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The McMinnville WORKS Summer Internship Program



Apply to host an intern in the summer of 2019


Apply to multiple internships with one application


Learn the history of the program and see past projects


After listening to local industry leaders in McMinnville, we created our award-winning program to connect emerging workforce with the career opportunities in our community and local industries to talented and skilled workers. MEDP recruits businesses from around McMinnville, markets all of the positions, collects all of the applications and distributes them to participating companies. Companies then interview and hire interns from this pool of applicants. 

Want to learn more about the McMinnville WORKS Internship Program? Check out this video created by a past WORKS Intern. 


Host an Intern

The Application to become a Host Site for the Summer of 2020 is now OPEN. All McMinnville area businesses are welcome to apply to be a part of this award-winning nine-week summer internship program. 

Requirements to host an intern 

  • Be able to hire an intern full-time at (at least) minimum wage for 9 weeks (June 8-Aug 7, 2020)
  • Have an employee who is willing to mentor an intern
  • Have the office/floor space to house an intern
  • Pay a small administration fee in order to be a part of the WORKS program

MEDP takes care of...

  • Marketing all the internship positions
  • Receiving and organizing all applications 
  • Facilitating the WORKS program including the weekly Professional Development Workshops
  • Creating marketing materials for the program utilizing the host sites and interns projects

The best internships are project-based and supply interns with real-world experience that helps shape their future career aspirations. If you have any questions or need any more information, please connect with us at

Apply for an Internship

Applications to apply for the 2020 McMinnville WORKS Internship Program opens January 2020. Host Sites will receive applicants in March and will hire interns by May. The McMinnville WORKS Internship Program has positions available ranging from marketing and social media to mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering. This award-winning internship gives interns not only the opportunity to complete project-based internships, but to network with other companies, and learn professional skills from community leaders.

Curious what projects are past interns have completed? Click here to check out the job descriptions for the 2018 positions!

How a McMinnville WORKS Internship is different

  • One application gets you connected to multiple companies around McMinnville
  • During each week of the program, you'll learn professional development skills from community leaders and industry specialists
  • Network with a group of peers who are also in the internship program
  • Get connected with businesses around McMinnville through networking activities 
  • Tour manufacturing facilities and business locations around McMinnville
  • After your internship, you'll be considered a McMinnville WORKS alumni with lasting connections

The McMinnville WORKS Summer Internship Program:

  • Full-time, paid internships
  • averages 10+ Host Sites each year
  • averages 10-20 Internship positions in a variety of disciplines
  • The program begins mid-June and ends mid-August*. Host sites may be flexible on dates of hire.

*We at MEDP also have an internship, the McMinnville WORKS Internship Program Coordinator. This is a project manager position that begins mid-May through mid-August.

Before you apply, make sure to read our 101-Guide to Searching for Jobs to learn best practices for your resume, cover letter, and interview. 

Questions? Contact us at

History of the Program

McMinnville WORKS

The McMinnville WORKS Internship Program is an outgrowth of the highly successful Climax Portable Machining and Welding Systems' (Newberg, Oregon) internship program which launched back in 2008. The pilot of the official McMinnville WORKS Internship Program launched in 2013. Since the launch, the program has grown in host-sites, interns, and jobs offered at the end of the internship program. 

McMinnville WORKS Internship Program Statistics

Measurements 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Host Sites 4 8 11 14 13 10 11
Intern Applications n/a 142 105 170 130 227 159
Internship Positions (Total) 5 11 16 20 14 16 13
Community Trainers n/a 11 13 15 13 10 11
Community Locations Visited n/a 10 8 9 11 8 10

Since the beginning of the program, 40 interns have had extended internships or been hired by a host site in the program.  

Award Winning

  • 2014 - Oregon Economic Development Association Outstanding Partnership Award
  • 2015 - Award for Business Education from the McMinnville Chamber of Commerce

Calendar and Timeline: 2019-2020 Program

October 7, 2019 Host Sites Application Opens
December 20, 2019 Host Site Application Closes
January 6, 2020 Internship Application Opens
February 14, 2020 Internship Application Closes
March-April 2020 Host Sites Hire Their Interns
May 26, 2020 MEDP's Internship Program Coordinator (IC) Starts
June 8, 2020 Interns start employment at Host Companies
June-August, 2020 Wednesday Professionals Development Workshops
August 7, 2020 Internship Program Ends/Internship Celebration
August 14, 2020 MEDP's IC Position Ends

To see the most current updates, check the WORKS Calendar


“It's more than just something to add to your resume. It's an opportunity to gain real-world experience all while finding things out about yourself you never knew you were capable of. In the 9 weeks, you can grow tremendously in knowing how to brand yourself, talk with business professionals, gain crucial connections for the future, and become close with individuals you otherwise would have never known.” 

– Sylvette Bennetti, 2017 McMinnville Water & Light Intern

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Past Host Sites

AP Tech

Betty Lou's, Inc.

Cascade Steel

Cellar Ridge Construction

Chehalem Valley Dance Academy

City of McMinnville

Express Employment Professionals

Freelin-Wade Co.

HBF International

JW Millegan Inc.

McMinnville Area Chamber
of Commerce

McMinnville Economic Development Partnership

McMinnville Water & Light

Meggitt Polymers & Composites


Oregon Lithoprint

Precision Analytical

Sea Reach Ltd.

Solid Form Fabrication

Suite 4

Swede Mom

Visit McMinnville

Willamette Valley Medical Center

Yamhill County Clerk

2018 McMinnville WORKS Host Sites

Cascade Steel

City of McMinnville

HBF International

McMinnville Water & Light



Sea Reach

Solid Form Fabrication

Willamette Valley Medical Center

Yamhill County Clerk



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