On August 7, 2012, Kelley Drye summer interns, Emelina Virga and Janelle Velez, were the center of attention as they talked about their internship experience at Kelley Drye’s New York office. The students, who were interns under the Inner-City Scholarship Fund (ICSF) Job Opportunity Program, attended high schools in the Bronx. They had just spent six weeks working in various Kelley Drye departments, including accounts payable, human resources and records. Listening to the students were representatives from the Inner City Scholarship Fund as well as State Street, one of the scholarship program’s principal funders. State Street, with five staff members in attendance, wanted to see the program in action. Poised and confident, the students discussed how much the program had enriched their lives by providing opportunities they would otherwise not have had. On hand to support the students and respond to questions were Kelley Drye personnel, accounts payable supervisor Diana Barbarino, human resources recruiting coordinator Stephanie Doud, and Julia Goodridge-Serrano from records, all of whom had worked with the students over the six-week period.
The Inner City Scholarship Fund, a not-for-prof it organization, was founded in 1971. It provides tuition assistance to students from low-income families who wish to attend inner-city Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of New York. The Fund’s Job Opportunities Program offers high school students their “first big break” in the form of preemployment training and paid internships in some of New York’s finest firms and organizations. Kelley Drye former chair John M. Callagy, who sits on the board, also attended this event.