Chautauqua County utilizing America Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding has awarded the Workforce Investment Board, Inc. (WIB) a grant to continue this innovative internship program, the Chautauqua Advancement Project. The purpose of this program is to attract and retain a talented workforce in our area and seeks to recruit young professionals looking for employment in the Jamestown region. The goal of the program is that the internships will result in job offers to the particpating interns.

How the Program Works

Each CAP intern will work a typical work day Monday – Thursday at an assigned business or as needed by the host organization.  On each Friday, the interns will participate in a joint-learning day that will involve a variety of activities.  Staffed by the WIB, interns will receive customized job coaching on resumes, interviewing and networking. Fridays are also used to work on an identified community project as a team.

There are many other organizations partnering on this program, including but not limited to, Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau, Small Business Development Center, SUNY Fredonia, Jamestown Community College, Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, and County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency. 

During the internship, the intern is an employee of the WIB.  The WIB covers all wages and other employment costs. The goal of the program is that the internships potentially turn into permanent job offers for the interns.

Hosting an Intern

If you are interested in hosting an intern for the Chautauqua Advancement Project, please contact Jody Cheney or Katie Geise.
To be placed in the program, candidates will interview with both the WIB staff as well as the employer he or she may be placed with to ensure the inern is a good fit. We look forward to working with you to build your workforce!

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