This year, the MassHire YouthWorks Summer internship program was a success. A 6-week program providing approximately 275 local youth career exploration and workforce development opportunities. Participants ranged from age 14 to 25 years old. This year participants entered internships where they gained first-hand experience in team collaboration, leadership development, working with the public and a working knowledge of different career paths they may be interested in pursuing.
In many cases top performing youth build relationships with our worksites hosts and are offered a job through the school year.
Much of the program’s success is attributed to our wonderful partners that were willing to host our Youth participant employees. These local businesses and organizations willingly stepped forward to serve as mentors who coached our interns on how to gain success in their specific industry, provided basic work skills development training and further guided our young population in conducting industry specific tasks. The program offered our young aspiring professionals first hand exposure to different careers they may be interested in pursuing. An invaluable advantage for a young person when crafting their professional self.