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Anaheim teens petition city for internships to help with job skills

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For months, about a hundred Anaheim teens have been going door to door gathering signatures on a petition to ask city officials to create internships in city government and the private sector which they say will give them a leg up in college and the working world.

The high school students plan to deliver 4,000 signatures at the Anaheim City Council meeting on Tuesday.

Katella High School senior Fabienne Munoz helped gather the signatures. She grew up near Disneyland and said she’s been curious for a while now about how the business is run.

“I’ve always been fascinated with the conglomerate that it’s become - the franchises, and the rides, the attractions," she said. "I’d really like to get in there and see how such a big company functions."

Anaheim mayor Tom Tait supports the proposal. He says he’s talked to health care and entertainment companies in the city to gauge their interest.

“To help the students it really is a community effort and we shouldn’t just say, hey, this is a school’s issue,” he said.

The three-year old non-profit group California Center for 21st Century Education, founded by public school and college administrators, helped the teens gather the signatures.