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Pharrell Williams offers internships to over 100 high school graduates in Harlem

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Grammy Award-winning musician Pharrell Williams reportedly guaranteed internships to more than 100 high school grads in Harlem last week. 

Williams gave the keynote address during the graduation ceremony for Promise Academy, which includes two New York City high schools, CNN reported Wednesday. He told the 114 graduates during the June 26 ceremony that they were guaranteed “A-list internships” at the end of their first year of college. All the students had already been accepted to colleges, community colleges or universities.

“So let me be clear: Every member of the 2019 graduating class is guaranteed an internship waiting for them, you, next summer,” Williams said.

CNN shared footage of the ceremony on Twitter.

{mosads}Williams also told the students that they will lead the next Harlem Renaissance.

“The world is watching Harlem, but this renaissance will be different. And believe it or not, with respect, it’s going to actually be better, and the reason why is because the new Harlem Renaissance has education at its core,” Williams said.

He also shared the announcement on Twitter. 

Brionna Pope, a member of the school’s graduating class, is attending Syracuse University in the fall. She said she was “surprised and shocked and relieved” to hear Williams’s announcement.

“A lot of us who were financially struggling … to at least know we had a head start in life because next summer we would be able to get internships and make connections,” Pope told CNN.  

“My school targets [students] that are financially struggling,” she said. “I currently have a struggling single mother who is trying to pay for my student loans for Syracuse,” she added.

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