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Youth Support and Resources

The resources listed on this page will help you prepare for a productive and effective job search as well as enhance your career development efforts.

DreamYard College & Career Prep

1085 Washington Ave, Ground Floor, Bronx, NY 10456
Chelsea John, Outreach Coordinator
DreamYard programs develop artistic voice, nurture young peoples’
desire to make change and cultivate the skills necessary to reach
positive goals in the Bronx. DreamYard offers College and Career
Prep Programs from October-May including weekday high school
programs, Saturday programs, and College Saturdays. Students can
apply for wide-ranging programs with topics including: Poetry/Spoken
Word, Music and Lyric Production, Design and Tech, and more.


452 East 149th Street, 2nd Floor, Bronx, NY 10455
Joshua Poyer, Director of the Hub
HERE to HERE is a Bronx-based organization that works with
students and employers to support them through apprentice and
internship opportunities. At participating high schools, students can
apply to the CareerWise New York youth apprenticeship program.

Futures and Options

120 Broadway, Suite 1019, New York, NY 10271
Meghan Becker
Futures and Options recruits youth who attend NYC schools that
lack sufficient resources to provide educational and career guidance.
The Career Essentials Program provides career readiness training to
students who have not yet reached the skill level – or age – to be placed
in internship positions. Through the Internship Program, students
gain hands-on experience to prepare for the workforce. Internships are
tailored to match the interest of both students and corporate partners.

NYC Department of Youth & Community Development

Bill Chong, Commissioner
1-800-246-4646 or 1-646-343-6800
The New York City DYCD invests in a network of community-based
organizations and programs to alleviate the effects of poverty and to
provide opportunities for New York City youth and their families
to flourish. DYCD funds a wide range of high-quality youth career
training and employment programs including: Advance & Earn,
Learn & Earn, Train & Earn, Ladders for Leaders, Summer Youth
Employment Program, and the Work, Learn & Grow Employment
Program. Visit their website to learn more and apply.

PENCIL Internship Program

30 West 26th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10010
PENCIL serves over 500 public school and college students (ages 16-
22) annually through a competitive career readiness training program
that culminates in a paid six-week summer internship at a company
in New York City. PENCIL is pleased to provide the PENCIL
Internship Program as part of the Ladders for Leaders Program, in
partnership with the NYC Department of Youth & Community

Teen Career Connection at the West Side YMCA

5 West 63rd St., New York,NY 10023
Amanda Siebert
Teen Career Connection is an internship program preparing
NYC high school students for the workplace by offering intensive
professional development, followed by a hands-on learning experience
matched to the student’s career aspirations. TCC offers a solid
support system, giving youth the ability to succeed in their internships
and expand their networks.

Artslife @ Museum of Arts and Design

Jerome and Simona Chazen Building
2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019
Artslife is a paid summer internship program for rising sophomores
and juniors in high school that combines art and design with
leadership training, museum studies, and community engagement.
Participants are introduced to museum careers such as Curatorial,
Education, Development, Public Relations and Marketing, Visitor
Services, Security, and Registrar.

Brooklyn Museum Apprentice Program

200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238
In this paid internship, NYC teens have the opportunity to immerse
themselves in art and art history and learn about museum education,
while creating their own lessons for audiences of all ages. Students
will meet curators and learn about collections, connect with education
staff and get trained to teach from the collections, assist with family
programs and art-making activities, develop tours and teach camp
groups, and learn about education programming in a museum setting.

High School Internships @ The Met

1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028
The Met offers paid internships for students in grade 10 or 11 during
the school year and rising juniors/seniors in the summer. The program
allows them to connect with arts, museum, and creative professionals
as they develop professional skills. The Met hopes to engage high
school artists, writers, thinkers, and designers who are interested
in finding out about careers in museums and would benefit from
meeting experts and mentors while gaining professional experience.

