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Youth Career Connections Summer Internship Program offers students real work experience through a one-of-a-kind high school internship opportunity that allows them to explore many exciting career pathways.
In a win-win partnership students over the summer, get a workplace insider’s view where they enhance their technical, critical thinking, and communication skills to prepare them for the future workforce. While employers are able to build and recruit from a local talent pipeline, increase
employee morale, and enhance their company’s stewardship and brand visibility in our local community.

Together we can help the next generation of youth graduate both college and career ready.

For Businesses: Host Summer Internships

Looking for ways to inspire and invest in the future leaders of Orange County? Orange County United Way’s Youth Career Connections is currently looking for corporate partners to provide an opportunity for High School students to gain real-world workplace experience and exposure to local businesses and professional career paths through a summer internship. Please register by April 15, 2020. Internship session begins in June.

For questions or more information, contact Jocelin via email or 949.263.6129. You can also download our flyer.

MEET OUR 2019 YOUTH CAREER CONNECTIONS SUMMER INTERNS

Or, check out our 2017 and 2018 Youth Career Connections Interns.

Active Learning Interns


Bryan Tellez
Hare High School

"Youth Career Connections has helped me in getting me in the routing of adjusting to the workforce and problem solving whatever gets thrown my way."


Richard Lim
La Quinta High School

"This internship will help me in the future by enhancing my social skills."


Valeria Santiago
Los Amigos High School

"This internship has been a life changing for me because it has helped me come out of my comfort zone and helped me discover new things about me that I didnt know I was able to do or learn."


Amy Ngo
La Quinta High School

"The YCC program has helped me by putting me out of my comfort zone and pushing me to try new things."

Advance Beauty College Intern


Jasmine Medina
Bolsa Grande High School

"The YCC program ultimately put the concept of workforce into perspective. I witnessed what a healthy work environment looked and felt like, and as an intern, I was able to make observations of all aspects of the system, as opposed to workers who focus on their specific task. I now feel more secure to expand ideas that I acquired in the internship such as balancing efficiency with quality, teamwork, and maintaining individuality in the workforce."

Alpha Greek Apparel Intern


Jason Hung
Bolsa Grande High School

"This program has helped me learn about everything, the process and operations in the workforce, it has also helped me get connections and experience."

Antis Roofing & Waterproofing Intern


Brian Hoang
Rancho Alamitos High School

"By having this internship, I can know and understand the various aspects of the professional workforce, along with being able to learn additional skills required to improve my chances of obtaining my career goal."

Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) Interns


Megan Truong
La Quinta High School

"The YCC program provided me with many resources and opportunities to be able to present myself in the best way possible for employers.
This internship gives me a look into the many different possibilities of jobs at hospitals and will provide me with a jumpstart on college admissions compared to my peers."


Jack Nguyen
La Quinta High School

"The YCC program has helped prepare me by helping me develop the skills I need in the workforce such as communication and collaboration. The program also helped me in the interview process and resume construction which I can apply to my future career choices. This internship will help me in the future by allowing me to learn and be a part of a work environment so that I may be adequately prepared to join the workforce in the near future."


Sally Trieu
La Quinta High School

"Thanks to the workshops and the YCC program and the internship, I am able to gain more knowledge about the medical field. Also, gain more confidence and connections in the future. This will help me pursue my dreams of wanting to help improve the health of people in my community to help create a better world."


Katrina Sam
La Quinta High School

"Youth Career Connections has given me tools to collaborate with others and to learn under a mentor at CHOC."


Thun Phan
La Quinta High School

"The mentors, teachers, and employees who I have conversed with are all people that I can connect with in order to learn about new professional opportunities. My mentor and teachers have especially taught me lessons that I will always remember; most notably, they have encouraged me to never give up on my career goals and to always keep pursuing new and interesting opportunities, no matter how difficult or different they may seem."


Katilyn Nguyen
La Quinta High School

"This YCC Program has helped me manage my time in between different tasks, which I believe is an essential skill required for any field. This will be very important in the future because when I start working real time, I will be required to communicate with my co-workers and work efficiently and effectively with different assignments that may overlap one another."

CIELO Interns


Miguel Miranda
Rancho Alamitos High School

"The YCC program has helped me develop many soft skills that are looked for and valued in the work force. This internship will help me be set apart from many other candidates when applying for jobs or colleges and it will also help me further develop skills I will need in life."


