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Kansas City Paid Internship Program Receives Overwhelming Response

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Carlos Moreno/KCUR 89.3
Once an intern in the office of Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Kay Barnes, current Mayor Quinton Lucas strongly supports the Working For Youth internship initiative.

With the goal of placing 500 Kansas City young people as paid interns in area businesses, Working For Youth's Hire KC program has received 900 applications to date.

As a former intern himself, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas knows the value of the career exploration that internships can provide. Of his time in Mayor Kay Barnes' office, Lucas recalls, "It told me, 'Wait a second, maybe it's the sort of thing that I can do.'" A current intern describes his experience, and the senior director of Hire KC explains how the program works.

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