Youth ages 16-21 who have an IEP or 504 Plan are encouraged to apply for a SummerWorks position

With financial support from Workforce Southwest Washington’s SummerWorks program, ESD 112 is currently accepting applications for a paid summer work experience program for local youth. The program serves youth age 16 to 21 who have an IEP or 504 Plan to help prepare them for entering the workforce. The program is run by ESD 112’s Teaching and Learning division and is made possible thanks to the Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

We recognize that our community is currently in the midst of a national emergency and that we are dealing with uncertain times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite these challenges, our SummerWorks 100-hour paid work experiences will still be offered. This year we have developed creative ways to connect with youth virtually and to deliver work readiness training through our interactive virtual classroom. We will be offering virtual, hybrid, and in-person work experiences to aid in their career development. SummerWorks staff will work closely with students and families to determine the best work experience placement based on comfort level, vaccination status, and worksite COVID protocols.

Read more about the success of last year’s SummerWorks virtual internships here.


To be eligible for the SummerWorks program, applicants must be between 16 and 21 years of age; have an IEP or 504 Plan; be enrolled in a school; and live in Clark, Cowlitz, or Wahkiakum County. Participating students must also be able to work and transport themselves independently. In addition, all individuals must be returning to an educational setting next school year.

Interest form

Interested applicants are encouraged to complete this form and a member of the SummerWorks Team will connect with you to further discuss the program.

How to apply

To apply for SummerWorks, a student or family must submit a completed application and Pre-Employment Transitions Services form (these can be obtained through the SummerWorks team) and provide copies or scans of the following documents before starting their work assignment:

  • Photo ID (State, School, passport or Tribal)
  • Signed Social Security Card
  • Proof of Registration for Selective Service (for men 18 and older)

Need more info?

For more information or questions about the application process, please visit our website; or contact Becky Mohagen (Clark County), Nathan Abbott (Clark County), or Christine Katon (Cowlitz & Wahkiakum County).

Summer Works is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Washington Relay 711.  This project is made possible by the Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.  This project is funded by the WA State of DSHS/Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.