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Now is the Time to Hire Houston Youth

Published May 12, 2022 by Susan Moore

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With summer comes a valuable opportunity for employers to tap into up-and-coming talent to accomplish real, meaningful work while investing into the workforce Houston will need to ensure it retains its competitive 21st-century economy: The paid internship. 

Meaningful internships can empower an entire generation while building toward a more prosperous future by giving students and young adults an opportunity to ‘window-shop’ for careers in a variety of industries and settings and recognize career pathways, to learn workforce behaviors, and understand how their coursework applies in a business setting. 

Since 2016, the City of Houston has helped employers access a diverse spectrum of more than 26,000 young, talented Houstonians aged 16 through 24 through its Hire Houston Youth program. The program has also facilitated job readiness training for over 35,000 youth and adults. This summer, the City is asking employers to provide 16,000 summer internship, job, and apprenticeship opportunities.

Program details:

  • Internships should last at least eight weeks (June 13 and Aug. 5, 2022)
  • Internships should pay at least $10 per hour; the average pay in 2021 was $15 per hour
  • Employers without openings can sponsor an intern or register and join the Hire Houston Youth community

Additionally, the City is hosting a job and resource fair on June 11, 2022, at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center. The fair is open to employers from across the entire region and jobseekers of all ages.

 

See more details and add your openings for the Hire Houston Youth program here. Register for the June 11 job and resource fair here.

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