Speed School to increase involvement with SummerWorks

April 8, 2024

Leaders from the J.B. Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville, alongside Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg, today announced the commencement of the 2024 season of SummerWorks. This program, aimed at connecting Louisville youth with summer job opportunities and career prospects, is poised to offer an array of benefits for participants.

Greenberg revealed significant enhancements to the program, including an increase in hourly pay from $12 to $15, along with a surge in job opportunities compared to previous years. Emphasizing the inclusive nature of SummerWorks, Greenberg highlighted its role in providing invaluable experiences with lifelong career benefits to all eligible youth.

Greenberg underscored the expansion of unique work-and-learn opportunities within SummerWorks, offering youth a chance to earn while gaining hands-on exposure to various career fields. The J.B. Speed School of Engineering is significantly increasing its involvement by expanding SummerWorks hiring from four to twenty positions this year.

“Speed School’s partnership with the SummerWorks program has been instrumental in providing invaluable exposure to engineering fields and quality work opportunities,” said Emmanuel Collins, dean of the Speed School.  “Through this collaboration, students have gained firsthand experience, paving the way for future success in their academic and professional pursuits as engineers.”

SummerWorks has directly placed more than 8,000 youth in summer jobs since it began in 2011. Last season, 237 youth worked in sponsored positions at fifty nonprofit and public sector work sites (private sector employers pay youth they hire through SummerWorks directly). ​

Engineering student Bismah Rana

Engineering student Bismah Rana

Speed School freshman Bismah Rana, majoring in mechanical engineering, spoke of the networking opportunities and support she experienced firsthand during her participation in the SummerWorks program last year.

“I’ve been engaged in ongoing research at the Louisville Automatic Robotics Research Institute (LARRI) recommended by my SummerWorks supervisor,” said Bismah Rana. “Jordan Jones from LARRI has been so supportive and a big part of my success.”

Eligible Louisville youth, aged 16 to 21 as of June 1st, are encouraged to enroll in SummerWorks via the online portal at SummerWorks.org. Through this platform, applicants can craft or upload their resumes, receive soft skills training, and apply to job opportunities matching their interests.

SummerWorks is operated by YouthBuild Louisville in partnership with KentuckianaWorks, the Louisville Region’s Workforce Development Board. To learn more about SummerWorks and how to get involved as a participant, employer, or supporter, visit summerworks.org.