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Arts Career Exploration, Mentorship, Performing Arts, College- and Career-Readiness
Teen Producers is a two-year career exploration and mentorship program for New York City public high school students who are passionate about the arts and arts production.
Internship PlacementTeen Producers participate in weekly internships with 92Y creative directors, producers, sounds designers, graphic artists, web designers, marketers and development officers. The internship enables teens to use their individual and collective voice to influence program design and activities. Monthly Career Labs led by 92Y staff and professionals from other arts organizations give students insight into the personal career paths of leaders in the field. Intensive workshops in college-readiness are provided as part of the internship.
Subsidized Private LessonsStudents continue developing their technique and repertoire through subsidized study of their chosen arts forms in 92Y’s School of the Arts and master classes with professional artists.
Attendance at Performing Arts Events
Teen Producers attend a range of performances and exhibitions at 92Y and other NYC-based organizations. 92Y covers all costs associated with attendance at events. Students reflect on their experience in group workshops at 92Y and use it to inform their work on the Teen Producers culminating project.Live Arts Performance
With the support of 92Y staff and school-based arts teachers, students produce a live arts performance — featuring dance, music and/or spoken word — at 92Y. The performance goes “on tour” to select high schools represented by students in the program. Students are responsible for all aspects of the production, including artist selection, budgeting, sound and lighting design, marketing and creative design.
For more information, visit the Teen Producers program site.
October-May, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-6:30pm. Attendance at select evening / weekend events required.
Students must be juniors enrolled at a New York City public high school and able to commit to the program for their junior and senior years. The application consists of the following components: Student Application Form, Personal Statement, Parent and/or Guardian Form, School Contact Person Form and In-Person Interview.
Ava Lehrer, Acting Director
92Y Center for Education Outreach
1395 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128
P: (212) 415-5748
Saltz Internship Program
Saltz Interns learn to use equipment and technologies to guide visitors of all ages in investigations of artifacts, specimens, and the laws of physics. Use pieces of a telescope to explore how scientists view astronomical bodies in the Hall of the Universe, or discover how a snake’s vision is similar to Infrared cameras. In the Hall of Ocean Life, dive into the tiny but powerful work of plankton, or pass around some poisonous sea creatures and their victims. Participating in the Saltz Internship Program is an opportunity to meet Museum personnel, explore scientific content, learn valuable skills for working with and teaching learners of all ages, and have an impact on the experiences of thousands of Museum visitors.
Two sessions: Academic Year from October to May and Summer from July to August.
Live in or attend high school in New York City and be 15-18 years old. All Interns must have valid working papers.
Nick Martinez, Senior Coordinator, Youth Initiatives
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192
P: (212) 769-5429
Apollo Theater Academy High School Internship Program
Theater administration, management and production
The Apollo Theater Academy High School Internship Program offers high school seniors the opportunity to learn about careers behind-the-scenes in the performing arts and entertainment industries. The internship provides hands-on training in theater administration, event management, and technical stage production. Interns are mentored by Apollo Theater staff through job assignments and participate in community-building, personal and professional development workshops and group projects.
Internships run for 8 weeks October – December or March – May; and 6 weeks in July and August.
An application and interview are required for consideration. Applicants must currently be in or promoted to the 12th grade. Must have working papers.
Jason Steer, Education Manager
Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc.
253 West 125th Street
New York, NY 10027
ArtsConnection Internship & Media Fellow Program
Arts administration, marketing, youth development
As part of the educational mission of ArtsConnection, we provide comprehensive internships & fellowships for teens and adults seeking professional and educational experience in the areas of Media, Marketing and Development, and Teen Programs/Youth Development. If you are a teen, undergraduate/graduate student, recent graduate or early career professional, you are welcome to apply for this program. We seek applicants who demonstrate an enthusiastic interest in the arts education field and a desire to learn and grow.
Internships: Min. of 10/hrs per week for 12 weeks; Special Events, TBA
Fellowship: 20/hrs per week for 10 weeks; Special Events, TBA
Current high school, undergraduate/graduate student, recent graduate or early career professional.
Internships: $300/per semester stipend, school credit
Rachel Watts, Director of Programs
520 Eighth Avenue, Suite 321
New York, NY 10018
T: 212.302.7433 ext. 474
The Bronx Zoo’s Future Leaders Program
Workforce Development, Leadership, Healthy Lifestyles, Life skills, College Readiness
The Bronx Zoo’s Future Leaders Program
The Future Leaders Program is a positive youth and workforce development program developed by the Wildlife Conservation Society to help support traditionally underserved populations from New York City. The program serves youth ages 12 – 24 with its two components:
Component 1: Teen Outreach Program (TOP)
The Teen Outreach Program is an evidence based program with national standing designed to help adolescents ages 12 through 16, develop healthy behaviors, life skills, and a sense of purpose that ultimately empowers them with the tools and opportunities needed to avoid risky behaviors. TOP is taught by trained educators at partner schools and community based institutions.
Component 2: Workforce and Leadership Development
The Future Leaders Program helps Bronx youth 16- 24 find meaningful employment and mentorship opportunities at WCS’ five zoos and aquarium. Youth also learn the critical skills needed to be successful in the world of work.
October – June of each Year, 1 to 2 times a week depending on program.
12-16 for the Teen Outreach Program.
16-24 for Workforce and Leadership Development.
Participants are eligible for incentives.
Wildlife Conservation Society
2300 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, New York 10460
P: 718 741 8155
Brooklyn Interns for Arts and Culture
Brooklyn Interns for Arts and Culture is for high school juniors and seniors who wish to learn about careers in arts administration. Each intern is matched with a specific department at BAM--such as marketing, archives, education, or major gifts--where he/she will be assigned a specific project to complete. On Tuesday of each week, all interns meet for a career development workshop to learn about different career options within the field of non-profit arts administration. Each intern also meets with a mentor in a different division at BAM once per week in order to gain more exposure to a variety of different career paths. Interns will attend Follow the Production, an on-going staff development program that shows how each of the divisions at BAM work together to put on a production and have access to see productions at BAM.
November – May:
Career- Development Workshops will take place on Tuesdays, 3:30pm-6:30pm.