Teen Arts Program

1431 Broadway, 7th Floor New York, NY 10018-1907
The Teen Arts Program provides dynamic opportunities for teens
(ages 13-18) to explore the arts academically and professionally.
Teens are paired 1 on 1 with a mentor in a creative profession to help
develop a portfolio and prepare for the rigorous school application
process. Youth and mentor pairs visit artist studios/museums
and participate in professional development workshops through
Creative Lab. High school juniors and seniors can earn paid summer
internships hosted by creative companies.

viBe Theater Experience

138 South Oxford, Suite 4D, Brooklyn, NY 11217
viBe Theater Experience provides underserved girls (ages 13-19)
in New York City with free, high quality artistic, leadership, and
academic opportunities to inspire and empower them to write, create,
publish, direct, and perform personal and truthful collaborative
theater, video, and music about the real-life issues they face. Programs
include viBeStages, viBeSongMakers, viBeApprentices, viBeSolos,
and viBeTeenAudiences.

Wave Hill’s Art, Community and Environmental Stewards (ACES) Internship

West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, Bronx, NY 10471
Mallory Muya, Arts Education Coordinator
718-549-3200 x246
ACES offers a year-long paid internship that invites young people ages
15-20 to explore the connections between community engagement and
nature-informed arts education. Interns take field trips to museums,
cultural institutions, green spaces, and artist studios, engage with
artists/cultural organizers, and develop a collective project.

Bank of America Student Leaders Program

Multiple locations
The Student Leaders program connects community-minded high
school juniors and seniors to employment, skills development, and
service. Students are awarded eight-week paid summer internships
with local nonprofit organizations where they learn first-hand about
the needs of their community and the critical role nonprofits play.
Interns also learn valuable civic, social, and business leadership skills
and participate in a national leadership summit in Washington, D.C.

Gabelli School of Business Summer Programs*

441 E. Fordham Road, Bronx, NY 10458 (+ Lincoln Center Campus)
nycbusinsider@fordham.edu, foundrysummer@fordham.edu,
Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business offers multiple
summer business programs for high school students. NYC Business
Insider invites students to experience what a career in business looks
like in NYC. Exploring Entrepreneurship welcomes high schoolers
to work with their peers to develop a new business idea and pitch it
to a panel of university professors. Finance Institute is geared towards
students who are considering studying finance in college or who want
to learn how to manage their own finances. *There is a cost for the
program, but scholarships are available.

HERLead Fellowship

Multiple locations
The HERlead Fellowship is designed to equip young women with
the leadership skills needed to effect global progress, invest in their
communities, and continue their journey as leaders. A leadership
forum is provided to train the young women and help them develop
their skills/tools to take on leadership roles. After completing the
training, they return to their community and have the opportunity to
use what they learned to create a project that will effect change.

Law Enforcement Explorers Program

Multiple locations
The Law Enforcement Explorers Program provides young people
from the city’s diverse communities with an introduction to a career
in law enforcement or a related field in the criminal justice system.
The program is geared for ages 14-20 and teaches the importance of
higher education, self-discipline, and respect for diversity and human
dignity through training, involvement in community service projects,
and other Exploring events.

New York County District Attorney’s High School Internship Program*

One Hogan Place New York, NY 10013
The NYC DA’s paid internship program is a rigorous internship that
provides students with an insider’s view of the criminal justice system.
Each intern is assigned to a unit within the Office and helps Assistant
District Attorneys and other staff members with their work. Interns
also attend presentations and trips and participate in a mock trial
competition. *Applicants must live in or attend school in Manhattan.

Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program

Multiple locations
Devanshi Shah, Senior Diversity Pipeline Initiatives Coordinator
The Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship is an intensive
program which places diverse NYC public high school students with
legal employers for the summer and provides them with additional
programming before, during, and after the summer to help them
prepare for a legal career.

Architecture, Construction, Engineering Mentor Program

Multiple locations
Sue Veres Royal, Executive Director ACE of Greater New York City
The ACE Mentor Program is open to any high school student who
has the curiosity and drive to learn about a career in design and
construction. ACE teams are made up of 15-25 students and their
industry mentors. Each team is set up to emulate an actual design
team with students guided through a mock design project by their
architect/engineer/construction management mentors. Students also
participate in other activities such as “College Night” and field trips to
construction sites.

Design Prep @ Cooper Hewitt

2 East 91st Street, New York, NY 10128
Cooper Hewitt’s FREE programs offer high school and college
students real-world experiences in design, exploring the many
ways designers think and make. Their hands-on workshops, led by
professional designers, will help teens build their skills and portfolio.
While working on design projects, they will also learn about designers’
creative processes.

