SYIP Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Summer Youth Internship Program?

CareerSource Young Leaders program provide a paid summer work experience for youth (ages 16-24) residing in Polk County.  Selected youth work in a variety of positions with employers through out Polk County while earning a wage of $15.00 per hour.  This real-world work experience was designed to expose youth to a variety of industries and potential career paths.  This internship is packed with on-hands training, employability skills lessons, financial literacy awareness and exposure to a variety of industries. 

How long is the program?

The 2022 Summer Internship Program is up to ten weeks.

It begins June 6th and ends August 12th.

Participants are required to complete job readiness activities prior to their first day of work.

How much will interns earn during their internship?

All participants will earn $15/hour for hours worked.  Participants can only work a maximum of 30 hours per week.

Who is eligible to apply?

Eligibility is limited to the following candidates:

  • Polk County residents.
  • High School students ages 16 to 18, or up to age 19, if they are still in high school.  (Summer only)
  • Out-of-School Youth ages 16 to 24 who are not attending any school/college.
What documents do I need for eligibility?

Below are the documents that you will need if you are selected to participate in the internship program. These include:

  • Signed Social Security card (If you need to apply for one, please note that it takes at least two weeks to receive your card.)
  • Verification of date of birth (Acceptable documents: Birth Certificate or Florida driver’s license)
  • Current photo id (Acceptable documents: Florida driver’s license, Florida ID, US passport, or Alien Registration Card.
  • Proof of income for the last six months for every working member in your household or proof of public assistance within the last 6-months or Free or reduced lunch verification. Note: Free lunch must be validated based on an application and approval process not valid when the entire school receives free lunch.
  • Documentation of Polk County residency (Acceptable documents: lease agreement, utility bill, or letter from Social Service Agency)
  • Documentation to validate the last school attended. (Acceptable documents: high school diploma, current school transcript, school summary report, or withdrawal documentation)
What are the income requirements for eligibility?

Youth must be determine low-income using at least one of the following:

  • High School Dropout
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needed Families (TANF)
  • Free and Reduced Lunch verification based on household income (In-School Only)

Note: Out-of-school youth will be required to provide 6 months of most recent income. In-school youth are required for one month of income.

How old do I have to be to apply?

All youth interested in applying for the Summer Youth Internship Program must be at least 16 years of age by April 30th and no older than 24 years of age at the time of enrollment.

When will I know if I am selected for the program?

Prior to being selected as a participant in the Sumer Youth Internship Program you will receive an email with a scheduled appointment to determine eligibility. This email will included the following:

  • Overview of the program
  • Completion of required release forms
  • Referral to take drug screen
  • Link to complete a background request form
  • Completely register in EmployFlorida (
  • Open an account with Fifth-Third Bank the official bank of the SYIP program for direct deposit payment (additional information will be provided)

It is mandatory that all participants complete the drug and background screening process within 48 hours (2-days) of receipt of the referral forms. Due to the high volume of applicants duplicate referral forms will not be issued. Please be patient and do not call CareerSource Polk to ask if you are in the program. You can always visit our website for updates services.

When will I start working?

In most cases you will begin working at your assigned worksite on Monday, June 6th. But in some cases it will depend on your date of enrollment and if worksites are available for your area.  All concerns for placement will be communicated to the participant prior to the first day of work. Please do not report to any worksite without being notified to do so.

What company will I get to intern with?

Interns will be placed at various positions throughout Polk County based on, but not limited to the following factors:

  • Your schedule of availability to work
  • Your primary mode of transportation/the distance you are while to commute for work
  • Your career interests & skills
  • The needs of the employer/host agency



How will we communicate with Interns?

Interns are required to have their own valid email address.  CareerSource Polk staff will communicate by email with regards to eligibility status once all required documents have been received.  If selected to participate in the program, CareerSource Polk staff will also send email notifications regarding weekly activities and virtual workshops.  It is your responsibility to ensure that we have the correct email address on file and that you are checking your email on a regular basis for updates and notifications.  CareerSource Polk is not responsible for messages that are not received timely.

When is the last day of work?

Your last day of work in the Summer Youth Internship Program will be Friday, August 12th.

What is my current school status ?

Below are the options for school status and what determines your selection:

High School  – Select if you are currently attending a Polk County School as a high school student including students enrolled in collegiate or dual enrollment programs.

Adult School – Select if you are currently attending East Area Adult School, West Area Adult School or any other adult school in the area.

College – Select if you are currently enrolled in a post-secondary school including technical colleges.

Note: Attending School includes those registered for classes, is between school terms and intends to return to school (ex.
Summer months)

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