Front row, from left: Board vice-president Theresa Kelly, Proviso East student Mark Robinson, PMSA student Dulce Rivera. Back row, from left: Board member Sam Valtierrez, Gilbane project executive Michelle McClendon, board secretary Amanda Grant, board president Rodney Alexander, Proviso East Principal Patrick Hardy, board member Ned Wagner, Superintendent James Henderson | Photo provided

Dulce Rivera from Proviso Math and Science Academy (PMSA) and Mark Robinson from Proviso East were awarded paid summer internships at Gilbane, the construction management company overseeing the facilities upgrades at Proviso Township High School District 209 schools.

Earlier in the school year, Gilbane invited D209 students to apply for the internship positions by submitting an application and an introductory video.

At the June 9 board meeting, Gilbane project executive Michelle McClendon said over 20 applications had been submitted by students, and she announced the two students who had been awarded the internships.

“I look forward to growing professionally and personally with this team and seeing the needs of our district come to fruition,” Rivera said at the meeting. She thanked her family for their support and Gilbane for the internship. “I am so excited to see how this opportunity will help me to grow,” Rivera said.

Robinson said he plans to go into the field of architecture, so the opportunity at Gilbane will provide him with invaluable experience.

“I really thank God for allowing me to get this, and I thank Gilbane for the opportunity,” Robinson said. He also gave a shout-out to his principal, Dr. Patrick Hardy, for pushing him to pursue the internship.

Each student will be assigned to a school this summer, Rivera at East and Robinson at West. Both were handed safety vests during the board meeting, and they will also be provided with hard hats and work boots. The students will be paid $15 per hour.