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Ilitch Companies Welcomes New Class of Cass Tech Interns as part of The District Detroit Community Connect Program


For the second year, students from Detroit Public School’s Cass Technical High School will take part in a paid 10-week internship program at Ilitch Companies where they will work for Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Little Caesars, Olympia Entertainment and Olympia Development of Michigan.

“We can’t wait to welcome a new group of Cass Tech students to our companies this summer,” said Christopher Ilitch, President and CEO of Ilitch Holdings. “We’re proud to host bright young minds from the Detroit community and expose them to potential careers and job opportunities through unique experiences within our family of companies. They bring a great deal to our organization with their energy, enthusiasm and creativity.”

The program consists of 24 internship positions. To qualify, students must be at least 16 years of age and have a GPA of at least 3.0. The internships will begin on June 20 and continue for 10 weeks.

“Last year, we were excited for the new partnership. This year, that excitement has grown to outright joy because we know the positive impact these internships are having on our students, some of the best in the world,” said Lisa Phillips, Principal at Cass Technical High School. “We deeply appreciate the ongoing support we are getting from our neighbors in the Ilitch organization.”

This internship program is one of many initiatives announced as part of Ilitch Holdings’ Community Connect program, an important element of The District Detroit development. Through Community Connect, the Ilitch organization will ensure that this transformational project directly supports the Detroit community. The Ilitch organization is also conducting comprehensive workforce development and business participation outreach for The District Detroit’s numerous construction projects to ensure that local residents and businesses participate in the construction of the new arena.

Dozens of Detroit resident skilled-trades apprentices have worked on the construction site; more than 40 Detroit resident apprentices are currently working on the construction site daily. To date, the total dollars awarded to Detroit-based or -headquartered businesses is more than $308 million - nearly 60 percent of the total value awarded and eclipsing the 30 percent goal for Detroit business participation by nearly double.

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The District Detroit will be made up of a dynamic mix of sports and entertainment venues, including six world-class theatres and three professional sports venues – home to the Detroit Red Wings, the Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Lions. The District Detroit will also feature retail and residential developments, offices and hotels that connect these venues into one contiguous, walkable area, where families, sports fans, entrepreneurs, job seekers, entertainment lovers and others who crave a vibrant urban setting can connect with each other and the city they love. A Michigan Made, Detroit Built project, The District Detroit continues to transform lives by bringing jobs and opportunity to people and businesses across the city, region and state.

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