Governor’s Page Program
Governor Roy Cooper encourages young people in North Carolina to get involved in public and community service, including by applying to serve as a Governor’s Page.
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 our Governor’s pages to represent North Carolina’s diverse communities and help inspire a new generation of leaders.
During their time as a Page, students will be challenged to learn and develop in four key areas:
- Civics. Pages will learn about state government and how the different branches of government work together to serve the people of North Carolina.
- History. Pages will gain a better understanding of North Carolina’s present and future by learning about its past, through tours of historical sites and museums.
- Service. Pages will learn first-hand how North Carolinians serve their state through public service. We hope this will inspire pages to consider how they can best continue to serve their communities.
- Professional Development. Pages will develop skills needed for higher education and careers, including how to conduct themselves in a professional setting.
Each applicant must be a North Carolina high school student in good academic standing between the ages of sixteen and eighteen years old. Pages are selected to serve for a term of one week. All Pages must abide by a Code of Conduct throughout their time in the program.
Activities and Responsibilities
The Governor’s Page Program offers students an in-depth view of state government. During the week, Pages will be assigned to assist staff in the Governor’s Office or other agencies and departments as needed. In addition, Pages will tour multiple government buildings during their stay including the Legislative Buildings, the Capitol, the Office of the Governor, and the North Carolina Museum of History. 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.
Pages serve for a term of one week. Weeks are available throughout the year with the exception of state and national holidays
Pages must report on Monday of their week at 1:00 PM to the Governor’s Office in the Administration Building, 116 West Jones Street, downtown Raleigh. The daily schedule is from 1 PM-4 PM on Monday, 9 AM-4 PM Tuesday through Thursday.
Pages are expected to dress in business attire each day. Young men are required to wear dress slacks, coat and tie. Young women are expected to wear a skirt and blouse, a dress or a pantsuit. Pages should wear comfortable shoes as the program requires walking to various locations in downtown Raleigh.
Pages will receive a stipend of $150.00 per week to offset the costs of expenses incurred. Checks will be distributed on Thursday before Pages depart Raleigh.
Once accepted to the program, it is the responsibility of the Page and his or her guardians to make arrangements for accommodations prior to coming to Raleigh. If you will need a host family, please contact the Page Coordinator once accepted for a list of possible homes.
Lunch and Parking
Pages should plan to pack a lunch or bring money for lunch every day. The surrounding area offers a wide variety of restaurants with prices ranging from $8-15 per meal. In addition, pages may wish to bring extra money for miscellaneous expenses. Governor’s Pages may park in the Visitor’s Parking Lot located on the corner of Jones and Wilmington Street for a flat fee per day. There is also intermittent free parking located on W. Jones St.
Office: (919) 814-2080
Cell: (919) 606-1635
How to Apply
Complete your application online in one sitting. Be prepared to provide a first, second, and third choice for the week you wish to serve. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the program is full for 2017.
You will also need to identify two people to complete recommendation forms for you. One recommendation form should come from a non-relative community member, such as a coach, pastor, youth advisor, and one should come from someone affiliated with your school, such as a teacher or counselor. Incomplete applications, or applications without two recommendations, will not be processed.