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Thomson Reuters Partners with Workforce Opportunity Services to Launch Internship Program for African American and Latino Youth in Texas

CARROLLTON, Texas — Workforce Opportunity Services (WOS)—the leading non-profit organization geared towards aligning individuals from underrepresented groups with transformative career opportunities—is proud to announce that we have partnered with Thomson Reuters to launch an internship program designed for African American and Latino high school students in Carrollton, Texas.

According to a 2016 study released by Brookings, roughly 3 million youths— primarily African American and Latino—are neither in school or working due to the lack of job readiness resources and barriers to education. Thomson Reuters—a leading multinational mass media and information firm—has been dedicated to cultivating a culture of inclusion through various internal initiatives. Through the internship program—which is modeled after WOS’ “In the Community” initiative—participants will have the opportunity to develop their soft skills and technical skills while learning how to navigate a corporate environment; ultimately equipping them with the tools needed to pursue a post-secondary education and eventually a successful career. WOS will design and develop the curriculum and facilitate recruitment and training for the program. Students who are selected will attend workshops surrounding the following topics:

  • Business writing essentials
  • Time management and goal setting
  • Critical thinking and decision making
  • Effective online job search and interviewing techniques
  • Professionalism in the workplace

Following the training phase, students will be selected for paid internships at Thomson Reuters where they will work on capstone projects.

“We’re thrilled to partner with WOS to implement this internship program at Thomson Reuters. A major step towards creating more diverse and inclusive workplaces is giving individuals from underserved communities and underrepresented groups a seat at the table,” said Linda Hassan, Head, Diversity & Inclusion – Americas Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion, Thomson Reuters “Through this program, we hope to level the playing field for high school students from underserved communities by providing them with access to job readiness workshops and mentorship so that they can build a solid foundation for their futures. We’re excited about playing a role in molding the leaders of tomorrow.”

About Workforce Opportunity Services
Workforce Opportunity Services (WOS) is a next-generation 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that transforms early career professionals by cultivating their talents. We connect leading companies all over the world with a network of thousands of ready-to-work professionals who reflect diverse communities and customers. Our partners rely on us to recruit, educate, and train employees with the highest potential who will remain committed to their work over the long term.

Every day, we promote upward mobility, professional success, financial independence, and lifelong learning. We are experts in helping companies identify and assimilate the skills of veterans and underserved job seekers. We offer hands-on support services to ensure that promising employees stay on a steady career path.

Based at Columbia University in New York City, our scientifically-based program offers cutting-edge research and analytics in partnership with top-tier academic institutions. Since our founding in 2005, we have partnered with more than 50 corporations in 35+ locations around the world. For more information, visit wforce.org.

Contact: Brandee Sanders, (212) 870-2247, brandee.sanders@wforce.org

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