AOL Inc. (AOL) partnered with nonprofit organization Year Up to participate in a guaranteed successful intern match program. This created a cost competitive opportunity for AOL to explore entry-level talent on a risk-free, trial basis.

  • INDUSTRY: Technology
  • AREA OF FOCUS: Hiring, Internship, Mentoring
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"The Year Up interns come to AOL with a strong desire to succeed and a foundation of technical skills to build on. This is an investment in our local communities and the digital future."
Maureen Jules-Perez, Senior Technical Director & AOL/Year Up Internship Program Lead, AOL

The Challenge

AOL is a leading global web services company that provides innovative products and valuable services to multiple customer lines. In 2007, AOL sought to establish a pool of vetted, trained, diverse and enthusiastic talent for company internships—with a long-term goal of filling open positions with qualified candidates.

The Solution

AOL partnered with Year Up, a one-year, intensive training program that provides urban young adults with a unique combination of technical and professional skills, college credits, an educational stipend, and a corporate internship. After six months of essential classroom training, the young adults begin their six-month internship at AOL. At the end of the internship period, graduates who prove to be a good match for the company are offered entry-level positions.

The Outcome


Source: Year Up and the Employment Pathways Project. AOL Case Study. 2015.