Intern Leadership Program


Intern Leadership Program (ILP)

The mission of the Intern Leadership Program (ILP) is to provide incentives for talented African-American youth to choose to live in, work in and provide leadership in the St. Louis region for civic and economic life after college graduation.

The ILP, which was funded by a generous grant from the Danforth Foundation, gives African-American youth opportunities beyond college graduation, to encourage leadership in the St. Louis community and to develop youth as highly productive, responsible citizens.

Cardinal Ritter Prep juniors and seniors in the ILP can receive leadership scholarships and summer internships with local major employers. ILP is a six-year program, with students trained in professional development and placed in internships throughout college. Upon college graduation, participants are in an excellent position to earn a job with the company for which he or she has interned through the program. The first phase of ILP students graduated from college in 2007.

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• Students who will have completed second semester (sophomore) are eligible
* to apply
• Students with a 3.0 GPA or above
• Students who have good attendance and punctuality records

Training Components:
• Resume Writing
• Speech Communications
• Interviewing
• Dressing to Impress
• Business Etiquette
• Leadership
• Character Building
• Summary Sessions
• Mock Interviewing
• Job Shadowing

Current & Past Program Partners

A.G. Edwards
Ameren UE
American Water
Bank of America
Commerce Bancshares
Edward Jones
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
ERM Technologies
Grant Cooper Associates
International Food Group
Laclede Gas
Maritz, Inc.
Nestlé Purina PetCare Company
Peabody Energy
Tyco/Healthcare Mallinckrodt
SSM HealthCare
Schnuck Markets, Inc.
Smurfit Stone Container
U.S. Bank
VA Medical Center