HS Summer Program

The annual Carpenter Trades Youth Internship is open to high school juniors (rising seniors) who live in Clackamas, Clark, Columbia, Multnomah and Washington counties. Students selected as interns explore their career options in the construction trades by working for a General Contractor on a commercial building project in the Portland metro area for 8 weeks.

Like the Union Carpenters Apprenticeship program, this annual summer program combines classroom instruction at PNCI’s Portland campus with paid On-the-Job Training at a construction site. Interns participate in eight days of training at PNCI with a focus on safety, identifying and using tools, ergonomics, blueprint reading, concrete forms, and employer expectations. Interns earn at least $15.00 per hour over the eight week experience.

Preference is given to juniors enrolled in CTE construction-related classes at their school, but others are welcome to apply. Successful applicants are physically fit, have good attendance at school, are interested in a construction career, have a positive attitude, and are drug and alcohol free. Employers conduct pre-employment and random drug testing. Must have reliable transportation.

Intern from Benson Polytechnic HS at work on Bremik Construction’s Lolo Hostel Project – summer 2020


  • Must be available to work full-time, 8 hours a day, Mondays – Fridays
  • Specific work hours will be determined by the company which hires you
  • Applications for 2022 closed on April 5.
  • Interviews will be scheduled for after-school hours in April and May
  • Work experience generally begins in mid-June and ends in mid-August


A complete application will include:

  • online application from student
  • an online teacher recommendation – students include their teacher’s email address in their application so PNCI can send the teacher a link for their recommendation

Review the 2022 flyer with additional details:


Formerly known as the Summer Construction Camp, the Carpenter Trades Youth Internship is a continuation of the partnership between the Associated General Contractors, the General & Concrete Contractors Association, the Northwest Carpenters Union and the Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute. Together, we’ve introduced over a hundred young people to the trades since the summer of 2007.

Read about the 2019 Summer Camp in the Fall 2019 edition of Building Futures magazine.

Interns practice a variety of skills during hands-on days at PNCI – summer 2021


Meg Kilmer, High School Outreach Coordinator, Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute

megkilmer@pnci.org | 503.816.9047