The annual Construction Trades Internship is open to high school juniors (rising seniors). 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 some classroom instruction at the Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute (PNCI) 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 $14.00 per hour over the eight week experience.
Preference is given to juniors enrolled in shop or 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. Must have reliable transportation.
- 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 are typically due after spring break
- Interviews will be scheduled for after-school hours in April and May
- Work experience generally begins in mid-June and ends in mid-August
APPLYING (forms available in February)
A complete application will include:
- online application from student
- an online teacher recommendation – when students include their teacher’s email address on the paper form, PNCI will send them a link for their recommendation
Formerly known as the Summer Construction Camp, the Construction Trades Internship (CTI) 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.
Meg Kilmer, High School Outreach Coordinator, Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute
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