As paid interns at schools around the university, students gained career experience and mentorship
For six weeks this summer, Tufts hosted 18 high school students as paid interns as part of the Tufts University City of Boston Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP).
A partnership between the City of Boston and Tufts University’s Office of the Provost, Government and Community Relations, and Human Resources, the initiative was part of Boston Mayor Michelle Wu’s expansion of the city’s Summer Youth Employment Program. The SYEP expansion, supported by an $18.7 million investment from Mayor Wu, created 7,000 paid youth jobs—1,000 more than in 2022.
With an emphasis on strengthening the pipeline to higher education for Boston youth, Tufts was invited by Mayor Wu to participate as a host site.
“We were honored to be invited by the mayor to join the city’s Summer Youth Employment program,” said Liza Perry, deputy director of the office of Government and Community Relations. “Thanks to an effective collaboration between Tufts and the mayor’s Office of Youth Employment and Opportunity, we built a high school intern program of which both Tufts and Boston can be proud."
Tufts staff worked together to manage all administrative aspects of the program and the creation of weekly professional development sessions. The City of Boston assisted with recruitment efforts and funded the program through a grant.
The program’s interns—all City of Boston residents—worked across a variety of offices on the Medford/Somerville and Boston Health Sciences campuses. In addition to their day-to-day responsibilities in offices with functions ranging from assisting with dental clinic operations to supporting student services, the interns also received mentorship on post-secondary education and attended weekly career planning sessions that focused on personal and professional growth.
“Students not only gained work and career experience, but they also received significant exposure to post-secondary education options,” said Cigdem Talgar, vice provost for education. “This experience, combined with the mentorship and professional development, was incredibly powerful for the interns.”
Chloe Trente Un, a high school student at Boston Latin, worked in the dean’s office at the School of Medicine. “I've been exposed to so many unique people and introduced to the career paths that they have taken in medicine,” said Trente Un. “This program has opened my eyes to the directions that the medical field can take you and has connected me with amazing people who can help me along the way.”