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

Participating Employers & Positions Update 

  • Alma Coffee – Barista and Roastery position available
  • Awnex – No longer accepting applications
  • Cherokee County – No longer accepting applications
  • Jaipur Living – Marketing Intern with photography experience
  • NeoMed – No longer accepting applications
  • Northside Hospital-Cherokee – Accepting applications for a marketing/administrative intern
  • Raydeo – No longer accepting applications
  • R&D Mechanical – Seeking HVAC intern
  • Roytec – No longer accepting applications
  • Universal Alloy Corporation – Accepting applications for a Quality Lab Assistant and Storeroom Clerk

How to apply?

To apply, please completely fill out the application HERE. If you do not see an opportunity you’re interested in below, please check back weekly. Additional opportunities will be posted over the coming weeks. Students who are accepted into the program must have reliable transportation and attend the Summer Internship Orientation Program. All completed applications must be submitted to Shawna Mercer at by May 25, 2019. If interested in multiple internship positions, please indicate your top 3 choices on your application. Positions are extremely competitive. If you don’t get selected for your first choice, you will still be in the running for your 2nd and 3rd choice. To view the positions, click the arrow next to the company.

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. To apply for the program as an employer, please fill out the application and email to

2019 Internship Program Employers


Awnex designs, engineers, manufactures and installs canopies, signs, ATM and drive-thru covers and other bolt-on architectural enhancements for QSR retail and banking markets. Awnex is seeking two interns for the following roles: Machine Shop/Fabrication & Inventory Material Handler Intern. Total number of Internships: 2

Position #1: Machine Shop/Fabrication 

Qualifications & Education Requirements: 

  • Welding or CNC, press brake experience or knowledge
  • Reading blueprints
  • Strong grades in math and reading comprehension
  • Leadership Ability/Team Player
  • Detail oriented/good communication and organizational skills
  • Effective time management
  • Enjoys hands-on tasks
  • Manual lifting and moving of objects potentially up to  50+ pounds

Preferred Skills
Any knowledge or experience with reading blueprints and schematics, hand-tools, excel at following directions, and manufacturing environment experience – knowledge or concepts of these areas will be very helpful.

Principle Responsibilities: 

  • Fabricate products
  • Be capable of understanding blueprints and schematic drawings
  • Capable of reading a tape measure
  • Assist with sheet metal forming
  • Assemble parts for jobs such as trellis assembly
  • Assist with cutting of materials (tubing and sheet rock)
  • Operate small tools and power tools with assistance, as needed
  • Ability to run and/or assist with a drill press, saw, and other small equipment
  • Communicate the company vision and promote the company’s values and principles.
  • Comply with the safety program.

Job Type: Manufacturing  
$8 per hour
Days Needed:  M-F from 6 am – 2:30 p.m.
Total Hours: 30-40 Hours
On-the-job safety training required? Yes, with Awnex Safety Coordinator
Location: 260 Valley St, Ball Ground, GA 30107


Position #2: Inventory Material Handler Intern 

Qualifications & Education Requirements: 

·       Strong grades in math and reading comprehension

·       Leadership ability

·       Be a team player

·       Ability to listen and follow directions

·       Detail Oriented

·       Good Organizational and communication skills

·       Effective time management aptitude

·       Ability to understand and utilize warehouse practices and methods

·       Enjoy hands on tasks

·       Manual lifting and moving of objects potentially up to and including 50+ pounds

Preferred Skills
Any knowledge or experience with reading blueprints and schematics, hand-tools, excel at following directions, and manufacturing environment experience – knowledge or concepts of these areas will be very helpful.

Principle Responsibilities: 

·       Receiving and processing warehouse stock products and verify its contents.

·       Pick merchandise from the distribution center and transport it to the fabrication area.

·       Count and stock merchandise based on inventory control log.

·       Identify damaged, lost or missing merchandise and notify supervisor immediately.

·       Treat merchandise with care and concern at all times.

·       Performing inventory controls and keeping quality standards high for audits.

·       Maintains a clean, neat, orderly and safe working environment.

·       Report any discrepancies to supervisor.

·       Observe and assist co-workers with the operation of pallet jacks and forklifts as needed.

·       Assist in the loading and unloading of delivery trucks. Making sure that each incoming delivery matches the company purchase order.

·       Ensure all raw materials are labeled properly with appropriate dates.

·       Using basic hand tools if needed.

·       Communicate and cooperate with supervisors and coworkers.

