In 2017, former Mayor Brandi Harless initiated the Paducah Pathfinders and Mayor’s Intern programs shortly after being elected with the goal of providing a variety of educational and civic opportunities for the youth in the community.
Pathfinders Program: Pathfinders learn about City government while serving during the spring school semester and represent a variety of grade levels with the juniors and seniors eligible to apply as interns who help guide the path for the next group of Pathfinders. Pathfinders are chosen from of pool of applicants provided by the Interns. High school students who live in Paducah or McCracken County are eligible to apply for the Paducah Pathfinder program. Note: Applications for Pathfinders will be accepted until noon on Monday, February 24, 2020. Former Pathfinders are automatically chosen to participate again this year. A mandatory orientation for all returning and new Pathfinders and parents will be Tuesday, March 3 at 5:30 p.m. with the first Pathfinder meeting set for March 4.
Intern Program: The Mayor’s Intern Program consists of a small group of juniors and seniors representing local high schools (public and private). After serving first as a Pathfinder, high school juniors and seniors then are eligible to serve as an Intern for the following school year. Interns are chosen through an application and interview process with the Mayor and Human Resources Department. The interns participate in City Government learning opportunities during an entire school year and help select the next group of Paducah Pathfinders. Interns experience both programs from start to finish. Plus, they get valuable information and experiences regarding local event planning and executing, partnerships with agencies affiliated with Paducah’s government, and City government operations.
If you would like to know more about the Mayor’s Intern or Paducah Pathfinders programs, contact your school guidance counselor/career coach or contact Lyndsey Birdsong in the Mayor's office at 270-444-8504.