Internships for high school & college youth

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

Work Teen Young Adult

The program offers paid professional summer internships to high school and college students. Employers include leading companies, non-profits, and government agencies in New York City. The program also provides job support and prep.

  • 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 take part.
  • The program also helps with pre-employment training, workplace readiness skills, and career and college exploration.
  • After the program, students can join a broad network of alumni, post-internship opportunities, and networking events open only to past participants.

Who is 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)?
  • Do you have a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00?
  • If you are under 18 years old, do you have your working papers?

How to apply


How to get help

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

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Updated January 25, 2021