Interns must choose two days per week to come in for 3 hours each after school: Monday - Friday
Students must be high school juniors or seniors. Application consists of Student Application Form, Parent and/or Guardian Form, and School Contact Person Form, as well as two recommendation letters. Students must also interview and bring in a copy of their last report card.
Stipend provided upon successful completion of the internship program
Cathleen Plazas, Internship Coordinator
Brooklyn Academy of Music
30 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11217
P: (718) 724-8058
Garden Apprentice Program
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.
If you enjoy getting your hands dirty and want to work with other teens, GAP may be for you.
Apprentices make a nine-month commitment to GAP, from March to November, which includes spring training, summer programming, and a weekly commitment throughout the spring and fall.
Tier 1 - Open to students in 8th or 9th grade
Tier 2 - Open to students in 10th grade or to those who have successfully completed Tier 1
Tier 3 - Open to students in 11th grade or to those who have successfully completed Tier 2
Tier 4 - Open to students who have successfully completed Tier 3
Apprentices who successfully complete the program are given a nontaxable award in December:
Tier 1: $100
Tier 2: $200
Tier 3: $450
Tier 4: Apprentices are considered part-time BBG staff and receive an hourly wage based on the applicable minimum wage set by the NYC Department of Labor, currently $13/hour.
Eric Au and Ruth Ballenzweig, Garden Apprentice Program Co-Coordinators
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
1000 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225
P: 718-623-7328 | 718-623-7252
Museum Education; Event Planning; Marketing/Sales; Animal Care; Gardening: Hospitality
The Brooklyn Children's Museum Teen Council is dedicated to providing Brooklyn teens with their first job experience and supporting them in their transition to the working world through artistic enrichment and professional development workshops. Teen Council is a year round paid extracurricular intership program for 20 high school students per academic semester and 10 teens during the summer months. Teens work behind the scenes at the Brooklyn Children's Museum every Saturday or Sunday for fourth months and attend Wednesday afternoon creative workshops about #realworld issues like money, sex ed and career using the arts. Teen Council members choose between interning in our Live Animal & Gardening, Membership, Education or Visitor Services Departments!
Fall 2016 Session October 6, 2016 - January 29,2017 | Spring 2017 Session February 9 - May 28, 2017
-Program Info Session: September 9 & 13 | 4:00 PM | Museum Team Room
-Program Teen Led Sneak Peek: September 18 |12:00 PM and September 24 | 2:30 PM | Meet by the front desk
-All applications due by September 25 | 12:00 AM
Interviews for semi-final candidates take place on September 30, October 1 or 2 | Museum Team Room
Final candidates notified of acceptance into the program on October 6
To apply, you need to be 1) a high school student, 2) at least fourteen years old, and 3) able to commit to attending Teen Council programming described below for a fourth month period:
-Wednesdays: 4:00–6:00 PM – Workshop day
-First Fridays: 4:30–5:30 PM – Monthly meeting & Pay day
-Saturdays or Sundays: 12:00–5:15 PM – Work based learning (aka. Work day)
$150 stipend per month. Stipend checks are distributed on the first Friday of the every month.
Teens Programs Coordinator
Brooklyn Children's Museum
145 Brooklyn Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11213
P: (718)-735-4400 ext. 119
Job Readiness, Urban Development
Teen Innovators at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92 is a 2-semester afterschool and internship program around the topic of work, urban development, and equity, for dedicated, enthusiastic, hard-working, creative teens. During the fall sessions students explore careers, workplace etiquette, professional writing and communication, and the history of work and workers at the Yard over the past century.
Based on attendance, work ethic, completion of projects and other criteria, students may “earn” (be recommended for) a paid spring internship with one of the 330 businesses in the Brooklyn Navy Yard today. The spring internship semester launches with a week in February dedicated to preparing students for their internships. They will receive job-readiness training including creating a resume , learning interview techniques, dressing for success and completing Human Resource forms. In the past, teens have interned with businesses as varied as their interests, including the International Hispanic Television Network, Brooklyn Clay Industries, and New Lab.
October 2016 – May 2017
Fall Dates: October 5th – December 7th, 2016
Days: Tuesdays and Wednesdays at BLDG 92 located at the intersection of Flushing and Carlton Avenues
-Age: 15 – 18
-Time Commitment: 3:30 – 5:30 pm
- ONLY two excused absences are allowed in the fall.
- To be eligible for the fall, you MUST be available for a possible internship from February – May, 2017
- Applications due May 30th
Spring internship is paid.
Shirley Brown Alleyne, Manager, Teaching and Learning
Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
BKM Digital Artizens: Feminist Project; Teen Night Planning Committee; LGBTQ Teen Night Planning Committee; Museum Apprentice Program
Feminism, new media, museums, technology, art history; event planning; arts; teaching
BKM Digital Artizens: Are you interested in social media, art, feminism, pop culture, and politics? Do you have a knack for all things digital? Through media-making, independent research, and workshops, you’ll work toward breaking down art history, politics, and pop culture to build up a digital tool to help other teens uncover what feminism’s got to do with us.
Teen Night Planning Committee: As a Teen Night Planning Committee member you’ll collaborate with other New York City teens to design, coordinate, and promote Teen Nights at the Brooklyn Museum—free events that feature music and dance performances, workshops, art-making, friends, and food. You’ll meet with contemporary artists and organizers, as well as network while strengthening your time-management, communication, and event-planning skills.
LGBTQ Teen Night Planning Committee: Work collaboratively with a team of other LGBTQ-identified teens from around NYC to design, coordinate, and promote a Teen Night event for LGBTQ+ teens and allies. Work to provide a safe, equitable, and creative space for other LGBTQ+ teens to have fun, explore the arts, express themselves and their identities. Hire local performers, plan interactive art activities, coordinate workshops, and work with community organizations.
Museum Apprentice Program: In the Museum Apprentice Program you will go behind the scenes to learn about art, art history, and museum education! During the school year, you will meet with curators and education staff to research the collection, develop your own tours, and teach day camp groups over the summer.
BKM Digital Artizens: Dates and opportunities vary. Get most recent details at bit.ly/bkmdigitalartizens.
Teen Night Planning Committee:
During school year, December thru May:
-Wednesdays: 4:30–6:30 p.m.
