GM launches community program, paid internship for Detroit area high school students

DETROIT (WXYZ) - General Motors is set to begin the new GM Student Corp program. It's a paid internship with 110 Detroit high school students participating.

The program focuses on "service, education and mentoring," said General Motors North America President Mark Reuss.

"Improving the quality of life in our communities means more than writing a check," said Reuss. "It also requires investing in our young people, teaching them how good it feels to see their hard work help others, and providing them with the skills they need to lead and succeed as professionals and as citizens."

The students will be working on Detroit service learning projects, which include training and mentoring from 60 GM retirees and 12 GM University of Detroit Mercy student interns.

The company said it provides various elements of community service.

"Examples of service projects might include painting and cleanups at local parks, planting and tending a community garden, setting up food banks or meal programs and others," according to the organization. "Life skills sessions include career development, banking and finance, and health and safety."

This is not only a learning opportunity for the high school students said GM executives, but it also exposes its interns to "various career and educational opportunities."

Throughout the summer, GM said that it encourages program participants to record their projects.

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