Doña Ana County

COUNTY SEEKING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND BUSINESS PARTNERS FOR SUMMER 2022 INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

COUNTY SEEKING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND BUSINESS PARTNERS FOR SUMMER 2022 INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Public Information Office

(575) 525-5801, anitas@donaanacounty.org

 

 

April 19, 2022

 

COUNTY SEEKING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND BUSINESS PARTNERS FOR SUMMER 2022 INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

 

Doña Ana County, with funding provided by the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED), will offer the 2022 Summer Enrichment Internship Program for high school students. The program was launched last year as a vehicle to provide high school students the opportunity to participate in internships in government agencies and private businesses. Students can earn up to $2600.00 by participating in the internship. Eligible applicants include 15-year-old students with a work permit that can be provided, juniors, seniors, and previous interns in their first year of college. The County’s goal is to recruit 800 students from the Las Cruces Public Schools, Gadsden ISD, Hatch Valley Public Schools, area charter schools, private high schools, and homeschooled students in the area.

The County experienced great success with the internship program last year. Out of 1,275 participants in the state of New Mexico, Doña Ana County successfully placed 547 of these students in work assignments for the summer. This achievement was in coordination with 183 government agencies and business partners in the County. “After the demand we experienced last year and the quality of work our students provided, we are excited that the PED would grant us the opportunity to make this program bigger and better for our area students, our partners and community. When we help a young person direct their energy toward positive outcomes and provide an outlet for gaining experience and making money, our whole community wins,” County Manager Fernando Macias said.

The internship program received remarkable feedback from both the students and the business partners last year. This feedback will be used to place even more students and enhance the program. This summer the County is funded to place 800 students in the internship. The County budget increased from $1.3 million to $2.7 million for the 2022 program. Interns will be paid $13.00 per hour, up from $10.50 per hour in 2021. For the Summer of 2022, students can work up to 200 hours, as opposed to 120 hours last summer. The County plans to hire 40 coordinators to oversee the students. Other enhancements include electronic timecards and the use of an external vendor to handle all timecards and payroll processing to maximize program staff effectiveness.  Also different from the previous year, 15-year-olds with a work permit will be eligible to participate in the summer internship program.

            The success of the summer internship program is due to having willing and engaged community members that offer work assignments to students, coordinators who will oversee the interns’ summer work experience, and motivated students who are committed to work during the summer months. Government agencies and private and nonprofit businesses interested in partnering with the County to offer summer employment should complete the Business Partner Request Form found on the County’s website homepage banner.

Interested business partners, coordinators and students may apply at

www.donaanacounty.org/summerintern. Students should expect to transition into their workforce placements when the school year ends in May.

 

For more information about Doña Ana County, please visit www.donaanacounty.org.

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