Investing for Tomorrow (LIFT), following Gov. Albert Bryan’s $500,000 commitment to expand it, is now a year-round program, according to Commissioner of Labor Gary Molloy
The Labor Investing for Tomorrow (LIFT) summer internship program was established in 1989. Serving as one of the most prominent work experience/ internship programs in the territory, it is a component of the Summer Youth Work Experience Program (SYWEP) that provides college juniors and seniors with eight weeks of work experience. LIFT interns are exposed to the workforce in the U.S. Virgin Islands and placed with employers related to their future career interests, motivating them to stay or return home.
In its 33rd year, LIFT is excited to expand the work experience from only the summer, to throughout the calendar year. While obtaining hands-on experiences in their fields of interest, interns will also participate in a wide range of activities including workshops, radio appearances, competitions and an in-person meet and greet with former LIFT interns.
Former LIFT intern J’Nique Ronan Spencer remarked that, “Working as a LIFT intern at the Department of Health under the Chronic Disease Management Program has been a monumental experience for me that has helped to enhance my interest and skills as a future Public Health leader.”
VIDOL is now accepting online applications for fall 2022 placements. Eligibility criteria are:
Interns must presently be a college senior, recent graduate or a graduate student;
must have a minimum GPA of 2.80 on a 4.00 scale;
must have 90 credits and be between the ages of 18 and 25, inclusive.
The fall 2022 program length is 12 weeks, with interns working for up to 30 hours weekly. Interested students must complete the LIFT application available online at www.vidol.gov/youth. In addition, applicants must submit an official transcript and a required essay before the application deadline of Aug. 12.