Work Based Learning for High School Students

Internships, Youth Apprenticeship, and Youth Employment Opportunities

Opportunities posted here are primarily for high school students in grades 9-12. Opportunities that are exclusively offered to graduating high school Seniors and graduates are found here

Please Note: Advertisement of these opportunities does not constitute sponsorship or endorsement of the sponsoring organization or the enrichment opportunity by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or a specific FCPS school. This opportunity may utilize a technology tool that has not been assessed by the Fairfax County Public Schools Department of Information Technology. Students should gain permission from their parent or guardian before engaging in any non-FCPS enrichment opportunity and families should review and agree to the Terms of Service and User Agreements for any technology platform that enrichment opportunity may use before participating.

Helpful Hints for Students 

When researching student internships and opportunities be sure to read the descriptions carefully to be sure they are for high school students. If you find an internship of interest to you but are not certain if you qualify for it, please reach out to the Edison Academy Career Experience Specialist (or your teacher or Academy support team member) to have them help you review the opportunity to determine your eligibility.  Many internships have requirements or qualifications that must be met to apply such as citizenship, age, course of study you are engaged in, and others.   

If you need help with developing your resume or help with creating a cover letter to introduce yourself to apply for opportunities, or even help with preparing yourself to be the best candidate in a job interview, reach out to the Edison Academy Career Experience Specialist, Eugenia Williford, in the Edison Academy office or check out the resources in the Edison High School Academy Course in Schoology.  

Student Internships, Fellowships, & Specialized Programs

Below are just a sampling of student internships and enrichment opportunities that have been shared with Edison Academy.  Be sure to look for Work-based learning and enrichment opportunities in Student Naviance also. Plus many opportunities are also posted on the Career Events and Opportunities page.  

Alexandria Seaport Foundation Apprenticeship Program

Alexandria Seaport Foundation Apprentice Program  Highlighted in Forbes magazine, this program uses the craft of woodworking and traditional boatbuilding as an immersive experience that teaches technical skills and habits of mind that are needed for success in employment and adulthood. Apprentices work alongside experienced woodworkers, carpenters, boat builders, and mentors who teach and challenge them each day.

Allan Myers Heavy Civil Construction Summer Internships 

Allan Myers is heavy civil construction builder of roads, bridges, treatment plants and other infrastructure. They self-perform their work rather than relying on subcontractors and they provide on-the-job training. They are seeking hard working, enthusiastic individuals for summer internships that might last 3-6 months depending upon student availability to work.  Valid driver's license required. Go here for information. 

Architect of the Capital

 At the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), we are proud to be ranked as one of the Best Places to work in the Federal Government.  We are currently recruiting talented students for several exciting opportunities, to further develop professionally, through our 2022 Summer Intern Program. This is a 12-week paid internship, which provides students 16 years of age and up, an invaluable opportunity to gain hands on experience working with professionals in a variety of disciplines at the Architect of the Capitol. We encourage students seeking an opportunity to serve and contribute to the history of America, to apply today!  A full list of AOC’s current intern and career openings can be found on Architect of the Capitol, and to get answers to your questions email: @email.  Available positions include:  Building Automation Technology Aide, Masonry Aide, Wood Crafter Aide, Horticulture Urban Forester Aide, Office Clerk, Laborer/Gardener Aide, Architecture/Engineering Aide, and Safety and Code Compliance Aide

Bank of America Student Leadership Internships 

Bank of America Student Leadership Internships  (opens early November 2021 for 2022 opportunities)

Chegg Search Engine for Internships 

Chegg Internships - This search engine is useful for finding internships with many organizations all over the country and abroad.  

Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI) Internship

Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI) Internship Summer 2022 -The Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI) Internship is available to rising high school seniors and rising first year college/university students who are 17+ and interested in learning more about exploring cyber security as a possible career option. Applications are due by 5:00 pm on February 15, 2022.