-Fridays: 3 Teen Nights, 4:00–8:00 p.m.
-Saturdays: 2 Target First Saturday sessions, 5–9 p.m.
LGBTQ Teen Night Planning Committee: March through June:
-Tuesdays: 4:30–6:30 p.m.
-Fridays: Teen Nights, 4:00–8:00 p.m.
-Saturdays: 1 Target First Saturday session, 5–9 p.m.
Museum Apprentice Program: During the school year, November thru June:
-Thursdays: 5–7 p.m
-Saturdays: 2 Target First Saturday sessions, 4:45–9 p.m.
-Sundays: 2 Arty Facts workshops, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
During summer months, July thru August:
-Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
BKM Digital Artizens: Must be a current NYC high school student and ble to commit to full schedule of meetings (dates tbd).
Teen Night Planning Committee: To apply, you need to be 1) an NYC high school student, 2) at least fourteen years old, and 3) able to commit to the all activities associated with TNPC as listed above.
LGBTQ Teen Night Planning Committee: This program is open to applicants who 1) identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, two-spirit, gender nonconforming, or queer; 2) are between 14 and 19 years old; and 3) are able to commit to all activities above.
Museum Apprentice Program: To apply, you need to be 1) a high school student, 2) at least fourteen years old, and 3) able to commit to the activities below
BKM Digital Artizens, Teen Night Planning Committee, Museum Apprentice Program: $9 per hour through Dec 2016, then $11 per hour through August 2017
LGBTQ Teen Night Planning Committee: $11 per hour, for up to 30 hours
Lindsay C. Harris, Astor Teen Programs Coordinator
Get more details at bit.ly/bkmdigitalartizens
Get more details at bit.ly/lgbtqteens
Ximena Izquierdo, Teen Programs Coordinator
Get more details at bit.ly/bkmteennightpc
Get more details at bit.ly/bkmapprentices
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238
BCAPteen Creative Leadership Project; BKLYN Library Youth Council; Today’s Teens, Tomorrows Techies (T4)
Arts, Film, Cultural, Leadership, Events, Volunteering, Tech, STEM
BCAPteen Creative Leadership Project is a 6-week, full-day summer program for teens blending digital media & communications, personal & professional skills, and youth leadership through the lens of documentary filmmaking. Our home base is Brooklyn Central Library, with access to the five other incredible cultural institutions on the BCAP Campus: Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Prospect Park Zoo, Prospect Park Alliance, and Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Over the course of the summer 20 teens earn a stipend and volunteer hours while becoming knowledgeable on our six partner institutions, building skills, producing creative work that reflects their interests, and contributing back to the BCAP community.
The BKLYN Library Youth Council is a small group motivated, collaborative, caring individuals ages 14-19 who want to share their voice in library decision-making, event-planning and leadership. Council members build skills in event planning, budgeting, and marketing; learn the ins and outs of how libraries operate; and serve as peer leaders and library advocates. The council meets 1-2 times a month October-June, plus a mid-winter intensive, and special event.
Today’s Teens, Tomorrow’s Techies (T4) is a volunteer program in which teens, ages 14-18, receive free technology training as preparation for collaborating with Brooklyn Public Library staff to enhance the Library’s service to the public. The T4s serve by teaching, mentoring and sharing knowledge with staff and patrons. They are required to participate in 120 hours of community service at their location over the course of the school year. Of these, 20 hours consisted of elective workshops and field trips to colleges, universities, museums, and businesses to expand their awareness of what a future in technology could bring.
BCAP: Apply in February. Orientation June. Six-week program July-August.
Library Youth Council: Apply in September. Program runs October-June.
T4: Recruitment open from December through June.
BCAP: Interest in creative arts; interest in learning about filmmaking; strong collaboration and teamwork skills; interest in libraries, museums, and cultural institutions. Apply in February. Must commit to full summer program if accepted.
Library Youth Council: Strong leadership and collaboration skills, interest in libraries and advocacy, interest in peer event planning; organized, responsible, flexible, creative, dedicated. Must attend all meetings and special events if accepted.
T4: 100 hours of community service at their location over the course of the school year and 20 hours of elective workshops. T4’s are required to conduct 1 computer class to the public of Brooklyn public library.
Youth Council: $150
T4: $200 after completion of 120 hours
Erin Shaw, Coordinator, Youth Education Initiatives
P: (718) 230-2753
Jackson Gomes, T4 Project Coordinator
Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Green Careers Lab; ROOTS; Visitor Experience Apprentice Program (VEAP); Summer Internship
Parks and recreation, ecological restoration, documentary filmmaking, tour guiding, leadership skills, team building.
Green Careers Lab: High school students interview professionals from Central Park Conservancy and other urban park management organizations to learn about their career journeys. Students develop interview and public speaking skills, meet students with similar interests, and establish professional connections in the field of urban park management.
ROOTS: High school students participate in a semester-long ecological restoration and management project in Central Park’s woodlands, including maintaining rustic trails, removing invasive plants, and cultivating new plantings.
Visitor Experience Apprentice Program (VEAP): In this 12-week apprenticeship with the Conservancy, high school students volunteer in the North Meadow Recreation Center, the Park’s four Visitor Centers, and with the Discovery Guides. Students learn about the history and management of Central Park and improve public speaking and interpersonal skills by interacting with Park visitors and assisting with public programs.
Summer Internship: This full-time, paid internship offers high school students the opportunity to support the Conservancy’s horticulture, visitor services, and public programs departments. Interns work five days a week with individual schedules varying depending on the position (some include weekends). Every Friday all interns work together as a group to complete special projects in Central Park, or to go on trips to other parks and environmental organizations.
Green Careers Lab:
January – February: Saturdays, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
-Application Available: October 1
-Application Deadline: November 30
October – November: Saturdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
-Application Available: June 9
-Application Deadline: September 15
March – May: Saturdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
-Application Available: December 8
-Application Deadline: January 31
April – May: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
-Application Available: January 12
-Application Deadline: February 28
Visitor Experience Apprentice Program (VEAP):
March – June: Saturday, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
-Application Available: December 9
-Application Deadline: February 15
July – August: 5 days per week for 7 weeks
-Application Available: March 10
-Application Deadline: April 30
Green Careers Lab: Acceptance is through a competitive application process. Grades 9-12. Lunch is provided.