·       Follow quality service standards and comply with procedures, rules and regulations.

·       Promote company values and principles.


Job Type: Manufacturing  
$8 per hour
Days Needed:  4-5
Total Hours: 7:30 – 4:00 pm M-F (30-40 Hours)
On-the-job safety training required? Yes, with Awnex Safety Coordinator
Location: 260 Valley St, Ball Ground, GA 30107

Alma Coffee is a farm-to-cup coffee roastery and retailer in Cherokee County. We are currently accepting applications for an intern who would be interested in a barista position at The Circuit in downtown Woodstock and/or a Roasting position in our HQ location in Holly Springs. This is a family owned business in its startup phase so this would be a great opportunity to interact with and learn directly from the owners one on one.

We are currently looking for one intern who would be flexible and willing to work part time in both positions available below.

Barista Position:

The barista position will include training on the fundamentals of coffee from seed to cup. We will show you how to make balanced espresso and brew coffee to perfection using brand new state of the art equipment. Responsibilities will include preparing coffee (brewed and espresso), providing exceptional customer service, keeping a clean work space, and innovative thinking on how to continuously be improving as a company overall.

Roastery Position:

The roastery intern position will include assisting our owner & founder directly in our manufacturing space. Training will include learning about the life cycle of coffee from green bean to roasted and about the different aspects of roasting coffee. Responsibilities will include practice roasting, coffee quality control, assisting with packaging & grinding, and greeting guests in the roastery

Job Type: Manufacturing/Roastery  
$9 per hour
Days Needed:  Flexible
Total Hours: 15-39 Hours
On-the-job safety training required? Yes
Location: 3448 Holly Springs Parkway, Canton, GA, 30115 | One Innovation Way, Woodstock, GA 30188




Position: Human Resources Intern

Position Summary:

The essential function of the position within the organization is to provide clerical assistance to the Human Resources team. The position will provide an opportunity to shadow/assist members of the HR team to understand the HR organization and its functional disciplines. The position works under general supervision from the Human Resources Director.

Principle Responsibilities: 

  • Assist with file maintenance project to include scanning and shredding files
  • Filing paperwork
  • Covering receptionist desk as needed during breaks and lunch hour
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Effective interpersonal, planning, change management, and communications skills; ability to communicate professionally, verbally and in writing
  • Ability to utilize county-issued personal computer, stand office equipment, and standard software applications.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and communications with internal customers, external entities, and the public.

Job Type: Government/HR  
$10 per hour
Days Needed:  M-F


Jaipur Living

Jaipur Living, a leading supplier of handmade rugs and other furnishings, has the latest designs at big-name retailers such as Pottery Barn, Target, and Kate Spade. Jaipur is seeking a Product Development and Marketing Intern. Number of Internships: 2

Qualifications & Education Requirements: 

  • Assist with presentations, information gathering
  • Assist Project Coordinator in all aspects of sample process, including labeling, organizing, tracking, etc.
  • Help main and update production calendar to ensure milestones and deadlines are met
  • All other duties assigned

Preferred Skills

  • Must have superior organizational and communication skills
  • Must have the ability to multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Must be highly detail-oriented and meticulous
  • Must have a creative sense for merchandising and customer needs
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

Job Type: Wholesale Distribution 
$10 – $12 per hour
Days Needed:  3-4 days a week
Total Hours: Flexible
On-the-job safety training required? No
Location: 1800 Cherokee Parkway, Acworth, GA 30102

NeoMed is no longer accepting applications.


NeoMed, Inc. was formed in 2007 out of the need to create quality neonatal focused devices dedicated to enhancing patient safety.

Position: Customer Service 

Roles & responsibilities include:

  • Customer service over both phone and email. Inputting and processing orders, light filing.

Qualifications & Education Requirements: 

  • Medical Industry Knowledge
  • Customer Service
  • ERP System Experience
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Be punctual, and possess a willingness to learn with minimal oversight

Job Type: Medical Supplies    
$10 per hour 
Days Needed:  Flexible
Total Hours: Flexible; 20-30 hours a week
On-the-job safety training required? Regulatory, Training, Job Skills, and Industry
Location: 100 Londonderry Court – Suite #112, Woodstock, GA 30188



The new Northside Hospital-Cherokee is committed to advancing health care in Cherokee County. The 118-bed, full-service community hospital has approximately 800 physicians and 2,300 employees. Total number of Internships: 1

Internship Role: Marketing, Administration

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Marketing Projects
  • Data Entry
  • Materials Department – stock and delivery

Preferred Skills

  • Detailed Oriented
  • Computer Skills — data entry, processing spreadsheets
  • Communication Skills: the ability to converse with the public for research projects

Job Type: Health Care
Pay: $12 per hour
Days Needed:  Flexible: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Total Hours: 20
On-the-job safety training required? Orientation Required
Location: 450 Northside Cherokee Blvd. Canton, GA 30115

Raydeo is no longer accepting applications. The position has been filled.