Trinh Nguyen
Rancho Alamitos High School

"The YCC program helped me learn how a company works, experience the workforce environment. This internship will help me stand out in college apps and jobs in the future."


Steven Huynh
La Quinta High School

"YCC program has helped me by providing me with invaluable work experience. This will jumpstart my future career and will help me become prepared for the workforce. And because of this, it will give me the confidence to potentially pursue future careers. These future, desirable, careers, will be attainable because I have work experience and valuable work skills such as time management, business communications, and researching skills."

City of Westminster Intern


Mario Loreto
Santiago High School

"The YCC program has helped me a lot in understanding more on how the the workforce in an office works, I also believe that this will help me in the future because if I am in an interview this opportunity will be useful to explain during the interview and on a resume etc."

Commercial Bank of California Intern


Gia Le
La Quinta High School

"The YCC program has helped me to prepare for my future by expanding my knowledge in the field of business and professional development. I get to practice my communication skills and have a chance to learn how to make new relationships and getting myself into the real workforce. This internship will help me with my background experience by providing me more confidence when I get an actual job, it will bring me to the next level if professionalism and allow me to step into the real world without hesitation."

Community Health Initiative of Orange County Intern


Veronica Nguyen
Garden Grove High School

"The YCC program has so many benefits, I now know how to write a resúme and cover letter, how to properly prepare for a job interview, and what it is like to be an intern. I will be able to use all the skills I learned from YCC to apply for internships and jobs in the future. I am also learning so much about a possible career path through the on site experience."

L3 Interstate Electronics Corporation Interns


Brennon Schulte
Rancho Alamitos High School

"This internship is helping me gain work experience and build my resume to make me more competitive in the workforce."


My Vo
Los Amigos High School

"United Way has helped me to develop my skill, they helped me prepare for the internship as long as the work place in my future. Been though a few workshops and mock interview, I noticed that involves and understands the working field is really important for us. United Way gave us an opportunity to explore what is working would looks like when we graduated college and finding a job at companies or businesses. This also helps us easily to get a job we want when we already have experience in this internship. Thank you United Way!."


Tung Nguyen
La Quinta High School

"My ultimate career goal would be to become an IT manager of my own technological company. Having this internship would allow me to have my first experience in a work environment where I can set small-scale goals for myself to build up towards my larger goal of owning my own company one day."


Alexa Wright
La Quinta High School

"This internship has allowed me to gain a better understanding of what my potential college majors are. Additionally, I feel that I have gained computer networking skills that will be of great value to me future jobs or personal projects. Although I have been given a massive challenge to overcome by the end of these four weeks, I feel that this internship has allowed me to work in a field that I enjoy, and has overall made me feel much happier."


Cristian Salinas
Santiago High School

"If it hadn't been for YCC, I would have never found out about how it really is to work in a job like L3."


Cristian Morales
Los Amigos High School

"YCC has helped me prepare for a job or intern by allowing me to participate in a program where they helped me prepare and help fix my resume and how to interview with a mock trial. Also help me intern with L3. This intern will help me be prepared in how to do a intern because i know that when I go into a College or University the will make me require to be into a Intern."

Mohr Partners Inc. Intern


Selene Trujillo
Los Amigos High School

"This internship makes me feel proud of myself and what I can accomplish in a work office. Not only did I learn from an office environment, but I also take public transportation and I also experience being alone and managing my time in the mornings, during lunch breaks and in the afternoons."

OC Live Active Chiropractic Intern


Darlene Pham
La Quinta High School

"This internship along with the CTE classes will push me to be independent in my work and take on my own responsibilities. Even though I haven’t chosen on a specific occupation yet, I know that this internship will provide me with the necessary skills and refine my abilities to perform the very best in the future."

Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD) Interns


Karla Gonzalez
Hare High School

"The YCC Program helped prepare me how to behave in a work environment such as time management on projects that have to be done in a timely matter.

This internship will help me in the future because it gave me experience that I will never get anywhere such as making a resume, independence, and this internship shows that having a job is not a scary experience then I thought."


Jacob Mercado
Hare High School

"This internship has helped me to meet new people, have new experiences, and helped me prepare for the future that waits ahead of me."


Evelyn Serrato
Santiago High School

"Entering the workforce at first glance seemed terrifying as a young student, but entering the Youth Career Connections program has really opened my eyes to see how to step outside of my bubble and really put effort into becoming an independent and strong leader, as well as a professional working young woman."


