AIG colleagues came together this summer to host an internship program for inner city students in partnership with the Development School for Youth (DSY). DSY prepares inner-city students ages 16 to 21 to enter the workforce by helping them grow and develop in areas such as public speaking, resume writing, dressing for success, and interviewing skills. Once students successfully complete the program, they are placed in internships provided by sponsoring companies, such as AIG. This year marks the fifth straight year AIG has supported DSY interns, with a total of 70 students completing internships at AIG since 2011.
AIG hosted a record 27 DSY interns this year divided into 13 cross-functional teams in the New York City area. The annual internship program is led by Chris Baker, from AIG’s Technology Risk Office, in collaboration with caring AIG colleagues in the Northeast region who serve as members of the DSY Steering Committee.
“This program provides young people a unique experience of what it’s like to work in corporate America,” said Baker. While I am grateful to be in a position to open AIG’s doors for them, I also appreciate the risk they take in stepping through those doors and I applaud their courage for doing so.”
Over six weeks, interns worked on real business problems such as how to improve internal collaboration, enhance password management and increase the adoption of Governance 2.0. They also heard from key AIG leaders, including Chief Risk Officer Sid Sankaran, who was the keynote speaker at the farewell luncheon, and U.S. Distribution and Field Management President Steve Grabek, who led a talk on “5 Lessons on Leadership.” In addition, they helped AIG make a positive impact on the global community by packaging more than 285,000 meals for children in Haiti at “Stop Hunger Now” volunteer event.
“This year’s program was a great success because of the exemplary contribution of AIG employees across the region,” said Nkechi Vaughn, U.S. & Canada Client Engagement Manager and DSY Steering Committee Member. “Our goal is to deliver a robust internship that empowers students to challenge themselves in new ways, while creating rewarding opportunities for AIG colleagues to give back, and this year we accomplished that once again.”
For more information on the DSY Program, please watch this video.