Career Ready Tempe Creates Paid Internships for Tempe Juniors and Seniors

by Paulette Pacioni

Career Ready Tempe is a collaboration between the City of Tempe Human Services Department, Economic Development Department and the Tempe Chamber Foundation. The program aims to help prepare and develop Tempe youth to participate in the future workforce by connecting them to college and career readiness support and partnering with Tempe businesses to provide youth with paid internship opportunities in fields that are in demand.

The 2022 summer session of the program included internship host sites such as Arizona Fashion Source, Coleman Powersports, Landings Credit Union, Mathnasium of Tempe, Tempe Tourism and Printing Specialists. Students completed a total of 120 internship hours over eight weeks. Students are compensated at a rate of $13 per hour by the Career Ready Tempe program with funds from the City of Tempe Innovation Funds and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Career Readiness Lab Grant, as well as corporate and private donors.

Businesses and individuals interested in supporting Career Ready Tempe or participating in the program can reach out to Delaina LeForce, Career Ready Tempe Coordinator for the City of Tempe.

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