Host an Intern
Thank you for your interest in Clatsop WORKS!
(We are no longer accepting employer applications for summer 2022, check back in Fall 2022 to apply to host a Summer 2023 intern!)
The link below will take you to our application site where you can apply to be a host employee for a Summer 2022 intern. Follow the link to our applications manager website, then click on Host Employer Summer 2022 to apply. Please have your job description prepared, as you will be asked to upload it during the application process. Applications are due by April 15th, 2022.
Before applying, please scroll down to review the requirements to host an intern.
Benefits of hiring an intern
- Close the skill gap and retain local talent- Help a student develop important workplace skills such as professionalism, leadership, and effective communication, while developing future high school and community college graduates to contribute value-adding work to your business now and in the future.
- Give back to the community- Hiring interns not only helps students in your community get started, it enhances the local workforce as a whole and creates more visibility for your organization.
- Take on creative and advanced projects- Interns often bring enthusiasm, positive energy, and a new perspective while increasing your bandwidth for new projects.
Requirements to host an intern:
- Be able to hire an intern full-time at (at least) minimum wage for 8-10 weeks (mid-June through late-August, varies by employer)
- Have an employee who is willing to mentor an intern
- Have the office/floor/work space to house an intern
- The best internships are project-based and supply interns with real-world experience that helps shape their future career aspirations.
If you have any questions or need any more information, please email Misty Bateman at [email protected]
Click below for more information on requirements, Host Employer responsibilities, the hiring process, and tips for a successful internship.
Clatsop WORKS takes care of…
- Marketing all internship positions
- Receiving and organizing applications
- Facilitating the WORKS program, including weekly Professional Development Workshops
- Creating marketing materials for the program
- Providing completed, pre-screened applications to employers
Tips for internship development
- The best internships are project-based, with clearly defined deliverables and purposeful, value-adding work that encourages students to apply their skills.
- Students should be given a central project or task that can be completed in a pre-determined timeline.
- Duties and tasks can evolve, but when there is a lack of bandwidth to provide daily tasks, the student always has the central project to fall back on.
- Defining both the company’s and student’s objectives at that start is the best way to create value for both parties.
- Onboarding (whether virtual or in-person) is essential to prevent any issues and/or dissatisfaction from either party later on.
- Give/receive feedback throughout the duration of the internship
What our Host Employers say:
“Lower Columbia Preservation Society has found great success with the Clatsop WORKS Internship Program. We have both a permanent employee and a board member who originally came to us as interns. We highly recommend this program to local businesses and nonprofits.” ~Rachel Jensen; Lower Columbia Preservation Society
“Through the Clatsop Works program, we found a great employee for the Seaside Farmers Market who we brought back for the next season!” ~Melissa Ousley; Sunset Empire Park & Recreation District
“All our interns have been great! We have enjoyed the ones we have hired and the ones we have interviewed and supported in the program. Our desire to see this program work has stretched us in our capacity to understand the logistics of BOLI and because of that process we have developed a more inclusive and comprehensive outline of our goals as a company. We have learned a lot and have enjoyed watching the youth in this program learn and develop and gain new skills. Times have been tough and continue to be tough but working with the youth and seeing how eager and flexible and strong they are keeps us excited and faithful for our future. Keep up the good work!” ~Sophie Allen; Rickenbach Construction Company
“Having interns from the Clatsop Works program involved in our team has not only inspired us to become better leaders professionally but also become engaged in the next generation and what they have to offer in their future. We have had 2 successful runs with high school aged interns and expect to continue being involved moving forward.” ~Chris Corder; Coastal Restoration
If you have any questions or need any more information, please connect with us.