DPR Construction - Build Up Your Skills- High School Summer Internships

For HS rising Juniors, Seniors, or May/June 2022 graduates. To see all information about this internship go here

Now closed for 2022-23. Check back next spring, 2023 - Fairfax County Public Schools, Office of Facilities, Trades 4 Tomorrow, Youth Apprenticeships

For high school students in selected Trades and Industry (T &I) courses. Students have a paid work-based learning experience with the FCPS Office of Facilities Management in their youth apprenticeship program Students must be enrolled in one of the relevant T & I programs and upon hiring will be registered with the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry for Youth Apprenticeship. Upon high school graduation, work experience combined with the T & I course work can be transferred to a registered full-time apprenticeship program.  Trades work experiences can include: HVAC, plumbing, electrical, structural trades ( carpentry and flooring), cabinetry, welding/sheet metal and outdoor power equipment maintenance and repair ( diesel and gas tractors, snow plows, mowers, and small engines). 

Students must be available to work hours between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. around their school schedule, must be 16 years old or older, must be enrolled in a T & I program, must have driver's license and reliable transportation to and from various FCPS satellite and support centers, and must submit a resume as well as completing the google form application. FCPS work locations can include; Edison Satellite, Herndon Satellite, Merrifield Satellite, Sideburn Satellite, and Woodson Support Center.   

Interested students should visit this Google form to complete the application and also submit a resume to [email protected].  Application  and resume must be submitted no later than May 1, 2022.

For questions and assistance with preparing resume's and writing email/cover letters to submit the resume, contact the Edison Academy Career Experience Specialist, Genie Williford, in the academy office.   Printable Flyer found here

Fairfax County Government Internships 

Visit  Fairfax County Government Internships  link for details and information. Internships for high school students may be offered in a variety of departments; recreation, park authority, emergency management, board of supervisors office(s), the animal shelter, maintenance plant operations, and others. 

Fairfax County Public Schools IT Internships 

Now closed for 2022-23. Check back next spring, 2023. - The FCPS IT Internship Program is NOW accepting applicants for the 2022-2023 school year! Rising FCPS Juniors and Seniors and pending/recent FCPS graduates who plan to stay in the area are eligible for the FCPS IT work-based learning internship program. There are five different paid positions students can apply for and serve as official FCPS employees. Interested students should visit the FCPS IT Internship website to learn more about these positions before applying. Resumes and cover letters must be submitted by the deadline on Monday, May 9, 2022. 

Google Internships 

Visit Google Internships to learn about internships opportunities at Google. 

Geosciences Bridge Program

Visit Geosciences Bridge Program  to learn about their 6 week paid internships.  

Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Summer Internships 

Visit Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program  for information on their paid summer internships. 

John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory STEM Academy 

Visit John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory STEM Academy for more information on this enrichment program.

John Hopkins ASPIRE Summer Program

Visit John Hopkins ASPIRE Summer Program  to learn about this enrichment program.

Mason Quantum Student Internship Program 

Explore this emerging field and build your credentials for future career success!

  • Audience: High school students, no prior knowledge or experience with quantum, advanced math, or science. Students interested in teaching may have opportunities to contribute to education projects.
  • Application: Links to Student Application and Teacher Recommendation form.
  • Deadline: Rolling. The flyer lists May 27 as the priority deadline, but GMU has confirmed they will continue to review after that date.
  • More information: Program website

Microsoft High School Programs 

Visit Microsoft High School Program  to learn about their high school opportunities. 

Mitre Student Programs 

Go here to explore - Student Programs

NASA STEM Engagement Internship 

Summer 2022  Go to this link for the most up-to-date information:

National Institutes of Health Summer Internships 

Visit NIH Summer Internship Program (Biomedical research) to learn more. 

National Security Agency 

Visit NSA Student Programs to learn about their programs for students.   

