KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Teens and young adults who want to avoid a summer of flipping burgers can apply for Civilian Human Resources Agency, Europe’s Summer Hire program.

On Thursday, the agency will start accepting resumes for clerical, labor and child-care jobs. The positions are open to unmarried family members of active military or Department of Defense civilians. Participants must be between the ages of 14 and 22 during the length of the program, which runs from June 27 to Aug. 5.

“It’s basically a program for kids to gain valuable work experience and give them something to do over the summer,” said Cheryl Hayes, director of Civilian Personnel Advisory Center in Kaiserslautern.

Jobs could range from working at a post office to clerical work in a personnel office such as typing and formulating spreadsheets, Hayes said.

Some summer hires have made lasting impacts during their short tenures. One summer hire developed a spreadsheet program that was used long after his departure, Hayes said.

Those who qualify for the program can visit through May 13 to apply. Applications also can be submitted through e-mail to or via regular mail to CHRA, CPOC Europe Region, Attn: Summer Hire Program, Unit 29150, APO, AE, 09100.

“I encourage kids to apply,” Hayes said. “It’s something worthwhile.”

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