Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find answers to questions frequently asked regarding the Youth Internship Program.

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 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)

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 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.

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.

Can I participate in the internship program if I am currently working?

The internship program was designed to aide those youth who have limited to no work history.

How long can I work?

Out-of-School youth can work up to 20 weeks in the Youth Internship Program. The internship is divided into two 10-week internships, allowing two separate experiences with two different employers to enhance their skills and knowledge of interested industries.

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