The Clatsop WORKS Program provides local students, ages 16 and up, with professional, paid internship opportunities in Clatsop County, with the goals of community building, economic development, promoting local career opportunities and retaining local talent.
Goals of the Program:
- Build a stronger, better trained, more employment-ready local workforce, starting with high school students and Clatsop Community College students.
- Highlight to businesses the presence and quality of the local workforce.
- Showcase to students the living-wage career opportunities available in Clatsop County.
- Help students narrow down career choices before choosing expensive paths to college and trade school degrees.
- Collaborate and further the goals of other like-minded organizations in the state of Oregon and the United States.
Core Values of the Program:
- Interns first: Clatsop WORKS internships need to benefit the interns and the goals of the program more than the business. We are not a staffing firm.
- Business return on investment: creating a better-trained applicant pool.
- Efficiency in spending: maximizing the investment made by our funding stakeholders to ensure the best possible return on investment.
- Transparency: Careful tracking of spending and activities throughout the program.
- Teamwork and collaboration: Connect with other groups with similar goals.
- Inclusion and accessibility: Ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to participate in the program
The program has achieved the strongest results since the program began five years ago.
Our cohort for summer 2022 was 31 interns hired (representing all schools in Clatsop County). Two interns have already been offered and accepted full-time positions with their host employer to begin after the internship ends, and two additional interns are in consideration for full-time positions with their host employers.
- Read about our interns individually on our social media via our #MeetTheInterns campaign!
“I received a job offer -they want me to continue on after my internship is over! Thank you so much! Clatsop works has helped me so much in finding out what I want to do, and I wouldn’t have gotten this opportunity without this program.!!!” Delaney, summer 2022 Clatsop WORKS Intern
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to explore careers and learn about the work experience. This experience will help determine what steps I take upon graduating and give me a template to use for my future career path.” Kaden, summer 2022 Clatsop WORKS Intern
“I thought an internship through Clatsop WORKS would be a great opportunity to do meaningful work this summer in an area of interest. It’s been great -I’ve learned so much!” Seth, summer 2022 Clatsop WORKS Intern
“Clatsop WORKS offered many internship possibilities in my area of interest. What excites me is the opportunity to gain some work experience for my future career.” Zander, summer 2022 Clatsop WORKS Intern
For 2022, we had 27 host employers registered, with 62 positions, and we had 85 student applicants.
Final results for summer cohort: 20 host employers, 31 interns hired. The 31 interns represent all five Clatsop County high schools, plus Clatsop Community College.
Astoria HS = 14
Warrenton HS = 5
Knappa HS = 2
Seaside HS =4
Jewell HS = 1
Clatsop CC = 5
Thank you to our Host Employers for summer 2022:
Astoria Public Library -City of Astoria
Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce
Bree & Associates Realty
Cannon Beach PD
Columbia Memorial Hospital
Fast Lube & Oil
Fort George Brewery
Haystack Rock Awareness
Helligso Construction Co.
Lower Columbia Preservation Society
Safe Harbor Animal Hospital
Seaside School District
Sunset Empire Park & Rec District
Stahancyk, Kent & Hook Law
Professional Development was a key part of the program and held on Wednesday mornings throughout the summer, and was a requirement of the employer and employees.
We chose Career Exploration because:
- Exposure to diverse careers and industries adds value to students’ educational experience as it allows them to better understand the scope of opportunities available to them.
- Students involved in career exploration learn what the workforce looks like and with a better understanding of what is to come, they are more likely to be motivated when confronted with big life decisions.
- Career exploration enables students to gain valuable insight into potential careers, what skills are necessary and what routes they can take to reach their goals.
Student Interns experience interactive presentations, tours, and behind-the-scenes looks at various career areas including: Marine Biology, Natural Conservation, Culinary, Hospitality, Marketing, Craft Brewing, Maritime, Marine Piloting, Wildlife Rescue, Firefighting, Welding, Automotive, Historic Preservation (In addition, the coordinator completes an on-site check-in with each student intern and their supervisor)
Clatsop WORKS Coordinator Misty Bateman and I thank all the employers who stepped up this year, several who have been with the program since the beginning and new participants who came on this year. The feedback from the employers has also been very positive, and we look forward to building this program stronger each year!
For more details on the program, to be an employer for this coming year, if you have a student who may be interested, or if there is anything we can assist with, please contact Misty at [email protected] or call her at 503-338-2507.
Clatsop Community College’s Clatsop WORKS Program partners with local employers to provide paid professional internships to Clatsop County high school and college students ages 16 and older.
Students looking for professional work experience over the summer in a career field of interest can connect to employers from multiple local industries through one application! A Clatsop WORKS internship is more than just a summer job; it offers valuable exposure to how a business in a student’s chosen field runs, professional experience, access to a variety of tasks and departments through job shadowing, mentorship, a practical way to expand a student’s job network and professional contacts, a stronger resume, the ability to secure good references and recommendations, job experience by introducing a student to daily rigors and tasks without a firm commitment to that precise career track, and on some occasions, a transition to a permanent job.
Students can apply now for these paid professional internships. The final deadline to apply is May 15th, but employers will begin reviewing student applications on April 15th.
Clatsop WORKS is a wonderful way for students to explore career fields in the real world. An internship also offers students a chance to “try out” a job or industry to determine if it is the right choice for them before committing funds and time to pursue a particular career path. For example, one student who planned on going into healthcare ended up doing a social media internship and loved it so much, she changed her career path.
