Young Professionals Program

Internship and Paid Work Experience

Oakland NEXT

Let's build our region's future workforce together.  Employers can introduce their organizations to young talent and play an important role in building our region’s future workforce.  Partner with Oakland County Michigan Works! to host eligible young people 16-24 years old for a internship or paid work experience.

Giving young people these opportunities enables them to explore different career interests and pathways, learn from working professionals, develop productive workplace habits and engage in learning experiences that strengthen their social, civic and leadership skills.

Employers participate in the Young Professionals Program at limited to no cost. We cover the wages and associated program costs for eligible participants over the duration of the internship or paid work experience.

If your organization is interested in learning more about this opportunity, please click below to complete the Employer Interest Application.

One of our Business Services Representatives will be in touch with you soon to follow up and learn more about your workforce needs and interests.

Employer Interest Application

Who Participates in the Young Professionals Program?

Young people participating in the Young Professional Program are aspiring professionals between the ages of 16-24 years old, interested in pursuing careers in the private, nonprofit and public sectors.

All of them have met program eligibility requirements, with many representing underrepresented groups.

Your organization will have the opportunity to interview candidates and choose participants that are the best fit for your organization.

How does the Young Professional Program add value to your Organization?

Trade and Economic Transition Dislocated Worker Training Grant Program
  • Oakland County Michigan Works! can connect you with young, local talent at limited to no cost
  • Foster coaching and mentorship skills in current employees
  • Ease the workload of current employees
  • Offer a fresh perspective to problem solving
  • Provide opportunities to be directly involved in Oakland County’s economic recovery

We also encourage you to check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), it may help clarify any questions you may have.