Recently, we highlighted the 25 Urban Alliance (UA) high school students who completed their internships at Rocket Companies in 2023. This was another milestone in a strong partnership that has evolved since we brought their flagship high school internship program to Detroit in 2018.
The paid internship provides Detroit high school students the opportunity to explore careers, receive one-on-one mentoring, networking opportunities, training, and the necessary soft skills to help them transition into a career. “The students learn so much based on the way the Urban Alliance program is structured,” said Jonathan Pulley, Career Education Program Manager at Rocket Community Fund. “For most of their internship, they’re still in high school, and addition to everything they learn throughout the program, they’re also figuring out how to juggle schoolwork, job training, organization and time management all while maintaining high academic excellence and professionalism.”
The Urban Alliance internship program benefits employers like Rocket Companies, too. Team members learn how to lead, and their interns offer fresh perspectives and new ideas, generating creative solutions to business challenges. “This opportunity brings teams together – they feel a sense of responsibility. It’s a bonding experience,” said Don Beckwith, a Rocket Central Business Program Manager who works on the Intern Experience team. “They get input from the next generation on products or processes that they might not have questioned before, thanks to the contributions of our interns.”
In this video, we get a glimpse into what the intern experience is like for some of our Urban Alliance interns, and one of their mentors. For everyone involved, the experience was meaningful and even life-changing. “Young Detroiters are smart, capable, creative, and offer immense value,” said Jayme Powell, Director of Education and Employment at the Rocket Community Fund. “Our students need the opportunity to broaden their experiences, build skills, engage in mentorship, and earn a living wage while they prepare for an educationally fruitful and economically mobile future, hopefully in Detroit, and hopefully with Rocket Companies!”