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

Important Dates

  • Six-week summer program dates: June 8 – July 17, 2020
  • Internship Orientation for all accepted students: June 5, 2020
  • Deadline to apply: Friday, May 21, 2020

2020 Program Applications

Students accepted into the program will receive critical soft skills training as part of COED’s Cherokee Summer Internship Program Orientation, which features sessions on financial literacy, workplace safety, and communications. All accepted students must plan to attend this half-day training at the Cherokee Office of Economic Development on Friday, June 5, 2020, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Interested students can apply by submitting the following application:

Important Note: Applicants are encouraged to check the COED website periodically for updates as additional internships will become available over the coming months. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled or the program’s deadline, Friday, May 21, 2020.



Alma Coffee
Position: Roastery Intern
Days Needed: 1-2
Total Hours per week: 8-10 | Tuesdays and possibly Wednesdays
Pay: $8 Hourly
Location: 3448 Holly Springs Parkway
On-the-job-training required? Yes
Role & Responsibilities: Individual will learn about the coffee process from seed to cup. Specifically learning details pertaining to roasting, grinding, packaging, cupping, and brewing. No prior retail or warehouse experience required.

  • Hardworking
  • Innovative
  • Curious
  • Passionate

Awnex, Inc. 

Internship Position #1: Administrative 
Days Needed: Monday – Friday (8:30 t0 flexible end time) | Up to 40 hours per week, no overtime.
Pay: $8 Hourly
Location: 260 Valley Street, Ball Ground GA 30107
On-the-job-training required? Yes
Role & Responsibilities: This administrative role will be responsible for answering and routing phone calls, using a multi-function copier to scan/email/fax/copy/print, and organize stock supply room. This role will also have various filing duties, including making labels, alphabetizing paperwork, filing folders, creating folders, as well as digital filing and organizing the server. The ideal candidate will have excellent phone etiquette, organizational skills, and attention to detail. Basic computer skills, phone skills, and customer service skills are required.

Internship Position #2: Engineering/Drafting Intern
Days Needed: Monday – Friday (8:00 t0 flexible end time) | Up to 40 hours per week, no overtime.
Pay: $10 Hourly
Location: 260 Valley Street, Ball Ground GA 30107
On-the-job-training required? Yes
Role & Responsibilities: Create standard attachment details using AutoCAD; these will consist of multiple product lines using Awnex’s fabricated parts to mount canopies to various wall construction types. Installation instructions will need drawings for visual aid purposes and written instructions for the step-by-step process. The intern will create shop drawings for fabricated parts; these will be detailed drawings to be used by fabrication and the machine shop. The intern will also organize the engineering department folder structure for easy server navigation.


  • CAD Training, AutoCAD 2015 or newer
  • Interest in design and manufacturing

Internship Position #3: Fabrication

Days Needed: Monday – Friday (6:00 am t0 2:30 pm) |
Pay: $10 Hourly
Location: 260 Valley Street, Ball Ground GA 30107
On-the-job-training required? Yes
Role & Responsibilities: Intern will assist mill and saw operator in processing orders through the machine shop. In addition, the intern will assist the mill programmer in preparing orders to be sent to the mill.


Some knowledge of small tools (tape measure, drill, impact wrench). Some CAD experience.


Cherokee Area Transporation System (CATS)

Position: Office Assistant
Days Needed: 3
Pay: $10 Hourly
Location: 884 Univeter Road, Canton, GA 30115
On-the-job-training required? Yes
Role & Responsibilities: The role of this intern will be to assist with answering the phone, greeting the public, performing general office duties, and assisting the office manager in her duties.


  • Preferably an upcoming graduate or students in their junior/senior year interested in Finance/Business
  • Administration, Public Administration or a related field of study
  • Candidates are expected to have proficient knowledge of Microsoft products.

Cherokee County | County Manager’s Office 
Position: Marketing Intern
Days Needed: 2-3
Pay: $10 Hourly
Location: 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton, GA 30114
On-the-job-training required? Yes
Role & Responsibilities:

Role and Responsibilities
Cherokee County is looking for an energetic and self-motivated Marketing Intern to join their team. If you’re an ambitious individual who wants to build a career in social media and content marketing, then we want to work with you. In addition to being an excellent communicator, you should have excellent multitasking and organizational abilities.

Responsibilities include:

  • Aid and assist in the content creation and design of marketing materials, including flyers, email communications, newsletters, etc.
  • Help monitor all social media platforms for citizen inquiries, ideas, and feedback.
  • Assist with daily administrative duties and special projects as assigned.
Qualifications and Education Requirements
·         Student in Junior/Senior year who is interested in Marketing/Social Media

·         Detail-oriented with a strong knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.

·         Adaptable personality

What would you like your intern to learn during his/her time at your company?

New work/life skills and how to apply them. Making connections within our community as well as a strong knowledge of local government and the role it plays in everyone’s life.


Cherokee Recreation & Parks
Position: Summer Camp Counselor | Education
Days Needed: Monday – Friday (8-hour shift between the hours of 7 AM – 6 PM)
Pay: $8.44 Hourly
Location: Cherokee County Recreation Center Gym, Carmel Elementary Gym, an Hickory Flat Gym
On-the-job-training required? Yes
Role & Responsibilities: Supervising assigned campers, assisting camp leaders with set up, instruction of games. Creation of some games for the camp participants. Make sure safety is at its highest – with consistent headcounts, escorting campers between activities, and ensuring the well-being of campers at all times.

  • Working with children
  • Leadership
  • Working within an education (formal or informal) or recreation field – Interest in education
  • 16 Years of age or older
  • Ability to pass a Cherokee County Background Check and Drug Screening

Cherokee Senior Services 

Position: Activities Coordinator
Days Needed: Monday – Friday | 8- 4:30
Pay: $10 Hourly
Location: Canton Senior Center
On-the-job-training required? Yes
Role & Responsibilities:

Working at the Canton Senior Center helping with activities and other programs in the center including our lunch programs. Will also assist our Meals on Wheels program helping staff to put the deliveries together.


  • Patience
  • Outgoing personality
  • Loves working with the elderly

Raydeo Enterprises 

Raydeo Enterprises
2 Internships Available: (Office) Data Entry and Millwork
Days Needed: TBD | 8-5
Pay: $10-12
Location: 1200 Airport Drive Ball Ground, GA 30107
On-the-job-training required? Yes
Role & Responsibilities for the Office (Data Entry Position)

  • Detail-Oriented
  • Administrative
  • Proactive
  • Data Entry and general office duties

Roles & Responsibilities for the Mill Work position (7-4 pm in the shop)

  • Millwork
  • Metal work
  • Enjoys working with tools
  • Interest in manufacturing/construction

Roytec Industries 
Position: Manufacturing
Days Needed: Monday – Friday (8-hour shift between the hours of 7:00 AM – 4:30 PM)
Pay: $9 Hourly
Location: 306 Bell Park Drive, Woodstock, GA 30188
On-the-job-training required? Yes
Role & Responsibilities:

  • Interns will gain hands-on industry knowledge
  • Perform wire harness builds following engineering prints and drawing
  • Learn and apply engineering concepts and lean manufacturing principals
  • Adhere to Roytec OSHA safety policy and all required plant safety training


  • Complete Roytec interview process
  • Must be 16 years of age (18 to operate machinery)
  • Complete Roytec HR Orientation and safety training
  • Current high school sophomore – senior

How to apply?

The official application can be found HERE. Please note: All forms must have a parent’s signature to submit (there is a section on the application form to upload a photo of your parent’s signature).




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.”