The jobs pay $12 an hour -- a bit above minimum wage -- and include a small clothing allowance and a bus pass. City officials want the interns to think beyond the money, so jobs are in areas like:
Homework Program Assistant
Peer Advocate – Sex trafficking victims & at-risk youth
Recreation Program Assistant
Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) Program Assistant
Welcoming New San Diegans
The goal is to inspire people to pursue a career because the city wants to hire locals who are struggling to be productive. The Workforce Partnership, which is doing the hiring through its Connect2Careers program, is looking for 16- to 24-year-olds who live in the city of San Diego, aren't in school and don't have a job.
So far, the partnership has only received about 65 applications for the 50 spots and it hasn't checked whether those applicants match the requirements. That means eligible people who apply are likely headed for group interviews and matching with the program that fits them best.
Cedric Ndondo-Lay, a job coach at the partnership, said they'd also get training in how to navigate the workplace -- the same kind he got when he took the job.
"Budgeting and paying for insurance and still wanting to go to concerts ... budgeting my money and starting the adulting process," the 19-year-old Ndondo-Lay said.
The jobs last for 10 weeks and include 80 hours of work.