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Local nonprofit connects 40 college students with paid internships


GardHouse, a local nonprofit, wants to increase the number of students with careers after college by helping them gain experience now.

Last year the organization helped nine students get 16-week long, paid internships. This year, they did the same for 40 students. Internships offer students meaningful experience to help them attract employers upon graduation.

GardHouse places students in fields ranging from carpentry to marketing. Those accepted into the program choose which industry to intern for. 

The internships pay $20 an hour and students receive financial literacy education as well as career coaching through GardHouse.

Local partners of the program include 100 Black Men of Charlotte, the Latin American Chamber of Commerce, small businesses, and more. 

How does it work?

Jonathan Gardner, founder and executive director of GardHouse, said interns are selected through a three-part interview process. 


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