May 09, 2018

Mayor's Summer Jobs Program Employer Appreciation Reception

From left: Bank of America Massachusetts Market President Miceal Chamberlain, BPS senior Kyri Spriggs, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, BPS senior Khalid Mohamed, Vertex Pharmaceuticals CEO Jeff Leiden, and State Street SVP and Foundation President Mike Scannell hold signs that share their first job. 

On Wednesday, May 2, the PIC, Bank of America and the City of Boston organized the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program Employer Appreciation Reception. The event convened private sector employers who have committed to hiring Boston youth for summer jobs at their companies and those who are considering bringing high school students into their offices this summer.  

Employers representing healthcare, technology, financial services, architecture, life sciences, and other industries attended the event to network, ask questions, and share best practices for successful summer internships. The event was also a chance for employers who are new to the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program to hear from those who have hired high school students for years. Many of the employers in attendance participated in this year's Job Shadow Day.

The event, hosted at Bank of America’s 225 Franklin Street location, included a speaking program featuring local business leaders, Boston Public Schools students who have worked in private sector summer internships, and Mayor Walsh.

Miceal Chamberlain, Managing Director and Massachusetts President of Bank of America, kicked off the program by sharing Bank of America’s commitment to building the future workforce by ensuring young people have access to workplace experiences.

Boston Latin Academy senior Kyri talked about her summer internship at Sanofi Genzyme. Working on the corporate communications team, Kyri says her experience taught her how professionals interact in the workplace, the importance of time management, and gave her the confidence that she can succeed in environments beyond her home community of Mattapan. 

Kyri holds a sign with her first summer job, a housekeeper at a youth camp

Snowden Internal High School student Khalid discussed his experience working in a Tech Apprentice internship at New England Sports Network (NESN) during the last two summers. “I went from a high school student with a little coding knowledge to a high school student with a resume, a high school student with a network, a high school student with real world experience,” he said.

Khalid speaks about his Tech Apprentice internships at NESN

Mayor Walsh thanked the business community for their commitment to the summer jobs program and for helping to build Boston’s future workforce. “Young people are our future and we need to make sure they have access to opportunities. One way to do that is to hire them for summer jobs,” Walsh said.

Closing out the program, Jeff Leiden, CEO of Vertex and a PIC board member, shared the benefits that his company has seen from hiring high school students each summer. Chief among those benefits is higher employee satisfaction among those who supervise high school interns. 

For more information about hiring a Boston public high school student for a summer internship at your company, please contact Alysia Ordway, PIC Employer Engagement Director, at

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