Publication Date

Spring 5-1-2020

Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Department

Public Administration

First Advisor

Frances Edwards

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to conduct an outcome evaluation of the County of Santa Clara Intern & Earn summer internship program, evaluating the impact of the program on the youth participants’ perception of their work readiness, as measured by their understanding of employer expectations, ability to communicate professionally, knowledge of career options, and their educational aspirations for future career advancement.

By placing low-income youth in subsidized summer employment programs that provide early work experiences with public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private businesses; disadvantaged youth are given the opportunity to access skills development and employer networks, increase family earnings, reduce engagement in criminal activity, and improve future job prospects.

This research has captured the impact of the County of Santa Clara Intern & Earn summer internship program on youth participants’ perception of their work readiness. This study is valuable to the program’s decision-makers because it provides insight into where to focus resources for future program enhancements.

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