February 08, 2018
New Report: 2017 Summer Jobs Program
In support of the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program, the Boston PIC partners with the City to recruit private sector employers to pay and supervise high school interns. The PIC also collaborates with other nonprofits and city agencies to provide subsidized employment opportunities for Boston public high school students with funding from YouthWorks and private foundations. During summer 2017, the PIC prepared 2,665 Boston Public Schools (BPS) students for work-based learning internships and jobs at private sector employers and community-based organizations.
Through the PIC, students gain access to an array of professional settings across industries. The top three sectors for 2017 were 1) healthcare, 2) finance, insurance, and real estate, and 3) professional and technical services (including law firms, life science companies, and technology companies). These three sectors accounted for 75% of the PIC’s 1,081 direct, employer-paid placements.
|Top Industries||# of Placements|
|Finance, Investments and Insurance, and Real Estate||278|
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services||132|
|Total, Top 3 Industry Sectors||816|
|Total, Direct, Employer-Paid||1,081|
The 2017 summer jobs program included students from 31 Boston public high schools. Of these students, 59% were female and 41% were male. The PIC is collaborating with the BPS to boost recruitment of male students for summer job opportunities.
In terms of race-ethnic distribution, PIC-served students generally reflect the overall distribution of BPS 10th to 12th grade students. Nearly 70% of PIC students placed in summer jobs are Black or Hispanic.
High quality, paid work experience for students helps build the skills and career interests of Boston’s future workforce. By connecting young people with leading employers, students learn about high-growth jobs and industries in the city. Employers are able to expose a more diverse population to potential careers in their industries, creating a pipeline of incoming talent.