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Independence Blue Cross partners with WorkReady Philadelphia for 2015 Summer Jobs Challenge

Philadelphia, PAIndependence Blue Cross (Independence), the leading health insurance organization in southeastern Pennsylvania, announces it’s partnering for the twelfth year with WorkReady Philadelphia, a program managed by the Philadelphia Youth Network, to help the City of Philadelphia meet Mayor Nutter’s Summer Jobs Challenge for high school students. Independence has provided nearly 400 student internships and professional development opportunities since WorkReady Philadelphia was founded in 2003.

“We are committed to cultivating opportunities for students to grow, learn, succeed, and graduate high school,” said John Clayton, Independence’s manager of diversity, inclusion, and workforce initiatives. “Our partnership with WorkReady Philadelphia is one of the best ways our company can show young people in our community that we truly care about their future.”

This year, Independence will host 30 high school student interns and sponsor an additional 40 high school student interns at local companies throughout the city for a six-week paid summer internship. The high school internships encourage professional development, mentorship, and higher education. These internships will begin on July 6.

After graduation from high school, the interns have the opportunity to come back to work at Independence through the company’s ten-week College Intern Program. The paid college student internships give practical training to college students in their areas of concentration and provide support to Independence business areas. The college internships will begin on June 1.

About Independence Blue Cross
Independence Blue Cross is the leading health insurance organization in southeastern Pennsylvania. With our affiliates, we serve nearly 10 million people in 25 states and the District of Columbia, including 2.5 million in the region. For more than 75 years, we have been enhancing the health and wellness of the people and communities we serve by delivering innovative and competitively priced health care products and services; pioneering new ways to reward doctors, hospitals, and other health care professionals for coordinated, quality care; and supporting programs and events that promote wellness. To learn more about how we’re changing the game, visit Connect with us on Facebook at and on Twitter at @ibx. Independence Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.