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Gorge Works Internships Start in June 2019

Thanks for your interest. Gorge Works application period is closed until December 15, 2018.

Interested in exploring jobs with career potential and getting paid in the process?  Gorge Works offers access to multiple paid work experience opportunities for the Summer of 2019 in the Columbia Gorge  through one convenient application process.

Host An Intern

Columbia Gorge businesses are welcome to apply to be part of this nine-week summer internship program.

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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 new high school graduates 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

Nine Host Site employers have partnered with Gorge Works to offer a dozen paid summer work experiences in 2018. Most of the opportunities in the first year focus on jobs generally described as “entry level technicians,” which covers a wide range of jobs and skill requirements. We also have a handful other opportunities that focus on professional services such as accounting, community relations and human resources, among others.

In addition to the host businesses, several other major employers are serving on our steering committee, and a number of local organizations have agreed 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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