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Durham YouthWork Internship Program

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The Durham YouthWork Internship Program  offers Durham youth ages 14-21 the opportunity to gain work experience and develop skills while connecting with City and County jobs, and in various businesses around the City of Durham. The program operates through partnerships between the City of Durham, Durham County, Durham Public Schools, The Durham Workforce Development Board and the Raleigh-Durham Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Council. 

Employment Opportunities
The recruitment period begins the second week of February each year. Employment opportunities are not on a first-come, first-serve basis. An application process is conducted and the best qualified candidates are referred.

Durham YouthWork Internship Program participants have worked with various City departments including Parks and Recreation, Economic and Workforce Development, Neighborhood Improvement Services, Human Resources, General Services, Public Works, Solid Waste Management and the Stormwater Services Division of Public Works.

Positions outside of the City of Durham are also available through partnerships with North Carolina Central University, Durham County Schools, the Durham Bulls, Durham Technical Community College and various Durham County departments, including the Durham County Criminal Justice Center, Human Resources, Tax Office and General Services.
For a list of summer jobs and to fill out an application, visit summer jobs listings​.
For information, contact the Office of Economic and Workforce Development and James Dickens​ or (919) 560-4965, ext. 15217. Upon employment offers all youth will receive a one week, nationally recognized course to improve employability skills.

These skills include:
•  Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
•  Oral Communications
•  Written Communications
•  Teamwork/Collaboration
•  Information Technology Application
•  Leadership
•  Creativity/Innovation
•  Lifelong Learning/Self Direction
•  Professionalism/Work Ethic
•  Ethics/Responsibility