Applications Still Available for Labor Invests for Tomorrow Internship (LIFT) Program

The V.I. Department of Labor (DOL) is now accepting applications for the Labor Investing for Tomorrow (LIFT) summer internship program.

Labor Commissioner Catherine Hendry, Esq., announced in December, 2016, that the Department of Labor would be accepting applications for the Labor Investing for Tomorrow (LIFT) summer internship program. The deadline of March 24, 2017, is approaching and slots are limited for this internship experience.

Now in its 28th year, the program continues to provide college juniors, seniors and graduate students with meaningful work and internship experience in their chosen career field. Interns can gain college credits, acquire hands-on training, and use the opportunity to network with professionals in their respective careers, according to a press release issued Thursday by the Department of Labor.

LIFT interns will be paid $12 per hour, based on the number of years in school. The participants will work 35 hours weekly for six to eight weeks, depending on the availability of funds. They will be required to participate in a special project, a mentorship initiative and community service activities. Additionally, all of them will participate in Life Skills Management & Career Orientation Workshops, Workplace Preparation Skills, and Occupational Safety & Health Regulation (OSHA) training.

Eligibility criteria include: interns must presently be a college junior, senior or a graduate student; they must have completed 60 credit hours; they must have a minimum GPA of 2.80 on a 4.00 scale; they must be between the ages of 18 – 25, inclusive. The application deadline is March 24, 2017.

Interested students must complete the LIFT application online on DOL’s Web site: Completed applications, transcripts and a required essay should be submitted to by March 24, 2017.

For more information, contact DOL offices on St. Thomas at 776-3700, ext. 2080 or on St. Croix at 773-1994, ext. 2178.

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