Paid Work Experience and Internship Program

Paid Work Experiences and Internships are both programs that allow Youth (aged 16-24) to establish a work history, demonstrate success in the workplace, and develop the skills that lead to entry into and retention in unsubsidized employment.

WCJP may have one or more streams of funding available to subsidize these experiences.  Specific eligibility and requirements may vary across funding sources.

Paid Work Experiences 

A Paid Work Experience (PWE) is for Youth and Young Adults (16-24) with little to no work experience. The PWE allows them to learn the skills needed in a work environment under careful supervision. Individuals are WCJP employees who are placed at the Employer Worksite and are currently paid $10.35 hour for up to 300 hours.


The Internship Program is for Youth and Young Adults (16-24) who have some work experience,  but the position allows them to gain experience in their field of study or career interest.  They still need supervision but are generally more mature and are able to handle more responsibilities. The Interns would be on your payroll, and you would be reimbursed 75% of the wage up to 300 hours. The minimum wage for interns is $10.35,  but a higher wage is very strongly encouraged.

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National Intern Day

National Intern Day occurs annually on the last Thursday in July and is a holiday dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the future leaders of the world: interns! WCJP encourages both Employers and Interns to participate in National Intern Day by sharing their experiences. Find out more with the Toolkit for National Intern Day. Internship Professional Development

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