common questions

The Youth Business Connector is a great way for businesses, students, young adults and organizations to work together while connecting students to Work-Based Learning Opportunities.

Work-Based Learning Opportunities listed on this site can only be accessed through an EDUCATOR MEMBER.

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Do I get paid for this?

Not all work-based learning (WBL) experiences are paid. You may receive a small wage or stipend for participating in some internships, apprenticeships and cooperatives, but it depends on your program and employer.

How old do I have to be to participate?

Job-shadowing: you must be at least 14 years of age.
Internships and some apprenticeships: you must be at least 16 years of age.
Cooperative education: you must be at least 18 years of age.

How does a student under the age of 18 obtain a work permit?

There are a variety of laws and guidelines governing the employment of minors in the State of North Carolina.

Equal Opportunity Employer - Program. Auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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