Jordans summer youth program exceeds expectations

caines | 9/13/2012, 5:30 a.m.

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordans 2012 Summer Youth Internship Program has wrapped up with students touting the program as a once in a lifetime experience. From June to August, 22 high school and college students trained as an understudy to supervisors, managers and even presidents of businesses in District 1. This program gives students the tools needed to thrive and survive in the workplace, said Jordan, who implemented the internship program in 2005. My goal is to keep a qualified group of young people in District 1 who can help nurture local businesses, while gaining real workplace experience. Phillip Nicholas, a senior at Florida Memorial University, is studying computer information science. He interned at EAC Consulting, Inc., an engineering firm. . This internship was definitely educational and informative, he said. It gave me a wide range of experience with different people who held different responsibilities within the corporation. I had a chance to sharpen my skills which will help me in the future. Each internship was a paid position by strategic business partners and lasted for eight to 12 weeks. To enter the program, students were required to have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, residency in District 1, 16-21 years of age and the ability to work 20 to 40 hours per week. Students were chosen from a pool of more than 200 candidates who had to demonstrate leadership, perseverance, and intelligence. Nefferteria Williams, a senior at Florida A&M University, was stationed at Sun Life Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins. She got an opportunity to see urban planning in action. I learned the significance of viewing events and issues long-term, said Williams, who is majoring in psychology. I now realize that having a job is not only about the income, but it is about having a career that will make an individual economically stable and personally fulfilled. Other companies participating in the Summer Youth Internship Initiative included: Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Dade County Federal Credit Union, El Dorado Furniture, Experience Aviation, Fontainebleau Aviation, Genovese Joblove & Battista P.A. Attorneys-at-Law, Lehman Hyundai Subaru, Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, North Dade Community Development, Orange Bowl Committee, Orion Jet Center and Warren Henry Automobiles Inc.