Scholars-At-Work Program




    The DPS Scholars-At-Work Program is a four-day workplace immersion experience for eligible DPS students in grades 10-12. Participants spend part of spring break in residence at a local company. Companies vary each year, but examples of past companies include:

  • Cisco – a multinational networking, telecommunications, and technology company

    Environmental Protection Agency – a federal agency that protects human health and the environment

    GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) a pharmaceutical company that develops medicines to cure or provide relief from pain and disease

    Durham County – provides a variety of government services to Durham County residents


  • Scholars-At-Work Participants 2017

  • If selected, you will be matched with a company and have the opportunity to meet and “shadow” employees in various departments, do hands-on tasks that expose you to the type of work carried out there and learn about the company’s exciting initiatives. Lunch and transportation from a DPS site to the worksite (and back) will be provided

    Why Participate

    Through this program, you will gain valuable work experience within a reputable company, which you can add to your professional resume. Upon graduation from high school, you will be much more likely to be get hired for jobs if you have impressive work experience on your resume. You'll also gain exposure to the exciting world of work, and learn more about potential career paths for your future. 


    To be eligible, you must be enrolled at one of the following high schools: City of Medicine Academy, Durham School of the Arts, Hillside, Jordan, Lakeview, Middle College, New Tech, Northern, Performance Learning Center, Riverside, School for Creative Studies, or Southern.

    All participants must submit a $25 registration fee to secure their spot and help cover the cost of lunch and transportation. If the registration fee presents a financial burden participants/guardians may contact Ondrea Austin to discuss scholarship options.

    How to Apply

    CMA, New Tech & Middle College: Alternative Spring Break Application - March 10-13

    All other schools: Traditional Spring Break Application -  April 14-17

    Submit your completed application to your school's Career Development Coordinator by the deadline specified in the application.

    For More Information

    Ondrea Austin, Lead Workforce Development Coordinator

    (919) 560-3858

    EPA mentor session GSK tour Cisco engineering project GSK Lunch n' Learn