CAMDEN, NJ— City officials are looking for Camden residents to fill a number of summer job opportunities and internships to help staff its summer recreation and food programs.

Mayor Frank Moran was joined by Camden City School District Acting Superintendent Katrina McCombs, Councilwoman-at-large Shelia Davis and the city’s department of human services director Carmen Rodriguez Wednesday to talk to a group of high school students about the city’s paid internship opportunities.

The city serves approximately 5,000 lunches on a daily basis through its summer food program, and around 4,000 kids in its summer recreation programs, the mayor said.

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“The summer program positions are a great way for our Camden kids to gain work experience and earn some income,” Moran said. “In my younger days, I had the privilege of working for the City of Camden’s summer programs … it taught me the importance of responsibility of what it means to earn a dollar, and save a dollar.”

Rodriguez said that the department is hoping to bring on as many interns as possible, hopefully hiring around 100 high school students for the summer. The city is also looking to hire around 100 adults to staff its pools and summer programs, she added.

The jobs will pay wages in the range of $10 to $15 per hour. Internships are available only to students in Camden ages 14 to 17. Other job opportunities are available only to Camden residents aged 18 or older.

“Applications are going to go fast,” Moran said.

Positions that are available include:

  • recreation pool aide
  • pool maintenance
  • pool leader
  • pool supervisor
  • recreation site aide
  • recreation site supervisor
  • summer program monitor.

For the internship positions, Rodriguez said that the department will be working with the school district to evaluate applicants’ attendance records and grades, along with evaluating the students’ applications and interview preparedness.

“It’s going to be competitive,” Rodriguez told the high school students in attendance. “Be mindful when you fill out the applications. Be prepared … What we are trying to do is create an avenue for your personal growth.”

Acting Superintendent McCombs reflected on her first job as a teenager growing up in Camden — a summer receptionist position at the BPUN Childhood Development Center — and the effect working for her first boss had on her growing up.

“When I was able to get my working papers, that was a big, big, big deal,” McCombs said. “Because of that training that I got, I was able to grow and continue to learn how to make sure that I was able to present myself in the right way wherever I was.”

Applications are due by April 30. For more information on the internships or adult job opportunities, contact the city’s department of human services at 856-757-7285. Applications can be found on the City of Camden website, or at the department of human services offices located at 1000 N. 6th St.