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Career Development/Employment Services

Employment Counseling

The Career Development Unit (CDU) supports Hub eligible young adults ages 15-24 with job prep, job search, and getting on a career path. Employment Counselors with experience and expertise in the areas of job coaching and career planning can provide participants with services such as assistance with job leads, help with completing applications, preparing resumes, and interview practice. CDU also provides mentorship and guidance, continuing to support participants once they are involved in training or on the job.


Workshops and Training

CDU offers weekly work-readiness workshops. Topics include exploring career choices, employer expectations, how to prepare and search for a job, how to get a job, and keep a job, focusing on developing and strengthening soft skills. In addition to workshops, specialized trainings are offered on MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Customer Service and more.


  • Phase I - "Get That Job!" Workshop Series
  • Phase II - "Keep That Job!" Workshop Series
  • Phase III - Advanced Skills Training

Emancipated Foster Youth (EFY) Employment Program

CDU administers the Emancipated Foster Youth (EFY) Employment Program, which provides eligible candidates with opportunities for county employment. Applicants are supported through the process, from completing the application to accepting a job offer. Youth who have emancipated from the child welfare system can apply for up to 21 different entry level county jobs through a modified hiring process. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications for the jobs to be eligible for the applicant pool. To learn more about the EFY Employment Program, come to EFY information session to meet with an Employment Counselor who will support youth throughout the application process. EFY info session is held at the Hub on the last Tuesday of each month, 4:00-5:00pm. To reserve a spot, email cdu@ssa.sccgov.org.


Santa Clara County Student Intern Program

Student Interns assist professional and technical employees in the performance of their duties under close supervision. The intern's specific tasks vary depending on the Agency/Department to which they are assigned. Student interns can be used throughout the calendar year depending on the needs of the department.


Santa Clara County Intern & Earn Program

Intern and Earn is an employment development program, which offers workshops, employment events, and a eight-week paid summer internship. This program is an opportunity for County of Santa Clara supported youth to acquire job skills, gain real-world work experience, build healthy work habits, and obtain references for future employment. This program enables youth to obtain experience in working in County government, local community-based organizations, and private industry. Interested individuals are invited to send an email to cdu@ssa.sccgov.org


College Bridge Programs and Express Registration

Additionally, CDU works to link young adults to college and training programs, taking them through the process of enrolling in community college to get on track to train for a career. The unit works to support participants and link them to resources, helping to pave the road to success. Programs and opportunities vary from college to college.

Last updated: 6/5/2020 7:54 PM