# of Durham YouthWork Internships
The target for internships is expected to increase incrementally each year until the ultimate goal of 1,000 internships is reached.
The Durham Youth Internship Program (DYIP) launched as planned in January 2020. Applications opened on January 2 and remained open until May 2020. As of March 2020, employer placements had been recruited and identified for over 300 internships. March 2020 marked a significant tuning point, as the City shifted to virtual services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 had a significant deleterious impact on DYIP program delivery. The 6-week program, delivered annually, incorporates a one-week career readiness training delivered in partnership with Durham Technical Community College (DTCC) and a range of program partners. This in-person training is designed to prepare the interns for a 5-week, on-site internship experience. With the advent of COVID-19, the DYIP as originally constructed was cancelled and staff worked to modify the program to provide a scaled back offering that would seek to impact at least a significant cohort of our program applicants. Using the original application pool, participants were randomly selected and contacted to participate in a paid experience. In partnership with DTCC and America Saves, the program was re-structured to virtually provide career readiness skills (ie. soft skills); career exploration, and financial literacy. All participants were formally banked before the end of the two-week experience. Outreach was conducted to over 300 participants, 116 responded to the offer to participate and 70 registrations were filed with DTCC.
As a result of the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as our concern for the health, safety and well-being of our youth, program partners, and participating hosts; we canceled our place-based, in-person 2020 Durham YouthWork Internship Program (DYIP) Summer program.
In lieu of our traditional program, our staff is currently developing a modified, virtual program experience. It is anticipated that we will use a lottery-like system to select individuals from the existing pool of approximately 600 applicants. The actual number of participants will be dependent upon the amount of funds allocated to the program. Based upon initial cost estimates and the prior budget amount of $70,000, we anticipate the ability to serve about 150 youths.
Status Indicators: On Target | Close to Target | Needs Improvement | Target Pending