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Signups Begin for County Vocational Internships

The Career Explorers program is designed to assist and inspire those aged 15-22.
Career Explorers participant Wambua Misyoki smiles as he receives a certificate from Probation Chief Marlon Washington.
 March 1, 2024

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San Rafael, CA – Recruitment is underway for the Marin County Career Explorer Program, a popular vocational internship opportunity for those between the ages of 15 and 22 funded by the Marin County Probation Department.

The program, which runs from June 17 through August 9, is tailored to young people who are eager to earn a few dollars and are curious about public service careers. Participants get a chance to work with various County of Marin departments and gain exclusive experience through mentoring, class experiences and field work. Participants are paid a stipend of $17.50 per hour during their internship for up to 25 hours per week.  

Applications are available online in English and Spanish and may be turned in through May 24.

Chief Probation Officer Marlon Washington said he’s particularly proud that the Career Explorers program provides opportunities to local young people who might have been exposed to real-life circumstances that present barriers to employment. Those may include personal involvement with the juvenile justice system, family members with experience in either the juvenile or adult justice systems, or growing up in neighborhoods impacted by crime or other socioeconomic issues. Applications, however, are open to all within the age group. 

“Career Explorers goes beyond educating youth in the traditional sense,” Washington said. “It teaches them about County government and the County’s commitment to the community. Showing youth the many options available can help spark interest and help them find their passion. Youth are the sum of all things that inspire them.”

Career Explorers, now in its ninth year, was borne from a long-range business plan that included focus areas of “diversity and inclusion” and “growth and development.” The program also includes a comprehensive soft skills training course and a guest speaker series that features County employees, community partners, and leaders from the business community sharing stories designed to motivate future members of the workforce. In 2023, five Career Explorer interns were hired part-time at the end of the program.    

Wambua Misyoki of Mill Valley was the recipient of the 2023 Dan Daniels Spirit of Service Award, which goes to a Career Explorer intern who demonstrates passion and dedication for serving clients, co-workers, and community partners. 

"Career Explorers was a really nice experience overall, especially since I got to meet and chat with people who had different interests than mine,” Misyoki said. “I think creating those connections is very rewarding, and the program does a great job helping people do that during its orientation.”

The program creates a diverse, skilled, and local candidate pool for employment opportunities in a manner that promotes growth and development. The Probation Department collaborates with the County’s Department of Human Resources and other County departments to offer the program. Probation uses funds from a state grant to cover the costs of stipends, work uniforms, food, transportation, and supervision for the interns.

Email program supervisor Elizabeth Carranza or call (415) 473-6659 to learn more about the program or to obtain a printed application.  

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For disability accommodations, please phone (415) 473-6358 (voice), CA Relay 711, or e-mail the Probation staff at least five business days in advance of the event. The County will do its best to fulfill requests received with less than five business days’ notice. Copies of documents are available in alternative formats, upon request.

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Page updated March 1, 2024