Young Adults

**Applications for 2022 are currently closed and will open in the new year**

SummerWorks Program Logistics

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Who can participate?

​To be eligible for SummerWorks, you must be

16-24 years old at the time programming begins and and currently reside in, or attend school in, Washtenaw County.
 

Applications are typically open from late January to late March. If you are ready to apply for SummerWorks, please see full details below.
 

Please note: young adults may participate in the program for a maximum of three years.

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Time Commitment

  • Programming lasts from April to August

  • Those with internships can expect to spend ~20 hours / week​

  • Those without internships can expect to spend ~5-10 hours / week

  • Participants who successfully complete the program (including all requirements) will receive a stipend for participation upon conclusion of the program (those with internships will be paid wages from their employer, NOT the stipend).

 
 
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What are the components of the program?

  • Professional Development

    • Participants attend weekly professional development sessions to improve essential skills such as resume writing, interviewing, and professionalism in the workplace.

    • Each professional development session is led by SummerWorks staff along with special presentations led by professionals across various industries.

  • Mentorship

    • Participants will be matched with an adult mentor who can answer questions, provide career advice, and strengthen their professional networks.

    • General topics include career prep, professional development and navigating the workplace, college prep, and goal setting.

    • Participants will meet with their mentor once per week during the program (each meeting typically lasting 30-60 minutes).

    • Learn more about mentorship here.

  • Internship

    • All program participants are eligible to interview for a summer internship, with priority going to those who have participated in programming in prior years. A subset of young adults will be selected for a paid summer internship.

    • Participants with an internship will work for 10 weeks between June and August.

  • Career Exploration

    • Program Deliverables

      • ​ All young adults will complete a resume or executive summary, a cover letter, career exploration assessment and reflection, and more. 

    • Career Sneak Peek Week

      • Participants have the opportunity to hear from a variety of speakers to gain insight into different career trajectories, learn about skills needed for roles they may be interested in, and learn about different employers.

 

Participant Resources

 
  • Download the SummerWorks Professional Development Curriculum here.

  • Submit your timesheet here.

  • View important documents that must be submitted for employment here.

Coming soon:

  • Program calendar

  • Copy of contract

  • How to be a successful mentee doc

  • Link to Google classroom or Canva

 

Important Dates

  • Application Due Date | March 19

  • Program Acceptance Timeframe | March 28 - April 5

  • Youth Orientation | April 12

  • Professional Development Begins | April 20 or 22

  • Employment Period and Mentorship Begins | June 14

  • Career Sneak Peek Speaker Series Week | August 9-13

  • Program Ends | August 20