This year as many as 12,000 youth, ages 14-21 can apply for a paid summer internship at a variety of locations throughout Los Angeles County. The “Earn and Learn” Summer Youth Employment Program, sponsored by Los Angeles County, will allocate an unprecedented $24 million to pay for the internships.
More than 100 companies already have signed up to hire young people and provide them with valuable work experience. The program also includes lessons on work etiquette such as how to dress appropriately and the importance of punctuality. In addition, there is financial literacy training, a helpful skill in today’s competitive economy. A special emphasis will be placed on finding jobs for foster youth, many of whom struggle to find a path after they graduate.
Opportunities for young people include positions as customer service representatives at St. Francis Medical Center, camp counselors at the Joe Patton Academy Camp (Camp JPAC) with the Special Needs Network, camp counselors with the Sheriff Department’s Youth Foundation, clerks within the Los Angeles County library system, environmental research interns with the Science Youth Center or as clerks with at the Public Defender’s Department 12 court houses.
“I say it all the time: jobs, jobs and more jobs. These internships will teach young people the necessary skills to compete in today’s environment and prepare them for future employment opportunities,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “It is a very worthwhile investment for our community and in our future.”
For more information visit: youthjobs.css.lacounty.gov
- Must be an L.A. County Resident
- 14-21 years of age
- Have the right to work in the U.S.
- Must have a work permit, if under 18
- Work about 100 hours
- Up to 20 hours of Paid Work