Youth Apprenticeship

MCPS Youth Apprenticeship Program

**MCPS message for students interested in completing an internship or work based learning experience during COVID-19**

During the 2020-21 school year, career readiness programs will continue to include opportunities for internships and work based learning experiences, starting in a virtual model and transitioning to in-person work sites when health and safety conditions allow. As we begin the school year, students needing to earn internship or site work experience credits toward graduation requirements or program completion will be able to do so through a virtual internship or capstone project. The hours a student spends in a virtual internship or a capstone project will count toward the required hours for the course and graduation. 

Some students may have an interest in or have secured an in-person internship or work based learning experience, even when schools are in virtual-only instruction. At this time, MCPS is on hold for in-person internships that are credit-bearing and appear on students’ schedules with an MCPS teacher of record. MCPS is currently revising procedures and consent forms to support in-person internships and work based learning experiences, given COVID-19 conditions. At this time, our goal is to make the transition to in-person MCPS internships as soon as possible, with revised procedures that ensure health and safety for students and teachers. Updates will be published by the end of September 2020.

Apprenticeship Maryland Program


Apprenticeship Maryland is a youth apprenticeship program for students, ages 16 and up, that is designed to lead to sustainable employment and further education based on a student’s selected career.  This program was developed in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the Maryland Department of Labor (MDoL).

The program is designed to create compensated, high-quality youth apprenticeships that prepare students to enter employment in high-skilled, high-growth sectors.  MCPS was approved to offer this Youth Apprenticeship Program in 2019.  Students from all 25 comprehensive high schools may participate.

Participating students start the program in the summer or fall of their junior or senior year and must complete at least 450 hours of work-based training under the supervision of an eligible employer and at least one year of related instruction.

Parent and Student Information Meetings

All Winter/Spring 2020 meetings have taken place, check this website in September for Fall meetings. 



Benefits for Students

Enter the workforce while still in high school;
Earn a salary;
Learn from a highly skilled mentor;
Receive a State Skill Certificate as a result of meeting all the state program standards;
Have the opportunity to continue in the career field after graduation.

Benefits for Employers

Build your workforce.

Youth apprenticeships train workers in the specific skills needed by your company.

Connect to the talent of the future.

Youth apprenticeships are a great way to develop a pipeline of talented, high-skilled workers to help your business grow.

Contribute to your bottom line.

You will see a noticeable contribution to your company through these highly productive and motivated employees.

knowledge transfer
Plan for employee succession.

Youth apprenticeships help you successfully facilitate the transfer of knowledge from experienced employees to new recruits.

Contact Us

Dr. Genevieve Floyd
Career and Postsecondary Partnerships, Supervisor
Phone: 240-740-4044

Mrs. Nicola Richards-Wright
Apprenticeship Maryland Program, Specialist
Phone: 240-740-4046