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DeKalb’s Virtual Career Academy Offering Paid Summer Jobs for Youths

By Tyler Estep, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Applications are now being accepted for the next session of DeKalb County’s virtual career academy.

There are 750 summer internships available for local youngsters — and they’re paid positions. “The COVID-19 pandemic continues to make it difficult for DeKalb County youth to find summer jobs and internships,” DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond said in a news release. “Again, this year, DeKalb County will fill this training and financial gap by offering our summer jobs program as a virtual career academy.”

Applications can be submitted at The application period closes at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

DeKalb residents between 14 and 24 years old are eligible to apply for the five-week program, which will run June 7 through July 9. Due to anticipated high demand, participants will be selected through a lottery system.

Participants will learn job readiness skills, receive academic counseling and more while being paid $9 an hour.

The program is a collaboration between the county, the DeKalb school district, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, WorkSource DeKalb and other community resource agencies.

For more information, contact Desjané Venable at or 404-687-3400.

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