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By Grant McGee
The Staff of The News 

Internship program seeking businesses


Last updated 5/21/2022 at 11:51am

The Curry County summer internship program is getting ready to begin with one problem: There aren’t enough businesses to accommodate the number of interns who have signed up.

Curry County manager Lance Pyle reports there are over 70 interns ready to go to work.

The program essentially provides free labor for participating businesses as intern wages are paid by Curry County.

Source of the cash for the program is a grant that is providing $213,771 for Curry County youth interested in exposure to a variety of professions from diverse employers throughout the county. The 8-week internships will begin June 6.

Calling the internship program “a winning opportunity for our community” Curry County manager Lance Pyle wrote in a news release, “I encourage local business owners to have an impact in our youth and reach out and offer your business as a placement. This is a great opportunity for our youth to gain experience, earn money, and benefit your business.”

Last year Curry County placed 31 interns with various area businesses in the program

Pyle said the county is doubling their efforts this year. The target enrollment is 80 interns. Pyle reported as the week ended the program has 76 interns on board.

Pyle said community partners are needed for the program, businesses who will host an intern or interns. The intern wages are paid by the county government through the grant.

County human resources director Melissa Gunn added to the news release if a business is interested in hosting an intern contact the Curry County HR department at (575) 763-6016. She also invited people to visit the Curry County website:

Pyle said some of last year’s participating businesses will be returning to the program to host interns. One of those returning businesses is Hilliard Chiropractic in Clovis.

Hilliard’s office manager Blanca Ramos said the business has signed up for the internship program for a second year because Hilliard “likes helping the kids.”

“And when we’re down a person in the office the intern can just step right in,” Ramos said.


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