Internships for high school & college youth

NYC Ladders for Leaders | NYC Department of Youth & Community Development

Work Teen Young Adult

NYC Ladders for Leaders offers high school and college students paid summer internships at leading companies, non-profits, and government agencies. The program also offers help with:

  • resumes
  • cover letters
  • interviewing
  • workplace readiness
  • career and college exploration

After the program, students can be part of the alumni network and attend networking events.

  • Apply in late Fall
  • Internships usually start the first week in July. Work a minimum of 25 hours per week for a minimum of 6 weeks
  • If under the age of 18, you must have working papers to participate

Am I Eligible?

You may be eligible if you can answer yes to these questions.

  • Do you live in NYC?
  • Are you currently enrolled in high school or college?
  • Are you between 16 and 22 years old?
  • Do you have previous work experience (even as a volunteer)?
  • If you are under 18 years old, do you have your working papers?

I'm Ready To Apply

  • Apply to Ladders for Leaders online during the application period, which is usually in the late Fall and announced on the DYCD website.
  • The application for Ladders for Leaders will only be available during that time.

How Can I Get Help?

Other Work Programs

Job assistance for public housing residents

Jobs Plus

NYC Housing Authority

Jobs Plus is an employment program that helps NYCHA residents find work and increase their earnings.

Job prep for youth not working or in school

Train & Earn

NYC Department of Youth & Community Development

Train & Earn offers job training and job placement help to unemployed youth who are not in school.

Summer work for youth

Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)

NYC Department of Youth & Community Development

SYEP provides youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with paid summer work for up to six weeks.