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Clatsop County community-based student internship program kicks off

Published on September 6, 2017 8:12AM

Clatsop County has a very diverse economy, ranging from the natural based industries of forest/wood products, fishing, and seafood processing, to a dynamic tourism/hospitality, healthcare, retail, craft brewing, manufacturing, service sector industries and many others. One key contributor to any businesses success is its employees. Every business in the County needs to find and retain talent, and our students are the key to the future Economic success here.

CEDR, (Clatsop Economic Development Resources), in partnership with the Astoria, Jewell, Knappa Seaside and Warrenton School Districts, Clatsop Community College, the Northwest Regional Education Service District and Hampton Warrenton Mill, are excited to announce a community-based internship program for Clatsop County students. It will start with an all-day training day for businesses that have signed up, on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the South County Center of Clatsop Community College and CEDR in Seaside.

The workshop will be conducted by the McMinnville WORKS Summer Internship Program, which was developed by the McMinnville Economic Development Partnership. It has had tremendous success bringing students in for a nine-week paid internship program with key businesses in the community.

The program is being brought to Clatsop County thanks to the five school districts funding the program, and managed by CEDR.

The McMinnville WORKS Internship Program is designed by industry and community partners committed to making an easy “plug and play” internship program. MEPD manages the overall program which includes marketing internships at a variety of companies under one application process. The internship is nine weeks, direct hire, paid, and project based. The goals include connecting companies to the emerging talent pool and creating a professional employment experience for the interns. The results are telling — companies are learning about the younger workforce, real world career exploration is occurring, and jobs are being created and filled.

This program has received the Oregon Economic Development Association’s Outstanding Collaborative Award (2014) and the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce Award for Business Education Partnership of the year (2015).

Industry partner requirements:

• Must be able to host an intern full time for a minimum of 6 weeks. (Intern minimum 18 years old)

• Provide a salary at minimum wage or more

• Must be geographically located in Clatsop County (to serve interns from the five Clatsop County School Districts, and Clatsop Community College)

• Provide an employee mentor for the intern

• Space, specific responsibilities, and job requirements for the intern

• Management of intern throughout internship period.

Internship goals and expected outcomes for the intern are community building, leading to a pathway of economic development through industry engagement, make work visible within the community, learn application and interview processes, learning how to work, develop work ethic, recognize transferable skills, build resume, and prepare interns to enter workforce with concrete career readiness and technical skills.

Timeline: The Sept. 27 training workshop will lay out the timetable for the recruitment, application process (January-February 2018), hiring the interns in April 2018, and June-August 2018 Internship and Professional Development for Interns. Cost is just $59 for the all day training.

The seating for the workshop for the Sept. 27 training is limited to twenty businesses.

To register for the workshop, contact CEDR/Clatsop Community College SBDC Executive Director Kevin Leahy at or call 503-338-2402.


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