Startups are always in need of an extra hand, and Mayor Menino has a suggestion for them: hire some high school students this summer. Through the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program, companies can hire students through a streamlined process run by the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC). The Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program is decades old, but starting last year Menino sought to engage startups in the initiative to further his goals for Boston’s growing “innovation district.”
The Mayor’s office emphasizes that the process is streamlined, making it easier for time-crunched startups to participate. The PIC helps to match the candidates to companies’ unique needs, and lets them step in later in the process to interview the top candidates.
Participation by Boston companies can help improve the city’s workforce for the future, according to a testimonial from FastCAP Systems, an energy storage startup that participated in the program last year.
“We believe that the best way to hire good engineers and good engineer leaders is actually to develop them,” Riccardo Signorelli, FastCAP CEO, says in a video on the program’s website. The video notes that the company has had difficulties filling some openings, and therefore feels it has a stake in the region’s workforce development.
In addition to FastCAP, jewelry startup Gemvara participated last year, and both companies plan to hire students again, according to the Mayor’s office. However, most of the companies in the program are significantly larger, including Bank of America, Best Buy, and even the Red Sox.
Students can be hired through the program for between $8 and $12 per hour, for anywhere between 25 and 35 hours a week. Companies interested in hiring a high school student can sign up here. To learn more, read the program’s FAQ.