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Students Inspiring Students – A Look at Cass Tech Interns at Ilitch Companies


Alfred Sheffield was encouraged by his classmates and inspired by his older brother to apply for one of 24 internship positions at Ilitch Companies this summer.

He is a 16-year-old student at Cass Technical High School in Detroit. This summer, he and other students will work with Ilitch Companies such as Little Caesars, Detroit Tigers, Olympia Development of Michigan and more.

Sheffield will work in the Little Caesars Human Resources Department, at the Fox Theatre. Within the first few days, Sheffield learned what to expect in a real corporate environment.

“Not a lot of teens get the opportunity to work in a corporate office. Most teens would have to wait until after college.” said Sheffield. “Everyone who works here is very passionate [in] what they do and I really feel like I am a part of the team. Working here at the Fox makes me appreciate Detroit and what the Ilitch family has done to turn the city around.”

Sheffield began his internship June 20. He and other students will work in entertainment, human resources, communications and other departments. He plans to take advantage of this experience to prepare him for college, where he would like to study business and communications.

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This "Students Inspiring Students" profile was written and photographed by Cass Tech High School seniors Jasmine James and Imora Perez—interns in the Marketing and Communications Department at Olympia Development of Michigan. This is one in a series of articles written by students that will appear on throughout the summer.

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