Cherokee Office of Economic Development · Cherokee by Choice.


Want to get paid for gaining real-world experience and networking with some of Cherokee’s top employers? Then the Cherokee Summer Internship Program may be the right fit for you! This competitive 6-week program is open to all rising high school juniors and seniors who are interested in taking their skills to the next level. Graduating seniors are also invited to apply. This interactive, mentorship-based programs runs from June 7 – July 16, 2021.

Cherokee Summer Internship Program Benefits

  • 6 weeks of paid, real-world experience
  • Welcome orientation/employability skills
  • An interactive work environment focused on mentorship
  • Early exposure to a wide range of career pathways
  • References for a job well done
  • Invaluable, resume-building work experience
  • A rewarding summer job close to home

How to apply?

To apply, click HERE. Important: All applications must be signed by both the applicant and a parent to be considered.  Additionally, applicants must write a short 200-400 word statement on why they want to be considered for the program as part of the application process. If you don’t see a position you are interested in now, please continue to check back. We anticipate additional internship opportunities becoming available soon.

2021 Employers





Internship #1: Administrative Assistant/Receptionist 
Sector: Manufacturing
Location: Ball Ground
Work Schedule: Flexible, open to full or part-time
Total Hours per week: flexible
Pay: $10
Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Greet visitors
  • Receive and distribute faxes, mail, and packages
  • Assist Admin Department members
  • Organize supply room and keep tidy
  • Outgoing mail, UPS, FedEx shipments
  • Update automated phone messaging for holidays, closings
  • Data entry, filing, mass mailings, coordination of lunches for events


  • Familiar with Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Outlook
  • Basic data entry skills

Internship #2: Shop/CNC, Robotic Welding, Laser
Sector: Manufacturing
Location: Ball Ground
Pay: $12 per hour
Hours: Flexible

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Under instruction/supervision – daily operation of laser cutter, robotic welding machine, and CNC operation to produce components of signs, awnings, trellises, and canopy frames
  • Use of basic measuring tools: calipers, tape measure, etc.
  • Develop the ability to read architectural drawings
  • Operate small power tools

Qualifications and education requirements

  • Use of basic measuring tools, calipers, basic hand tools
  • Ability or aptitude to read architectural drawings







Internship: Summer Camp Counselor
Sector: Government/Recreation
Days Needed: Monday – Friday (8 hour shift during the hours of 7 am – 6 pm) Up to 40 hours a week
Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Working with children
  • Leadership or leading and being a good role model
  • Working within an education (formal or informal) or recreation field
  • 16 years of age or older
  • Ability to pass a Cherokee County background check and drug screening








Internship Position: Mechanical Assembler 
Days Needed: 2-5
Hours: Flexible
Pay: $10 per hour

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Inkjet printer assembly
  • Assemble various components of commercial inkjet printers and other machinery
  • Reading assembly drawings and using small power tools t build to specifications


  • Hands-on mechanical construction and working with tools
  • Engineering design, mechanical drawing
  • Machinery repair






Internship Position: Machine Assistant 
Sector: Manufacturing
Pay: $10
Work schedule: 7 am – 3:45 Monday – Friday

Role & Responsibilities:

  • Feeding corrugated sheets into the machine
  • Putting pizza bundles through a shrink tunnel
  • Learning machine safety, food safety, and good manufacturing practices
  • Daily cleaning of warehouse


  • Strong work ethic
  • Punctuality
  • Able to be on feet for 8 hours a day and lift 40 Ibs




Internship Position: Millwork Worker – Must be 18 to apply
Sector: Manufacturing/Construction
Days Needed: Full-time/Summer  | 7 am – 4 pm or 8 pm – 5 pm (40 hours)
Pay: $10 per hour
Roles and Responsibilities: Entry level work in a full millwork shop – cabinet assembly, may consist of some cleaning work

Qualifications and Education:

  • Prompt attendance
  • Able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Must wear steel-toed boots and safety glasses
  • Interest in woodworking and how things are designed

Skills to be learned:

  • Introduction to architectural millwork
  • Observation of CNC Routers
  • Edge banding machinery




Internship Position: Production Apprentice  (5 positions available)
Sector: Manufacturing
Days Needed: Full time M – T: 7:15 am – 4:30 pm | Friday 7:00 am – 11:00 am
Pay $10
Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Train and work hands-on in multiple departments and production roles gaining experience and knowledge on the production process.
  • Assemble wire harnesses and assemblies following work instructions, CAD prints, and drawings.
  • Inspect and test assemblies to ensure all parts meet quality standards and customer specifications.
  • Assist quality engineers in tool calibration and quality assurance projects.
  • Assist hands-on in other production support departments as assigned.


