Industry: Technology & Telecommunications Partnership: Year Up: National Capital Region Business Need: Labor Costs

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.

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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 & Internship Program Lead
AOL/Year Up

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Year Up National Capital Region seeks to close the Opportunity Divide by empowering young adults to move from minimum wage to meaningful careers. Year Up National Capital Region achieves this mission through a one-year, intensive training program that provides young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skill development, college credits, and corporate internships. Over 33,000 young adults in the National Capital Region area do not have access to livable wage careers or higher education, and Year Up's students and graduates have proven that these young adults are capable of adding immediate value to local companies.


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.


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.


  • Successful entry-level recruitment strategy
  • Reinforced diversity strategy
  • Pipeline of skilled and vetted talent
  • Risk-free talent exploration


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


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