, respectively. 

CRJ - Baltimore partners with 130 businesses, nonprofits, and investors to employ its students and make the program possible. “The collective support and investment of our partners is crucial,” according to Busse. 

Cristo Rey student Aaron ‘20, who is returning to Capital Funding Group for his final year as an intern shared that he’s most excited about seeing his supervisor again. “She’s like my mom at work - she takes care of me.” A network of more than 450 workplace supervisors at the school’s partner organizations help mentor and support young people like Aaron in the workplace. 

Deon ‘20, who interns at Coastal Sunbelt Produce, also shared that getting to know the people at work was among the highlights of the experience. He shared: “number one, it’s all about the impression you make and how you present yourself. Even a simple hello can go a long way. You never know who you’re going to meet.” 

Trinia ‘23 will go to her first day on the job at the University of Maryland St. Joseph's Medical Center on Wednesday. With aspirations to be a surgeon, an internship placement at a hospital is exciting for her. She shared, “I think it’s going to be cool. I’m excited about meeting new people [and] about the actual workplace experience - getting to know what to do and what not to do.” 

Among the school’s partners that hire students like Aaron, Deon, and Trinia are: businesses like A&R Development, Allegis Group, Kelly & Associates Insurance Group, McCormick & Company, and the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company; hospitals and healthcare institutions like Brightview Senior Living, GBMC, The Johns Hopkins Health System, Mercy Medical Center, and Sinai Hospital; law firms like Gallagher Evelius & Jones; banks and financial firms like Brown Advisory, Legg Mason, M&T Bank, PNC Bank, and T. Rowe Price; and area nonprofits. 

Before he boarded a CRJ bus to go to work this morning, Aaron ‘20 shared some advice for his fellow Cristo Rey interns: “do what you’ve got to do...then put it on your resume.” 

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, 420 S. Chester Street, Baltimore, MD 21231
Phone: 410.727.3255
Fax: 443.573.9897