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.
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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, Tisa Frederick in the Edison Academy office or check out the resources in the Edison High School Academy Course in Schoology.
Student Employment Opportunities
Greenspring - An Erickson Community (on-going)
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.
Student Internships, Fellowships, & Specialized Programs
Below are student internships and enrichment opportunities! 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.
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.
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
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.
•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]
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, Tisa Frederick 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, Tisa Frederick.
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, Tisa Frederick