Lenoir Summer Teamship

This Summer for 8 days.

  • FREE program for rising 10th-12th grade Lenoir County Public School students.

  • Work on a team to solve a real problem for a real business.

  • Stand out on your college applications and resume.

  • Build skills in leadership and problem solving.

  • Build a professional network for future jobs.

Program Details


July 15 – 25
Monday – Thursday
8:30am – 1:30pm


Program Sites:

Kinston HS
North Lenoir HS
South Lenoir HS

*Students will be matched to one program site based on availability and proximity.

Lunch provided daily
Transportation provided by LCPS (details communicated by LCPS).
Added Benefits:
$100 stipend paid upon completion (provided by LCPS)
2 CTE credentials
Certificate of Completion

Attendance Policy
Due to the fast-paced and collaborative nature of Teamship, students who are absent for the first day (Launch Day), last day (Pitch Event), and/or more than 2 days of the program may be removed from the program.

Next Steps

1. Review this page with a parent or guardian
2. If you have questions for District C, please contact us at katie.sollenberger@districtc.co.
3. Let us know if you’re your interested/register here!


Seats are limited to 60 students. Students will be admitted on a first-come-first-served basis, but if there are more registrations that available seats a waitlist may be created. Students’ registrations will be confirmed within a week of the deadlines.

  • March # – Registration opens!

  • April # – Priority Registration deadline.

  • May # – Final Registration deadline.

How Lenoir Summer Teamship Works

1 Diversify

Three to four students with different backgrounds, strengths, passions, perspectives, and experiences come together to form a problem-solving team. They are paired with a business and presented with an authentic problem that business is facing.

2 Launch

Teams build their team dynamic and gain a foundation of skills needed to solve problems together. They engage in research and interview their business partner to better understand the business problem and context.

3 Solve

With support from their coach, teams continue to work together to understand the root problem, test potential solutions, and create a solution proposal for the business partner.

4 Pitch

Teams propose their solution to the business partner and answer questions in a live workshop attended by community stakeholders, school partners, and parents.

How Lenoir Summer Teamship benefits you

Reimagined internship experience

Teamship is a reimagined internship experience that sets students apart on applications for jobs and college.

Teamship work — pushing through the positive struggle that comes with tackling a novel problem, working with a diverse set of peers to achieve a common goal, using design thinking principles to develop robust solutions, and presenting ideas and solutions to real business stakeholders — gives students a set of real-world experiences that any college or potential employer will want to hear more about.


Teamship teaches critical mindsets and tools.

Technology has changed everything. In the digital age, information is at our fingertips. Memorizing facts and figures is now less important than figuring out how to make sense of overwhelming amounts of information to solve big problems and seize big opportunities. The world needs thinkers who can break down increasingly complex problems, doers who will persevere in the face of failure and uncertainty, and collaborators who know how to bring together diverse people and ideas.

Developing and leveraging these mindsets is a lifelong journey. Practicing these mindsets leads to confidence, competence, and the ability to effect change. The Teamship experience gives students the tools to get started and keep growing.


Teamship is an opportunity to learn from and build relationships with a diverse set of peers.

The best ideas are informed by unique perspectives, and unique perspectives start with diversity. Teams are made up of students who bring unique skill sets, different world views, and personal passions and motivations.


Teams work with real businesses that have real problems to solve.

Whether it’s creating a plan to help a sports retail company improve its employee training practices, working with a fitness technology company to improve a new app design, or developing a strategy to help a local startup company recruit and manage a team of national brand ambassadors, the work is real. Regardless of the problem, teams engage in real work that has real consequences and the potential to make a meaningful impact.

Future Opportunities

Teamship provides engagement opportunities beyond the summer experience.

The mindsets and tools gained through Teamship can be applied in countless ways. Students learn how to communicate their Teamship skills and experience on cover letters, college essays, resumes, and in interviews. There are also opportunities to stay connected with the District C community through public speaking engagements and other alumni opportunities.


What is Summer Career Accelerator?

Part of NC’s Covid relief funds have been granted to Summer Career Accelerator (SCA) programming. Through SCA, each school district has been allocated funds to spend on career-based learning opportunities.

Yes! The Summer Career Accelerator program is funded through PRC 188. If you are out of 188 funds please contact us. We may have alternative funding sources.

Yes, Teamship is recognized by NCDPI as a qualifying program for Summer Career Accelerator (PRC 188).

Rising 9th through 12th grade students with diverse backgrounds, interests, and academic profiles.

It depends on the number of school sites you’d like to include. We recommend between 24 and 60 students for each school site.

Yes, or you can use our Teamship coaches. Either way, quality coaching is key to the Teamship experience. The advantage of training and certifying your educators is that they can use their certification after the summer to implement Teamship on an ongoing basis to augment career preparation courses and programs at their schools. If you’d prefer not to train educators, District C can provide expert, certified coaches.

One intensive week (full days) or two intensive weeks (half days).

Yes. District C sources, recruits, and screens the business partners, and we work with them to define a problem for student work. If you’d like to partner with specific businesses in your community, you can introduce them to us and we’ll take it from there.

Yes. We handle all program aspects including business partner management, student onboarding and communication, coach support, tech setup and management, and pitch event management.

Referencing the state workforce goals of NCDPI, Teamship “prepares the future workforce with the skills and experiences required to be successful productive citizens, providing a robust talent pipeline that powers the State’s economic development efforts.” Teamship also supports the following NCDPI goal: “Ensure that all students engage in career exploration and real-world learning activities through the K-12 journey.”

We will measure the following: (1) value delivered by student teams (as measured by percentage of business partners who intend to implement student solutions), (2) employability (as measured by employers’ perception of Teamship-experienced students versus non-Teamship-experienced students), and (3) durable skill development related to teamwork and complex problem solving (as measured by self-reporting of before-and-after confidence levels related to teamwork and complex problem solving).

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