Milwaukee's Summer Youth Internship Program will pay 130 students to gain real-world job experience

NOW: Milwaukee’s Summer Youth Internship Program will pay 130 students to gain real-world job experience

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Many students may be considering a summer job to make some extra cash. The city of Milwaukee will pay them to prepare for their future career and better prepare them for the workforce. 

Through the Earn and Learn Summer Youth Internship program, 130 students will make $15 an hour for interning 20 hours a week this summer. 

It's the 18th year of the program. Students will learn how to write a resume and be collaborative in the workplace, among other things. 

Acting Mayor Cavalier Johnson says it's an important opportunity for many who would otherwise not have access to that professional experience. 

"We need to make sure there are ample job opportunities available for young people in Milwaukee that want a job. That's why we're here today," said Johnson. 

The program is now accepting applications as of Feb. 14, 2022. 

"The kind of exploration that the program let us do really helped me center in on exactly what I want to do and exactly what I would need to get there," said Gabriella Hartlauv. 

Hartlauv is not a senior at Ronald Raegan High School. She went through the program as a junior. The skills she learned helped her land her first part-time job, but she says more importantly, they'll help her as she works toward her goal in media and public relations. 

"At my school it's very academic focused, so we don't have a lot of time to apply for jobs, so to have this program to interact in the workforce was very valuable to me," said Hartlauv. 

Milwaukee students between 16 and 19 years old can apply until March 18. The internships run from June 2, 2022 until July 29, 2022. 

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