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Aramark Interns Explore Careers

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At Aramark’s bustling headquarters in Philadelphia, two seemingly unassuming interns are having an important impact.

Mahogany Moten and Adale Brown, both students at Girard College Mastery Charter High School, are part of a transformative program called Project SEARCH. This initiative aims to empower young people with disabilities by providing them with valuable work experiences and a pathway to meaningful employment.

Although both may come across as quiet at first, their impact has been anything but subtle. Their presence re-enforces a powerful message: individuals with disabilities deserve equal opportunities to explore careers and contribute to the workforce. Aramark recognizes this win-win situation—interns gain practical skills in the hospitality industry, while companies benefit from a diversified talent pool.

Structured Learning

Jason Perelman, Aramark’s Human Resources Director for Student Nutrition in the East Region who championed the idea of hosting Project SEARCH interns at the group’s headquarters, says:“These transferable abilities position them as preferred candidates in the competitive job market.”

Brown, one of the interns, delved into the inner workings of Aramark. From managing weekly inventory, to assisting with cafe set-ups and replenishing supplies, he gained hands-on hospitality experience. 

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Moten provided crucial support the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) team. Her administrative and graphic design skills ensured DEI materials were visually engaging and well-organized. These assets supported the team’s frequent correspondence with business units. 

The internship extends beyond daily tasks. Project SEARCH participants attend classes during work hours, guided by program leaders. These sessions cover customer service, guest experiences, safety protocols, and daily reviews. The 10-week program is an investment in the interns’ future, equipping them with practical skills and confidence.

Real Impact 

While onboarding takes time, witnessing these interns’ growth and comfort within the company reaffirms the importance of inclusion. Aramark’s commitment extends beyond headquarters; Girard College interns also contribute to culinary services on campus.

Perelman says the company’s inclusive approach which involves colleagues embracing and mentoring interns bears “testament to Aramark’s openness and dedication to fostering a diverse and supportive workforce.”

In the world of corporate giants, Moten and Brown prove that inclusion isn’t just a buzzword—it’s a powerful force for positive change.

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