For Young Adult Job Seekers

Build up your work experience and earn up to $5,000!

  • Ages 16-24 years old

  • Pierce County Resident

  • Make $15/hour

  • Work up to 40 hours per week for up to 16 weeks

  • Choose the business you want to work for

Are you a young adult looking for an opportunity that provides marketable skills, career training, and networking opportunities? Then the Hire Pierce County: Next Gen internship program is right for you!

Hire Pierce County: Next Gen provides valuable work experience and training to young adults ages 16-24 in Pierce County to support and prepare you for the next step in your career. The program also offers resume and career-building support, ongoing coaching and mentoring, training in marketable skills, career navigation assistance, financial literacy training, and letters of recommendation.

With a choice in placement and the opportunity to meet many different employers, Hire Pierce County: Next Gen can connect you to businesses and organizations that fit your interests and career goals.

We are no longer accepting new enrollments at this time.


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Featured Business

BLK Sunflower

Two open internship positions for Candle Maker/Assemblers are available in Lakewood through BLK Sunflower.

Featured Business

Tacoma Trophy

Two open internship positions are available in Lakewood through Tacoma Trophy. One Showroom and Inventory Associate and one Production Associate.

Featured Business

US Fire Equipment

Three open internship positions are available in Sumner through US Fire Equipment. Two Mechanics Helpers and one Office Assistant.

Featured Business

Harbor WildWatch

One open position for an Operations Assistant is available in Gig Harbor with Harbor WildWatch, an environmental education organization. The intern will help run the Visitor & Interpretive Center among other duties.

Featured Positions

Check out some of the great internship opportunities available though Hire Pierce County: Next Gen!

Frequently Asked Questions

How much money will I make as a participant in Hire Pierce County: Next Gen?

You can make up to $5,000 in Hire Pierce County: Next Gen. You will earn $15/hour during your internship and will receive a $200 stipend for completing the program.

What is the age requirement for the program?

Participants must be between the ages of 16 to 24 to participate in this program.

How long will my internship last?

Positions can last up to 16 weeks for up to 40 hours per week.

When will the program begin?

The program started in Fall 2021 and is ongoing as funding allows. As of July 2022, we are no longer accepting new applicants.

What other benefits are there to the program?

There are many opportunities for personal and professional growth, including:

  • Choice of employment
  • Networking opportunities
  • Career building support
  • Ongoing coaching and mentoring
  • Training in marketable skills
  • Career navigation assistance
  • Financial literacy training
  • Letters of recommendation

What documents will I need to provide to participate in this program?

  1. Photo ID (passport, WA State Driver’s License, Driving Permit, School ID, Military ID)
  2. Proof of Eligibility to work in the US (Social Security card, birth certificate, work permit)
  3. A voided check or direct deposit form if you wish to have your pay direct deposited. Or you can have your pay depostited onto a Pay Card.
  4. Proof of Vaccination if you are vaccinated. Vaccination is not required to participate in this program, but if you are NOT vaccinated it may limit your options for placement with employers. (Find out where you can get vaccinated at

Questions? Contact Us!

Use the form below to contact us with any questions you have about Hire Pierce County: Next Gen.

We are no longer accepting new enrollments at this time.

Choice of Employment
Training in marketable skills
Career navigation & mentorship
Networking Opportunities
Financial Literacy Training
Career-building Support

Tyre Heim, Recovery Corps YA Participant

Internship Success Story

Learn how Tyre and gift box startup, Blessedest Box, were partnered together in a win-win experience to provide work experience and critical fulfillment services during the 2020 pandemic.

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