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The Philadelphia Auto Mechanic Internship Program & # 39; keeps the city running & # 39;

The Internship Program of the Philadelphia Fleet Administration Office, started in 1993, employs students who are enrolled in automotive mechanics programs at local high schools to develop the skills they need to be productive in the workforce.

"The benefit is that you are working," says intern Darlington Princewell. "You are learning a trade with professionals who are already in this field. And even if this is not something you want to do with the rest of your life, it is still a trade that you can take with you."

Students come after school, are assigned to a garage and work in city vehicles, such as marked police cars.

"We need technicians to keep the city running," says former internship director Lisa Spruill. "The city is winning and also that student is winning."

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