Summer Jobs 253 Provides Work Experience for Teens

Tacoma businesses looking for a little extra help this summer can turn to the annual Summer Jobs 253 program to host internships for high school students.

The City of Tacoma, Tacoma Public Schools, and the REACH Center are partnering with local businesses to offer 96 hours of paid work experience to 200 local high school juniors and seniors.

Students will not only learn industry expertise in a variety of fields, but they will also develop valuable resume building experience, interviewing skills, workplace etiquette, financial responsibility, and they will become prime candidates for a position within their new company.

“This is a great opportunity for businesses to make an investment in the workforce of the future to ensure regional and global competitiveness, and help students build their resumes by offering quality work experience,” said Christopher Wright, Summer Jobs 253 program manager in a press release.

Students’ wages will be funded through a combination of city investments, grant and scholarship funding, as well as a $700 employer contribution per intern.

For more information or to host a student, visit the Summer Jobs 253 website here.


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