YouthWork seeks businesses and organizations to host internships for Durham youth

February 22, 2016

The Durham YouthWork Internship Program seeks local businesses and organizations willing to offer real-world work opportunities to youth ages of 14 and 24 through year-round and summer internships.

Organizations can participate in three ways: by offering a paid internship, paying for an intern to be placed in a community agency or offering an internship placement subsidized by another organization (limited spaces available for this option).

“Research suggests that work-based learning increases school attendance, decreases dropout rates and increases school engagement,” says Malinda Todd, senior employment program coordinator for the City of Durham Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), which offers the program. “Businesses and organizations that host interns give our youth vital career-readiness skills and work experience and help our community build a stronger workforce.”

Youth interns benefit their host organizations by providing extra help for projects, filling in for employees on vacation and contributing new ideas and energy, Todd says.

YouthWork collaborates with Durham Public Schools, Durham Technical Community College, Durham County, Made in Durham and other partners to identify organizations that will host youth interns, identify and prepare youth to serve in internships, match hosts with interns and support the internship experience.

YouthWork tailors the internship experience to meet an organization’s needs. Intern hosts can specify what ages and skills they seek. Interns will be matched accordingly.

Summer internships begin mid-June and last six to eight weeks. Interns participate in a pre-employment job skills workshop led by Durham Public Schools that features professionals from local businesses and organizations.

Summer 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. Interns typically work 30 hours a week.

The YouthWork Internship Program is offered by OEWD in in partnership with the City of Durham, Durham County, Durham Public Schools, Durham Technical Community College and Made in Durham. It is a key component of the education-to-career system Made in Durham partners are creating to ensure that every Durham youth graduates from high school, completes a postsecondary credential and enters a career by age 25.

Learn more at or contact Malinda Todd at 919.560.4965 ext. 15220 or


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