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How to apply for Shelby County’s 5th annual Summer Work Experience Program

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, February 24, 2023. The program runs June 5 through July 28.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Applications are now being accepted for Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris’ fifth annual Summer Work Experience Program.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, February 24, 2023. Learn more and apply online HERE.

Participants will be selected by a random lottery. They will work different assignments within Shelby County Government.

The eight-week program allows young adults ages 18 to 24 to gain work experience and skills, including communication, organization, and customer service. There's also a weekly paid professional development course.

Pay for those who take part is $15 per hour, and those with perfect attendance can also get a $100 bonus.

Hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from June 5 to July 28. Participants must also be available on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The program runs June 6, 2022, through July 29, 2022.

Participants will be selected via a random lottery and those selected will receive a phone call and text message on or before April 14, 2023, and have 48 hours to accept. After 48 hours, additional names will be drawn until all placements are confirmed. The final list of names will be published online on April 28, 2023. The list of alternates will also be posted at that time.  

“We are excited to continue to provide more opportunities for young people in Shelby County," said Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris in a news release. "I hope those interested in a career in government and public service will apply for this work experience and learn professional skills that will stay with them throughout their lives. Our young people will be the future leaders both inside and outside government. My hope is this program will inspire participants to be agents of change, excellence, and integrity. Our job is to help set them on that path.”

“I previously participated in the Mayor’s Summer Work Experience at the Shelby County Fire Department," said Damarius Isaac, Shelby County Firefighter." That experience later turned into a full-time job. Being able to see the work the department does in real time inspired me even more to get into public service. I hope future participants will have such a positive and life-changing experience as I did.”

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