Employing an intern is a great way to meet potential candidates for your open jobs and train them to your company’s specific standards. And it allows your company to gain fresh perspectives while helping young professionals launch their careers.

We encourage businesses with bandwidth and a desire to create a new candidate pipeline to apply for our internship program through this competitive application process. We have the funds and capacity to support up to 15 paid interns. Funding is available now until it’s gone!

What is an internship?  Our internship program is intended to support wages and liability for job seekers in need of work experience.  While college students are typical for most internship programs, our internship can support any job candidate who could benefit from additional job training.

What makes your business a good candidate for WSW’s internship program?

  • Job opportunities that are in-demand in our region
  • Short-term projects that have been put aside and could be accomplished by an intern
  • You have the capacity to mentor and guide an intern and would be supportive by helping an intern build social capital and providing connections to company leaders and your network
  • A job description and clear learning goals

Funding priority will be given to businesses that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Woman- or minority-owned
  • Offer family-friendly benefits (examples – flexible work schedules, remote or hybrid work opportunities, childcare supports or resources, affinity groups, etc.) to regular full-time employees
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Demonstrate a safe and respectful workplace for all employees
  • Offer stable and predictable work schedules
  • Business is interested in hiring new employees and can hire the individual after they complete the internship

Applications for this opportunity are now closed. Be on the look out for upcoming opportunities!

As the Local Workforce Development Board for Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties, we make critical investments in employment and training programs to help businesses recover and grow. Through our public-private partnerships, businesses receive services to help them hire new workers or improve the skills of their existing workforce.

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