Summer Internship Program FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

The Summer Youth Internship Program is a CareerSource Polk initiative designed to assist young adults ages 16 through 24.   Through this initiative, eligible young adults who reside in Polk County will have the opportunity to  learn meaningful skills through their exposure with local employers. Those who are determined eligible will have the opportunity to work up to 30 hours per week for a maximum of 10 weeks at a wage of $13 per hour.

Q: How do I qualify?

A: You must be a young adult between the age of 16 and 24 who resides in Polk County.  Applicant must meet the eligibility requirements for enrollment which includes including a review of your family household income for the last 6-months. Other eligibility requirements may apply.  You cannot apply if you are 25 years or older and if you are younger than 16 years of age at the time of application or enrollment.

Q: How are youth selected to participate in the program?

A: Selection is based on all of the following criteria:

  • Application number – first come first served based on availability
  • Completion of the pre-screening process
  • Whether income requirements are met (based on income and household size)
  • Other criteria that ensure compliance with WIOA such as need for additional education for basic skills and/or need for stable residence, etc.

Q: How do I apply? 

A: Submit your online Summer Youth Internship application by the deadline of March 31, 2020.  NOTE:  The demand for jobs in this program is always greater than the number of jobs available.  Visit the

Q: What happens after I apply?

A: Once the selection process is complete, all selected applicants will have to complete a screening process which includes a background check and drug screen.  Upon completion of the screening process, youth will be scheduled an eligibility appointment. Please be patient and do not call CareerSource Polk to ask if you are in the program. You can always visit this website for updates.

In the meantime, you should begin gathering the documents that you will need if you are selected to participate in the program. These include:

  • Social Security card
    • If you need to apply for one, please note that it takes at least two weeks to receive your card.
  • Current photo ID. Acceptable IDs are:
    • Florida driver’s license
    • Florida ID
    • US passport
    • Alien Registration Card
  • Proof of income for household for the last six months including proof of public assistance in the last six months
  • Documentation of Polk County residency. Examples of acceptable documents are:
    • Lease agreement
    • Utility bill
    • Letter from Social Service Agency
  • Documentation to validate last school attended. Examples of acceptable documents are:
    • High school or college diploma
    • Current transcript
    • School summary sheet
    • Withdrawal documentation

You must present original documents at your eligibility appointment. Copies will NOT be accepted.

If you do not bring all documents required for your Eligibility appointment, it will delay the processing of your application and you may loose your slot.

NOTE: A parent or legal guardian must accompany the applicant to the scheduled appointment if they are under 18 years of age. Legal guardians must bring court documents that verifies guardianship. Please be prepared to wait from 45 minutes up to 1 hour depending on the volume of youth being served.

Q: Can any youth apply?

A: NO. Only youth ages 16 to 24 (at the time of application) who are either enrolled in high school or has not been enrolled in any school within the last semester/quarter  may apply.   The young adult and his/her household must meet certain income guidelines to be determined eligible.  Completing the online application does not guarantee placement into this program.

Q: Will there be a drug test and background screening?

A: Yes. Before enrollment into the program, the applicant must pass a drug test and FDLE background screening.

Q: What are the dates for the program?

A: June 1, 2020 through August 7, 2020

 Q: How will SYIP staff contact me?

A: In your application make sure that you provide a valid phone number and email address.  You will receive an email from us with the next steps in the application process which will outline what document you need, your referral form for drug testing and screening form for background check.  Please be very expedient in your reply during this process since these positions are on a first come first served basis.

 Q: Any other ?

A: Each participant will work no more than 30 hours per week at a wage of $13 an hour for up to 10 weeks during the internship period.

 Q: How much will I make?

A: Each participant will work no more than 30 hours per week at a wage of $13 an hour for up to 10 weeks during the internship period.

 Q: How do I get paid?

A: The Summer Youth Internship(SYIP) participants will receive bi-weekly direct deposit payments into their Fifth-Third Bank account.  Fifth-Third Bank is the ONLY Financial Institution that we will use for the deposit of SYIP payments. Payments will be delayed if the participant doesn’t complete their electronic timesheet and obtain supervisors signature by the deadline.

Q: What types of job could I get?

A: The positions will vary based on availability. Our jobs includes clerical, child care assistant, camp counselor aide, park aide, custodial, library assistant, landscaping, and data entry, just to name a few of the positions offered. CareerSource Polk will use the youth’s Career Assessment and your Interest Survey to match youth with an employer and we will take into account where you live. However, there is no guarantee of where you will be assigned.  (Please note you are require to do a drug screen and background check).

Q: Is it required that I earn a credential while participating in the program?

A: Yes. There will be opportunities for you to participate in a mandatory workshop that will provide curriculum that will allow the participant to challenge the assessment and earn an industry-recognized credential.  The credential will enhance chances of obtaining permanent employment.

Q: Will I be reimbursed for participating in the credentialing workshop?

A: Yes. If you participate and successfully achieve a credential, you will be eligible to receive $150.

Q: Are there other requirements?

A: Yes. All youth invited to participate in the program are required to attend an mandatory orientation in April 2020. At which time a schedule for mandatory workshops  will provided along with discussion topics that will help you have a successful summer work experience.

Q: Is there a Dress Code?

A: Yes. We ask that all participants dress business casual for the orientation and for the mandatory workshops. When you receive your job assignment you will know the dress code of your particular worksite. Business Casual for Men consists of slacks, button down collared shirt tucked in or polo type shirts. No ripped jeans. Business Casual for Women consists of dresses & skirts to the knees, pants and blouses. No low cut blouses, tight fitting clothing or mid drifts. No ripped jeans or bonnets.

Q: I still have questions. Can I call someone? 

A: Due to the large number of questions that are received regarding the program, we ask that you click here and send us a message.