Work Experience

  • Work Experience

  • Worked-based learning is an integral part of the CTE experience.

    CTE exposes students to industry professionals and work experiences that help them see how classroom instruction connects to the world of work. Through these experiences and rigorous academics, students graduate “career ready” – that is, armed with the knowledge and personal, professional and technical skills employers require.

    CTE students are offered a wide range of career experiences, from guest speakers, worksite tours, and job shadowing, to workplace immersion, internships and employment.

    Work-Based Learning Continuum

    During their time at Durham Public Schools, CTE students are provided the work-based learning opportunities below and additional ones offered by their school.

    Work-Based Learning Continuum

    • Career Conversations: monthly guest speaker panels at each school, covering a different industry sector each month
    • Scholars-At-Work Program: companies host groups of students for a four-day worksite immersion experience
    • Durham YouthWork Internship Program: 6-8 week paid internships through the Durham Office of Economic and Workforce Development
    • Ready Set Go Career Readiness Event: mock interviews, resume feedback, career readiness workshops and a job fair for juniors and seniors planning to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation
    • Pre-Apprenticeship: opportunities available through Apprenticeship Durham and individual companies

    Workplace Immersion, Internships and Employment 

    Internship, both paid and unpaid, allow students to observe and participate in daily operations, learn about work culture and specific careers, and make workplace contacts that can support their college and career journey for years.

    Here are some of the internship and employment opportunities available to CTE students.

    Courses with Internships

    Some CTE courses require work-based learning, while the CTE Internship course comprises an actual work experience. Ask your career development coordinator or special populations coordinator about internships available at your school.

    Scholars-At-Work Program

    Scholars-At-Work offers a four-day workplace immersion experience for high school students enrolled at participating schools. Participants spend part of spring break in residence at a local company.

    Durham YouthWork Internship Program

    Administered by the City of Durham Office of Economic & Workforce Development, this program places Durham youth ages 14-24 in 6-8-week paid summer internships in businesses, government agencies, educational institutions and nonprofits across Durham.

    City of Durham Parks & Recreation

    Dozens of young people work each summer in a variety of recreation jobs. Look for “Parks & Recreation" positions on the City's job website.

    Lifeguarding with City of Durham Parks & Recreation

    The City’s Parks & Recreation Department also offers seasonal lifeguarding positions for teens ages 16-19, with American Red Cross Lifeguard Training courses offered throughout the year for youth ages 15 and up.

    Durham Bulls

    The Durham Bulls hires young people age 16 and older for seasonal, part-time positions at home games April-August in game entertainment, sports turf, retail, stadium operations, seating bowl hosting, picnic area hosting and ticket operations.

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    The Hub Farm

    DPS’s educational farm offers unpaid summer internships in agriculture, media and marketing, as well as after-school and summer-camp programming in land stewardship, business development/sales and animal husbandry.