Q: What is the ASPIRE WS Internship Program?

A: Thanks to a generous $1.2 million dollar grant from Truist, Greater Winston-Salem, Inc. is collaborating with the Winston-Salem Forsyth County School System and local host companies to create equitable internship opportunities for high school juniors and seniors with the goal of interrupting the cycle of intergenerational poverty.


Q: What students are eligible for an ASPIRE WS Internship?

A: All juniors and seniors that have a minimum 2.5 GPA (or 2.0-2.4 GPA with teacher or counselor recommendation), satisfactory attendance, and no OSS are eligible to apply.


Q: What schools participate in the ASPIRE WS Internship Program?

A: Currently, ASPIRE WS operates in the following schools: Carver, Kennedy, North Forsyth, Parkland, and W-S Prep. The program will expand operations on an annual basis and is forecasted to operate in all WS/FCS high schools by 2025.


Q: Are NAF, CTE, and other career academy students eligible for ASPIRE WS?

A: Yes, students who are already enrolled in a career pathway program are eligible to apply. However, priority will be given to students who are not enrolled in a career pathway program.


Q: Who is responsible for the program at my school?

A: Each principal will assign a Site Coordinator at their school. The Site Coordinator will work with GWSI to coordinate recruitment events, employability workshops, and provide other general correspondence to ensure successful operation of ASPIRE WS at their high school. Students receiving curriculum credit for an ASPIRE WS Internship will also require supervision from the appropriate school program representative.


Q: How will students be prepared for an internship?

A: In partnership with Forsyth Tech, eligible students will be required to complete an employability workshop as a part of the selection process in the program. The workshop will provide students with employability training, mock interview practice, and help with composing a resume.


Q: How can students apply for an internship?

A: The site coordinator at your school can help students and parents connect with Greater Winston-Salem, Inc. to learn more about the program. Students who are ready to get started should complete the following:

Aspire Internship Application | Email Alesia Hilton for Parental Waiver


Q: Who is my contact at GWSI for any questions regarding the ASPIRE WS Internship Program?

A: Reach out to Alesia Hilton, Director of Internship Programs, with Greater Winston-Salem, Inc. 

Email Alesia | Phone: 336-728-9222