The internships provide young people with a supportive and professional learning community to explore careers in the garbage and recycling. Interns develop essential job skills, contribute to the workforce, and discover how their values and experiences connect with the health and vitality of the greater Portland area. They tour Metro and other local facilities, participate in job shadows, network with other Metro interns, work alongside Metro staff at community events, engage in regional decision-making processes and foster meaningful professional relationships with peers and mentors across the agency.
The program uses a three-year cohort model focused on youth development, amplifying youth voices, and supporting youth as bridges between Metro and their communities. This is a paid internship opportunity for youth ages 17-20 that runs three days per week in the summer with the opportunity to continue with reduced hours during the school year.
Metro typically recruits up to four new youth interns each year for this cohort, usually in the late winter and early spring. New garbage and recycling interns are juniors or seniors in high school.
For more information or to apply, contact Yaquelin Garcia-Delgado at 503-890-6352 or yaquelin.garcia[email protected].