How It Works

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YouthWork teams with Durham Public Schools, Durham Technical Community College, Durham County, Made in Durham, My Brother’s Keeper and others to identify host organizations who will offer paid summer internships to Durham youth ages 14-24.

YouthWork partners collaborate to recruit and prepare youth to serve in internships, match hosts with interns and support the internship experience for both interns and employers.

The Internship Experience
Interns typically work 30 hours a week for six to eight weeks in the summer. The goal is to:

  • Teach interns hard and soft career-readiness skills.
  • Increase their knowledge of occupations and industries.
  • Help them establish a work history and networks for future job searches.
  • Broaden their understanding of the world of work.
Employer Recruitment
Employer recruitment begins in the fall each year. Employers may participate in three ways:

  • Offer a paid summer internship in their own organization.
  • Sponsor an intern that is placed in a community agency.
  • Host an intern that is subsidized by another organization (limited spaces available for this option).

Internship costs vary by host site, but range from $1,400 to $2,400, depending on the number of weeks and hours worked by the intern.

Intern Recruitment and Placement
Intern recruitment begins the second week of February each year.

Employment opportunities are listed on the City of Durham’s employment page under the Summer Jobs listing beginning in mid-February. Youth must complete the online application and participate in an interview. Applicants are placed in internships based a variety of criteria including applicants’ interests, strength of interview, fit for internship and requirements of funding sources.

The fall Youth Summit <Link to the new Youth Summit page you are creating for this section> offers youth ages 14-24 tips for successfully applying for jobs and internships and succeeding on the job, connections to local employers and the latest information on the upcoming summer internship program.

Intern Training and Preparation
All youth selected for the internship program receive training and instructions to improve their employability skills and prepare them for their internships.

The training covers such topics as:

  • Creativity/Innovation
  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
  • Ethics/Responsibility
  • Information Technology Application
  • Leadership
  • Lifelong Learning/Self Direction
  • Oral Communications
  • Professionalism/Work Ethic
  • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Written Communications
Contact Us
For information, email James Dickens with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development or call 919-560-4965, ext. 15217.