Cherokee Office of Economic Development · Cherokee by Choice.


Do you 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.

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?

The application process and internship positions for the 2019 Summer Internship Program will be posted on the COED website on Monday, February 25, 2019.  Students who are accepted into the program must have reliable transportation and attend the Summer Internship Orientation Program.

Important Dates (6 Week Program)

  • Orientation for all accepted students |  Friday, June 7, 2019 | Cherokee Office of Economic Development
  • Summer Internship Program Kick-Off/Report to Employer | Monday, June 10, 2019
  • Last day of Summer Internship Program | Friday, July 19, 2019


The Cherokee Summer Internship Program is an excellent opportunity to become a partner in education and invest in our future workforce. If interested, please email Shawna Mercer at


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.” 








Thomas Brumbeloe, Roytec Intern
“It’s been an eye-opening experience and have learned things that I would not have learned anywhere else. I’ve met a lot of great people in my short time here.”