@chrysalis - I agree with you, some kids might back off from applying for this paid internship when they read that it's so competitive. But so are scholarships and summer jobs! It's a competitive world out there.
As long as there is hope and then a follow-through - dreams can come true.
In my case, after graduating from college, I applied with the air lines on a whim. I was accepted and on the first day of training, the instructors told us that for every one of us sitting there, there were a thousand people who were not chosen. To say we felt special is an understatement. It set the tone for the whole training experience.