Philadelphia youth begin paid internships

    About a thousand Philadelphia youth will begin paid internships Monday. The Chamber of Commerce is continuing the program despite the tough economy.

    About a thousand Philadelphia youth will begin paid internships Monday. The Chamber of Commerce is continuing the program despite the tough economy.

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    The Chamber of Commerce only awarded internships to 1000 this year, down from 1500 a year ago. Joe Mahoney is Executive Vice-President at the Chamber of Commerce. He says many of the variety of jobs expose students to fields they didn’t previously know anything about.

    Mahoney: I remember last year a student working in the radiology department in one of the hospitals. He didn’t know when he got the job what radiology was but coming out of there he decided he wanted to finish school, go on to college and get into the medical profession.

    The interns make about 10 dollars an hour working a 20 hour week, including an session where they interact with other interns and talk about their working experiences.

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