If you’re one of the thousands of youth looking for a summer job, you may be in luck.
At the recent White House Summer Jobs Summit, President Obama called on businesses, nonprofits and government to join in creating nearly 180,000 youth summer employment opportunities including jobs, internships and career training positions.
SCA President Dale Penny was at the White House, the only invited rep from a national conservation organization, and he reported that Assistant Secretary of the Interior David Hayes noted “The Department of the Interior provided over 12,500 jobs and internships for young people on America’s public lands last summer and we are proud to work with the Student Conservation Association in these programs.”
SCA accounted for up to a quarter of those DOI positions, and we anticipate even more service opportunities will be available this summer. Of course, the competition to fill them will grow as well. As one State University of New York student told summit attendees during a panel discussion: “We don’t want your pity or a hand-out. We only need a chance.”
Here’s an overview of the youth employment opportunities that will be offered through the Summer Jobs + Initiative:
Click here to review and apply for SCA summer internships and crews or learn more about the White House Summer Jobs+ Initiative.