NY town seeks high school students to work with Zuckerberg Institute to help struggling businesses

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Young people to the rescue in Greenburgh.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's hometown is looking for eager high school students to join an internship program aimed at helping local businesses struggling during the pandemic.

"We're looking for creative, hard working, goal-oriented high school students from different neighborhoods in Greenburgh to join the Zuckerberg Institute," Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner said.

The young interns will be guided by the Zuckerberg Institute, run by the Facebook founder's sister, Randi, and be paired up with local businesses to bring in fresh, innovative ideas.

Feiner said it's a great opportunity for students to learn from Silicon Valley business executives.

"Students will work with the Zuckerberg Institute, will have access to their network in Silicon Valley, they'll obtain advice and suggestions from some of the leading national business executives, and then they'll use that knowledge to assist local businesses within Greenburgh with social media and helping them come up with creative ideas," Feiner said.

The hope is young, tech-savvy minds could offer fresh business insights in the realm of e-commerce and social media networking.

"We know that the world is changing. E-commerce is resulting in many, many changes so why not take advantage of students? There's a lot of businesses, they've been around for a long time, they really don't know how to use social media correctly, and in students, social media skills is something that comes naturally to them. So let's put the businesses with the students and get our economy moving again," Feiner said. "The goal is for students to work with businesses and to help them survive."

He hopes to "motivate some young people to excel and hopefully from this program we'll be getting a future Mark Zuckerberg."

The program will begin in March 2021 with up to 14 students during the initial three-month period.

Students interested in applying should e-mail pfeiner@greenburghny.com explaining why they would be interested in participating in the program.

Participants will be chosen in January.