Raydeo develops, manufactures, installs and warrants all four Architectural Grade product lines. They have the unique ability to integrate metals, woods, resins, glass, lighting and specialty finishes into any single product. In its largest project in company history, Raydeo fabricated and installed 7.8 miles of railings at the new Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA. Total number of Internships: 1

Internship Role: Accounting

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Accounting
  • Filing
  • Cover phones during lunch

Preferred Skills

  • Computer skills

Job Type: Construction
Pay: $10 per hour
Days Needed:  8 am – 5 pm
Total Hours: 20
On-the-job safety training required? Possibly
Location: 1200 Airport Drive
Ball Ground, GA

R&D Mechanical Services, Inc. is a family owned and operated commercial HVAC contractor. Interns at R&D Mechanical will assist lead technicians on job sites with installing and servicing various commercial HVAC equipment. Total number of Internships: 2

Qualifications & Education Requirements: 

  • Likes to take things apart and put them back together
  • Enjoys problem-solving and troubleshooting
  • Enjoys working outside and not afraid of heights
  • Enjoys serving people and helping others

Preferred Skills

  • Experience working with tools
  • Experience in a hands-on industry (landscaping, automotive, or any construction trade)
  • Any previous job experiences or working in a team environment
  • Safety-conscience
  • Attention to detail
  • Driven personality, as well as eagerness to learn and contribute
  • Good at following instructions and asking questions when needed

Job Type: Construction 
$10 per hour
Days Needed:  M-F from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Total Hours: Up to 40
On-the-job safety training required? Yes
Location: 2206 Turner Blvd. Ball Ground, GA 30107



Roytec Industries LLC has years of experience in cutting and stripping a wide variety of wires. Roytec Interns will complete Roytec University, a week-long basic skills course in preparation for work station placement. Total number of internships available: 10. Other roles & responsibilities include:

  • Willingness to learn in a fast-paced environment
  • Complete Roytec University
  • Assemble wiring assemblies meeting customer specifications
  • Complete assembly within the required labor time
  • Gain experience working in support departments; Engineering, Continuous Improvement, Shipping & Quality
  • Learn and apply Quality Control and Continuous Improvement processes daily
  • Complete training requirements and certifications on industry-related skills and tooling

Qualifications & Education Requirements: 

  • Able to perform basic math skills, addition and subtraction
  • Understand measurements and use a ruler
  • Able to read, speak, and understand English
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time
  • Ability to lift 25 Ilbs on occasion
  • Reliable transportation

Preferred Skills

  • This internship offers industry experience that may lead to full-time employment upon graduating high school as well as satisfying college credit requirements.
  • Upon completion of this course, students will gain knowledge, skills, and certifications that are valued across the manufacturing industry.

Job Type: Manufacturing 
$9 per hour
Days Needed:  M-F from 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Total Hours: 40
On-the-job safety training required? Yes (Provided)
Location: 306 Bell Park Drive, Woodstock, GA 30188

Universal Alloy Corporation

Universal Alloy is a global leader in the manufacture of Aerospace Products.

Quality Assistant Lab Assistant

Roles & responsibilities include:

  • Collect and analyze production samples to evaluate quality
  • Analyze quality control test results and provide feedback and interpretation to production management or staff
  • Maintains a clean and organized work area
  • Complies with all company safety, health, and environmental policies, rules and regulations

Qualifications & Education Requirements: 

  • Using reasoning skills to determine the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • Attention to detail
  • Enjoys math, measuring tools and logic to compare/verify data
  • Great communicator

Preferred Skills

  • Good oral and written communications skills required
  • Basic familiarity with maintenance procedures and hand tools used in a manufacturing industry
  • Good reasoning and decision-making skills
  • Ability to carry out instructions in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form

Job Type: Manufacturing
Minimum Age: 17
Inquire by emailing
Days Needed:  Flexible
Total Hours: 20-40 hours a week
On-the-job safety training required? Yes (Provided)
Location: 180 Lamar Haley Parkway, Canton, GA 30114



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.”