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The Career Bound Program

Career Bound Pathways

The Career Bound Program connects graduating high school seniors with full-time local summer positions and internships at companies throughout Yamhill County. 

The program specifically targets students who do not plan to attend 4-year colleges directly after high school, providing them a direct professional work opportunity to explore their options.

career bound interns


Apply to be a host site for this Summer


Apply to multiple summer positions with one application


Learn about the 2019 pilot year of the Career Bound Program


Interested in seeing how the 2020 Summer Program succeeded during Covid-19?  Both our McMinnville WORKS (collegiate) and Career Bound (recent high school graduate) programs merged into one program for the summer with Zoom and Live professional development and networking opportunities: 


Host a Career Bound Intern

The application to become a Host Site for the Summer is open. All businesses and organizations in Yamhill County are welcome to apply to be a part of the Career Bound Program for recent high school graduates.  The 2022 Host Site Application is now OPEN.

Interested in hosting a collegiate intern? Visit our McMinnville WORKS Internship Program Page

Requirements to host a Career Bound position 

  • Be able to hire a graduated senior at (at least) minimum wage starting in June.
  • Have an employee willing to mentor the Career Bound participant 
  • Help the Career Bound participant understand future career paths in your field/their position

MEDP takes care of...

  • Marketing all the internship positions
  • Receiving and organizing all applications
  • Facilitating the program including a pre-employment training conference 
  • Creating marketing materials for the program

Career Bound positions can take shape as a summer internship, temporary job, or seasonal employment. The purpose of a Career Bound position is to help integrate high school graduates into the workforce while exposing young people to career paths available, including those in the skilled trades. Career Bound is marketed to graduating high school seniors who are not planning to attend four-year colleges immediately after high school. If you are interested in hiring a college-aged student to complete a project-based internship, please visit our McMinnville WORKS Internship Program page.

Apply for a Career Bound Summer Position

The application to apply for the Career Bound Summer Program is now open.
Career Bound Internship Application 2022

Current List of McMinnville WORKS and Career Bound Opportunities for 2022.

Graduating seniors can complete the application form to be considered for the available summer opportunities (see examples below).  Host Sites will receive applications in March and contact individuals for interviews mid-March through April. The Career Bound program runs mid-June through mid-August with start and end dates varying by employer. The Career Bound program has a variety of positions available ranging from construction to fabrication, sales to caregiver, manufacturing to marketing and more. One application lets you apply for all available positions of interest.

This program gives participants the opportunity to complete a full-time, paid summer position in a job with growth opportunities while connecting with local companies, other young professionals, and while learning professional skills from community leaders.    Pre-Employment Training will be offered and the opportunity to participate in weekly Professional Development Workshops and networking activities is encouraged.

*To note:  Some of our Host Companies have highly encouraged the attainment of a Driver's License for consideration of employment.

Reference lists:
2021 Internship Opportunities
2020 Internship List
Short Job Description
, Summer 2020

Job Search 101 Guide provides tips for job searches, interviews, resumes and more.


Curious about the Skilled Trades and positions in the Career Bound Program?

Meet our 2019 Career Bound Interns.

See what it's like to be a Level 1 Fabricator at Solid Form Fabrication in McMinnville, Oregon:

See what it's like to work in recycled rubber at Ultimate RB in McMinnville, Oregon:

See what it's like to work in construction at Cellar Ridge Construction in McMinnville, Oregon:

Learn what it's like to work in construction at Skyline Champion Homes in McMinnville, Oregon.

Learn more about how you can achieve financial and personal growth through these Career Ladders in the following Industries:

Career Ladder examples are based on local companies who offered positions to high school graduates in 2019.



Internet Services

Organic Food Processing

Health Services

Waste Management



Learn more about Career Bound Year Zero here. 

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