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Summer Internship Program Begins with New Class of Cass Tech Students

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This week, students from Detroit Public Schools’ 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 among others.

For the third year, Ilitch Companies will welcome 24 high school interns throughout the summer months. Beginning June 26 interns will work in departments such as human resources, communications, marketing and community affairs.

In order to qualify for the program, students must be at least 16 years old and keep up a GPA of at least 3.0.

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.

Former Ilitch Companies intern Jayla Conner, 18, spent the summer of 2015 working in human resources at Little Caesars. After finishing the program and graduating from Cass Tech High School, Jayla went on to college at Bowling Green State University where she now studies psychology in sports.

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 entire redevelopment process.

The District Detroit will ultimately account for an economic impact of more than $2 billion by 2020 and create 12,500 construction and construction-related jobs and 1,100 permanent jobs. More than $100 million in income from the Little Caesars Arena alone is expected for Detroit residents, with significant additional income to be created through future private development.

More than 600 skilled-trades apprentices have worked on projects within The District Detroit. To date, the total dollars awarded to Detroit-based or -headquartered businesses is more than $400 million and the amount awarded to Michigan businesses tops $600 million.

About The District Detroit

The District Detroit is one of the largest sports and entertainment developments in the country. Located in the heart of Detroit, this 50-block, mixed-use development led by the Ilitch organization unites eight world-class theaters, five neighborhoods and three professional sports venues in one vibrant, walkable destination for people who want to live, work and play in an exciting urban environment. Home to the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and Detroit Lions — The District Detroit represents the greatest density of professional sports teams in one downtown core in the country.