State Labor Department Announces Kickoff of 2017 Governor's Summer Job Hunt

For Immediate Release

Date: May 24, 2017
Contact: Office of Government, Policy and Public Relations
Phone: (303) 318-8003 (Cher Haavind) or 303-318-8004 (Bill Thoennes)

Watch the video above to hear Governor John Hickenlooper discuss his first summer job from CDLE.

Today, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) announced the start of the 2017 Governor’s Summer Job Hunt. Each year, the program helps thousands of high school and college students map a course for their first summer job and entry into the working world. Administered by Workforce Centers across Colorado, the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt connects young people with local employers to help them learn valuable skills and gain firsthand work experience.

“The Governor’s Summer Job Hunt is one of the oldest programs of its kind in the country,” said CDLE Executive Director Ellen Golombek. “It was established by Governor Richard Lamm in 1981, at a time when teen unemployment was particularly high. Over the last 36 years, in good economic times and bad, it has successfully helped more than half a million young adults find their first summer job and helped build tomorrow’s workforce.”

For teens who are feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of landing a summer job, the program gives them the tools, resources, and self-confidence to be successful. Workforce centers across the state offer help with résumé writing and interviewing skills, access to the state’s largest employer database, and tips for staying employed.  

Last summer, almost 47,000 high school and college students received assistance statewide. This year, professionals in every Workforce Center are again ready to work with young job seekers as the program launches its 37th year of operation.

 “The ultimate value of a summer job isn’t just the paycheck young workers earn, it’s the valuable lessons they learn that will serve them in their future careers,” continued Executive Director Golombek. “A summer job provides young adults across the state with the opportunity to put their classroom learning to the test.”

Summer job seekers and employers can obtain more information about this free service by visiting to find their nearest workforce center or do a self-directed job search by registering at