  • All candidates must be at least 16 years of age
  • Must be 18 years of age to operate machinery
  • Moderate knowledge of standard and metric systems of measurement
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to work at a fast pace
  • Must have good time management skills.
  • Must be willing to follow Roytec’s Safety Policy and all safety requirements on the plant floor
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time
  • Must be able to lift 25 lbs
  • Must be able to walk, life, carry, twist, reach, pull, and rotate shoulders and hold small objects







Internship Position #1: Accounting Intern 
Sector: Manufacturing
Location: Canton, GA
Days Needed: M-F (Flexible 20-40 hours per week)
Pay: $11 Hour

Roles  Responsibilities:

  • Computing, classifying and recording numerical data to keep financial records complete
  • In a routine calculating, posting, and verifying duties to obtain primary financial data in maintaining accounting records
  • Checking the accuracy of figures, calculations, and postings pertaining to business transactions recorded by other workers
  • Comply with federal, state, and company policies, procedures, and regulations


  • Using math to solve problems
  • Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • Great communicator/customer relations
  • Attention to detail
  • Adaptability/flexibility

Internship Position #2: Human Resources Intern (minimum age 16)
Sector: Manufacturing
Days Needed: M-F Flexible (20-40 hours)
Pay: $11 per hour

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Greet applicants and assist in administering the application process
  • Respond to online applicants and schedule appointments to take pre-employment test, apple, and interview
  • Assist in new hire orientation and responsible for completing all onboarding tasks in the HCMS
  • Process termination paperwork, complete separation notices and launch exit interviews
  • File and upload employee records to electronic files within the HCMS following appropriate compliance for each document
  • Communicate with employees regarding various company announcements and serve as the point of contact for monthly newsletter consent from leaders and assist in formatting the newsletter
  • Update and correct employee information(i.e, employment, payroll, benefits, and performance)
  • Create and/or charge work schedule templates for employees based on supervisor requests
  • Assist in the performance review process for all employees by launching reviews via the HCMS, responding to questions from supervisors and employees, developing job aids (written and instructional videos), and running competition reports.
  • Run various reports and provide information to respective key stakeholders
  • Point of contact for online UAC Store, to include, tally UAC $ each month and send report to vendor, coordinate getting UAC merchandise to the respective employee who purchases, organize and manage the bulk-online UAC store items housed in the Canton warehouse
  • Assist in the planning and preparation of various employee appreciation events (employee luncheons, UAC sponsored 5ks, employee picnic, and monthly birthday recognition
  • Other duties as assigned

Internship Position #3: General Production Intern (minimum age 17)
Number of positions: 2
Sector: Manufacturing
Days: M-F Flexible 20-40 hours
Pay: $11 per hour


  • Shop vac all floor and sunken floor rails
  • Pick up all trash inside and outside
  • Repaint trash can locations
  • Set up tools (with corner organizers) at every workstation, with each tool identified to match the workstation
  • Repaint guard rails yellow
  • Clean cobwebs off the west walls
  • Clean training room
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Interest in work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions
  • Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things
  • Proving information/updates to supervisors, co-workers
  • Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources
  • Willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges
  • Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • Great communicator/customer interactions
  • Attention to detail
  • Adaptability/Flexibility



Robbie Alden, R&D Mechanical Intern
“I gained real-world experience and formed relationships with co-workers in a viable company, along with a more refined, realistic expectation for all future jobs.”









Chelsea Odendahl, NeoMed Intern
“I cannot emphasize enough what a great experience this internship was for me.  The relationships and skills that I was able to form at NeoMed have shaped me into a more confident person and have prepared me for the future.”