ROOTS: Fulfills community service requirements. Acceptance is through a competitive application process. Grades 9-12.
Visitor Experience Apprentice Program (VEAP): Fulfills community service requirements. Successful apprentices will be hired for the respective paid, full-time positions as part of the Summer Internship Program. Acceptance is through a competitive application process. Ages 16 - 18.
Summer Internship: Acceptance into the internship program is through a competitive application process. While all high schools students 16 years and up are eligible to apply, preference is given to students who have participated in one of the ROOTS programs or the Visitor Experience Apprentice Program. Applicants must be at least 16 years old by June 1.
To apply for the programs, please visit: http://programapps.centralparknyc.org/
Vanessa Francisco, Associate Director of Career Development Programs
Central Park Conservancy
1 East 104th Street, Room 233
New York, NY 10029
The Junior Staff High School Internship Program
Museum studies, technology, life skills, culture, art, career and college prep
Fall Junior Staff Internship: October- December
Spring Junior Staff Internship: February-May
Summer Junior Staff Internship: July- August
To qualify to be a Junior Staff Intern you must be enrolled in a high school in the New York metropolitan area, earning a GED or taking equivalent high school curriculum (home schooling).
Manager, Community Outreach and Internships
Children's Museum of Manhattan
The Tisch Building
212 West 83rd Street
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 721-1223 ext. 241
City Parks Foundation High School Internship Program
Environmental Education and Stewardship; Urban Agriculture; Youth Development
The Internship Program with the City Parks Foundation trains our interns in the foundations of Environmental Stewardship, Urban Agriculture, and principles in youth development. Our interns train extensively during the school year, then spend the summer working in paid positions in our summer programs, where they use the skills they have developed to lead lessons to the youth attending our Learning Gardens, Green Girls and Coastal Classroom program.They also benefit from College and Career Readiness training, with year-round support.
Training begins in February, and internships conclude either in August or late October. There are opportunities to continue during the school year.
High School students, ability to attend key training, eagerness to learn, and willingness to travel.
Internships are paid.
Joel Lock, Associate Director of Youth Development
City Parks Foundation
1234 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029
Creative Lab; The Internship Program
Career-readiness and exploration; Arts; Art Education
Creative Lab offers teens an introduction to the many facets of the creative industry. Youth and mentor pairs meet monthly, to visit artists’ studios/museums, participate in professional development workshops, and build visual literacy. Teens work to build communication, networking, resume writing, interview and digital literacy skills. Over school breaks, teens visit top creative companies, meet employees, learn about their jobs and the paths they took to get there. Every TAP teen is also eligible for a paid summer Internship for up to 128 hours at a creative business or at the Free Arts office.
The Creative Lab program is a school year program from October to June. The Internship Program runs in the summer mainly in July and August.
High School age participants enroll through one of our community partners: community centers, schools, and shelters. Our community partners help ensure our city’s most under-resourced neighborhoods have access to arts education, career readiness, and mentoring
OTHER (STIPEND, CREDIT, ETC):
Interns receive a stipend based on an hourly wage, which is currently $15/hour
Seema Sabnani, Chief Program Officer
Free Arts NYC
1431 Broadway, 7th floor
New York, NY 10018
The Internship Program
Career-readiness and exploration
The Internship Program provides paid, mentored internships and career readiness workshops to high school juniors and seniors in New York City. Students acquire hands-on experience, gain entry to small businesses, nonprofits, government agencies and multinational corporations and earn needed money. At the same time businesses gain access to a pipeline of diverse talent. The close coordination between supervisors/mentors and Futures and Options staff reflects their shared commitment to support the growth and success of each student, and is a core element in the program's success.
The Internship Program runs year-round, with the majority of interns working in July and August.
In order to participate The Internship Program, applications must be at least 16-years-old, reside in New York City, be enrolled in high school, and be available to work 10-15 hours per week after school during the school year or 25 hours per week in the summer. All applicants must complete an online application and interview in-person at the Futures and Options office. In order to secure an internship, applicants must also interview at their placement sites.
Interns make an hourly wage, usually minimum wage, which is currently $9/hour.
Joanna Munoz, Program Director
Futures and Options
120 Broadway, Suite 913
New York, NY 10271
Teen Curators at Hill Art Foundation
Art History, Education
Teen Curators at The Hill Art Foundation is an after-school program in the heart of Chelsea that offers learning opportunities through the study of art. Teens engage with a range of arts professionals at museums and institutions throughout New York City, develop collaborative projects, and build knowledge on the vast career opportunities available in the fields of curation, exhibition making and education. Upon completion of the program teens receive a stipend and an opportunity to apply for a paid summer internship at the Hill Art Foundation.
October 15 - May 12, 2020
Tuesdays, 4 - 6 pm
Teens interested in applying must be rising 11th and 12th grade high school students with an interest in learning about art, exhibition making, and art history. All applications should be submitted before the deadline to be considered.
Student stipends are disbursed midway and at the end of the program pending completion.
Carla Zurita, Associate
Hill Art Foundation
239 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10001
Sailing, boating, operations, customer service, bookkeeping, admin
Sail Academy, HRCS’s flagship program, provides youth development, academic enrichment, and leadership education through sailing and boatbuilding to 150 students attending nine NYC public high schools. Through experiential, leadership-based education, Sail Academy engages students, builds their academic skills, and challenges them to grow. Students earn academic credit in math and science as they learn to sail and navigate, construct small wooden boats, and study the marine environment. Through our internship program, they have the opportunity to peer teach in our summer camp, help run a working office and marina, and perform boat maintenance and repair. Over their four years, students acquire important job, team, and leadership skills. Sail Academy gives students an academic boost as they enter high school, and then ongoing support through graduation. Its multi-faceted approach prepare them for success in college and career.
Year-round, mostly May-October
Participation in after school program
Participants for the first two years are given metro cards and lunch. After that, they can earn minimum wage and higher depending on how many years they participate.
