Established in 1973, the Governor’s Page Program gives high school students from all over North Carolina the opportunity to come to Raleigh for a week of hands-on participation in their state government. We want the Page Program to represent North Carolina’s diverse communities and help inspire a new generation of leaders.
The program is designed to help students grow in four key areas:
- Civics. Pages will see first-hand the three different branches of government and how they work together to serve the people of North Carolina.
- History. Pages will learn about our shared history so that we can better understand the present.
- Service. Pages will learn more about the importance of community and civil service, and the impact it has on our state.
- Professional Development. Pages will interact with professionals in state government and develop skills needed for entering higher education or the workforce.
Each applicant must be a North Carolina high school student in good academic standing and classified as a Junior, Senior, or recent high school graduate. Pages are selected to serve for a term of four days. All pages must abide by a Code of Conduct throughout their time in the program, which includes COVID-19 policies.
Activities and Responsibilities
The Governor’s Page Program offers students an in-depth view of state government. During the week, Pages will be onsite in the Governor’s Office and will also tour government buildings and historic sites including the Legislative Building, the State Capitol, the Executive Mansion, and the North Carolina Museum of History. In addition, pages will have the opportunity to develop a policy proposal with policy officials from various state government departments. Finally, pages will have the opportunity to meet with government officials and discuss how state government works and how it impacts the lives of North Carolinians. See Instagram or Facebook for activities from previous weeks. To better visualize the experience for applicants, one group of pages created this parody of their week.
All pages will spend part of their week researching and planning a service project for their communities. This project is designed to have students engage their fellow youth in service and show the direct effect of community service. As such, the number of service hours received during your time as a page will decrease from 15 hours to 10 hours until completion of the service project. The maximum community service hours that can be earned is 40 hours. The amount of service hours awarded will be verified based on the documentation submitted by the page.
Generally, pages serve Monday through Thursday. For in-person weeks pages will report to the Office of the Governor in the Administration Building, 116 West Jones Street, in downtown Raleigh.
For in-person weeks, the schedule is Monday 1PM - 4 PM and Tuesday-Thursday 9AM - 4 PM.
For virtual weeks, the schedule is Monday 2 - 4 PM and Tuesday-Thursday 1 - 4 PM.
During in-person weeks, pages are expected to dress in business attire. Pages should wear comfortable shoes as the program requires walking to various locations in downtown Raleigh.
For virtual page weeks, the dress code is less stringent but pages are expected to dress appropriately as they would for school. Pages are encouraged not to wear distracting clothing and to make sure their background that will be visible onscreen is appropriate.
Pages who serve in-person will receive a stipend of $200.00 per week to offset the costs of expenses incurred due to travel and/or lodging. Checks will be distributed on Thursday before pages depart Raleigh.
Pages who participate virtually will not receive a stipend.
Once accepted to the program, it is the responsibility of the page and their guardians to make arrangements for accommodations prior to coming to Raleigh. A limited number of host families may be available to provide accommodations in Raleigh. If you need a host family, please contact the Page Coordinator once accepted for a list of possible homes, host housing is limited so please make arrangements as soon as possible.
Lunch and Parking
Pages should plan to pack a lunch or bring lunch money Tuesday - Thursday. The surrounding area offers a wide variety of restaurants In addition, pages may wish to bring extra money for miscellaneous expenses. Pages may park in the Visitor’s Parking Lot located on the corner of Jones and Wilmington Street for $48 for the entirety of the program.
How to Apply
Complete your application online in one sitting. Be prepared to provide a first, second, and third choice for of the week you wish to serve. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the program is full.
Two online recommendations are required. One recommendation must be from staff or faculty at your school, unless you are homeschooled in which case it can be from a teaching adult including family. The other recommendation can be from any non-relative adult who know you well enough to speak to your suitability for the program. Applications without two recommendations are incomplete and will not be processed.
Office: (919) 814-2069