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Washtenaw County program hyperlinks younger folks with native employers for summer time internships

WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – Younger individuals who reside or attend college in Washtenaw County can discover paid internships with native employers and profession growth by means of a singular program kicking off purposes for 2023.

SummerWorks, the initiative pairing greater than 100 younger folks ages 16 to 24 with native companies and College of Michigan departments for 10-week summer time internships, is getting into its eighth yr and on the lookout for members, in addition to purposes from employers and profession mentors.

“I believe it is a actually distinctive alternative for younger folks and likewise employers to community throughout the county in numerous areas and completely different fields, and we’re all the time on the lookout for folks to affix us,” mentioned Kathleen Hurley, program supervisor with SummerWorks on the College of Michigan’s Poverty Options, a companion in this system.

Previously, employers who’ve participated within the initiative have included College of Michigan Athletics, synthetic intelligence analysis agency Soar Know-how, Inc. and nonprofits like SOS Group Companies, amongst many others, in keeping with this system web site. They supply a minimal of 20 hours of internship work per week, paying $15 or $17 hourly, based mostly on members’ completion of a highschool diploma or equal.

“SummerWorks is a good alternative for employers and younger adults to attach in ways in which they might not have in any other case. The younger adults are gifted and desirous to study, and the employers perceive that to remain aggressive they should use revolutionary methods and assist. This system permits each events to assist one another attain their objectives,” Cheranissa Roach, financial alternative supervisor at Washtenaw County’s Workplace for Group and Financial Growth, a companion in this system, mentioned in a press release.

SummerWorks can be on the lookout for mentors, retired or skilled adults who can commit as little as an hour per week to this system.

Skilled growth supplied to youth members in this system contains assist with abilities like resume writing, interviewing and office professionalism, and mentors reply questions on explicit profession fields, in addition to assist members navigating the office, school preparation and goal-setting.

Employers and mentors can apply to take part in SummerWorks by finishing an inquiry type or software by March 19. Digital and in-person data classes are additionally scheduled Feb. 10 by means of March 15 on UM’s campus and at MichiganWorks! Southeast in Ypsilanti, one other program companion. Michigan Rehabilitation Companies additionally helps placed on SummerWorks, and Amy Cell Expertise is supporting employer recruitment.

For extra data, Washtenaw County companies and organizations can contact Kathleen Hurley at or 734-219-5141, and UM departments can contact Armeka Richey at or 734-355-4597.

Youth curious about collaborating in this system should reside or attend college in Washtenaw County and may apply by March 12.

“One factor that could be very distinctive about our program is that we do have a really numerous vary of employers and profession fields and choices each summer time,” Hurley mentioned.

That listing can embody native companies on the lookout for assistance on particular tasks or occasions, or social media advertising, in addition to nonprofits looking for staffing for day-to-day operations and employers in additional technical fields like engineering, she added.

An analogous program exists in Detroit and different main American cities, however SummerWorks is comparatively distinctive in Michigan for serving all of Washtenaw County, not simply city areas, Hurley mentioned.

For extra data on SummerWorks, see this system web site.

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