​​Since 1986, the MYEP has worked to prepare Charlotte’s youth for future employment. The program focuses on leveraging relationships with businesses and the community to provide meaningful, career-oriented internships for participants.

To provide all Charlotte youth with equitable career development opportunities to explore the world of work, build social capital, and enhance economic mobility.

MYEP participants explore careers, hone skills, and gain exposure to models of professionalism, creating pathways to attainable career goals. As youth achieve, our community is strengthened.


MYEP provides career and professional development experiences to eligible and accepted youth through part-time internship or job placements. Host employers participate with the MYEP by offering positions that align with either an internship or job experience for MYEP-accepted youth.


Internship: A career development experience where a student participates in the daily operations of a work environment related to a student’s career interest. It integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with an emphasis on meaningful on-the-job training.


Job: A work experience that consists of defined duties, responsibilities, and tasks. While it does provide a student an opportunity to acquire transferable skills, a job is primarily to fill an employer’s need for the completion of a set series of tasks.


When: Summer 2020 MYEP Program dates are from Wednesday, June 24, 2020 – Wednesday, August 5, 2020 

Note: The MYEP cannot guarantee acceptance into the program or placement in a role that aligns with an applicant’s desired career choice.  The MYEP strives to make mutually beneficial matches of applicants to Host Employers, considering the entire applicant pool and balancing multiple factors (such as a Host Employer’s needs, the applicant’s expressed career choice, the applicant’s skills, strength of application, location, access to transportation, etc.).  Absent extenuating circumstances, a decision to opt-out of an internship or job placement is considered a withdrawal from the MYEP for the current cycle.  The MYEP encourages all applicants to continue to seek out internship or job opportunities that are best for them.  Youth may request to be placed on the Youth Programs Lists for information about upcoming Job Fairs hosted throughout the year. 


MYEP Applicants Must: 

o Be in high school at the time of their MYEP application  

o If not attending a Charlotte-Mecklenburg (CMS) high school, applicants must live within the City of Charlotte

o Be at least 16 years old on or before April 15th, 2020

o If the 16th birthday is after April 15th, 2020 then a student may apply next year

o Attend a Job & Career Readiness Training prior to submitting a MYEP application

o The school’s Career Development Coordinator (CDC) will have information about when the training will be held     and any registration requirements

o Must sign-in for attendance and complete the full day’s training

o Provide their Social Security number (to be used for a criminal background check and employment eligibility)

o Be eligible for employment in the U.S.  

o Agree to have the MYEP request a criminal background check (must sign consent form)

o If the applicant is under 18 years old, the parent/guardian will also have to sign consent

o Agree to allow the MYEP to photograph and/or video/record (must sign consent form)

o If the applicant is under 18 years old, the parent/guardian will also have to sign consent

o Prior to the start of an internship or job, applicants will be given instructions to complete a background check     and drug screen within a set time frame and must test negative for controlled substances/drugs

o At the time of the drug screen, the applicant will need to present current photo identification (such as a school     photo ID, NC ID, or driver’s license)  


MYEP Application Requirements: 

o Job & Career Readiness Training certificate of completion  

o Online application with written component (short essay questions)

o Resume (upload to online application)

o Contact information for two professional references who have each agreed to write a letter of                                 recommendation on the applicant’s behalf

o Applicants must ask permission to list each reference and provide accurate contact information so that the         MYEP can reach each of them with instructions for how to provide their letter of recommendation

o A professional reference may include a teacher, administrator, coach, or employer, for example (but may not         be a family member)

o Video Interview (through Spark Hire interview platform)

o Signed MYEP Student Agreement/Consent Form (upload to online application) o Note: applicants will be                 scored on the content and quality of their application materials  