Quest Student Research Institute 

 Quest Student Research Institute - Internships in IT or Computational Science – deadline April 15, 2022 – event date June 23 – July 27, 2022 - Go here for more details:

Smithsonian Institute - Fellowships and Internships 

Smithsonian Institute - Office of Fellowships & Internships (OFI)deadline March 15, 2022 – event date Summer May – Aug. 2022 -

Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Internship – deadline March 13, 2022 – event date Summer June – Aug. 2022 -

STEM Youth Development Internship 

STEM Youth Development Internship - Spring 2022 -  The STEM Youth Development Internship is available to high school students ages 16+ who have a passion for STEM learning. They will be able to develop and practice professional skills at the Children's Science Center Lab while engaging in various hands-on activities. Applications are due by 5:00 pm on January 24, 2022

Tech Circle 2022 Summer Internship Program - Hiring Student Interns! 

The TechCircle School is seeking current high school juniors and seniors to serve as Office Administrator/Assistants through their paid internship opportunity! This opportunity is available from June 20, 2022, to August 12, 2022. Student Interns will work in person at the Tech Circle office in Chantilly, Virginia. Interested students should review the program flyer to learn more about the internship requirements, including the application process. All questions about this program should be directed to [email protected].

The Intern Group International Opportunities 

The Intern Group - Internships Abroa (Note: this program requires students/graduates to pay fees to participate) 

US Government Pathways Internships

US Government Pathways Internships  (use this link to find multiple opportunities with US government agencies, may be paid or volunteer) 

Other Student Employment Opportunities 

New!  Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls 

Calling all Culinary Arts students! Opening August 18, 2022 in Arlington. Currently hiring team members for day and evening shifts.  Follow these links for more information. 



Airport Opportunities at Dulles and Reagan

Hiring event for Part-time Ramp Service Agent opportunities with United Airlines and Swissport. Check out this flyer for all the details. 

For other opportunities at the airports with airlines, concessions, and vendors, go here. 

Belle Haven Country Club Work Experience Opportunities 

Belle Haven Country Club in Alexandria, has openings for part-time employees!  Check out their latest opportunities listed here.  Apply on-line here or send your cover letter and resume to @email.  ( recent part-time opportunities have included services, food runners, golf attendants, security, banquet staff, hosts, life quards.  

Academy students who want help with a resume or cover letter to apply or help with preparing for job interviews for these  opportunities should contact the Career Experience Specialist, Eugenia Williford in the Academy office or by email. 

Fort Belvoir - Child and Youth Program Assistant - Must be 18 or a 17 year old dependent of a Service Member or Department of Defense Civilian Employee

HIring event - Child and Youth Program Assistant (Summer Job Opportunity at Fort Belvoir pay is $16.70 or more per hour) – Summer 2022 - Go here for more information.   Virtual Hiring Event with Interviews on June 2, 2022. Go to the site and be sure to read all details in the 'Additional Information' section of the job posting. 

Greenspring - An Erickson Community 

Student Job Fair June 8, 2022 3:30 -6:00 p.m. 7430 Spring Village Drive, Springfield, VA 22150. Hiring part-time servers with interviews on the spot at the job fair. Bring two forms of ID (school photo ID,  Driver's license, birth certificate, Social Security card or passport).  Incentives include scholarship program for HS students, tuition reimbursement for college students, secure gated workplace/community, and a work life balance is valued. All servers are released from work by 8 p.m. For questions contact, Ebonee Reed, Senior Recruiter, 703-923-3131 extension 604-4400.  If you desire to print this information, you can download a flyer about the Greenspring Job Fair.

Greenspring Senior Living Community offers job opportunities in a variety of areas including; dining services, health services, general services, resident services, information technology, and through the Erickson Health Management Group. To see current job opportunities at their Springfield, VA location go here. Interested students should contact [email protected] (Human Resources). For opportunities in dining services students may also reach out to [email protected] (Executive Chef III). Erickson Senior Living is a national network of managed communities devoted to the mission of helping people live better lives. They offer a work and social environment beyond the traditional office or work setting; with multiple dining choices, health and wellness facilities, and more. Erickson Senior Living serves 27,000 residents with more than 14,000 employees in 11 states across the US.

