CEDR, 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 announce a community-based internship program for Clatsop County students that will be kicked off 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, and has had tremendous success bringing students in for a nine-week paid internship program with key businesses in the community.
The McMinnville WORKS Internship Program is designed by industry and community partners committed to making an easy “plug and play” internship program. The partnership 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.
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 transferrable skills, build resume, and prepare interns to enter workforce with concrete career readiness and technical skills.