Internship.jpg This summer Turner Jones, an accounting major in Cox School of Business, learned about the business behind a nonprofit through the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program. The program funded Jones’ eight-week internship at PreGED School in East Dallas, which prepares adults struggling with literacy and English fluency for the high school equivalency exam.

“My internship opened my eyes to the world of nonprofits,” says the senior from Fort Worth, who created and updated financial reports and budgets, developed a financial forecast and helped with grant proposals. “The school opened up all of its records to me and said, ‘Go for it.’ It was exciting to know I could make a real impact.”

On Tuesday, July 29, 2010, PreGED School was named Agency of the Year by the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program in Dallas for the hands-on opportunities it provided to Jones during his internship.

“We are proud to support a program that introduces students to the life-changing work nonprofits undertake in our community,” said Suzanne McCarron, president of ExxonMobil Foundation, which presented PreGED School with a check for $1,000.

In photo, from left: Millicent Boykin of the Volunteer Center of North Texas; Mary Carter, board president of PreGED School; SMU senior Turner Jones; and Larry Harlan, ExxonMobil corporate citizenship and community investments manager.

In the program’s 20 years in Dallas, ExxonMobil Foundation has contributed more than $3.5 million locally to fund approximately 1,475 internships through the Community Summer Jobs Program.

Teri Walker, executive director of PreGED School, said Jones arrived for his summer internship with accounting textbooks in hand. “Starting his first week here, Turner applied his classroom knowledge to our real-life situation,” she said. “He revolutionized our accounting process, and his work will continue to help us for years to come.”

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