PITTSBURGH – October 11, 2021 – Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney is pleased to welcome Jai’Noah “Jai” Martin, a sophomore at Nazareth Prep, an independent Catholic high school located in Pittsburgh, Pa, for a year-long internship program unique to the school.
Martin is a straight A student whose favorite subject is religion. He is an athlete as well, playing on the basketball team currently and possibly adding track and field this academic year. Martin will work closely with Buchanan’s Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Lloyd Freeman, on the firm’s diversity and inclusion initiatives and will also be exposed to all facets of the firm and have the opportunity to meet with firm leadership, attorneys and staff on a regular basis – whether in person or virtually.
“I am really excited about spending my internship at Buchanan as I believe it will be a great opportunity for me as I begin to think about my career path and college choices,” said Martin.
“As part of our commitment to our communities, I am thrilled to welcome Jai to Buchanan and look forward to not only helping him learn about the legal industry, but also benefitting from his insights,” said Freeman.
Nazareth Prep’s Internship Program is committed to partnering with local companies to help close the employment to education gap, and develop career pathways through its signature Corporate Internship Program. The program pairs students with Pittsburgh employers to work on-site one day each week for the entire school year. This work experience reinforces the future-ready skills introduced in the classroom, including communication, complex thinking, and decision making. Buchanan has hosted a student intern for the past five years.
Past intern success stories include, an Air Force graduate who is planning to study law and criminal justice at Howard University; a student at Slippery Rock University studying criminal justice with plans to become a probation officer; a security officer; and a current Nazareth Prep senior who is interning with Carlow University in their Early Childhood Education program which also allows for her to earn college credits.
To date, Buchanan has donated $50,000 to Nazareth Prep to help the school fulfill its mission of college and career preparedness for its students.
Following the 2019-2020 academic year, 50% of Nazareth Prep students planned to attend college or university, 23% pursued trades or apprenticeships and 27% opted to start their careers. The school’s student body is 85% African American.