In 2014, MDC Partners (MDC) committed to work in partnership with Year Up in the Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic regions from 2014 to 2015 to provide 25 young people with paid, 6-month internships that will offer practical work experience and prepare them for the workforce. Year Up was chosen as lead partner for this initiative due to the organization's strong track record and proven results in recruiting, training and supporting young people as they transition into the work place. In addition, Year Up's training focus areas align with areas of skill shortage within the MDC network.
Interns will be placed with MDC and throughout the partner agency network in various disciplines including Information Technology, Financial Operations, and Quality Assurance & Project Management. Each intern will benefit from the mentorship of industry professionals who will provide day to day supervision, and career mapping support. Additional opportunities for personal and professional development will be developed throughout the course of the project. Roles for interns will include day to day IT support, project-based IT work supporting internal operations and client projects, quality assurance and testing, procurement process management and various financial functions, among others to be determined through the course of the project.
MDC will manage the partnership between partner agencies and the Year Up team to establish internship opportunities and manage the placement process. Through this process, a direct supervisor will be determined for each intern. That supervisor will provide ongoing feedback to MDC and Year Up about the intern's progress and information on any additional support required. MDC will also evaluate the program and provide feedback to the various stakeholders. In addition, MDC Partners CEO Miles Nadal will give a speech discussing the importance of engaging opportunity youth at an event for partners and clients.
Formal Start Date - July
Cycle A placements begin
Mid-placement evaluation for Cycle A placements
Final evaluation for Cycle A placements (survey to placement agencies, supervisors and interns)
Finalize January placements (target 11)
Cycle B placements begin
Mid-placement evaluation for Cycle B placements
Overall program evaluation (survey to all interns, placing agencies, direct supervisors) & decision on future partnership
Completion of Cycle B
Final evaluation for Cycle B placements (survey to placement agencies, supervisors and interns)
Today, there are more than 5.8 million young people who are out of school and out of work in urban neighborhoods across America. Despite being talented and motivated, these young people lack access to higher education and careers that elevate them above the poverty line and provide them with a living wage. Without access to these opportunities, the country runs the risk of perpetuating the cycle of poverty for low-income young adults at a time when the work force needs them most.
MDC Partners is one of the world's largest Business Transformation Organizations that utilizes technology, marketing communications, data analytics, insights, and strategic consulting solutions to drive meaningful?returns on marketing and communications investments for multinational?clients in the United States, Canada, and worldwide. MDC Partners believes that hiring, training and empowering great talent is at the core of its success.
MDC Partners is committed to investing in the lives of young people around the world. At a corporate, agency and personal level, the company contributes its time, talent, and treasure to advancing causes in the areas of creative entrepreneurship, education, and health care. MDC Partners new partnership with Year Up is the first step in formalizing a strategy aimed at providing greater pathways to employment for all young people.
All resource needs for this project will be covered through MDC Partners' existing philanthropy budget. No additional resources required at this time.
Throughout the partnership, MDC will promote this partnership through a variety of platforms including relevant social media platforms (Twitter) and the MDC Cares Blog, both as a way to showcase the partnership, and also to inspire other companies to engage in similar work. MDC will share lessons learned to both empower and inspire other companies to launch a similar effort. Internally, MDC will work within its network to support similar initiatives within their agencies. MDC will continue to work with Year Up to extend its reach by sharing experiences on the employer engagement platform.