City of Cocoa's Summer Youth Internship Program

Cocoa Works.pngThe City of Cocoa once again partnered with CareerSource Brevard and hosted junior and senior high school students for the annual Cocoa Works Summer Youth Internship program. This program is designed to create opportunities for our young Cocoa residents to learn about their local government and the future they can have right here in their hometown and to get hands-on career experience.

There were eight open positions in this year's program with departments such as Community Services, Leisure Services, Information Technology, Human Resources, Public Works, Fleet and Utility Support Services. First students went through career development skills including how to interview, how to complete resume, best way to dress for a business interview, budgeting and financial management and more.

"These students should be commended for taking initiative in applying for this program. They took advantage of an opportunity to learn new skills, build working relationships, and take on responsibilities, and that's what will give them a competitive advantage in the workforce," said CareerSource's Jana Bauer. 

Each student then interviewed for their position of interest with  the manager for that position. Students were then placed. Students will complete a total 125 working hours with this paid internship program which is 25 hours per week for a total of five weeks.

Former Public Relations Intern Makenzie Toler said about the program, "I was so ready to start my summer after graduation as productive as I could be, and through this program I'm doing just that. As a young adult jumping head first into the real world, I felt just as welcome as any other person walking through the doors in the first day."