Community Attention Youth Internship Program

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Program Overview: The Community Attention Youth Internship Program (CAYIP) offers youth aged 14 – 21 with an internship opportunity to gain on the job experience. The goals of the program are: 

  • To teach workplace readiness skills through hands-on learning and career exploration.Sign picture
  • To help youth identify their strengths and build resiliency.
  • To connect youth to positive adults and to resources in the community.
  • To provide additional help to local agencies, businesses, and schools.

Community Attention operates four school year internship sessions (eight weeks each) and one summer internship session (six weeks). Youth in the school year session complete an average of ten hours a week on their job site and youth in the summer session complete twenty hours a week. Interns earn a performance-based stipend that is the equivalent of $8.00 per hour.

All applicants accepted into the program complete CAYIP Academy their first week. At CAYIP Academy, interns learn about program expectations and gain workplace readiness skills to prepare them for a successful internship. Interns will receive a resume upon completion of the program.

Every intern is assigned a CAYIP Counselor who meets with youth and site supervisors on a weekly basis. CAYIP Counselors coordinate with referring agents and parents. 

Excited to learn more? Be sure to check out our new CAYIP video that includes interviews with previous interns, parents, and Site Supervisors: CAYIP Video

Session Dates for 2019-2020:

Session 1: October 5th- November 24th.  

 Application submission window is September 3rd-September 20th. Interviews are held the week of September 23rd.

Session 2: December 7th- February 2nd. 

Application submission window is October 28th- November 15th. Interviews are held the week of November 18th

Session 3: February 8th – March 29th. 

Application submission window is January 6th- January 24th. Interviews are held the week of January 27th.

Session 4: April 18th - June 7th

Application submission window is March 9th - March 27th. Interviews are held the week of March 30th.

Summer Session: June – August - Admission window will be announced in Spring 2020


CLICK HERE  To see a list of Internship Site partners. Many thanks to our 2019 Site partners!

Applications: must include the following forms (click to view or download):

Application Submission: Applications can be faxed to 434-970-3356, scanned to, or mailed/dropped off at 909 East Market Street, Charlottesville VA 22902.

Note: returning intern candidates are encouraged to apply but will be evaluated on the same criteria as first year interns.

Contact the CAYIP Coordinator Annie Sechrist at (434) 989-6371 or for more information.

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