Alex Baum, Youth Program Director
Hudson River Community Sailing
Pier 66, Hudson River Park at 26th St
Dyckman Marina, Inwood
Hudson River Park’s Student Conservation Association Internship Program
Environmental science, marine science, field research, conservation, green jobs
Hudson River Park partners with the national nonprofit Student Conservation Association (SCA) to create a unique urban service program that provides participants with the job training and mentorship they need to become conservation leaders and lifelong environmental stewards. Through these internships, participants learn the importance of urban environmental education by helping to implement the Park’s outreach and research programs. Hudson River Park’s interns lead public drop-in programs and field trip programs for NYC schools and summer camps with themes that include fish biology, maritime history, marine engineering and more. Interns also collect and analyze data on some of the Park’s research efforts, such as marine plastics, tree ecosystem services and oyster restoration.
Interns work with us for 3 terms of time
-10 Month Interns: January – November (ideal candidates are recent college graduates)
- 5 Month Interns: June – November (ideal candidates are recent college graduates)
- 10 Week Interns: June – August (ideal candidates are current college students: rising sophmores and up)
-College coursework in environmental science or biology preferred
-Experience working with children is preferred
-Desire to learn new green job skills and work in the conservation field
-Applicants must complete an application on the Student -Conservation Association at www.thesca.org
All of our positions give students stipends for their participation. Some of the benefits they receive include a monthly housing allowance, living stipends and an Americorps education award upon completion of their terms.
Tina Walsh, Assistant Director of Environmental Education
Hudon River Park Trust
Pier 40, 2nd Floor
353 West Street
New York, NY 10014
College Bike Tour
Cycling, Fitness, College Readiness
College Bike Tour is a 2-week challenge offered during the Summer. During the first week, students participate in workshops developing their "personal brands" in preparation for interactions with college admissions officers they will meet during the Tour the following week. The Tour is a 7-day, 400-mile ride wherein these 10 high school students start in Syracuse and cycle 50-75 miles a day to a 7 different colleges, making their way back to NYC. The colleges they visited are Syracuse University , Cornell University, Binghamton University, SUNY Oneonta, SUNY Cobleskill, Bard College, and West Point.
2nd and 3rd week of July
High school student at one of our 4 partner schools and the completion of our Cycling Smarts program.
Stephen Anthony, Program Manager
I Challenge Myself
New York, NY 10036
Youth Leadership Institute at Intrepid
Leadership; Public Speaking; College and Career Readiness
YLI@Intrepid enables New York City high school students in their junior year to participate in a yearlong series of programs and experiences that develop critical skills and insights necessary to mature into engaged and active citizens. Through partnerships with local educational youth service organizations, YLI@Intrepid encourages students to activate their leadership potential, sharpen their public speaking skills and become engaged in community and civic programs, all while preparing them to take the next step in their education—the college application process. Each year, YLI@Intrepid’s cohort of 30 students come away with a heightened sense of community awareness and are inspired to serve in their own local communities, as well as in the national and global communities. YLI@Intrepid is an expression of the Intrepid Museum’s mission, and is a key component in the Museum’s array of education programming, which inspires students through the stories of heroism and civic engagement that underline Intrepid’s service to this country, as a naval ship and now as a cultural institution.
9 month program that runs from mid-September – early-June. The program meets on select Saturdays and school breaks. There are 20 sessions total.
This is an application based program, in which students submit a letter of reference, essay and transcripts. Upon review of the application, students are then invited for a one on one interview.
Students who complete the program have the opportunity to apply to become interns and receive an hourly stipend of $12.00.
Julia Orr, Museum Educator Out of School Time
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Pier 86 W 46th St and 12th Ave
New York, NY 10036-4103
Irondale Young Company
Theatre, Performing Arts
Entering its 8th season, The Young Company uses the same ensemble theatre training techniques that created the Irondale Ensemble Project. Just as the professional company grew out of the interests and talents of the original members, the Young Company develops work in the same way. Young Company members will create and perform 2 productions over the course of the school year, travel to see other professional shows, and intern with our professional theatre company. Young Company members gain hands on experience and learn what it takes to run a professional theatre by ushering at productions, assisting in youth classes, distributing marketing materials, assisting with administrative tasks, and working alongside Irondale’s professional Ensemble on our Equity productions. Students may also choose to be part of the newly created "tech track" where professional artists mentor students in costume, scenic, property, lighting, and sound design, producing, marketing, stage management, and directing. The Young Company is generously supported by New York State Council on the Arts, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Macy's, The Buckhorn Association of Brooklyn, Department of Cultural Affairs, City of New York, and our generous individual donors, providing NYC teens complimentary tuition. More info: http://irondale.org/creative-learning/classes/young-company/
Classes meet every Saturday, 11AM - 2PM beginning October 1, 2016 - June 10, 2017. Some after school rehearsals, additional evenings, and intern hours are also required (6 hours/month). Young Company does not meet over DOE school holidays.
Young Company members must be in high school, 9th - 12th grade. Students are responsible for traveling to and from the Irondale Center, located at 85 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217. Members must commit to attending rehearsals, and volunteer hours (6 hours/month) regularly for the whole season (October - June). A commitment contract is distributed early into the rehearsal process which requires a parent/guardian signature.
There is no stipend for the Young Company. Some scholarship recipients are selected at the end of the program based on commitment and leadership within the Young Company.
Rima Dodd, Young Company Co-Artistic Director
Irondale Ensemble Project
85 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
High School Internship Program
Arts; Museums; Museum Education; Editorial/Publications; Art Conservation; Curatorial; Exhibition Design; Digital Media; Communications; Marketing; Public Affairs; Library; Merchandise and Retail
Students in grade 10 or 11 on the application deadline date and who either reside in or attend a high school or home school in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut can connect with arts, museum, and creative professionals as they develop professional skills and experience. The internship consists of:
-Bootcamp: Eight hours of training and workshops to prepare interns for the internship.
-Departmental Placements: Each intern spends 40 hours of the internship observing, assisting, and being mentored by a staff member in one of the Museum's departments. The placement is chosen according to the intern's interests and experience. (See Departmental Placement Descriptions for additional information.)
-Career Labs: Curators, educators, designers, conservators, and other staff discuss their professional paths and roles at the Museum and lead workshops that help interns try out an element of their work.
