Orange County Youth Bureau Kicks Off 2016 Summer Youth Internship Program

By Yvonne Marcotte, Epoch Times
July 6, 2016 Last Updated: July 7, 2016

The Orange County Youth Bureau has begun its 2016 Internship Program. In its sixth year, the program allows 25 students this year to volunteer in 16 county departments where they gain real life work experience.   

Students will work in administrative and computer-related areas in designated assignments and projects, and on the field. The program, for students entering their sophomore and junior years, and graduating seniors, runs through Aug. 17.  

(L-R) Confidential Secretary of County Executive Mary Pat Smith and intern Brandon Gellard at 2016 Summer Youth Internship Program on June 29, 2016. (courtesy office of the County Executive)
Confidential Secretary of County Executive Mary Pat Smith (L) and intern Brandon Gellard during the 2016 Summer Youth Internship Program on June 29, 2016. (Courtesy office of the County Executive)

Rachel Wilson, director of the Orange County Youth Bureau, said, “Interns are given a youth-friendly environment to learn and practice their job readiness skills.  County departments are able to use their motivated youth volunteers as resources to further advance the work and mission in meeting the needs of Orange County.”

Students who are participating come from Middletown, Valley Central, Pine Bush, Washingtonville, Minisink Valley, Cornwall, S. S. Seward, Goshen, Monroe, Woodbury schools and Chapel Field Christian School.

(L-R) Ed Sims, principal health engineer, division of environmental health, and interns Helen Dempsey and Benjamin Wall at 2016 Summer Youth Internship Program's orientation on June 29, 2016. (courtesy office of the County Executive)
(L-R) Ed Sims, principal health engineer, division of environmental health, and interns Helen Dempsey and Benjamin Wall at 2016 Summer Youth Internship Program’s orientation on June 29, 2016. (courtesy office of the County Executive)

The Youth Bureau hosted an orientation on June 29. The young interns were given a job readiness skills workshop facilitated by Michael Bark and Tiffany Niles. Molly O’Donnell from Orange County Human Resources, also discussed the county’s policies and safe workplace environments. The students then put their skills into practice during their first meeting with their supervisors.

(L-R) Intern Emma Meier,  Youth Bureau program technicians Tiffany Niles, and Michael Bark at orientation of the Orange County Summer Intern Program on June 29, 2016. (courtesy office of County Executive)
(L-R) Intern Emma Meier, Youth Bureau program technicians Tiffany Niles, and Michael Bark at the orientation of the Orange County Summer Intern Program on June 29, 2016. (Courtesy office of County Executive)

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