Garcia and Community Partners to Announce Internship Challenge at Aquarium

Mayor Garcia speaking at an event last year about numerous goals, including one to increase the number of internships within the city by the end of his first term. File photo. 

Mayor Robert Garcia and community partners will present the “Long Beach Internship Challenge” program tomorrow at the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Mayor’s office announced today.

The program aims to call to action employers across sectors in offering more internships to Long Beach students as part of Garcia’s announced goal to double the number of internships in the city by the end of his first term, according to a release issued today.

“Internships are a crucial step in the education of our youth,” said Garcia in a statement. “By offering internships to our students, we not only support their success, we increase the opportunities for graduates to stay in Long Beach and contribute to our economic development and growth.”

Partners include the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), Long Beach City College (LBCC), Long Beach Collaborative to Advance Linked Learning (LBCALL) and the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network.

According to the release, the Mayor will announce the internship challenge as part of a program that will include presentations by LBUSD Superintendent Christopher Steinhauser, LBCC President Eloy Oakley and CSULB Vice President of Student Services Dr. Carmen Taylor.

Molina Health Care’s John Molina, Maya Hotel’s Kristi Allen and Jesus Espericueta, a Jordan High School student completing an internship, will speak to an audience consisting of business leaders and potential employers.

“I want to thank these outstanding community leaders for supporting this event,” said Garcia in a statement. “Our youth are counting on us.”

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