Design Scholars Program @ Cooper Hewitt

2 East 91st Street, New York, NY 10128
Teens in New York City can apply to be a DesignPrep Scholar, a
free program that features hands-on workshops with professional
designers, design studio visits, and college tours. Students can apply
for one semester or up to two semesters in the school year. Topics can
range from architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture to
fashion design, graphic design, product design, interaction design, and

Discovery Guide Volunteer Program @ Bronx Zoo

2300 Southern Blvd, The Bronx, NY 10460
The Discovery Guide program is an educational volunteer opportunity
for youth ages 14-22 at the Bronx Zoo as well as the other 4 Wildlife
Conservation Society (WCS) Zoos & Aquarium: Central Park Zoo,
Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and the New York Aquarium. As
a Discovery Guide, teens will engage zoo visitors in fun, educational
activities throughout the park; assist with education programs; and
support wildlife and the environment through WCS campaigns.

Garden Apprentice Program @ Brooklyn Botanic Garden*

990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225
718-623-7328 or 718-623-7252
The Garden Apprentice Program (GAP) at Brooklyn Botanic
Garden is a great way for teens to learn about urban agriculture and
the environment while working in one of the most exciting public
gardens in the world! Apprentices can work their way up the four-tier
program, potentially earning a paid position as a Tier 4 apprentice.
*There is a one-time fee of $50, but scholarships are available.

High School Explainer Program @ New York

Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd, The Bronx, NY 10458
The High School Explainer Program is an internship program for
high school students who work as volunteer educators in the Everett
Children’s Adventure Garden. Explainers facilitate experiences with
nature and plant science for children and families, traditionally by
exploring the Garden, but also using new digital tools. Explainers
rotate through activity stations that are located both outside in the
garden and inside the Discovery Center.

National High School Design Competition

2 East 91st Street, New York, NY 10128
The National High School Design Competition is hosted by Cooper
Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and Target. Every year,
students around the country are challenged to design a solution to
a unique scenario, inspired by Cooper Hewitt’s rich collection and
stimulating exhibitions. In Stage One, competitors will create and
submit their design ideas per the entry requirements. During Stage
Two, three finalists will finalize their designs. Then, finalists will
participate in a series of mentoring activities and travel to New York
City to present their designs in person to the judges.

Project TRUE @ Bronx Zoo

2300 Southern Blvd, The Bronx, NY 10460
Project TRUE is a social science research study and a youth
development program. High school juniors who live in the Bronx
are eligible to apply and spend their summer conducting field
research with a team of college students and scientists from Fordham
University and the Wildlife Conservation Society.

The Ranger Conservation Corps Internship

Multiple locations
The Ranger Conservation Corps is a great urban environmental
internship for high school students who are interested in the natural
world or environmental issues. Interns gain experience while working
with the Urban Park Rangers on environmental restoration in
natural areas in their flagship parks. Participants may go on field trips
including canoeing, overnight camping, and more. Interns receive
community service hours. Registration occurs on a rolling basis year
round. Contact the Ranger Conservation Corp if interested.

Smith Sustainable Futures Program*

10 Elm Street, Northampton, Massachusetts 01063
The Sustainable Futures: Farming, Justice and the Environment
program is a two-week intensive course where students will learn
from farmers, activists, artists and naturalists who are working toward
environmentally just and sustainable futures. Students will analyze
contributing factors to the climate crisis, engage in socially and
environmentally focused work, and develop skills to cultivate healthier
human-nature relationships within their own communities.
*There is a cost for the program, but financial aid is available.

Wave Hill’s Forest Project

West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, Bronx, NY 10471
718-549-3200 x324
The Forest Project is a paid summer internship that gives high school
students an unparalleled opportunity to learn about ecology in an
urban setting. Throughout the summer, interns gain hands-on field
experience and participate in a dynamic, field-based course. Guest
speakers, field trips, and special projects contribute to an immersive
and rewarding summer. Work includes building and maintaining
woodland trails, removing invasive plant species, shoring up eroded
slopes, and more. All interns take one course with their field work and
can receive college credits. Students from grades 10-12 can apply, but
must also apply to the Summer Youth Employment Program.

