As COVID-19 progressed, companies have had to withdraw internship
opportunities intended for Polk County’s young workforce.
BARTOW, Fla., June 2, 2020 – CareerSource Polk is seeking employers to enroll as worksites for its Young Leaders Program. The internship-based initiative provides businesses with qualified interns for up to 10 weeks during the summer while CareerSource Polk covers their wages. Due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines, companies that typically bring on multiple interns have had to reduce the number of positions available to participants, resulting in a shortage of work opportunities.
The Young Leaders Program, which serves ages 16-24, plays a critical role in developing and equipping a young workforce. In addition to resume building and career planning services, participants also gain hands-on experience through specialized training opportunities. Many participants achieve full-time employment with the companies where they have interned.
“The Young Leaders Program is a win-win for both the employers and the interns. Interns gain hands-on experience, while companies are able to groom their workforce,” says Eshia Smith, the Young Leaders Program Manager at CareerSource Polk. “We strive to offer a wide range of work experiences. Whether you are a public, private, or not-for-profit organization, we are eager to partner with you.” The Summer Youth Employment Program begins on June 1, 2020 and new worksites will continually be brought on to ensure that all qualified applicants are assigned to a company. The program concludes on August 7, 2020.
To become a Young Leaders Worksite, contact Eshia Smith at 863-508-1100 x 3320 or visit our website:
About CareerSource Polk
CareerSource Polk is a private, non-profit administrator of workforce funds. Its mission is to be the innovative leader to ensure and sustain a quality workforce for today and the future. For more information, visit careersourcepolk.com. CareerSource Polk is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. All voice telephone numbers on this document may be reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at 711.