Q: What is an internship? 

A: An internship is a short-term work experience offered by companies for students to gain entry-level exposure in a specific field or industry. 


Q: How can APSPIRE WS benefit my student? 

A: ASPIRE WS will support your student’s preparation to enter the world of work and help them with plans after high school. Students will gain real-life experience at a local company, in addition to receiving interview practice, resume writing instruction, and attend an employability workshop with our partners at Forsyth Tech. Students can also voluntarily enroll in a dual enrollment Career and College Promise Program course while still in high school.  


Q: What is the first step in becoming an intern? 

A:  High school juniors and seniors must complete an internship application, accompanied by a signed Parental Waiver. After your student completes his or her application, you will receive the waiver by email.


Q: How does my student work and go to school? 

A: Host companies will create a work schedule to coincide with your student’s school schedule. This may include afternoons, nights, and/or weekends depending on student availability and business needs of the host company. 


Q: When is the internship and for how long? 

A: The internship program operates year-round with summer, fall, and spring terms. Your student will receive 80-135 hours of work experience during their selected term.  


Q: Is transportation provided for the internship program? 

A: It is the student’s responsibility to get to and from the work site on time. However, GWSI will work with students to assess transportation needs and identify solutions. Greater Winston-Salem, Inc., WS/FCS, and the host company are not responsible for transportation for the internship program.  


Q: Is this a paid internship? 

A: Yes, this is a paid internship program. Your student is guaranteed the hourly rate of $10. The student is a W2 employee of the host company. This is taxable income subject to tax filing requirements.  


Q: Who do I contact with additional questions about the program? 

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

Email Alesia | Phone: 336-728-9222