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Nazareth Prep Mentor Orientation Prepares Corporate Partners for Their New Interns

An internship mentor meets his new Nazareth Prep interns over lunch

As Nazareth Prep students settle into a new school year, their Internship Program mentors are preparing to welcome their new “employees.” On Friday, September 9, professionals from over 75 local corporations and nonprofits attended orientation to learn about what to expect as a mentor and how to maximize the benefits of the Internship Program for our students and their company.

This year, Nazareth Prep is welcoming 21 new companies as Internship Partners, including innovators in the tech sector, nonprofit organizations furthering important causes, established legal firms, universities, and real estate companies, and more. Along with the dozens of returning Internship Partners, these companies enable us to connect Nazareth Prep students to the corporate world and explore career paths in a variety of fields.

Ron Graziani, Senior Vice President, Manager of Property & Casualty at First National Insurance Agency, has been an Internship Partner for the past three years and believes the program is invaluable not only for the students, but also for the professionals working alongside them.

“I really believe that this program gives these young people a 10-yard head start in a 100-yard dash,” Ron said of his Nazareth Prep interns, “I think there’s a cultural benefit. On the Thursdays we had our mentees in, there was a morale boost and the team on the floor had really rallied around, making sure that the Nazareth Prep student felt comfortable.”

With enthusiastic mentors like Ron and so many others, our students are getting access to experiences and knowledge that prepare them for life after high school and helps them explore the wide array of post-secondary pathways available to them. Each of the 35 members of the class of 2022 graduated with a clear plan for post-secondary education or career – 65% to four-year colleges and universities, 23% to two-year colleges and technical schools, 6% to the United States military, and 6% directly to the workforce.

The success of Nazareth Prep and its students is highly dependent on constructive partnerships with employers in our region. As we kick off another year of internships, we look forward to building those relationships and continuing to reenvision Pittsburgh’s workforce of tomorrow. To learn more about becoming an internship partner, contact Randy Lheureau, Director of Workforce Development, at 412.307.0230 x1395 or lheureau.randall@nazarethprep.org.

2022-23 Nazareth Prep Internship Partners

AAA East Central
Allegheny County Bar Association*
Allegheny County Department of Administrative Services
Allegheny County Department of Court Records
Allegheny County Health Department
Allegheny County Kane Community Living Center
Allegheny County Parks Department
Allegheny General Hospital
Allegheny Health Network
Apogee IT Services
Bible Center Church Everyday Café
Bible Center Church Oasis Project
Boy Scouts of America
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Carlow University President’s Office
Carnegie Mellon University*
Carnegie Science Center
Christian Home Healthcare
The Community at Holy Family Manor
Concordia at Villa St. Joseph
Dentons Cohen & Grigsby
Dollar Bank
East End Cooperative Ministry
The Education Partnership*
Federated Hermes
FedEx Ground
First National Bank
Floriated Interpretation*
Flynn Construction*
The Frick Pittsburgh*
Giant Eagle
Greater Valley Community Services*
Highmark Health
Jim Shorkey Auto Group
John Heinz Child Development Scholarship Fund*
Junior Achievement of Western PA
Light of Life Rescue Mission
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild
Mascaro Construction Company
Matthews International*
McCarl’s Services*
Metz Culinary Management
Nazareth Prep Transportation Department*
Northside Catholic Assumption Academy
Pathways Community Living
Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP*
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy*
Pittsburgh Steelers
PJ Dick – Trumbull – Lindy Group
RLA Learning and Conference Center*
Robert Morris University Men’s Basketball
Society of Industrial and Office Realtors*
Sterile Vision*
United States Steel Corporation*
UPMC Children’s Hospital Foundation
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
UPMC Community Health Centers
UPMC Corporate Construction and Real Estate
UPMC Member Services
Urban Impact Foundation
The Wilson Group
Wright Childcare Solutions
Youthtowne/Maronda Foundation

*denotes new Internship Partner