In a summer clouded by the lingering bleak teen employment outlook, Harvard University worked hard to break the trend.
Last year reflected the lowest teen employment rate in the history of the United States since the post-World War II era, according to a study from the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University. The summer jobs outlook for 2012 was also described as “not very bright.”
In light of this, Harvard employed more than 150 teenagers from Boston and Cambridge to work throughout the University — in its programs, departments, and Schools.
“It’s not just about working, coming in and doing your job, but you’re finding out who you are, what you want to do, and also learning skills that can apply to school,” said Eunice Offre, a recent Cambridge Rindge & Latin School graduate. Offre spent her summer working at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education (HGSE) doing data entry and research. She has worked two consecutive summers at the University and will be attending Colby-Sawyer College this fall.
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