In Tacoma, CARES Funding Creates Paid Job Internships for Young Adults

A partnership between Pierce County Economic Development, WorkForce Central, and Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region has come together through a CARES Act initiative to create paid internship positions for young people in the community. The Recovery Corps young adult internship program has already formed more than 70 positions across 44 local employers, offering a diverse range of positions. Young adults between the ages of 16-25 in the Pierce County area who want to serve their community to stimulate social and economic recovery are encouraged to apply.

Interns will work alongside nonprofits and other businesses in a paid work experience to support the organizations as they recover from the effects of COVID-19. The positions include 20 hours of work per week, for a minimum of four weeks, with a range of pay rates. Successfully hired interns will also receive success coaching to support planning for the future, earn certifications, and will add marketable skills to their resumes.

The positions include safety training and necessary equipment provided. Transportation, work attire and other support services are available. There are also opportunities to receive additional training, increased number of hours, and an extended duration of program.

“Goodwill is honored to partner with WorkForce Central to help youth and young adults develop the job skills and work experiences that are so important for gaining a foothold in today’s uncertain and challenging economy, and we are grateful to the many organizations that are offering employment opportunities that will support the revival of our community,” said Lori Forte Harnick, president and CEO, Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region.

Interested participants can apply online.

Read the full press release on Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region’s website.