The Plano Community holds a unique parade to honor student interns after a successful internship program according to a Plano Magazine article from July 27 which states,
“A special group of local students was honored Monday at the Plano Event Center for their hard work this summer. Members of the mayor’s summer internship program lead a drive-by parade through the entrance plaza.
The mayor’s summer internship program gives local students the opportunity to gain real-world experience by working with local businesses. The initiative is now in its eighth year. More than 80 students participated this summer with local businesses like Capital One, Liberty Mutual, Minnie’s Food Pantry.
For the second consecutive year, the pandemic necessitated a drive-by parade in lieu of a formal program and luncheon with keynote speakers.”
The internship program was in its eighth year but it was still a first for the Mayor of Plano, Jun Muns who expressed his delight and gratitude through a Local Profile article,
“In my first year as mayor and being new to this program, I was impressed with these exceptional interns and the wonderful support provided to them by our business and nonprofit community,” said Plano Mayor John Muns. “This was a rebound summer for us, and I appreciate the organizations that dug deep and took these students under their wings. These teens now have a head start as they approach the end of high school, having worked in exciting fields, from manufacturing, tech, and aviation, to insurance, health care, and the nonprofit sector.”
The Plano Mayor’s Summer Internship Program ran from June 7 to July 30 and its final week was ended by the parade. Thanks to this program the interns were able to experience the real world of employment and professional environment by setting them to work 20-40 hours per week at top companies, local businesses, and non-profit organizations.