Online Application for Summer Jobs Program Opens Monday, April 6, 2015

April 2, 2015


Contact:  Brittany Westbrook
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Online Application for Summer Jobs Program to Open Monday, April 6, 2015
County and City program will deliver nearly 1,000 paid summer internships to youth and young adults in Franklin County

(Columbus, OH – April 2, 2015) -  The S.O.A.R.hire! Summer 2015 Internship Program Application period opens Monday, April 6, 2015.  SO.A.R.hire! Summer is a collaborative effort between Franklin County, the City of Columbus, COWIC/OhioMeansJobs, and community and corporate organizations throughout Franklin County.  The goal is to place youth and young adults ages 14-24 in positive, paid work experiences for the summer.

“Through S.O.A.R.hire! Summer, our future workforce will not only earn a paycheck, but also gain valuable skills  like how to operate in the work place, show up on time, and  dress appropriately  for the job,” said COWIC President & CEO Suzanne Coleman Tolbert.  “Preparing our youth for the world of work is not just good for them, but it will have a long term effect on our entire community and local economy.”

The public-private partnership has two options for young people wanting to work this summer. On the public side, community organizations will work with the interns, providing work readiness and financial literacy training before placing the teens and young adults with local employers. This year, interns will work up to 160 hours at an hourly wage of $10/hour. On the private side, known as the S.O.A.R.hire! Summer Academy, private employers will hire and pay the wages for young adults ages 18-24 who have at least one year of work experience. Internships will start in June and end in August.

S.O.A.R.hire! Summer has been recognized by the U.S. Department  of Labor and the White House as a best practice summer youth employment program, and is open to both youth still enrolled in school and those who are  no longer in a school system.  Space is limited and internships will be granted based on completing 1) the online application and 2) submitting all required eligibility documents. Teens and young adults can go to to apply starting Monday, April 6, 2015. The application closes April 30, 2015. Businesses can also go to the site to learn how to become a S.O.A.R.hire! Summer partner. For more information, visit

About COWIC/ OMJ—Columbus-Franklin County The Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation (COWIC) is the Workforce Investment Board for Franklin County and operator of the OhioMeansJobs Center for Franklin County. OMJ– Columbus-Franklin County is the premiere employment services provider for job seekers and businesses in the region. In the Job Center, Franklin County job seekers can access training opportunities and a host of resources to complete their job search. COWIC also serves Franklin County’s business community providing pre-screening and talent recruitment, job matching, and other recruitment services. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, and the City of Columbus, COWIC has provided services to more than 100,000 central Ohioans since 2007. For more information, go to or visit