Internships for young adults

Intern & Earn (formerly the Young Adult Internship Program) | NYC Department of Youth & Community Development

Work Teen Young Adult

Intern & Earn (formerly the Young Adult Internship Program) helps 16-24 year olds who are not working and not in school get short-term paid internships. Youth participate in 14 weeks of internships and work-readiness workshops. Youth also get help with job placement or enrollment in school or a job training program for up to nine months after the program.

  • Programs are free and available to youth ages 16-24 who are not in school and not working
  • Enrollment is at different times throughout the year
  • Job placement is available in many industries, including construction, hospitality, healthcare, and retail

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible for Intern & Earn, you should be able to answer yes to these questions.

  • Are you 16 – 24 years old?
  • Are you currently not enrolled in school, and not working?
  • Did you not have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree?


I'm Ready To Apply

You can use Discover DYCD to find programs in your area. To get started:

  1. Go to the Discover DYCD website.
  2. Type “Intern & Earn” in the “Keyword Search” box
  3. Find programs in your area by entering your zip code, neighborhood, or borough, and clicking “Search”

How Can I Get Help?

  • Call DYCD Youth Connect at 1-800-246-4646 if you have questions about this program.
  • Visit the DYCD website for more information.


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