Ilitch Holdings and Detroit Public Schools’ Cass Technical High School Announce New Internship Program

Cass Tech students will have the opportunity to work at Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Little Caesars, Olympia Entertainment and other Ilitch companies in paid, 10-week summer internships

DETROIT – Ilitch Holdings, Inc. has created an internship program for students at Detroit Public Schools’ Cass Technical High School. This new, paid internship program will provide Cass Tech students with hands-on experience at the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Little Caesars, Olympia Entertainment and other Ilitch companies. Students will benefit from professional skill-building opportunities and activities in a variety of areas, including Event Management, Marketing, Public Relations, Information Technology, Finance, Manufacturing, Research and Development and Human Resources.

“We are really excited about this partnership with our friends and neighbors at Cass Tech, a nationally recognized school of excellence,” said Christopher Ilitch, President and CEO of Ilitch Holdings. “The Cass Tech students selected for this program will play an important part in the continued growth of our City, as they work and learn alongside Ilitch organization professionals who are committed to Detroit, its neighborhoods and its people.”

“This internship program with the Ilitch family of companies is a unique and valuable opportunity for our students,” said Lisa Phillips, Principal of Cass Tech. “Showing our young people that good and exciting jobs are within their reach is a great way to help build and promote our community.”

The program consists of 24 internship positions. To qualify, students must be at least 16 years of age and have a GPA of at least 3.0. The 10-week internships will begin on June 22 and continue through August 28. Enrichment opportunities will include meetings with Ilitch company executives, professional workshops, networking opportunities, outings and tours. In addition, the Cass Tech interns will work directly with Ilitch company employees on business projects throughout the summer.

Community Connect
This internship program is one of many initiatives announced as part of Ilitch Holdings’ Community Connect program, an important element of the new Detroit Events Center and The District Detroit development. Through Community Connect, the Ilitch organization will ensure that this transformational initiative directly benefits the Detroit community. The Ilitch organization is also conducting comprehensive District Detroit workforce development and business participation outreach to ensure that local residents and businesses participate in the construction of the new arena. Community Connect is an integral part of the District’s success, and it will continue to evolve as the project evolves.

The new arena is the anchor of the $650 million public-private catalyst development project that includes a $200 million investment to redevelop an underutilized area between Downtown and Midtown Detroit into a mixed-use development of residential, retail and office space. The construction of the entire events center, residential and commercial mixed-use district will create approximately 8,300 construction and construction-related jobs. The building of the new events center alone is anticipated to create approximately 5,500 jobs with more than half of those construction jobs being filled by Detroit residents and over $100 million being paid to Detroit-resident workers.

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About Ilitch Holdings, Inc.

Ilitch Holdings, Inc. was established in 1999 to provide companies owned by Michael and/or Marian Ilitch with professional services. The Ilitch companies represent leading brands in the food, sports and entertainment industries and include Little Caesars Pizza, the Detroit Red Wings, Olympia Entertainment, Uptown Entertainment, Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, Champion Foods, Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraising Program and Olympia Development. Michael Ilitch owns the Detroit Tigers. Marian Ilitch owns MotorCity Casino Hotel.

About Detroit Public Schools
Detroit Public Schools is creating Neighborhood-Centered, Quality Schools at 97 campuses with a mission to provide a comprehensive educational experience that is high-quality, challenging and inspires all students to make a positive contribution to society. DPS offers a wide variety of educational advantages to students and parents including Individualized Learning Maps for all students. New this year, arts/music and sports leagues for boys and girls are being offered at every elementary/middle school. Prekindergarten offerings have been expanded to 70 schools across the district for all qualified 4-year-olds. Twenty-one schools are now open as Community Schools, offering extended hours and services. Students in grades 8-12 enjoy take-home Netbooks and students in grades 6 and up have access to Netbooks in school. An outstanding Fine Arts program with instrumental music, vocal music and dance is also offered. Ongoing advantages include eight parent resource centers, Parent University and additional parenting programs, enhanced safety initiatives, a district-wide Customer Service focus, nine Detroit Rising College Preparatory Schools and DPS-authorized charter schools led by educators with proven track records of raising achievement. In 2014, DPS graduates earned $138 million in grants and scholarships. To learn more about Detroit Public Schools, visit or call 313-240-4DPS.

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