Dulce Hernandez
Hare High School

"The Youth Career Connections program has influenced me in different ways, it opened my eyes to different possibilities; achieve my dreams, get experience, learned how to behave professionally, gained great experience for future work and education, gained tips on how to socialize with people and communication skills."

Opus Bank Interns


Tiffany Le
La Quinta High School

"The YCC program taught me how to confidently converse with adults so that I may approach my co-workers when I need help with my assigned projects. I hope that through this internship, I can reap the value of the concepts I learned in class to apply to the work I am tasked as well as learn more lessons that stem beyond what I am familiar with."


Valerie Tran
La Quinta High School

"This internship helped me by giving me experience of the insides of how businesses and expanding my skillset for my future."


Simon Nghe
La Quinta High School

"The YCC Program has helped me prepare for the workforce by showing me what I am capable of doing and my specialties inside and outside of the working environment. It has made me come to the realization that if I invest my time and effort in whatever peaks my interests I can be as successful as my coworkers. It has made me familiarize myself with the complexity the workforce exhibits and the purpose of having multiple roles in the workforce.


Nathan Le
La Quinta High School

"The YCC program helped me a lot, prepare me for the workforce by showing how to behave, what to wear, and what to say during interviews."


Emily Dang
La Quinta High School

"YCC helped me grow as individual, learn in the workforce, learn how to present myself professionally in a business setting, improved communication skills, and networking."


Gam Cao
La Quinta High School

"The Youth Career Connections program has helped me gain more work experience and opened my horizons for more opportunities. This program has showed me how to further my education and career. My experience from this internship will help me with my future career and education plans."


Lena Bui
La Quinta High School

"The Youth Career Connections program has helped me see how I work in the business field and if it something I want to pursue. It also heled me establish work skills I need."

SM&A Intern


Paul Kennedy
Pacifica High School

"The Youth Career Connections program has helped me be more prepared in work environment, given fun opportunity to learn, help improve my networking and connecting with other professionals."

TGR Foundation Interns


Mirian Jordan
Bolsa Grande High School

"Youth Career Connections has given opportunity to build resume and interview with professionals, also, the kind of workplace I can fit in, what kind of work I would like to do, and what appeals."


Max Quan
Bolsa Grande High School

"Youth Career Connections has helped me gain confidence during my Internship interview. Overall, I would consider it was a good experience to go to the YCC workshops. The experience gained has helped me prepare for future interviews."

Tilly’s Life Center Intern


Jordyn Brent
Los Amigos High School

"Going into office was intimidating but got comfortable with the environment and how nice it is. get use to a professional enviroment, talking to others, asking questions. gave confidence."

U.S. House of Representative – Lou Correa Intern


Evelyn Arredondo
Garden Grove High School

"Youth Career Connections has really improved my social skills, such as email communication, phones, and public speaking. These skills helped me in during my internship and the people I worked with."

UCI Medical Interns


Emily Nguyen
La Quinta High School

"The YCC program has helped me in preparing a professional resume and cover letter that I can use for any future jobs or applications. Moreover, I was fortunate enough to go through 6 interviews which have only allowed me to improve my interviews and made me more comfortable. I believe this internship will help me in the future through the networking of new people that I’ve met at UCI Health. Moreover the hours of experience will defiantly put me in a more competitive state."


Yen Lam
La Quinta High School

"Although I was initially confused on what specific career I wanted in the medical field, I was able to pursue my passion for research and healthcare through various experiences at UCI. This internship exposed me to different types of work environments, ultimately guiding me towards a clearer path for the future. It also helped me build confidence and interpersonal skills to fit better in the mold of an empathetic, compassionate healthcare provider."


Alondra Ferrer
Santiago High School

"The Youth Career Connections program has allowed me to advance in my career, gain insight in the workforce, operations in the hospital, the opportunity to explore my career. Basically this program has given me a starting place to work with doctors and get a head start to becoming a doctor."

Ware Malcomb Interns


Nathan Pham
La Quinta High School

" The YCC program helped me a lot, prepare me for the workforce by showing how to behave, what to wear, and what to say during interviews.

This internship helped me by giving me experience of the insides of how businesses and expanding my skillset for my future."


Teresa Nguyen
La Quinta High School

"The YCC Program has prepared me for the workforce by building various skills that will help me the future, such as communication skills, " i will be learning through different projects and help me decide what i want to do for my career."

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