-Mid-semester Check-in: A four-hour session for interns to learn from each other's experiences and plan and create the final event.
-Final Event: Interns present an event to share the insights, experiences, and skills gained through their departmental placements with fellow interns and invited guests in interactive ways.
Application Available: February 2, 2018
Deadline: April 2, 2018, 6 pm ET (interview notification: April 18, 2018)
-Accepted intern and family reception: Friday, June 8, 6–8 pm (interns should be accompanied by a parent/guardian);
-Bootcamp: Saturday, June 16, 9 am–5 pm
-Departmental placement: 40 hours total. Approximately 10–20 hours per week from July 10 to August 10. Exact schedule will be arranged based on the availability of the intern and departmental placement supervisor. (You will enter information about your availability on the application.)
-Career Labs: Attend at least three of four Thursdays, July 12, July 19, August 2, and August 9, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
-Mid-semester check-in: Thursday, July 26, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
-Final event planning meeting: Thursday, August 2, 1:30–3:30 pm
-Final event and celebration: Friday, August 10, 4:30–6:30 pm
Apply online. (February 2–April 2, 2018)
Open to any student who:
-is completing grade 10 or 11 and who either resides in or attends a high school or home school in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut the spring before the internship begins (is a rising junior, rising senior, or recent high school graduate during the internship);
-has not completed another paid or unpaid internship at The Met;
-is available to attend all sessions of the internship program; and
-has the consent of a parent/guardian to apply for this program.
You don't need prior experience or specific knowledge of art or art history to apply—just an interest in learning about museum careers and great works of art!
Visit www.metmuseum.org/highschoolinternships to link to current application for information on payment.
Jeary Payne, Assistant Museum Educator, High School Internships
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028
Arts; Leadership; Design
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. During the initial week, participants get to know one another and meet museum staff. During the remaining six weeks, participants work on collaborative projects, with Museum staff, local designers, and arts professionals who act as mentors. Students enjoy first-hand experience and the broadest possible exposure to ongoing museum activities, both public facing and behind-the-scenes.
Seven weeks between July 5 and August 19th
Must be a teen entering 10th or 11th grade, must have one letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, community leader, mentor, or coach, must commit to all dates, must have valid working papers, should have an interest in the arts.
Julia Maranto, Education Programs Coordinator
The Jerome and Simona Chazen Building
Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019
Student Historian High School Internship Program
History; Art History; Museums
A comprehensive internship and youth development program that gives students vocational and academic training, public speaking and leadership skills, and an increased understanding of American art and history. Through object and inquiry-based learning, students will broaden their academic frameworks, increase their confidence in professional settings, and enhance their knowledge of fulfilling careers in the museum world.
Academic Year Program:
Mid November through early June, Wednesdays from 4-6:30pm
Plus occasional weekend and holiday break hours
Summer Program: 6 weeks July-August. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10-3pm
Students in grades 10, 11, and 12 who attend high school and live in NYC metro area.
Support from the New York Life Foundation allows paid internships to be given to New York City students who have qualified for free or reduced lunch at school. Unpaid internships will be provided for all other students, with an option to receive community service hours.
Manager of Teen Programs
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Usher Corps Program
New Vic Usher Corps is an arts-based employment and job training program for under-served high school and college-age youth. To date, more than 500 young people have participated in the three-year program, acquiring paid job experience at a thriving arts organization and participating in paid workshops designed to imbue them with the poise, confidence and determination necessary for future academic and employment success. Ushers explore careers in the arts and beyond, acquire critical life skills, and engage with a range of performing arts disciplines and world cultures
Interviews each August. The students set their own weekly schedule with a 3 shift minimum and typically work between 9-20 hours a week, depending on their schedule, for the three year program.
16-19 years old and enrolled in school
Participants are paid hourly at minimum wage with a raise each year.
Anthony Pound, Assistant Director, Youth Corps
New Victory Theater
229 West 42nd Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Science Career Ladder Program (Explainers)
The Science Career Ladder (SCL) offers high school and college students meaningful job opportunities with increasing levels of responsibility at the Hall. By interacting with our visitors, these young people inspire the Hall's diverse audience to take an active interest in science and learning. High School Students The Explainer Volunteer position provides high school students with an important introduction to basic job skills, hands-on science interactions, and the museum field. These students interact with visitors in the Preschool Place and Activity Area. After fulfilling our requirements, these students can become paid Interns. As Explainer Intersn they help mentor hte new Volunteers, assist program staff and Explainers on teh exhibition floor and lead activities in the Preschool Place and Activity Area. These Interns can stay on and eventually become Explainers. College Students The Explainer position is offered to college studnets or Explainer Interns. In this role, students learn how to conduct demonstrations, interpret exhibits, orient school groups, and assist with many other educaiton workshops and hands-on activities that the museum offers.
Recruitment and hiring is ongoing. There is a minimum of 7 hours required but students can work up to 20 hours per week if desired. High school students work on weekends while college students are needed to work all open museum hours.
Applicant must be enrolled in a high school or college. Can commit to working 7 hours a week for a year. Have an interest in learning new things and interacting with visitors.
High school students start off as volunteers and can receive credit for their work. Eventually, they can get paid a stipend of $6.25/hr
College students start with $8.00/hr. All students have the opportunity to get an increase in pay as they move up the rungs of the Science Career Ladder.
Manager of Explainers
New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th Street
Queens, NY 11368
Young Exhibition Makers (Y.Ex)
Arts; Site Specific Exhibitions; Curatorial; Exhibition Design; Media; Communications; Public Engagement
Y.Ex is a paid internship program that trains youth in all elements of exhibition making, from curation and installation to docent tours and management. Participants will produce their own exhibition modeled after No Longer Empty’s site-responsive practice, which includes a multidisciplinary study of art, social design and urban planning.
Dependent on location and upcoming exhibitions. Please contact for more information.
14-18 years old
Stipend offered upon program completion.
Mica Le John, Education Programs Manager
No Longer Empty
122 W 27, 10 fl.
New York, NY
The Youth Corps is a group of New York City public high school students that are immersed in the art and creative processes of the Armory’s artists through paid, project-oriented internships that provide job and career training, leadership development, and essential communication and life skills. The Youth Corps provides a test audience to the Armory Artist Corps during the lesson design process, offering feedback from a student perspective, serves as Front of House staff for all Armory events, assists in administrative projects in all departments, and completes and presents a term project.
