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Summer Internship

REACH Summer Internship Program

Real-World Exposure & Advocacy in Construction and Housing

Applications Now Closed

If you're at least *18 years old and graduated from a high school in Breathitt, Knott, Leslie or Perry County, you can:

Gain real-world work experience in the construction trade
Intern for 8 weeks this summer
Earn $10/hour + benefits by interning 40 hours/4-day week
Work with HDA carpenters on new home construction and home repair projects
Build career skills and help local families in need of housing
Earn a solid work reference and more employment opportunities
*Must turn 18 by June 6, 2022.

Funded in part and made possible by the Berea College Appalachian Fund and the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky, HDA’s paid summer internship provides yet another investment in our community by connecting young people to the skills, resources, and experience needed to succeed in our local workforce.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and will graduate in 2022 (or have already graduated in 2020 or 2021) from high schools in Breathitt, Knott, Leslie, or Perry Counties in East Kentucky.

Prior to the pandemic, as many as one-third of rural youths in East Kentucky were considered “disconnected.” Disconnected youth have limited opportunities and are more likely to be poor and disabled and to have interacted with the criminal justice system. They also go on to earn $30,000 less a year than youths of a similar age who are in school or working.  

Our internship offers an opportunity for youth in our rural service area to learn the construction trade, help families in their community who are in need of affordable housing, and earn money they can save for future opportunities or use to meet their own individual needs.



The purpose of HDA’s REACH Summer Internship is to provide a unique paid work experience opportunity for youth in our community.

Often, after high school, rural youth in East Kentucky have limited opportunities. Good-paying jobs are scarce, and since the majority of families in our area are low-income, a lot of our youth have trouble affording higher education. 

Our internship offers youth in our service area the chance to learn a trade and to develop skills they can use in other professions and in life.

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Questions? Need Assistance? Contact:

Mindy Miller, Director of Development & Communications
Office: 606-436-0497

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