With spring just around the corner, the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity (CEO) is seeking local employers interested in hosting high school students for spring internships.

Employer partners play a major role in developing the city’s talent pipeline by providing youth with valuable work experience and exposure to a career path, while receiving:

  • Energetic and enthusiastic youth.
  • Support on large or small projects.
  • Opportunities to enhance their own talent development.

The students are enrolled in Philadelphia Youth Network’s WorkReady School-Year program and will be paid by PYN. Prior to the internship experience, students will learn career-readiness and foundational skills.

Employer partners’ responsibilities include:

  • Determining the length of the program in partnership with the provider (CEO).
  • Completing FBI and Pennsylvania criminal background checks and child abuse clearances, if youth are not at least 18 years old.
  • Completing the worksite agreement and adhering to OSHA and COVID-19 guidelines.
  • Providing a mentor/supervisor at a 1:1 or 2:1 ratio.
  • Creating job descriptions and worksite responsibilities that align with PYN’s youth career competencies.
  • Training interns and providing an opportunity to learn about the business prior to the start date.
  • Hosting virtual onboarding to ensure interns have what they need to start (ex.: equipment, technology, HR paperwork, etc.).

Interested employers are asked to respond by March 1, 2021.

Email Jerome Walker, Career Pathways Manager, at jerome.e.walker@phila.gov to become an employer partner.