Workforce Success Story Submitted By:
Nashville Career Advancement Center
Metro Summer Internship Program
To many young people, a first job, a first boss, a first paycheck seems easily attainable, but due to the economy and the unemployment rate, today’s youth are facing a rude awakening when they begin their job search. It is difficult for adults to find jobs, much less young people. As they prepare to enter the workforce, they need job readiness skills and work experience in order to make meaningful career decisions.
The Metro Summer Internship Program (MSIP) is a short-term learning and employment opportunity for Davidson County youth. Participants are assigned to work at a Metro department for twenty hours per week for four weeks and are paid $8 an hour for both their training and work time. Along with working, interns meet weekly for a job training class, to learn such valuable lessons as professionalism, timeliness, and workplace communication.
Outcomes & Benefits
This program has seen much success through the years, with many of the participants finding jobs and community involvement opportunities after the program’s completion.
For example, Mollie Adcock attends Hillwood High School in Davidson County and was a participant in the 2010 MSIP. She interned in the Metro Finance Department’s Division of Grants Coordination. Through contacts she made while interning, she was able to secure a part-time position for the summer of 2011.