Wave Hill’s Woodland Ecology Research Mentorship

West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, Bronx, NY 10471
718-549-3200 x324
Wave Hill’s Woodland Ecology Research Mentorship (WERM) is
a 14-month program offering motivated New York City high school
students a unique opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of ecology,
and participate in hands-on fieldwork and authentic science research.

City Limits Accountability Reporting Initiative for Youth

8 West 126th Street New York, NY 10027
Jeanmarie Evelly, Deputy Director/Youth Program Manager
CLARIFY is a paid internship opportunity for high school students
to work with City Limits, a nonprofit investigative news organization.
Interns will be trained in the essential tenets of reporting and news
writing, including research, interviewing, investigative techniques,
media ethics, story structure, photojournalism and more. They’ll get
a chance to meet and hear from guest journalists as well as take field
trips to professional newsrooms across the city.

DOROT Teen Internship Program

171 West 85th Street, New York, NY 10024
Quinn Lockwood, Youth and Family Volunteers Coordinator
Each year, DOROT works with a select group of high school students
who visit, assist and build social connections with older New Yorkers.
You’ll be offered a unique opportunity to hone your leadership skills
and gain experience in delivering concrete services that make a vital
difference. Semester and summer internships are available.

GO Getter Summer Internship

123 John Street
Charlotte Karol, Community Engagement & Volunteer Coordinator
During the five-week summer internship program, high school
student interns support instruction in one of the K-7th grade
classrooms under the guidance of a Head Teacher or Enrichment
Teacher. Interns work in small groups or one-to-one within the
classroom to help students complete projects, remain focused, and
build confidence as learners. Interns also participate in rigorous daily
professional development sessions. A strong social justice-centered
curriculum and required readings form the core of the internship.

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden Internship

421 East 61st Street, New York, NY 10065
212-838-6878 x26
Summer interns have the opportunity to join in the day-to-day
activities of a historic site on the Upper East Side. Students will have
opportunities to strengthen their public speaking and writing skills
by researching historical artifacts. Students will also post to museum
social media accounts, support summer programming for children,
and meet with professional staff to learn about careers in museums,
history, art, and education first-hand.

Smith Young Women’s Creative Writing Workshop*

10 Elm Street, Northampton, Massachusetts 01063
Young women are able to explore their writing in a creative and
supportive environment that fosters their love of writing in a variety of
mediums. Local, published writers teach an open, multidraft writing
approach to encourage full creativity. Students will also participate in
activities such as improv and attend workshops on publishing, finding
an agent and creating an author website. Students will leave with the
start of an online writing portfolio and professional literary contacts.
*There is a cost for the program, but financial aid is available.

Student Historian Internship Program

170 Central Park W at 77th Street, New York, NY 10024
212-873-3400 x361
Interns will use the resources of New-York Historical Society to
conduct exciting research and share their scholarship through creative
digital projects. Interns meet with professional staff to learn about
careers in the museum, library, and history fields; work collaboratively
with fellow students to develop their public speaking and leadership
skills; and engage in hands-on work to deepen their understanding of
American history and art.


CodeNow is a non-profit organization teaching high school students
how to solve meaningful problems through coding. Students must
apply and if accepted, are given access to weekend workshops with
in-person instruction, unlimited exclusive access to their online
curriculum, hands-on mentorship, a hackathon where students are
supported to launch their own web application, and a remote summer
program with expert instruction on project development and advanced
software engineering. Project teams from across the country compete
at the end of the summer with their fully developed applications.
*There is a cost for the program, but scholarships are available.

Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program

Girls Who Code is on a mission to close the gender gap in
technology by offering learning opportunities that deepen their
computer skills and confidence to create clear pathways into the
computing workforce. The Summer Immersion Program is a free
introductory computer science program for rising 10th-12th grade
girls. Young girls learn to computer science through hands-on realworld projects while preparing for a career in tech.

