The St. Louis Internship Program (SLIP) is a year round internship program designed to help youth from a financially disadvantaged background. SLIP pairs students from these backgrounds with companies in the community. Giving many of the students a once in a lifetime chance and opening them to a world of opportunity to them. SLIP students are high school sophomore and juniors who maintain at least a 2.0 GPA and qualify for free or reduced lunch. They also go through an intensive interview and training to ready the students for the work environment and other future endeavors. Students who successfully complete the program get placed in a paid eight week internship.
St. Louis Internship Program (SLIP) Background
- Founded in 1992 in St. Louis, MO
- Independent 501(c)(3), community-supported organization
- Funded through program fees as well as contributions from corporations, individuals, foundations and community organizations
- Committed to training future leaders and tax paying citizens in the St. Louis community and providing them with professional experience
- Over 3,400 students have completed the SLIP program with over 98% of the interns graduating high school and going on to college or other post-secondary training
- SLIP has been the recipient of a number of awards, including EMA Foundation School/Business Partnership Award co-sponsored by the Wall Street Journal, The American Bar Association (ABA) – Information America Partnership Award of Merit, St. Louis Social Ventures Partners (a program of the Regional Business Council) – Collaboration, Focus St. Louis’ What’s Right with the Region Award and many others