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 an 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.
Animal Husbandry Internship (May be of interest to Vet Science students)
Rolling Application The Animal Husbandry Internship will provide a well-rounded experience for individuals actively pursuing a career in animal care and education. The internship will cover topics including best practices in animal welfare, zoonotic diseases, training, AZA/SSP information, USDA requirements, recording keeping, etc. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Review the application for more details and directions on how to apply. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Bank of America Student Leadership Internships
Bank of America Student Leadership Internships Opens Fall 2022 for 2023 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.
Children's Science Center Youth Advisory Board
2023- 2025 The Children’s Science Center Lab’s Youth Advisory Board is made up of Northern Virginia high school students who volunteer, collaborate, and create programs that contribute to the Children's Science Center's goal of inspiring a love of STEM. All members serve a two-year term. Each member contributes approximately 6 to 10 hours per month attending Board and team meetings, developing projects for the Children's Science Center, volunteering at the Lab on weekends and during school breaks, and participating in community events. The application opens in the winter each year, and rising freshmen through rising junior high school students are eligible to apply.
*Students hired for these internships may enroll in the Internship course offered in participating high schools. Speak with a counselor or CTE teacher to learn more about adding the internship course to your schedule and receive 1 high school credit for this experience. Additional information about high school internships can be found on the WBL Student Google Site.
Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI) Internship
The Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CC) Internship was created to expand the cybersecurity talent pipeline by reaching high school students who are 17+ and interested in exploring cybersecurity as a possible career option. The internship includes professional skills training and placement with Northern Virginia cyber-related organizations to prepare them to enter the cyber workforce of the future. The internship includes a program stipend at the successful completion of the 7-week program and is open to rising high school seniors and rising first-year college/university students. Applications will open January 9th, 2023.
Coming 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.
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.
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
Each spring FCPS IT seeks applicants for year long interns in five IT offices. Visit the FCPS IT Internship website to learn more about these opportunities. Deadlines for applying for 2023 have not yet been announced.
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.
Latina SciGirls Internship
Spring 2023 Latina SciGirls (LSG), the PBS-designed program, showcases STEM learning in Latinas through the incorporation of hands-on activities, multi-media tools, and exposure to accomplished Latina STEM mentors. Over the course of nine weeks, thirty participants in grades 3-6 from a Northern Virginia elementary school will convene to investigate STEM topics ranging from recycling to animal habitats to forensic science. The LSG Interns will work alongside lab staff interacting with LSG participants, facilitating experiments, and leading groups and individuals through explorations of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics concepts. Review the application for more details and directions on how to apply. Applications are due by 5:00 pm on December 16, 2022.
Microsoft Discovery Program
Visit Microsoft Discvoery Program to learn about their high school opportunities.
Mitre Student Programs
Go here to explore Mitre.org - Student Programs.
NASA Internship Programs in STEM
Check out the NASA Office of STEM Engagement Internship opportunities.
National Security Agency
Visit NSA Student Programs to learn about their programs for students.
Smithsonian Institute - Fellowships and Internships
STEM Summer Camp Internship
Summer 2023 The STEM Camp Internship is available to students ages 16+ who have an interest in STEM education. They will work closely with elementary-aged students conducting hands-on STEM activities. Interns will also have the opportunity to develop their own STEM programming for camp students. Applications will open on January 9th , 2023.
STEM Youth Development Internship
Spring 2023 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. Candidates must be underrepresented in STEM. Review the application for more details and directions on how to apply. Applications are due by 5:00 pm on December 2, 2022.
The Intern Group International Opportunities
The Intern Group - Internships Abroad (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)
Virginia Tire and Auto Youth Registered Apprenticeships
Virginia Tire & Auto is seeking a Youth Registered Apprentice for our Bristow, Cascades or South Riding location who is passionate about working on cars and who will thrive in a high-volume, fast-paced environment. Our modern automotive shops are filled with the latest tools and technologies, giving the student the opportunity to grow and learn. Students will be paid $11/hour. Eligibility: •Current senior enrolled in a high school auto tech program •Valid driver’s license •17+ years of age •Early work release from school and available to work Saturdays •Letter of recommendation from auto tech teacher
Position Overview includes the following:
- Complete Vehicle Condition Reports (VCR) with technicians
- Look up scheduled maintenance for vehicles and note on VCR
- Reset basic maintenance lights
- Check tire pressure and lights
- Print oil change stickers
- Vacuum cars, put in water bottles and wipe down vehicles
- Clean windshields (outside)
- Deliver parts from Production Manager to Techs
- Shadow Techs as workflow permits
- Pull tires for tickets and label with Sales Order
- Put away tires
- Put seat covers and floor mats in vehicles
- Load VCRs into pouches
- Collect scrap metal
- Empty trash
- Sweep and mop floors
To apply, please send a resume and teacher recommendation to Marquis Perez at 571.282.2908 or [email protected]
Student Employment Opportunities
Kingstowne Communion UMC ( posted 1/31/2023)
Kingstowne Communion UMC is looking for a Leader Nursery Worker to care for children 0-4 years-old for its friendly church community that gathers on Sunday mornings at Hayfield Secondary School.
- $16 an hour
- 3 hours a week
- Sundays, 8:30 - 11:30 am
- Hiring immediately
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Background check & proof of up-to-date vaccination required
This position would be perfect for a high school senior or college student looking to make some extra income or a new mom wanting to bring her infant to work with her!
Send resume & questions to: @email.
Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls (updated 8/24/2022)
Opened August 18, 2022 in the Village at Shirlington and currently hiring high school students and graduates for team member positions. Owners Taj and Faries McCree offer student employees work hours that are conducive to attending high school but allow students to grow their resume' of work experience. Follow this link for more information.
Robeks Smoothie (posted 8/22/2022)
Located at 5824 Kingstowne Center, visit store to apply for team member positions. Must be 16 years old or older. Work 3-4 days a week Monday - Friday and weekends. The Team Member operates the computerized register system in the checkout area, greeting each customer and completing their checkout in an efficient and friendly manner. He or she ensures customer satisfaction and repeat business and maintains a polite, friendly, and professional demeanor at all times. This very important customer-facing role requires an individual who is a problem-solver and is knowledgeable of overall business operations.
Ledo Pizza (posted 8/25/2022)
Kingstowne location. call 703-498-0521 for more information about current opportunities. Positions may include Pizza Maker, Grill Cook, Server, Front Counter/Cashier. Go here for a printable application that you can take with you to apply.
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.
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. Go here for more information Applications are open through January 2023.
Greenspring - An Erickson Community
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. Find current part-time job opportunities at their Springfield, VA location here.
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.
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. Contact your course instructor or the Academy's Career Experience Specialist, Eugenia Williford if you have a work opportunity that you believe may qualify you for a YRA opportunity.
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.
Other specific requirements are determined by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (VDOLI). Students may gain credit for their high school related technical instruction in the Career and Technical Education high school trades program and earn credit for on-the-job training with their sponsoring employer.
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.
Employers and Organizations
Do you want your organization's internship, youth apprenticeship, or other part-time work experience opportunities for high school students listed here? Contact the Edison Academy Career Experience Specialist, [email protected].