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Two great “Earn and Learn”
Opportunities for young adults

Opportunity Works

Sector-Focused Paid Internships

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Opportunity Works: Serves Out-of-Work or Out-of-School Suburban Cook County Young Adults

  • 8-week paid internship program, runs year-round
  • Earn $15 an hour, work 25 hours a week

Are you 16 to 24 years old? Are you interested in a year-round paid internship in a high-demand, high-growth industry?

Career exploration internships for young adults

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Registration for Opportunity Summer is now closed. Please consider applying for Opportunity Works.

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Check Out Some Opportunity Works Experiences

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Opportunity Summer and Opportunity Works are part of Cook County’s Career Connector program. These programs are funded through a $15 million investment from the County into workforce development services provided by the Partnership, using dollars from the American Rescue Plan Act. These programs serve suburban Cook County residents and businesses and who were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Our region is full of growing businesses in high demand industries that are searching for people interested in well paying careers. Internships are a proven way for young adults to explore career options while earning money and for businesses to identify talented and ambitious youth who might have a future in their industry sector. The Partnership collaborates with Chicagoland-area businesses and organizations to provide summer and year-round support for young adults interested in building their careers.

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