MIAMI-GARDENS — The city of Miami Gardens has begun accepting applications for its new Honors Internship Program for high school and college students living in the city. The program is sponsored by Councilman Oliver Gilbert III. It will provide up to 10 students with an opportunity to gain practical work experience in public administration by working alongside city administrators.
“We need to redefine what success is in the minds of our youth,” Gilbert said. “A lot of our children think of success as being a rapper, athlete or entertainer. In the city of Miami Gardens, we have well-paid, highly educated executives who dedicate their lives to public service and the betterment of our community. These are the careers to which I would like to expose our students."
The program, which is being funded by South Florida Workforce, will pay the interns between $10 and $12 per hour. The city, through its non-profit Friends of Miami Gardens, will also seek to raise funds to provide a scholarship for interns.
The internship is open to residents aged 16 to 21 who must meet criteria set by South Florida Workforce, including household income. College students will work about 20 hours per week. High school students with a weighted 3.5 grade point average will be able to apply to earn a stipend or community service hours.
The selection process will include interviews by a committee comprised of city staff. Students interested in the program should contact the city of Miami Gardens Community Development Department at 305-622-8041.
Pictured: Oliver Gilbert