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Gorge Works Internships Start in June

Thanks for your interest. Gorge Works online applications for Summer 2019 internships will open December 15, 2018.

Gorge Works partners with Columbia Gorge area businesses to provide internships that focus on well-paying, career-level employment.

Host An Intern

Are you looking for a new way to find employees with the skills and work ethic you need for your business? The Gorge Works community-based internship program can help bring potential skilled employees to your door.

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Professional Development

Community leaders and industry specialists teach interns professional development skills in weekly workshops.

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Our Objectives

Gorge Works has three objectives:

  1. To help businesses identify candidates for skilled employment;
  2. To provide internship opportunities allowing for the exploration of local skilled employment opportunities;
  3. To promote the Columbia Gorge as an excellent place to live and work.

We believe this program can provide life-changing opportunities for people to try out career options, show their abilities to potential employers and connect with diverse training options, whether they are newly graduated from high school or are already on the job and looking to improve their options.

Supply and Demand

Filling skilled jobs, particularly in technology and manufacturing industries, is a growing challenge in the United States, where skills gaps, retirements and other factors contribute to unfilled job vacancies.

The situation is no different in the Columbia River Gorge where dozens of skilled, well-paying jobs with benefits remain unfilled while workers languish in unskilled, minimum-wage or part-time jobs with no benefits.

Getting Started

In its first year, Gorge Works offered a wide range of internship opportunities ranging from front office to technology to heavy industry positions. We expect to be able to provide more diverse opportunities in our Summer 2019 program.

Our steering committee includes some of the largest employers in the region, and some of the smallest, and many local organizations are stepping up to serve in supporting roles, including the Port of The Dalles, Columbia Gorge Community College,  WorksourceOregon, The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce and others.

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