 MYEP Acceptance/Placement Requirements: 

o Commit to working an average of 25 hours per week for a 6-week work-based experience (for a total of 150 hours) between June 24 – August 5, 2020  

o An average of 25 hours per week must be completed for the 6-week program dates to fulfill a total of 150             hours of work  

o It is expected that the MYEP will be a priority during the 6-week commitment to a Host Employer to allow             for completion of the required hours  

o The assigned Host Employer will determine the work schedule directly with the participant based on the               employer’s need and business hours

o A Host Employer or the MYEP may terminate a participant if they are not fulfilling their commitment to                 prioritize their placement and to work the expected hours/schedule  

o If an applicant has a conflict that cannot be missed (such as college orientation) within the program dates,           they will need to notify the MYEP team prior to placement (and also coordinate with their Host Employer after       being notified of their placement)   o Agree to be paid at a rate of $9/hour for a minimum of 150 hours of work

o Practice professional etiquette in all communication with the MYEP team and Host Employers, including               phone and email communication o Be responsive to MYEP and Host Employer outreach, including phone calls,     voicemails, and emails

o Contact the MYEP team immediately if any contact information needs to be updated (including mailing                   address, phone number, email)

o Understand that if the MYEP team or Host Employers cannot easily reach an applicant, that applicant will miss     placement opportunities or other important information that could impact MYEP eligibility  

o Follow all expectations, policies, dress code, and duties of the Host Employer and understand that if not in             compliance, the participant could be terminated from employment and the MYEP  

o Practice professional conduct at all times at the workplace and understand that if not in compliance, the               participant could be terminated from employment and the MYEP  

o Note: a decision to opt-out of an internship or job placement is considered a withdrawal from the MYEP for the     current cycle 


MYEP participants are motivated high school students who are recommended to the program by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) Career Development Coordinators (CDCs).  The first 60 students that sign up and meet eligibility requirements will be the students selected for the training program. Students must meet the following eligibility requirements to be considered for the program: 



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Application Deadline for Career Readiness Training:  Friday, September 20, 2019

Note: Both the online application and resume must be submitted by the deadline date.

Step 1: Review Program Eligibility & Requirements section of this webpage. Reviewing this information is very important in helping to determine whether MYEP is a good option for you.  Think carefully about how you will manage your commitment to work 25 hours per week during the summer of 2020.

Step 2: Complete the AKHS Online Application (DUE 9/20/20). The application must be completed and submitted online during one session. There is no way to save your work to come back at a later point.  

Step 3: Submit a Work and Leadership Resume. You may submit your resume in the Online Application.

Step 4: Attend Career Readiness Training. Room A224 on 9/25/20 from 7:15-2:15. You will be excused from your classes.


MYEP Job and Career Readiness Community Trainings Link for students who cannot make the School Training 


* The DEADLINE to register for a training is the Wednesday prior to the training.


Training Dates & Locations


Training #1 (DEADLINE Wednesday, October 9, 2019)

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019

Time: 8:30 am-2:30 pm

Location: Solid Waste Services, 1105 Otts Street, Charlotte, NC 28205


Training #2 (DEADLINE Wednesday, October 23, 2019)

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019

Time: 8:30 am-2:30 pm

Location: Solid Waste Services, 1105 Otts Street, Charlotte, NC 28205


Training #3 (DEADLINE Wednesday, October 30, 2019)

Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019

Time: 8:30 am-2:30 pm

Location: Solid Waste Services, 1105 Otts Street, Charlotte, NC 28205


Training #4 (DEADLINE Wednesday, November 6, 2019)

Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019

Time: 8:30 am-2:30 pm

Location: Solid Waste Services, 1105 Otts Street, Charlotte, NC 28205

APPLICATION PROCESS Part Two (To be completed after the completion of Career Readiness Training)

Due Dates:

APPLICATION: January 3, 2020 (Notification will come after Career Readiness Training)

Student Agreement: January 3, 2020 (Click tab on left to upload)

INTERVIEW (Spark Hire): January 3, 2020 (Notification will come after Career Readiness Training) 

RECOMMENDATIONS: January 3, 2020

Please read through all of the attachments to the left.

Everything should be submitted electronically through the email you received from MYEP. All of these resources should be used for reference. Please see Mr. Webb if you have any questions.

Students will be notified of acceptance and placement with a host employer by April 20, 2020.