Horizon Day Camp Staff Opportunities for students age 16+

Horizon Day Camps will sponsor camps for children this summer in Northern, VA. The camps are for children with cancer and their siblings. Paid opportunities to work at the camps are available for students age 16+ as well as volunteer opportunities for students under the age of 16. Students who are interested in the medical field may have the opportunity to shadow a nurse and learn about pediatric oncology as a part of their experience. More information about Horizon programs and what they do for children and families is available on their website here.  Those interested in applying for camp staff positions should review the following information: Location 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA, Camp Dates:  June 27 - August 5, 2022. There will a week of staff orientation and training for one week prior to camp start. Camp hours run 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. daily. Tentative Work hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For questions, email [email protected]  To apply use this link.  For a printable version of this information with a QR code to the staff application go here.   

ServPro - Summer Helper positions for age 16+

If you are looking to HELP people in need, look no further... When a fire, water, storm, or mold happens to our clients, we are the TEAM that puts their lives back together. Summer helpers may gain experience with ServPro that can lead to career entry opportunities as Production Technicians which include career building company provided certifications for the cleaning, restoration and construction industry.  If you are interested in summer help positions, please call 703-739-2800 or email @email for more information and instructions when applying for this opportunity. Be sure to state that your are interested in a summer helper position. 

Startfield - Summer Camp Instructor (Technology/STEM) Opportunities 

Summer Camp Instructor Job Opportunities for High School Students-  A few positions are still open - Startfield is a non-profit looking to hire high school students 16 years or older as part-time instructors for their in-person summer camps. They are looking for dependable and tech-savvy individuals with basic knowledge of coding and/or engineering design process, experience teaching or facilitating activities for youth, and the ability to work in Reston, Centerville, or Lorton locations. Interested students should view this flyer for more information and visit this link to apply:

The St. James is Hiring for Summer Sports Camp Positions

High School students interested in working this summer  at the St James should check out the ST James employment page to learn about the Summer Sports Camp Positions. This seasonal employment opportunity is for students who are 17 years or older and are interested in working with youth between the ages of 6-15. Interested applicants should have the ability to work Monday through Friday during daytime hours. Some of the benefits include nights and weekends off, competitive pay, and a TSJ membership while employed.  Questions about this employment opportunity should be directed to @email.

Summer CTE: WBL Internships - Course 

  • Do you already have a WBL (work based learning) opportunity for the summer?

  • Does it relate to a CTE program you are currently studying in and will continue in during school year 2022-23? 

  • Would you like to get 1 high school course credit for your work experience?

  • Go to this link and look for the drop down for "CTE: Work Based Learning Internship" to  read details (dates, tuition, registration, grading, pre-requisites, and more). 

Youth Registered Apprenticeships (YRA) 

Students may have an opportunity to work for a sponsoring employer as a youth apprentice to gain on-the-job work experience while studying in a level 2 or level 3 trades class and completing their academic high school classes for graduation. Apprentices may continue in the occupation as adult apprentices with the same or a different employer after high school graduation. 

To become a Youth Registered Apprentice students must: 

Be enrolled in an Edison Academy level 2 or level 3 class in Automotive Technology, Carpentry, Construction Technology, Electrical Construction and Engineering, or the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program and have an employer in a related field of work who wishes to sponsor them for youth apprenticeship.

  • Attain a minimum of 144 hours of classroom instruction in their connected (CTE) course (courses listed above). Students may receive retroactive credit for classroom hours from their level 1 classes.  
  • Attain at least 2,000 hours of work (on-the-job training) in a 2 year period with a sponsoring employer. 
  • Students must provide their own transportation to and from their assigned job site.

Apprenticeship Course for High School Course Credit 

Students who have a sponsoring employer who has agreed to register and employ them in an apprentice position may take the FCPS Apprenticeship Course, 984100 and receive course credit in addition to their enrolled CTE course credit if all conditions of the Youth Apprenticeship are satisfied. Academy students who want more information should reach out to the Academy Career Experience Specialist, Eugenia Williford. 

Want your organization's internship, youth apprenticeship, and other part-time work experience opportunities for high school students listed here?

Contact the Edison Academy Career Experience Specialist, [email protected].