The Cherokee County School District has partnered with the Cherokee Office of Economic Development to provide summer employment opportunities for rising high school juniors and seniors as part of the Fourth Annual Cherokee Summer Internship Program. The interactive, mentorship-based program runs from June 7 – July 16, 2021.
“These internships are an outstanding opportunity for our students to spend their summer break learning about careers in their community, while also earning money for their time,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “We’re so thankful to the Office of Economic Development and the participating businesses for continuing to offer this program to our students.”
COED launched the Cherokee Summer Internship Program in Spring 2018 to cultivate local talent and raise awareness of Cherokee’s diverse, high-quality career opportunities.
The six-week program provides students with paid, real-world experience at Cherokee-based companies. In addition to cultivating local talent, the mentorship-based program helps employers give back to the community, find future talent, and make progress on special projects.
“The Cherokee Summer Internship Program challenges students to apply classroom knowledge to the real-world,” said COED President Misti Martin. “Through this interactive experience, students are able to work one-on-one with local employers, offer their unique talents to the workplace, and build lifelong skills.”
Woodstock-based manufacturing company Roytec Industries has participated in the Cherokee Summer Internship Program since its launch. Through Roytec’s specialized training program, Roytec University, students are given personalized on-the-job training to increase productivity and learn the fundamentals of manufacturing.
“Each student intern Roytec employed through the Cherokee Summer Internship program will attend Roytec University, which prepares them to work in several key roles of manufacturing,” said Roytec Training Manager Tim May. “This internship opens the door for continued employment during the school year through the CCSD Work-Based Learning program and potential full-time career opportunities after graduation.”
“Being a part of the Cherokee Summer Internship Program was an amazing experience for me,” said 2020 Roytec Intern Annie Axelsson. “It allowed me to take the first real steps in building my career and helped me learn so much about my dream job.”
Students accepted into the program will also receive critical soft skills training in financial literacy, workplace safety, and communications as part of the Cherokee Summer Internship Program Orientation.
Interested students can apply and learn more about available positions by visiting cherokeega.org/internship/. Applicants are encouraged to check the COED website periodically for updates as additional internships will become available over the coming two months. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.
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