MeckPathways Internship Program

2023 NACo Achievement Award Winner

Mecklenburg County, N.C., NC

Image of AchAwards_text.png

About the Program

Category: Community and Economic Development (Best in Category)

Year: 2023

One of Mecklenburg County’s key goals is to promote our local government as an “Employer of Choice” to County residents. MeckPathways was created to target the youth in our community to make an early impression regarding career paths and opportunities in local government. The MeckPathways program ran its pilot year in 2022 and provided interested high school juniors and seniors, 16 years and older, the opportunity to gain work experience in the daily operations of a department within Mecklenburg County. This 8-week program exposes students to various career types and levels in the government sector, builds a talent pipeline to fill future positions, and increases our brand presence as an “Employer of Choice”. Participants are paid $15.00 per hour, work between 20-40 hours per week, and work only “in-person” positions. All 22 County Departments are represented in this program and provides a broad spectrum of opportunities, such as Public Health, Information Technology, Social Services, Park & Recreation, Community Resources and many more.