The program also includes six to eight professional development and networking sessions throughout the summer. Leaders in lumber, manufacturing, personal finance, construction, and other industries present about a variety of topics to help students develop their workforce skills.
Sometimes students are unaware of the career opportunities that are available to them in their local area. Kevin Leahy, director of the Clatsop Community College Small Business Development Center and Clatsop Economic Development Resources, says Clatsop County has many more job opportunities than when he was growing up here.
We have tourism but also forest products, fishing, medical, natural resources conservation, maritime transportation, industry & trades, marketing, finance, culinary, and more …just so many career opportunities locally!
This summer’s program is shaping up to be very exciting. More host employers are joining each day, and we already have internship opportunities for the summer in automotive technology, natural resources conservation, construction, hospitality, healthcare, marketing, real estate, veterinary, recreation, tourism, education, computer tech, social media, maintenance & public works, administrative / office, lumber mill, fire damage restoration, and law enforcement.
Our program continues to grow, and we are actively recruiting employers to create internship opportunities in their organizations to give Clatsop County students unparalleled opportunities.
Student applications are accepted now through 5 p.m. May 15. One application will connect a student to multiple businesses. The employer application deadline is April 15 and the internships are expected to run from mid-to-late June through mid-late August. For more information and to apply, visit clatsopworks.com.
~Misty Bateman; Clatsop WORKS Coordinator
EMAIL: [email protected]
CALL: (503) 338-2507
TEXT: (503) 395-7588
We are very excited to see normalcy returning to our local economy. There are still challenges ahead, but two important programs will be in full force this year, stronger than ever. The first is the Clatsop WORKS internship program, the summer paid internship program with our Clatsop County employers, the Astoria, Jewell, Knappa, Seaside and Warrenton high schools and Clatsop Community College. The second is the Clatsop County Job & Career Fair, which after a two-year COIVD-19 pause is back!
Clatsop WORKS Paid Summer Internship Program
The Clatsop WORKS program provides local students, ages 16 and up, with exposure to professional paid internship opportunities in Clatsop County, with the goal of community building, economic development, promoting local career opportunities and retaining local talent.
We are in the fifth year of this program and plan to have a record number of employers and students participating this summer. We welcome Misty Bateman as our Clatsop WORKS coordinator, who has a deep background in career-technical education at the community college level, and has a passion for student success.
For employers, if you are a past “Host” we are reaching out to see if you will be participating in the program this year. New employers are also being actively recruited. If you would like more information, contact Bateman at [email protected] or call her at 503-338-2507.
Parents, grandparents, guardians and friends are encouraged to share this great program opportunity with their high school or college students. Deadline for students to apply is May 15. Go to clatsopworks.com to learn more details and to apply. If you have questions, email Bateman at [email protected] or call her at 503-338-2507.
Bateman will also be visiting all of our high schools and Clatsop Community College to meet with students, counselors, instructors and administration. This is a once in a lifetime experience for our students!
Clatsop County Job & Career Fair
Clatsop Economic Development Resources is collaborating again with the local WorkSource Northwest Oregon office and many community volunteers to organize the Clatsop County Job & Career Fair.
The event will be held on May 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for our high school students and from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. for Clatsop Community College students and the general public at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds.
Astoria, Ilwaco, Jewell, Knappa, Naselle, Seaside and Warrenton high schools will be participating. For these students, it will be their first exposure to a large event with all employers together in one location.
In addition, we expect a large turnout from the general public, Clatsop Community College students, active job seekers and those wanting to learn more about the career options in Clatsop County.
Four focus areas for employers:
1. Hiring now for immediate positions for summer jobs.
2. Looking for committed and skilled employees to fill career technical, trades, vocational, apprenticeship positions in our workforce.
3. Sharing career options in Clatsop County for our college-bound students, both at Clatsop Community College and four year colleges and universities. Many students are not aware of the diverse positions available in many industries in our own backyard and we want our youth to come home after they graduate from college or stay here after they graduate from Clatsop Community College.
4. Information and job and career opportunities for the general public.
We want to give the attendees an overview of the many industries and sectors that make up our local economy.
The target sectors are: Tourism and hospitality; business, banking, finance and professional services; seafood processing and fishing; forest and wood products; health care; retail; manufacturing; law enforcement; career technical, contracting and trades; education and government; public sector; military options (branches of the military).
There is a comprehensive website at clatsopjobfair.com with detailed information about the job and career fair for students, parents/guardians of students, employers and volunteers.
To register as an employer to participate in the career and job fair, call Debbie Newton at the WorkSource Northwest Oregon office at 503-378-8063 or email her at [email protected] Businesses can also register online by going to the clatsopjobfair.com website and clicking on the registration link.
This event is free. Employers are asked to register as soon as possible as the entire list of employers participating will be provided to the schools and will be featured on the website. Note we will also be contacting each employer as we get closer to the actual event date with specific details and tips to maximize the day.
Employers that are hiring will have special signing for the job seekers to see.
March 15, 2022 Coast River Business Journal
By Kevin Leahy; executive director of Clatsop Economic Development Resources and the Clatsop Community College Small Business Development Center. Reach him at [email protected] or call 503-338-2402.
Our Clatsop WORKS internship application is now open! The application deadline is February 7, 2020, but the earlier you apply, the more time we’ll have to find a local business or organization that matches your skills and interests. Please contact us at 503-338-2507 if you have any questions.