The kids, all between the ages of 14 and 18, are paid $7.50 per hour and can work up to 60 hours every two weeks. The program started on June 3 and ends July 26.
“I love seeing these young people participate in the inner workings of county government,” says County Manager Tom Zdunek. “This program gives the kids a chance to find out what the county does for the community and, in many cases, sparks their interest in someday joining our team.”
To apply, a participant must be enrolled in school and the younger ones, those between the ages of 14 and 15, must get a work permit through the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions. The 2013 program accepted 592 applications, from which 100 students were selected using a lottery-type system.
“Over the years, we have placed a special emphasis on placing students within the areas they have a particular interest which has worked well for both them and us,” says Zdunek. “For example, if someone is interested in working with animals, we try to place them in the Animal Care Department. The program also offers the students a chance to get some real, on-the-job training, while we benefit from all their contributions.”
Pictured here is intern Raquel Romero, who is working this summer in the county’s Cultural Services Department.
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