Since 2013, more than 500 high school
students have earned a paycheck while learning real-world work skills
and giving back to their communities via the GM Student Corps. This
year’s Student Corps includes 129 students from 13 high schools in metro
Detroit, Flint and Pontiac.
The program pairs teams of 10 high school interns with retired GM
executives and college interns to plan and complete community service projects, primarily at neighborhood schools and parks.
This summer 60 GM retirees and 13 college interns are working with
students to develop teamwork, leadership skills and a community service
mindset. The teams work as small startups and manage all aspects of
their restoration, repair and clean-up projects, from budgeting,
planning and problem solving to execution.
Students also attend a financial planning seminar and engage in life
skills sessions on topics such as decision-making, relationship building
and resume writing. They tour GM facilities and the University of
Detroit Mercy for exposure to career and educational opportunities.
Participating high schools select students based on their leadership potential, dedication, determination and
academics. The college interns come from University of Detroit Mercy,
the University of Michigan Flint and Ann Arbor, and Wayne State
The 2016 GM Student Corps
schools are Central Collegiate Academy, Detroit Public Schools Cody
Campus, East Detroit High School, Flint Southwestern Academy, Hamtramck
High School, Harper Woods High School, Henry Ford High School, Madison
High School, Melvindale High School, Detroit Public Schools Osborn
Campus, Pontiac High School, River Rouge High School and Van Dyke
Lincoln High School.
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