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Paid Work Experience Internships

Step into work this Summer and Fall of 2024.

STEP (Student Training and Employment Program) is a program that matches motivated young people ages 16-21 with paid work experience and job readiness training. Get paid to get ready for work and be matched with an internship! 

You are eligible if you are:

  • Between the ages of 16-21 
  • Enrolled in school or show intent to enroll
  • Have a disability and are receiving special education or 504 services through school
  • Have time and transportation to work a part-time position
  • Live in El Dorado or Placer county

Steps provides:

  • 21st Century Skills Job Readiness Training & “Job Club”
  • $300 stipend that can be used for work supplies and uniforms
  • Up to 120 hours paid internship starting at $16/hour
  • Support from job coaches
  • Pre-enrollment in DOR services

Seeking Employers

Host a STEP team for a short-term project & help motivated young people gain real world work experience. You provide the work experience, while STEP provides payroll, wages, and workers comp liability. STEP also provides on-site job coaching & employer support.

Contact Us

STEP is a collaboration between the Department of Rehabilitation, Golden Sierra Job Training Agency, Meristem, and the Foundation for California Community Colleges.

Contact Marissa Way, Work Skills Specialist, at or Eric Steward, Director of Work Skills to learn more and get started.

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