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Seniors Alex Hillis and Michael Carney accepted full-time post-graduation jobs with Google after participating in the 2012-2013 Community Leaders Program, sponsored by Google.

The Community Leaders Program (CLP) is a year- long internship dedicated to working with students from universities across the city to improve the web literacy of New Orleans small business owners and community organizations.  Currently in its second year of implementation, Loyola University New Orleans had six students who were selected to participate in the 2012-2013 program.  Ethan Rosenberg, a rising junior majoring in Music Industry Studies, will return for a second year and serve as a group team leader.  Read on to learn more about how the experience impacted Alex Hillis’s career.

Q&A with Economics senior, Alex Hillis:
 
As a Community Leader, do you feel like you made an impact within the New Orleans community?

I know we have made an impact within the NOLA business community. Tech illiteracy is a huge problem inNew Orleans. Getting small business owners and community organizations online and removing any fears they have about the internet is a huge step towards alleviating the illiteracy problem while keeping New Orleans relevant in an increasingly online and rapid economy.

Do you believe that participating in the Community Leaders Program had a direct impact on you landing a job with Google?

Yes. Everything I learned with the CLP ties into my current position with Google and I couldn’t have landed this job without the help of the program directors for the CLP who were extremely helpful in coaching me and preparing for interviews. I owe a lot to them.

Any advice for the 2013- 2014 Loyola CLP applicants? 
 
As with any experience, you get out of it what you put in. The more time you spend thinking about new solutions forNew Orleansand moving forward on CLP initiatives, the more you will learn and develop. Showing that you are dedicated and care about your work is a great way to meet new people and get awesome recommendations.

Sam Bowler, Director ofthe Community Leaders Program, believes the CLP is making a positive impact on the community, while providing students with ‘real world’ experiences, in two ways. First,  interns work in diverse teams, with other students from Xavier University, Tulane University, Loyola University, Dillard University, and the University of New Orleans, which presents diverse experiences and perspectives that the students can pass on to community members. Secondly, the program presents participants with the chance to sit down with people who help to build this city and create meaningful change.

Sam’s advice to current applicants:
“If you believe in the power of strong relationships and committed, deliberate, educative action to strengthen neighborhoods, then you are in the right place. Be honest with that belief or the lack thereof and you will most definitely find yourself in the exact place you were meant to be.”

The deadline to apply to the Community Leaders Program is May 1.Apply Here!

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