COED internship

Annie Axelsson, left, works with Roytec Trainer Teresa Munoz during the 2020 Cherokee Summer Internship Program. Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 summer program.

The Cherokee Office of Economic Development and the Cherokee County School District have again partnered together to hold the fourth annual Cherokee Summer Internship Program.

The program offers six-week paid internships for rising high school juniors and seniors in Cherokee County, June 7 to July 26. Participating students will work at Cherokee-based companies.

So far, there are 15 openings available for the summer 2021 program.

“The Cherokee Summer Internship Program challenges students to apply classroom knowledge to the real-world,” COED President Misti Martin said in a statement. “Through this interactive experience, students are able to work one-on-one with local employers, offer their unique talents to the workplace, and build lifelong skills.”

COED launched the Cherokee Summer Internship Program in the spring of 2018 to cultivate local talent and raise awareness of Cherokee’s diverse, high-quality career opportunities.

“These internships are an outstanding opportunity for our students to spend their summer break learning about careers in their community, while also earning money for their time,” Superintendent Brian Hightower said. “We’re so thankful to the Office of Economic Development and the participating businesses for continuing to offer this program to our students.”

Roytec Industries in Woodstock has participated in the Cherokee Summer Internship Program since its launch. Through its specialized training program, Roytec University, students are given personalized on-the-job training to increase productivity and learn the fundamentals of manufacturing.

“Each student intern Roytec employed through the Cherokee Summer Internship program will attend Roytec University, which prepares them to work in several key roles of manufacturing,” Roytec training manager Tim May said. “This internship opens the door for continued employment during the school year through the CCSD Work-Based Learning program and potential full-time career opportunities after graduation.”

Students accepted into the program will also receive critical soft skills training in financial literacy, workplace safety, and communications as part of the orientation.

“Being a part of the Cherokee Summer Internship Program was an amazing experience for me,” said Annie Axelsson, who interned at Roytec last summer. “It allowed me to take the first real steps in building my career and helped me learn so much about my dream job.”

To learn more or to apply, visit cherokeega.org/internship. Applicants are encouraged to check the COED website periodically for updates as additional internships will become available over the next two months. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.

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