Applications for 2010 Summer Hire program accepted through May 7

By Staff Sgt. Patricia Deal, U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs
March 31, 2010

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- U. S. Army Europe Family members ages 14-22 can apply for summer employment in the 2010 Summer Hire program through May 7. The program, which runs from June 21 through July 30, provides jobs in clerical, labor and child development positions.

“The Summer Hire program is really a unique program. It gives young people an opportunity to develop discipline and experience a workplace environment, and at the same time earn a little money. It helps them as they plan for college and their future jobs,” said Supervisory Human Resources Provider Clarence “Sonny” Acklin, from the Civilian Human Resources Agency Europe Region director’s office.  “The various units and organizations that employ the young people also benefit from the Summer Hire program, as the kids manage to get a lot done in the six weeks.”

“I look forward to the group of workers during the summer. It helps the workload,” said Mannheim Fitness Facility Manager Jessie Dayton, who has employed youth from the Summer Hire program for the past three years. “The kids are enthusiastic and hardworking. I have the opportunity to instill a strong work ethic in these young folks. Not to mention that we get a lot done while they’re here.”

Kaiserslautern teenager Jordan Smith, 18, said he enjoyed his experiences the two summers he worked in the program. The application process was easy and the work was not hard, he said. “It was cool because I got to work with kids I knew and my bosses were easygoing,” he said. “The money wasn’t bad either, especially for a freshman and sophomore. I even got money back on my tax return. I saved almost all of it.”

While the money was a plus for Smith, he said that working in the summer hire program at an early age taught him responsibility, too, as he had to follow a schedule and not show up late or miss work. “I think all kids should sign up for the program,” he said. “The experience helped me. Now I have a permanent part-time job.”

Mannheim teenager Arikka Shepard, 15, said she is looking forward to her summer job this year, as she enjoyed working last year. “I actually made a lot of money so I could buy some cool things,” she said. “At least I wasn’t wasting my summer doing nothing, and probably getting into trouble.”

Salary for the Summer Hire positions is yet to be determined, but should be around $5.50 per hour, according to Acklin.

Clerical work includes tasks such as typing, computer work, filing, answering telephones, and receptionist and customer service tasks. Labor positions may include working indoors or outdoors and light to moderate lifting or yard work. Child and Youth Services positions involve assisting child caregivers or helping with youth activities.

Applicants for summer hire positions must be unmarried Family members of active duty service members or DOD civilian employees. Applicants must have reached their 14th birthday prior to June 21, and must not reach their 23rd birthday prior to July 30, when the program ends. For positions in Child and Youth Services, applicants must be at least 16 years old.

There are two parts to the application process. Applicants must first apply online at the CHRA-E Web site under “employment” at Applicants must also submit a hard-copy application packet to the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center that services their community. Complete instructions and forms are available on the CHRA-E Web site.