This week SF YouthWorks interns returned to work after a two-week long program break. Employment Coordinators hosted an optional workshop for interns to encourage retention and engagement over the break. As we kick of the second half of the session interns have begun brainstorming ideas for the department research project.
The research project is an opportunity for interns to explore areas of interest in their department and to creatively present their findings. Previous department research projects have ranged from a 3D architectural model to video interviews to marketing pamphlets.
Each project will be entered into the third annual SF YouthWorks City Department Research Project competition. Eleven projects will be selected by peer voting to compete in the final competition, which will be judged by city leaders and mentors. The SF YouthWorks City Department Research Project competition will be held at the Koret auditorium at the Main Library on March 29.
“One of the best things is seeing the interns present their presentation in front of so many people at the final presentation,” Employment Coordinator Linda Rosa explains. “They are so confident. I also enjoy getting to see their creative side versus the day to day work side of the interns.”
For Employment Coordinator Liora Barba the department research project is a time for interns to connect to the bigger picture of exploring careers in public service. “I’m excited to see the interns collaborate on the projects together. Also to give the mentors a structured opportunity to share their knowledge, passion and experience with interns on this project.”
Check out some of the great projects from last year’s winners on the SF YouthWorks YouTube channel.