CTE Internship

A CTE Internship allows for additional development of career and technical competencies within a general career field. Internships allow students to observe and participate in daily operations, develop direct contact with job personnel, ask questions about particular careers, and perform certain job tasks. This activity is exploratory and allows the student to get hands-on experience in a number of related activities. The teacher, student, and the business community jointly plan the organization, implementation, and evaluation of an internship.

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The City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy (CAYLA) recruits, trains and places eligible high school sophomores, and juniors in paid summer internships that provide exposure to 21st Century job skills. CAYLA is committed to providing its students with a meaningful summer work experience, as well as leadership development seminars and community service options.

CAYLA students are matched with summer internships with City and County departments and with local businesses and nonprofits. In addition, students are required to complete a two-week independent study capstone project and attend mandatory Friday Learning Workshops on topics ranging from leadership development, team-building, financial literacy, college prep and career exploration. CAYLA is funded by the City of Asheville and Buncombe County Government.




  • The tentative summer internship dates are Monday, June 14, through Friday, July 30.
  • CAYLA students work 20 hours per week and earn $13.65 an hour.
  • The schedule is four hours per day, Mondays through Thursdays, for a total of 16 hours at their internship site; students are also paid for attending the Friday Learning Workshops (an additional 4 hours).
  • Due to COVID-19,the program may be delivered virtually this year. More information will be shared with applicants in the coming weeks.
  • Students will be responsible for completing an independent study project related to a community problem they would like to solve or an idea they are passionate about.
  • This year, 30-35 students will be selected and all will be eligible for a $2,000 scholarship.


  • CAYLA students are required to attend group community service activities during the school year in order to receive the $2,000 scholarship.
  • CAYLA students must complete their independent study project by July 30th.


    We are looking for students who:

  • Might be first in their families to attend and graduate from college;
  • Are passionate about equity in our community;
  • Are curious about exploring career opportunities;
  • Might consider themselves role models and leaders.

Applicants must be current sophomores OR juniors enrolled at Asheville High/SILSA or one of the Buncombe County public high schools.


  • Application Review
  • Virtual panel interview
  • Two Teacher reference checks (family members not permitted)
  • Drug Screening

Applicants selected to move forward will receive a phone call and email inviting candidates to participate in a survey that will ultimately match the student with an internship site related to their career interests for the summer. Students might intern with a non profit, small business, or with a government agency. The final placement decisions are at the sole discretion of the program coordinator.

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