For the first time in its 16-year history, the City of Milwaukee was forced to cancel a component of the Earn and Learn Jobs program because of COVID-19 concerns.
The Summer Youth Internship Program would have placed 110 interns in various roles in city government this summer. Interns, ages 16 to 19, were set to work 20 hours per week at $11.52 an hour for eight weeks. It’s one of three components of the overall Earn and Learn.
The Summer Youth Internship Program was planning to place 110 interns in various roles in city
Summerfest and the Wisconsin State Fair have also been canceled for the first time in their histories. These employers provided jobs to hundreds, if not thousands of young people.
Thanks to the pandemic, youth and young adults face limited employment and internship options this summer.
But don’t give up.
There are some internships available, and employers are still hiring as our city continues to loosen up COVID-19 restrictions.
Here are a few:
Where: 3900 N. 124th St., Wauwatosa (On a bus line)
Who: Cream City YouthBuild
What: Occupational skills training in construction careers for ages 16 to 24. Must meet certain criteria to apply.
Where: Employ Milwaukee, 2342 N. 27th St
Who: Trader Joe’s
What: Crew member, $12–$14 per hour
Where: 5600 N. Port Washington Rd.
Who: TJX Companies
What: Merchandise associate
Where: Marshalls 3557 South 27th St.
Resources are a click away
While it can be frustrating to seek employment, especially as a young person, there are resources available to assist you.
Use your Milwaukee Public Library system to take online enrichment classes. The library also offers a teen job resource section with information on how to prepare for an interview, how to create a resume, how to write a cover letter and other job search tips. Click here for more information.
Need your driver’s permit? Take classes virtually through the Milwaukee Urban League.
You must be 18 to enroll in this program and meet other criteria. Click here for more information.
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