Offered every semester.
The Youth Corps is comprised of public school students who attend schools with whom the Armory has a close relationship.
Students are paid on an hourly basis.
Chelsea Emelie Kelly, Youth Corps Coordinator,
Park Avenue Armory
643 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065
PENCIL Internship Program
The PENCIL Internship Program trains and places talented, primarily underserved New York City youth in paid internships at businesses and agencies throughout the city. The program provides intensive training in critical career skills to make sure that students, and businesses, get the most from their internships. PENCIL is pleased to be a provider for the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development’s Ladders for Leaders, a citywide initiative to increase youth employment through professional summer internships.
January – April: Applications
February – June: Pre-employment training and interviews with prospective employers
July – August: 6 week internships take place
Applicants must be age 16-22, enrolled in high school or college, and have a GPA of 3.0 or better. An essay, interview, and references are required for acceptance into the program. Accepted applicants must complete pre-employment training to be eligible for an internship.
Interns are paid an hourly rate that is no less than minimum wage.
Risa Cohn, Associate Director
30 West 26th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10010
Film, Media and Entertainment
Reel Works alumni who are seeking internships are enrolled in MediaMKRS. MediaMKRS is a city-wide partnership between Reel Works, CUNY and the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment that offers young people aged 16-24 the opportunity to explore careers in the media and entertainment industry. The program provides industry-backed workforce training and adopts a sequential paid internship model.
Interns are placed on a rolling basis.
Interns must be Reel Works alumni, currently enrolled CUNY students, or young adults who participate in a MediaMKRS job training boot camp. An application, assessment and interview are required for consideration.
All interns are paid $15/hr.
Keisha Katz, Director of Workforce and External Partnerships
Reel Works, Teen Filmmaking
540 President Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Youth Internship Program
Early education, environmental education, health, retail, business, media, and non profit
The Youth Internship Program (YIP) is the signature project of our Teen Program. YIP is designed for young people who want an opportunity to expand their job skills, explore career opportunities, or gain experience to boost their resumes and/or college applications. Riverdale Neighborhood House Youth interns participate in different activities to enhance their experiences including career club, periodic gatherings with peers to share experiences, educational/academic assistance, college information, health/mental health education, trips and outings, and year end celebrations events. Stipends are awarded.
Interns must participate two days/week for a total of four hours.
Applicants must submit application, references, and be interviewed. Applicants must be in school. Internships start in October and continue through early June.
This is a stipend based internship. Stipends are awarded three times throughout the program year (December, March, and June).
Phoebe Downes , Intern Coordinator
Riverdale Neighborhood House
5521 Mosholu Avenue (off 256 St & Riverdale Avenue)
Bronx, New York 10471
P: 718-549-8100 ext.112
Rocking the Boat Program Assistant Program Rocking the Boat Job Skills Apprenticeship Program
Wooden Boatbuilding/Environmental Restoration/Maritime Skills
Program Assistant Program: Rocking the Boat hires 10 former students each semester as Program Assistants. They help teach Boatbuilding and On-Water classes, organize and facilitate trips, help to recruit students for new classes, and most importantly, act as role models and representatives of reachable goals within the organization.
Job Skills Apprenticeship Program: In Rocking the Boat’s newest program, 8 former students are hired as Boatbuilding Job Skills Apprentices and another 8 former students are hired as On-Water Job Skills Apprentices. The Boatbuilding Apprentices work to repair and restore Rocking the Boat’s fleet of 19 wooden boats and the On-Water Apprentices implement a range of Bronx River environmental restoration projects contracted by scientific partners. In both programs, a licensed social worker offers job readiness training and future placement in college, a trade school, or the work force.
Fall After-School Program
3rd week in September to 3rd week in December
Spring After-School Program
1st week in March to 2nd week in June
Boatbuilding: 4pm - 7:30pm
On-Water: 4pm - 6pm
July 5th to August 18th
Boatbuilding: 9am - 5pm
On-Water: 10am - 4pm
Both Program Assistant and Job Skills Apprentices must have been Rocking the Boat students for at least two semesters and be 16 years or older. Program Assistants must have completed the Job Skills Program and must be successfully placed in a future opportunity.
In the summer, program runs from 10:00-4:00 Monday-Thursday. During the school year, participants attend either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday from 4:30-7:30.
If the students attend every day in the summer, they can receive a total of $560.
Once students are in the program for two years, they can apply to become apprentices in either sailing, environmental or boatbuilding. If they get the job, they receive an hourly payment for their work all year long.
Adam Green, Executive Director
Rocking the Boat, Inc.
60 East 174th Street
Bronx, NY 10452
Community Arts & Technical Skills Program (CAATS)
Live Performance Production & Administration
Roulette Community Arts & Technical Skills program (CAATS) provides underserved high school and college-age students with professional training in theatrical audio amplification, video projection and editing, and the recording of live performances. Through the CAATS program we also provide internships in arts administration, marketing, development and operations.
Sept to Dec, Jan to May, June to August
Stevie May, Operations Manager
509 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
The GuggTeens Collaborative at the Guggenheim Museum
Visual Arts, Art History, Museum Education, Career Exploration, Leadership
The GuggTeens Collaborative is a paid program to amplify local teen voices at the museum and beyond! From November to May, the annual cohort will learn about museum operations across a variety of departments and from a variety of perspectives. In a supportive and creative space, teens will work in groups to explore how museums and contemporary art intersect with the topics most important to them. Participants will produce new programming and resources for fellow teens, while cultivating the personal and professional skills to help them prepare for their young adult lives. This is a hybrid program made up of remote meetings and independent work (75%) and in-person experiences at the museum (25%). There are no prerequisites for this program and all teens are encouraged to apply!
First-year participants will commit 6-8 hours per month from November 2021 to May 2022. Remote meetings and independent work will occur on weekday afternoons and monthly in-person experiences at the museum will occur on Saturday mornings.
High School (Grades 9-12)
First-year participants will commit 6-8 hours per month from November 2021 to May 2022 and be paid $15 per hour.
