The nonprofit Long Beach Career-Linked Learning recognized local employers and summer interns during a recent event at Browning High School.
Long Beach CaLL is a partnership among the Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach City College and Cal State Long Beach.
Nearly 150 employers and students gathered at the high school to celebrate the importance of real-world experiences for students and to honor the many talents CaLL interns brought to the workplace this summer.
“Our interns have been extremely amazing,” Nella Marov, director of customer care for FreeConferenceCall.com, told the event audience. “CaLL found the right fit for our culture, and also our fit into their lives.”
The goal of the program is to help young people develop personal and professional skills that contribute to their success in the workforce.
“Before Long Beach CaLL, I used to consider myself really college-oriented and really prepared in that aspect,” intern and McBride High School student Raquel Garcia said. “But I found out that there is so much more that I could be doing. With this internship, not only does it look good on college applications, but it’s really given me a focus of what I want to do in school and what I want to do in my career.”
CaLL provided 93 summer internships, more than double compared to the prior year.
More information for employers and students is available at longbeachcall.org.