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 (CLOSED)

Internship #2: Shop/CNC, Robotic Welding, Laser (CLOSED)







Internship: Summer Camp Counselor (Closed)








Internship Position: Mechanical Assembler (Position is filled)






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






Pillow Perfect
Sector: Manufacturing
Pay: $11.50 an hour
Work Schedule: Mon – Friday (7 am to 4 pm)
Positions: Data Entry and Warehouse Associates


  • Be able to work in a fast-paced warehouse environment
  • Be able to stand an entire shift
  • Must have attention to detail


  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Must have attention to detail
  • Must be self-motivated











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  (Positions filled)





Internship Position #1: Accounting Intern (No longer accepting applications)

Internship Position #2: Human Resources Intern (No longer accepting applications)

Internship Position #3: General Production Intern (No longer accepting applications) 



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.”