Wanted: Summer jobs for Worcester teens

Building Brighter Futures seeking positions at UMass Medical School

By Sandra Gray

UMass Medical School Communications

March 25, 2011

Human Resources has put forth a call to all UMass Medical School department heads and academic administrators: Bring an energetic, enthusiastic young person in to brighten your office during the summer—and help get things done—while helping to build a brighter future for him or her. 

This summer, UMMS will hire 25 local teenagers to give them the opportunity to earn money while gaining real-world job skills and exposure to career options, an experience made possible in collaboration with the citywide Building Brighter Futures With Youth initiative. Launched by the United Way of Central Massachusetts in 2002, Building Brighter Futures (BBF) is a broad-based strategic undertaking to help youth navigate successfully to adulthood. This is the third year that the Medical School is joining other area employers, including UMass Memorial Medical Center, to hire teens in partnership with BBF. 

Brighter future 

Worcester high school students who participated in Building Brighter Futures at UMass Medical School in 2009, the year UMMS joined the initiative, paused for a group photo at the closing ceremonies.


Human Resources is seeking departments that are interested in taking one or more students and providing them with a meaningful work experience in administrative or other supportive service positions. Worcester high school juniors and seniors who have successfully passed the 10th grade MCAS tests are eligible to participate. Students will work 24 hours a week for a period of six weeks during the summer, between June and August (exact dates to be determined), at a rate of $8.75 per hour, with salaries funded by Human Resources. Work schedules are flexible, depending upon the needs of each department. 

Interested departments should submit the Summer Intern Requisition Form, which can be downloaded from the Human Resources website, by Monday, April 4, via email or fax. For more information, contact Employment Specialist Robin Pollier in Human Resources: robin.pollier@umassmed.edu or 508-856-2390; contact her directly at 508-856-2185. 

Related links: 

Summer Work Program for HS Students

Local teens find work and more in UMMS summer jobs program