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46 July 14 • 2011
s students work their way
through college, they often
begin to look for internships
and other opportunities that will build
their resumes. Unfortunately, many local
students look for these opportunities
outside of Michigan.
In an effort to keep students in
Detroit for the summer, a group of
local Detroiters — brought together by
Eugene Sherizen of Huntington Woods
— got together to create the College
Student Internship Program (CSI). This
collaborative initiative matches college
students with a wide variety of intern-
ships in Southeastern Michigan.
CSI joins new Jewish programs, such
as Moishe House and CommunityNext,
in focusing on bringing young people
to Detroit and helping the community
"Of course, there is certainly some
appeal to living in
a new location or
moving to a bigger
city, but if you have
good job prospects in
Metro Detroit, staying
close to home can be
quite appealing, too','
said Amy Brody, CSI
"With this guiding principle,
CSI focused on the immediate task of
engaging students in businesses around
the community to show them the job
potential in Detroit. We hope students
will build relationships with their sum-
mer employers so after graduation they
are more likely to receive job recommen-
dations or even offers, and also increase
Currently in its first year, CSI revolves
around its website, www.csinternships.
org, where a student can create a profile
and upload a resume as well as search
internships posted by various employ-
ers in the area. When a student shows
interest in a posted position, CSI serves
as the middleman by sending his or her
resume to the employer. Once the con-
tact is made, it is up to the student and
employer to set up an interview and see
if the fit is right.
Danielle DePriest, a University of
Michigan senior, found an internship
through CSI at the law firm of Jaffe, Rain,
Heuer and Weiss LLC.
"The CSI program provided me with
the unique opportunity to gain invalu-
able, hands-on professional experience
while highlighting the many viable
career opportunities in the Metro Detroit
area',' she said. "Each day at my intern-
ship I am able to learn something new in
my area of interest and also connect with
the dynamic young Jewish professional
community in the Detroit area."
CSI had about 120 students register
on the website and posted 43 available
positions. The program also found
internships for students based on their
personal requests, which were not posted
on the website. Employers involved with
CSI include the Detroit Jewish News,
BroderSachse Real Estate Services and
Prizelogic. CSI is aware of 18 matches
made through its program, with more
currently being worked on as students
finish spring term at their universities.
CSI was created by a group of seven
local parents, business professionals
and community volunteers. At a din-
ner for the interns hosted by the CSI
team at the Franklin home of Roz and
Stanford Blanck on June 28, David
Broner explained how they started
by calling about 100 local businesses,
with nearly all wanting to participate.
"Many of the people we called said
they wished this program had been
around a few years ago to keep their kids
in Detroit',' Broner remarked.