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The job market has been tough for a lot of adults over the past few years and it's been especially hard on teenagers. Only about one out of every four teens has a job. That's one of the reasons Northwest leaders pushed hard to keep paid summer internship programs alive. More than five hundred Oregon high school students and recent graduates have paid internships this summer thanks to a program called Summer-Works. Many of them will one day go to work for the city of Portland, Multnomah County and other professional agencies. This summer they re getting exposed to life in the real world, learning about jobs in health and human services, education, even politics.

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