CONNECT2Careers (C2C) has partnered with the City of San Diego to offer C2C internships with the city to 50 opportunity youth (young adults who are not enrolled in school and not working) this fall. Each young adult, who must be a City of San Diego resident, will experience up to 75 paid work hours over 10 weeks. Interns will work alongside mentors from various City of San Diego departments and attend three trainings:
- Bridge to Employment with the City of San Diego
- Creating an Elevator Pitch workshop and City of San Diego panel discussion
- Bite of Reality financial literacy workshop
Funds from the City of San Diego and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) support these work opportunities, which include positions such as homework program assistant, library assistant, office assistant, outreach assistant, peer advocate, recreation program assistant, STEAM program assistant and more.
On August 3 and 8, participants attended a group interview where C2C staff led training activities, which gave interns an opportunity to practice their networking, problem-solving and teamwork skills. Following the interactive sessions, the young adults had the opportunity to meet mentors from the City of San Diego, who provided information regarding the various work opportunities at their sites. Interns submitted their top four internship choices and mentors selected their top four potential mentees. C2C will match interns to mentors and departments, preparing for work experiences to begin September 19.
The C2C Internship Program with the City of San Diego seeks to empower opportunity youth to explore and learn about the various work opportunities and career pathways available at the City of San Diego. In addition to the work experiences and training, the young adults will also receive supportive services from C2C, including support on professional clothing and transportation costs.
The fall experience is the first of multiple cohorts of the program. Interested young adults should sign up at C2CSD.org to be notified about future cohorts and other opportunities like this one.