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The Phoenix Project
What’s the Phoenix Project?
It sounded like a NASA initiative: The Phoenix Project! But it’s much closer to home; in fact right, it is here in Miami-Dade. The Phoenix Project is Miami-Dade County’s program to recruit workers with disabilities, a group that may otherwise be overlooked. It’s actually an internship program allowing greater access for those with a disability, and like many internships, it provides students on-the-job experience, and can lead to a permanent position in a variety of fields within the county. The age range for candidates is from 18 to 24 and they must have a documentable disability as well as be registered with the FIU Disability Resource Center.
Career Services and the Disability Resource Center hosted an information session in August to introduce the opportunity to the FIU Community. About 25 students attended. The county’s requirements were discussed, and interested students could apply the same day. FIU’s Career Services Office was on hand to discuss the dos and don’ts of perfecting a resume, as well as how to register with Career Services.
Those accepted to the internship will work with Miami-Dade County for ten weeks, in a field of their choice. Participants are given specific projects that are closely linked with their majors in order to further enhance their internship experience.
To find out more or to apply for the next round of internships, contact FIU Career Services at 305-348-2423.