Paid intern opportunity for Knox seniors, juniors: Bank of America program

Knox County high school juniors and seniors have an opportunity to gain leadership and other professional skills as paid interns.

“Every year, students in the Knoxville area are encouraged to apply for the Bank of America Student Leaders Program,” stated Kolbie Satterfield, senior account executive with Crisp Communications, in a press release.

She said applications are open for high school juniors and seniors for next summer, and the deadline is 11:59 p.m., Friday, Jan. 13.

Bank of America has a branch at 10735 Kingston Pike in Farragut and in Turkey Creek.

“Since 2004, Student Leaders has been part of our ongoing commitment to youth employment and economic mobility,” Satterfield stated

“They connect 300 high school juniors and seniors from 100 different community locations across the country … to teach employment skills, development and service,” she added.

“The goal is to get students from many diverse backgrounds and unite them for their drive and commitment.”

Selected students “will participate in an eight-week paid internship at a local non-profit/charitable organization and work 35 hours a week to learn first-hand about the needs of our community and the critical role nonprofits play,” Satterfield stated. “They will also attend a leadership summit to learn how government, business and the nonprofit sector work together to address critical community needs.”

“The internship includes the summit in (Washington), DC, where they gain work and life experience through this program,” she further stated.

Jahneulie Weste, Fulton High School graduate and current University of Tennessee student, was selected in 2021.

“It made a huge impact on me and the young lady I’ve become,” Weste said. “We did a virtual summit because it was still during the height of COVID.

“I also participated in a hybrid model of my internship,” she added. “I did some remote work during some days of the week and went into the office during the week.

”... I definitely learned a lot. I made great connections with other student leaders through our virtual DC-kind of program and then also through my internship (with Restoration House).”

Students can apply and learn more online at