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Host Site Application Open for MEDP Internship Programs

Nov 20, 2020

(MCMINNVILLE, OR) - Local Businesses in McMinnville and surrounding communities are encouraged to apply to participate in the Award-Winning workforce development opportunity through McMinnville Economic Development Partnership.  The process for participating in either the MEDP McMinnville WORKS Internship Program or the MEDP Career Bound Program has been streamlined this year with one Host Site Application for both opportunities. The application will be open now through December 20, 2020. Internship and summer position applications for both programs will open to students and young professionals in January 2021. 

The McMinnville WORKS Internship Program focuses on professional opportunities for collegiate students. The Career Bound Program connects graduating high school seniors from Yamhill County with entry-level summer positions at companies focused on the skilled trades.  During the 2020 Summer Program, MEDP connected nine area businesses with fourteen young professionals, who were able to complete projects and seamlessly adapt to Covid related restrictions and workplace changes many host sites were facing this past year. More information on our most recent Intern Cohort, their Supervisors and the challenges and successes of 2020 can be viewed here.

Entering its ninth year, the McMinnville WORKS Internship Program connects local businesses and organizations to talented young collegiate professionals through project-based internship opportunities. Internships are 9+ weeks, full-time, paid, and held during the summer. MEDP organizes the program by identifying local businesses that want to host interns, advertising positions to local colleges and young professionals, collecting and processing applications, and creating summer professional development workshops for interns that cover a variety of topics ranging  from personal finance to project management.

Entering its third year, the Career Bound Program connects graduating high school seniors from Yamhill County with full-time local summer positions and internships at companies throughout the surrounding community. 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. MEDP is excited to open the Career Bound Program Host Site application to any business in Yamhill County looking for entry-level workers. 

Businesses are encouraged to apply for one or both opportunities. The application can be found at

“It’s a win-win for both the company and the student” said Dan Tucholsky, an intern supervisor at Solid Form Fabrication. MEDP created both workforce programs as a “Grow Our Own” workforce effort. Executive Director Scott Cooper says, “both of these programs offer an option for our local traded-sector companies who are looking to find qualified workers. By growing our own workforce, we are creating something good for companies, young professionals, and the community.”


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