Human Oncology & Pathogenesis Summer Student Program (HOPP)

1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10065
HOPP is designed for high schoolers interested in pursuing careers
in the biomedical sciences. Students take part in independent research
under direct mentorship of a HOPP principal investigator, typically a
senior member from the lab. Through extracurricular events, students
are fully immersed in the world of translational medicine and research
and experience what careers in science are like first-hand.

Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) @ MIT*

77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
MITES is a rigorous six-week residential academic enrichment
program for rising high school seniors – many of whom come from
underrepresented or underserved communities – who are interested
in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering. This
national program stresses the value of pursuing advanced technical
degrees and careers while developing the skills necessary to
achieve success in science and engineering. *Students must pay for
transportation to and from MIT.

NASA High School Internships

Goddard Institute for Space Studies
2880 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
NASA internships and fellowships leverage NASA’s unique missions
and programs to enhance and increase the capability, diversity and
size of the nation’s future science, technology, engineering and
mathematics (STEM) workforce. Internships provide students with
the opportunity to participate in either research or other experiential
learning, under the guidance of a mentor at NASA.

Research Science Institute (RSI) at MIT

77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
RSI brings together high school students from across the globe for a
summer science and engineering program that combines on-campus
coursework in scientific theory with off-campus science and technology
research. Participants experience the entire research cycle from start to
finish – read the most current literature in their field, draft and execute
a detailed research plan, and deliver conference-style oral and written
reports on their findings. For the first week, RSI scholars take intensive
STEM classes followed by the five week research internship where
students conduct individual projects.

Saltz Internship Program

Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
The Saltz Internship Program is an education and employment
program for high school students 14yrs old and up. Interns facilitate
science conversations using artifacts, specimens, models, and scientific
tools on mobile stations throughout the museum and at dioramas
and displays in museum halls with museum visitors. They can explore
scientific and cultural content, improve communication skills, and
gain experience having science conversations. Students will also
participate in college and career readiness workshops, and gain
exposure to a variety of STEM careers.

Science Career Ladder @ New York Hall of Science

47-01 111th Street, Corona, New York, NY 11368
Known as Explainers, Science Career Ladder participants engage
the museum’s half-million annual visitors in creative STEM learning
and serve as positive role models for our preK – 8th-grade student
audience. As part of their experience at NYSCI, Explainers participate
in programming that focuses on college success, career-building,
professional mentorships and research training.

Science Research Mentoring Program (SRMP)

Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Dr. Maria Strangas, SRMP Manager
SRMP at the American Museum of Natural History is an
opportunity for NYC high school students to conduct one year of
scientific research with AMNH scientists. SRMP aims to increase
access to science fields and careers by providing authentic science
research opportunities and meaningful mentorship. Research projects
span the fields of Cultural and Biological Anthropology, Conservation
Science, Evolutionary Biology, Genetics and Genomics, Taxonomy,
Systematics, Earth and Planetary Science, and Astrophysics.

Summer Health Internship Program (SHIP)

Multiple locations in the Bronx
Bronx-Westchester Area Health Education Center provides a sixweek summer placement opportunity for Bronx/Westchester county
students entering their first and second years in college (graduating
high schoolers are eligible), who have expressed interest in the health
field. Students are exposed to a variety of careers in health fields as
well as to health issues affecting their community. Students will intern
at their designated sites, with mandatory didactic sessions including
lectures, field trips, and other health-related activities. Students
present a final project at the closing ceremony.

Team Tech Challenge @ Deloitte

30 Rockefeller Plaza 41st Floor, New York, NY 10112
Deloitte’s Team Tech Challenge takes rising high school seniors
into the world of professional services and enables them to hone
their technical skills, compete with teammates in a tech innovation
challenge, and help prepare them for the next step ahead: college.
Students will learn about artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain,
analytics, and more. Winning team members receive gift cards.

Women’s Technology Program (WTP) @ MIT

77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
The MIT’s WTP is a rigorous summer academic and residential
experience where female high schoolers explore engineering through
hands-on classes, labs, and team-based projects in the summer
after 11th grade. Students can attend WTP in either Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) or in Mechanical
Engineering (ME). WTP is designed for students who have
demonstrated math and science skills in high school and who have no
prior background (or very little) in engineering or computer science.
Students will have field trips and other weekend activities.