September 2018 Newsletter

Why interns are good for business

Dear Friends,

After a decade of thinking about it, years of talking about it, months of planning for it, and weeks of preparing for it, on September 10, ITEP finally stepped out with a new name, brand and website. We are now EXP – The opportunity engine. Many thanks to the passionate and persistent staff, Board of Directors and the guidance of our consulting brand agency, VENT.

From the moment of our launch, it has been non-stop action. We debuted the new brand on campus for the first time to Narbonne High School freshmen (and thankfully, they loved it!), previewed our new banners and marketing materials to our Board of Directors, received a generous grant award from the TK Foundation, and launched the 2019 EXP Internship Program: Powered by Prologis (you can read more about this below).

We were thrilled to welcome our newest EXP internship candidates last week, and especially proud to celebrate our last ITEP internship class earlier this summer. Our 68 host employers from Summer 2018 know very well that interns are good for business. By opening their doors to an EXP intern, they are investing in a brighter future where the ROI may be a future employee, customer or community leader. We look forward to placing interns in 2019 and welcome partners who recognize the value proposition of fostering career EXPloration.

Thank you all for your support and partnership for our past 19 years of growth and evolution as ITEP. We look forward to continuing to prepare students for a better future, together, as EXP.


Amy and Team EXP

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2018 Internship Culmination

In August, we celebrated the completion of the 2018 Internship Program (our last as ITEP)at The Plaza at Cabrillo Marina. Last year’s program was our largest and most successful, thanks to the support of all of our internship partners, internship scholarship sponsors, internship employers and supervisors, educational partners, volunteers, families, and students!

Far right: John Yoon of Port of Los Angeles with interns, after receiving the legacy award.

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Be Our Guest & Save the Date

Join us to celebrate the launch of our new brand on October 23 at Catalina Express Sea and Air Terminal in San Pedro. Please RSVP by October 11 to

EXP Internship Program: Powered by Prologis

We are proud to announce an innovative workforce development partnership with Prologis , the global leader in logistics real estate, at the EXP Internship Program: Powered by Prologis kick-off event on September 13. 160 EXP students are now embarking on a year-long journey to build their professional competence and personal confidence, setting them up for success in the workforce. 

EXP Internship Program: Powered by Prologis includes job-readiness training workshops, industry mentoring and career exploration activities and will culminate in a six-week paid summer internship. And this is where you come in.

We're looking for companies to host EXP interns in the Summer 2019. Please contact Nicole Martin Huezo, Director of Programs and Strategic Partnerships at (424) 368-7100 x107 or email


Expand Their Horizons: Be a Mentor

Do you want to make an impact in a young person's life? Volunteer as an industry coach to guide a group of high school students as they create a roadmap for success in school, career and life.

Oakley Boren