A partnership between a public school Career and Technical Education program and city government has resulted in creating summer internships for high school students.
Rick Sheldahl is director of the Durham Public Schools’ Career and Technical Education program, and connects with local businesses and organizations to provide student internships. He developed the partnership with the City of Durham’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) to develop up to 50 paid internships for the summer that relate directly to student pathways or fields of study. He believes that this makes the program he oversees moire credible when asking local businesses to provide internships for students.
The program was approved by the school board’s Administrative Services Committee, and is expected to vote on an agreement shortly.
“For two years I’ve been trying to figure out how to do this,” Sheldahl said during the board’s work session. “It’s really tough being the CTE director and going out and begging everyone for internships and we don’t do anything ourselves.”
“I’m very interested in helping small businesses who want interns but can’t afford them,” Sheldahl said. There are a significant number of businesses out there and I think specifically American Underground, those people can’t afford $2,500 for an internship, but what a great opportunity for a student.”