CareerSource Tampa Bay kicks off 2023 Summer Hires Enrollment

CareerSource Tampa Bay kicks off 2023 Summer Hires Enrollment

~ This is the 5th year the program has helped youth find summer jobs in Hillsborough County ~ 

TAMPA, FL – CareerSource Tampa Bay’s (CSTB) summer jobs program called Tampa Bay Summer Hires invites young adults 16 to 24 years old to register for a summer internship in 2023. Registration is now open to youth living in Hillsborough County.

Tampa Bay Summer Hires plans on serving up to 800 youth in 2023. Since the implementation of our inaugural year in 2019, CSTB has served more than 2,500 youth, with 239 Hillsborough County employers participating in the program.

“This will be the fifth year for our summer hires program,” said John Flanagan, CEO – CareerSource Tampa Bay. “This program directly impacts our community in Hillsborough County, putting money in the pockets of young people and giving them real world work experience. The program provides a great start into the ‘world of work’ and the opportunities available in Hillsborough County.”

Youth applying for this program may need to meet specific family income requirements, such as qualifying for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.  Income requirements vary depending on the grant supporting the program, but we encourage all interested youth to apply.

Young adults are required to complete an online application at the following website: Applicants will be accepted on a first come, first-serve basis as funding is limited. Tampa Bay Summer Hires staff will contact applicants to review and discuss their applications and potential eligibility.

Applicants can apply for one of the following incentivized programs:

  • 6-week Paid Internship for 20 hours per week earning $15 per hour
  • 6-week Youth Leadership Academy called “Young Leaders of Tomorrow” *
  • 4-week paid Virtual Career Exploration program *

(* = weekly financial incentive available for this program)

The six week Paid Internship & Leadership Academy programs will run from June 26, 2023, to August 4, 2023.  The Virtual Career Exploration self-learning tract will run from June 12 to  July 7, 2023.

Young adults participating in the Paid Internship program will be paid $15.00 per hour and work a maximum of 20 hours per week.

Participants  will also be required to take part in an all-day Youth Summit (to be held in June throughout Hillsborough County) where they’ll learn about the hiring process, how to apply for jobs, and get some tips about being successful at their first job.

“We hope youth who qualify will enrich their summer by investing in themselves and their professional development,” said Leondra Foster, Tampa Bay Summer Hires Program Director.  “We believe our youth have what it takes to equip, enrich, and empower their careers through coaching, internships, and leadership training.  The Summer Hires program offers those opportunities to youth in our community.”

How do Businesses Participate?  

Businesses interested in participating can also register for a Virtual Employer Information Session on Tuesday, February 21, 2023, starting at 10 a.m.  Employers interested in signing up for the Employer Information Session can register by clicking on this link:

If you would like more information about the Tampa Bay Summer Hires program, click on this link for a dedicated website to the program www.TampaBaySummerHires.comvia email at [email protected] or call at (813) 397-2028.

About CareerSource Tampa Bay

Programs and initiatives are sponsored by CareerSource Tampa Bay and the State of Florida, Department of Economic Opportunity, and fully supported by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Agriculture as part of awards totaling $26,386,241.

CareerSource Tampa Bay works with businesses and candidates to leverage their training, retraining, and competitive opportunities in the workforce.  CareerSource Tampa Bay provided 173,319 services to 37,054 active Wagner-Peyser individuals during the program year 2019-2020.  CareerSource Tampa Bay, with our five career centers, is the single largest source of job candidates in the region, from entry-level to executive-level candidates.  We work closely with all Veterans.

Businesses can access CareerSource’s wide range of services, including recruiting, training for new and existing employees, targeted hiring events, and retention support strategies. All resources and services are provided at no cost to both businesses and job candidates. Programs funded through CareerSource Tampa Bay are equal opportunity programs with auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Persons using TTY/TTD equipment use Florida Relay Service 711. A proud partner of the American Job Center network, to learn more, visit


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