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Washtenaw County program hyperlinks younger individuals 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 improvement by a singular program kicking off functions for 2023.

SummerWorks, the initiative pairing greater than 100 younger individuals ages 16 to 24 with native companies and College of Michigan departments for 10-week summer time internships, is coming into its eighth 12 months and searching for individuals, in addition to functions from employers and profession mentors.

“I feel it is a actually distinctive alternative for younger individuals and in addition employers to community throughout the county in numerous areas and completely different fields, and we’re all the time searching for individuals to hitch us,” stated Kathleen Hurley, program supervisor with SummerWorks on the College of Michigan’s Poverty Options, a accomplice in this system.

Prior to now, 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 accordance 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 individuals’ completion of a highschool diploma or equal.

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

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

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

Employers and mentors can apply to take part in SummerWorks by finishing an inquiry type or utility by March 19. Digital and in-person data periods are additionally scheduled Feb. 10 by March 15 on UM’s campus and at MichiganWorks! Southeast in Ypsilanti, one other program accomplice. 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 mail@summerworks.information or 734-219-5141, and UM departments can contact Armeka Richey at or 734-355-4597.

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

“One factor that may 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 stated.

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

The same 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 stated.

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

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