Skills for the 21st Century

Year Up Internship Program Changes Lives

Giving people the skills to succeed is one thing, but what if we could also hire AND promote them? Capital One is doing just that, thanks to a skills training program offered by Year Up.

Capital One’s 2017 Year Up interns, getting their careers started.

Year Up is a national nonprofit that offers a year-long program to provide urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. This includes a high-support, high-expectation program model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, internships and college credits. Participants receive six months of soft skills and business training, and six months of corporate internships.

Capital One has partnered with Year Up since 2006 and through our investment of associate engagement and executive board membership, we saw the increasing value of hosting these impressive young adults as interns, and hiring them to fill competitive roles upon graduation from the program.

Students from the Year Up program in DC, northern Virginia and Maryland received feedback on their resumes and practiced interviewing.

In fact, we’ve hired many former Year Up interns into full-time positions, and several of these associates have already been promoted!

“It’s an amazing opportunity to be able to change your life in a year,” says Elias Woldemichael, a Jr. Software Engineer who completed the Year Up program and now works fulltime at Capital One in our cybersecurity group.

Elias Woldemichael, a former Year Up intern, now works in Capital One's cybersecurity group.

Rethinking internships in corporate America

Capital One is investing in partnerships with organizations like Year Up that give individuals the digital and technical skillset they need to succeed in the workforce–and rethinking internships in the process. Read about former Year Up interns and key takeaways from the Year Up internship model in a Mashable article.