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What Is SummerWorks?
SummerWorks is a PAID summer internship program. It’s for youth from diverse backgrounds who are ages 16-24 with little or no work history. SummerWorks teaches real job skills by giving youth a chance to experience real work.

Community partners like schools and nonprofits refer about 600 to 800 youth to SummerWorks each year. While SummerWorks enrolls most of these youth, there is no promise or guarantee of placement because SummerWorks is dependent upon the funding sponsors provide.

Meet Donzell
When Donzell moved to Portland from California, he arrived without money or identification. Unable to find work, Donzell reached out to New Avenues for Youth, and they helped him apply for a SummerWorks internship at Ben & Jerry’s. He had little experience with customer service, and that aspect of his new job almost drove him to quit. However, his conversational skills quickly improved, and he soon got promoted from a scooper to shift lead and then to assistant manager. His advice to future SummerWorks interns is “to always take your job seriously,” because even if it’s not your dream job, you never know what other opportunities might arise from it.

Refer Youth!
Are you a community partner who is interested in referring the youth you serve to SummerWorks? Learn more about how you can GET INVOLVED.
Sponsor Youth!
Would you like to sponsor an internship(s) so SummerWorks can serve more youth? Learn how you can GET INVOLVED.