High school students earn job skills from City of Houston internship program

Twelve Worthing High School students will be recognized Tuesday by the Houston City Council for their participation in an internship and job training program with various city departments to build career readiness skills while learning about community services provided to residents.

The students are participating in a two-year paid internship with at least four city departments – Health and Human Services, Houston Police, Information Technology, and the Houston Public Library – to learn about areas such as cybersecurity, urban planning, finance, administrative support, and employee relations.

“Our students are gaining valuable workforce training and experience from local city government professionals who are serving as mentors by preparing them for future success,” said HISD District IX Trustee Wanda Adams. “We’re excited to see our students be recognized for their commitment to this program and look forward to watching them continue to grow into young business professionals.”

As part of the program, students participate in several city department tours, job interview training, and one-on-one interviews with department representatives followed by an internship with a city department. Before interning, students completed sessions in resume writing, workplace etiquette, and professional business wear.

The program falls under the city’s PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) program and human resources division’s Grow Your Own Workforce initiative, which seeks to expose students to municipal careers. The program is also supported by Houston Pathfinders, a special initiative organized by HISD Career Readiness and the city to allow students to get a comprehensive look at what it takes to provide services to residents in Houston.

The students will be recognized at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 with a city proclamation from the Houston City Council during a council meeting in the Council Chamber on the second floor of City Hall, 901 Bagby, Houston 77002.