By Betheena Unite
College students and out-of-school youth can still apply for the internship program of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) as it extended its deadline of application until March 22.
The department initially announced that interns have only until Friday to apply for the program, however, low applicant turnout prompted the department to extend the application period, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said.
“To date, only 10 applicants submitted requirements for this paid internship program. We hope to fill all 40 slots available so we can help as much economically-disadvantaged youth as we can,” Villar said.
The department’s government internship program aims to assist economically-disadvantaged youth aged 18 to 23 who have reached a minimum of second year college education.
They will have to submit their application at the DPWN central office in Port Area, Manila, where they will also take the internship program when accepted.
According to the department, qualified applicants will be assigned to different offices in the department “where their skills are appropriate.”
Interns will be paid as much as 75 percent of the prevailing minimum wage in the National Capital Region for the duration of two months.
Interested individuals are asked to submit a photocopy of birth certificate; fully-accomplished bio-data or personal data sheet; and two recent 1×1 ID photos to the DPWH Capacity Development Division, Human Resource and Administrative Service at the DPWH Head Office Building.
A written examination will be given to qualified applicants on March 26.
The top 40 examinees will be hired starting April 3, Villar said.