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Nonprofit places 200 DC students in virtual technology internships despite Corona Virus impacts

On-Ramps to Careers is a nonprofit that focuses on connecting students in underserved communities to career paths in the tech field.

WASHINGTON — As calls for racial equality continue across the country, a D.C, nonprofit is working to make sure young people have equal opportunities to succeed in the work place.

On-Ramps to Careers placed 200 minority students in tech internships this summer despite facing challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

"This is something that is life changing. It has changed my life as a student," Rosalie Ngatchou said.

Ngatchou graduated from high school this year, has her eyes set on college, and is preparing for a career in the technology industry.

"I owe everything to On-Ramps in terms of knowing what I want to do, having an idea, a sense – some guidance of what I want to do in life," she explained.

Ngatchou is currently in her second summer of interning with tech companies through On-Ramps to Careers.

The nonprofit connects students in minority and underserved communities to career paths in the tech field.

"We start working with the students on communication skills, interview skills. We do mock interviews, and we partner very closely with employers in the city," said Hillary Jones, executive director of On-Ramps to Careers.

She explained the work the organization is doing to expose students to the tech industry is important because of the of the focus on underserved youth in the city.

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