The Hampton Roads Workforce Council's NextGen Regional Internship program, in partnership with the City of Norfolk, Norfolk Public Schools, and Visit Norfolk is providing over 200 Norfolk youth ages 16-21 a 180-hour paid internship opportunity. Youth will receive an $8.00 an hour educational stipend that is tax-free.
The internship will begin on Wednesday, July 7th, and have staggered starts thru Friday, December 31st. We are calling on Norfolk employers and entrepreneurs that would like to host an intern or interns.
The NextGen Regional Internship program is different from other internships for the following reasons:
- NextGen offers Job Coaches that will act as a liaison between the site supervisor and the student.
- Job coaches will assist in ensuring that youth are working on improving their soft skills and that they understand those skills are and will be essential in their workforce journey.
- Their assigned job coach will work with them to create and build a resume from the skills they are learning and speak about the importance of time management, communication initiative, and professionalism in the workplace.
- These appointments are done in tandem with their internship and can be conducted in person or virtually.
- The Hampton Roads Workforce Council will provide liability insurance for each of the youth.
- There is no cost for employers to participate!
- Prior to starting their internship program, youth will receive up to 30 hours of soft skill training, which will include the responsibilities and expectations for the program.
- NextGen will assist in providing materials needed for youth that are selected for internships.
- Assistance with building out an internship program/curriculum for interns.
If you would like to host, there are a few things that will be required:
- Hosts must sign a worksite agreement.
- Worksites will need to detail the work duties that will be performed.
- Provide a description of the materials needed for the internship program.
- Attend a virtual or in-person 30–40-minute site training.
- During this training, sites will be informed about timesheets, and program expectations.
- Provide an AMAZING internship for youth that will lead to learning experiences.
- Last but certainly not least, PATIENCE. Youth applying for this opportunity come from all walks of life and may or may not have had someone tell them or show them how to respond in various situations. Think of this opportunity as not just an internship but a mentorship too!
If you are interested in hosting, please contact Christina Brooks at 757-373-8732 or firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the interest form here: