Applications open for over 1,000 jobs and advanced internships to be offered in summer 2018
April 11, 2018
PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza today announced robust summer employment opportunities for Providence youth, including jobs offered through the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Office of Economic Opportunity, as well as advanced paid internships offered through partnerships with local businesses and organizations as part of the One Providence for Youth initiative. Youth are encouraged to apply at pvdsummerjobs.com for over 1,000 jobs and advanced internships that will be offered in the capital city in summer 2018.
“My administration is continuing to put our kids first by expanding summer jobs and internships available in Providence this year,” said Mayor Jorge O. Elorza. “These opportunities are available in our recreation centers, parks, community partners and local businesses and will allow youth to earn a paycheck and access valuable experiences that can be the foundation to their success.”
According to a Brookings Institution study, research shows that summer employment programs can lead to many positive effects, including reduced violence, lower incarceration rates, and improved academic outcomes for young people. Taking this into account, the City more than doubled the amount of youth summer jobs offered last year – from 500 in 2016, to more than 1,000 in 2017 – and is seeking to further expand opportunities even more in 2018.
Department of Parks and Recreation
The Providence Department of Parks and Recreation will hire Providence youth this summer to operate lunch program sites, sports, specialty and day camps and water parks and pools across the city. This program includes a robust training orientation program to gain essential work skills. The deadline for parks and recreation applications is April 23, 2018.
One Providence for Youth
With a particular focus on workforce development, the Office of Economic Opportunity and Workforce Solutions of Providence and Cranston will offer jobs through 16 selected providers. Those interested in One Providence for Youth employment opportunities must apply online before the May 31, 2018 deadline.
Providers include: AS220, Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence, Camp Refugee Youth Summer Enrichment (RYSE), Community Action Partnership of Providence (CAPP), Comprehensive Community Action Program (CCAP), Federal Hill House Association, Generation Citizen, Goodwill Industries of RI, Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence, Providence ¡CityArts! For Youth, Providence Housing Authority, RI for Community & Justice, RI Nurses Institute Middle College Charter High School, Roger Williams University, and Youth In Action.
One Providence for Youth: Advanced Internships
The City has partnered with the private and non-profit sectors to support and promote rigorous work experiences that will prepare and engage youth this summer. Internships will begin July 5, 2018 and last six weeks. The program will be implemented by the Office of Economic Opportunity and will enroll local youth ages 14-24 that have already been in a program or had some prior work experience and are ready to move to a higher level program.
These internships will enhance 21st century skills by focusing on communication, engagement in learning, critical thinking, perseverance and teamwork. Participants will engage in work readiness training, develop specific learning goals to improve those skills, be placed in a structured work experience with an employer, and be overseen by a trained supervisor. Those interested must apply online before the May 31, 2018 deadline.
The City is encouraging local businesses and organizations to partner to provide work-based learning opportunities. Participating employers include: AAA, Armory Management Company, Center for Women and Enterprise, Cornish Associates, Crossroads Rhode Island, Darrow Everett LLP, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, Evolis, Family Service of RI, Federal Hill House, Global View Communications, Goodwin-Bradley, Co., Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, KITE Architects, Lifespan, Marriott Hotels, New England Medical Innovation Center, Providence Foundation, Providence Promise, Rhode Island Foundation, Roger Williams Park Zoo, Stages of Freedom, The Mullings Group, United Natural Foods, Inc., Vistaprint, and Ximedica.
All summer employment candidates must be at least 14 years old as of June 15, 2017. Additional information for all summer jobs and internship programs can be found online at pvdsummerjobs.com. Residents can also contact the Mayor’s Center for City Services (MCCS) at City Hall for more information by dialing 3-1-1.