Paid Experience

In by Paige Haberkorn

What are paid work experiences?

A paid job or internship at a business in your community. It allows you to gain work experience and job skills while in school. Ideally, paid work experiences…

  • Match you with jobs that align with your interests, work skills, and goals.
  • Are supported by school districts, OVR, or Career Link.
  • Are paid minimum wage or above.
  • Are in the community where you live.
  • Provide you with supports, such as job coaches and technology.
  • Have assigned mentors or supervisors who can provide support when needed.
  • Provide valuable experience for you to get future jobs.

Paid work experiences result in…

  • School, agency, and business partnerships.
  • Identifying what work is meaningful to you.
  • Learning skills to manage yourself on the job and get along with bosses and co-workers.
  • Developing job skills while still in school.
  • Educating businesses about the value of hiring and investing in youth.
  • Helping business build an inclusive work environment.