What We Do

1st Job-Lincoln is a program developed and coordinated by LincolnHR’s Workforce Readiness Committee.   Created in 2013, 1st Job-Lincoln gave students exposure to the information technology business world while still in high school and in 2023 is expanded to 13 career pathways!  The name “1st Job-Lincoln” was coined to promote the concept of preparing youth for their first professional job; the program seeks out “Champion Employers” who “champion the way” for our community’s youth to access such jobs at an early age.  Unlike other typical summer jobs for teens, 1st Job-Lincoln gives students an opportunity to explore a variety of careers for which they may not otherwise be able to access as a high school student.   Secondly, 1st Job-Lincoln provides employers an opportunity to seek out qualified candidates for future employment needs.

Student Resume Submission Link

13 Career Pathways

Who We Partner With

1st Job-Lincoln partners with The Career Academy’s students and welcomes students from any of the Lincoln Public Schools high schools as well as Lincoln’s parochial high schools.

“The Career Academy (TCA) is excited to partner with LincolnHR to contribute to the ongoing success of 1st Job-Lincoln. The potential to connect TCA students is a tremendous opportunity. Working with previous Champion Employers as well as creating new Champion Employers through our pathway support teams and other local employers is a win-win for everyone involved.” 

(Josh Jones, Director of The Career Academy)

“Workforce development remains one of our most important issues as a community, and programs like 1st Job-Lincoln are imperative to growing and keeping great talent here in Lincoln. Developing our talent from an early age is vital for economic success and global competitiveness. High school internships like those provided through 1st Job-Lincoln provide valuable skills and experiences for students while also showing them what awesome job opportunities exist in Lincoln once they graduate.”

– (Kaylie Hogan-Schnittker, Director of Talent Strategy, Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development)

Be a Champion Employer:

1st Job-Lincoln gives students the opportunity to experience hands-on learning in a professional setting, while also giving our local employers benefits such as:

  • Ability to demonstrate career opportunities to our youth as well as giving students an economic reason to stay, learn, and work in Nebraska.
  • Impacting the education of our community’s youth through the natural “career counseling” that takes place during the internships.
  • Tapping into students who generate fresh, new ideas for their employers.
  • Being recognized for their involvement and participation in an innovative initiative that develops and maintains a vibrant workforce that drives the economic future of our community.

Thank you to the following Champion Employers who have participated in our program to date.  We hope you will consider “championing the way” in 2024!

  • Agilx
  • ALN Medical Management
  • Ameritas
  • Cabela’s
  • Infinite Systems/Binary.Net
  • Kaplan University-Lincoln
  • Lambert Vet Supply
  • Lincoln Electric System (LES)
  • NCEE Labs
  • Nebraska Department of Correctional Services
  • Nebraska Department of Labor
  • Kidwell, Inc.
  • Assurity Life Insurance Company
  • Commonwealth Electric Company of the Midwest
  • Region V Systems



  • Duncan Aviation
  • NRC Health
  • UNL College of Business IT
  • UNL – ITS
  • Lincoln Public Schools
  • Don’t Panic Labs
  • Cornhusker Bank
  • Crete Carrier
  • Republic Parking System
  • Panology Tech Solutions
  • Nelnet
  • Sandhills Global
  • ISoft Data Systems, Inc.
  • Firespring

Now accepting registrations for 2024 Champion Employers:  Click here to register.

For questions or more information, please contact:

Kaylie Hogan-Schnittker
LincolnHR Board of Directors
Workforce Readiness Committee Director
E-mail: kaylie@selectlincoln.org