Museum Ambassador Program
Arts, sciences, education, careers, college
Interns work alongside museum staff interacting with public, visit other institutions and organizations, participate in workshops, etc. Ambassadors mentor current Museum interns and facilitate workshops for current Museum interns and local after school elementary school participants.
Interns: September - June (100 hours of training and then work at the museum 6 hour/week for 35 weeks)
Ambassadors: September to June, schedule varies depending on after school outreaches.
High school age, primarily students from under-served populations
Interns receive stipend of $100/month, Intern leaders receive $175.00/month, and Ambassadors receive $175.00
Volunteer and Intern Coordinator
Staten Island Children's Museum
1000 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301
Phone: 718-273-2060 ext 262
Teen Apprenticeship Program
Visual Arts, Education
Through the TAP Program, Studio provides high school students with an opportunity to develop academic and workplace skills through immersion in the visual arts. Our two-part program design provides students with a total of 22 weeks of mentoring and job placement. The apprenticeship component is a 16-week program in the spring, offering both art education and career development. This is followed by a 6-week, paid summer internship, during which TAP teens serve as art teachers for children in New York City summer camps, providing a real-world opportunity to put their lessons into practice.
The Teen Apprenticeship Program provides young adults with a professional Studio artist/instructor, and a community of peers from schools throughout the city. Through looking at, making, and responding to art, students share their perspectives and become skilled in developing art lessons.
mid-February to mid-August
To be selected, teens must have an interest in art, be 16 years old or older by June 1st, have an interest in working with children, and be able to fully commit to the full-year apprenticeship program as well as the paid summer job. Teen applicants participate in group and individual interviews, during which they are asked to write and speak about their interest in the arts and teaching. Applicants submit transcripts with their school attendance records.
Students are paid $9 per hour during their 6-week summer internship. Interns work 20 hours per week. Students may also receive school credit for their spring training.
Tom Cahill, President and CEO
Studio in a School Association
410 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019
Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF)
Environmental conservation, environmental career awareness, life skills
The Nature Conservancy’s Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future Summer Internship Program is a 4-week, paid summer internship where students live and work in natural areas across the country. LEAF is open to students attending environmentally themed high schools who are interested in conservation work or an environmentally related career. Students are paired with a team of other students and an adult mentor who supervises the team. Each intern and mentor group leaves their home town to work, live and engage in outdoor recreation together for the duration of the internship.
First week of July to first week of August, specific dates vary by year.
All applicants must be at least 16 years old by the start of the program and attending one of our partner schools in good standing (no required summer school). Successful candidates must be able to legally work in the United States. The LEAF program is looking primarily for students who are enthusiastic about conservation work and have a sustained, demonstrated interest in environmental issues and how they relate to their own career path. LEAF is looking for hard workers who can handle the physically challenging nature of the work, work 35 hour weeks (7 hours a day), enjoy being outdoors regardless of weather, enjoy trying new things, and can keep themselves and their teammates motivated even if they don’t enjoy all of their work projects. Interns must follow all program rules, including a restriction on technology such as personal phones.
Interns are paid minimum hourly wage in the state they are sent to for 4 weeks at 35 hours per week. All food, transportation, recreation and incidentals are covered by the program.
Tito Rinaldo, LEAF National Program Coordinator
E: email@example.com P: 212-524-8044
The Nature Conservancy
322 Eighth Avenue, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Environmental Education; Horticulture; Science; Botany; Outdoor education
Explainers teach hands-on activities for children and families in the 12 acre Everett Children’s Adventure Garden at NYBG. Explainers work in teams at activity stations located both outside in the garden and inside the Discovery Center. Using seasonal lessons and the natural resources of the garden, Explainers inspire children to use their senses as tools for exploring the garden. Explainers gain experience in public speaking, teamwork, teaching and plant science, as well as have the opportunity to explore NYBG grounds and experience the seasonal exhibits.
During the school year, Explainers volunteer on weekends and optional school holidays. Weekend shifts last 4.5 hours in either the morning or afternoon. In addition to a weekend shift, summer interns also volunteer for two 4.5-hour weekday shifts, Tuesdays through Fridays. At the beginning of each new session, Explainers are given six months after the first training date to complete the 125 hours.
Must be a high school student and complete online application and group interview. Must commit to 25 hours of training and 100 volunteer hours. After completing the initial 125 hour internship, interns have the opportunity to advance within the program and apply to paid positions.
Sarah Miles, Explainer Program Coordinator
The New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10458
OppNet Prep and OppNet Fellows
Career Development; College Access and Success
The Opportunity Network works to equal the playing field for high-achieving, underserved high school and college students by creating access for them to career opportunities, professional networks and college. We believe that influential networks are an essential ingredient for success not formally emphasized in career development programs for youth, so we take an innovative approach by underscoring the power of personal connections and networking: building, sustaining, and leveraging professional relationships to reach positions of influence. Our students’ unique interaction with executives, intensive networking training, coursework in careers, robust internships and college counseling dramatically change the course of their futures.
Students in our 6-year Fellows Program are placed in internships and/or enrichment programs each summer of their participation. A few internships continue during the school year. Students in our Fellows Program start with OppNet the summer before their junior year and get internships every summer thereafter all the way through college. We do extensive internship preparation and professional etiquette training throughout the year. We also apply our networking curriculum to the internship program, teaching our students how to network to get internships and to network once they are at their internships.
We hold enrichment fairs for students in our Prep Program (9th grade) to help match them with meaningful internship and enrichment programs in NYC during the academic year and summer.
The Fellows Program is a 6-year program that recruits high school sophomores. Students begin the program the summer before their junior year of high school and stay throughout college graduation.
OppNet Prep is a 1-year program that recruits 8th grade students. Students begin the program the summer before their freshman year of high school (Prep Bridge) or the fall of their freshman year of high school. Programming runs from September through June.
Internships for students in the Fellows Program generally are Mon-Fri in July and August each summer.
Students are entering their senior year of high school (and second year with OppNet) when they do their first internship.
All internships are paid, either directly by the employer or through a comparable OppNet stipend.
Ray Reyes, Associate Director of Internships
The Opportunity Network, Inc.
85 Broad Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10004
What impact does media have on society?
Teen Transmitters at the Paley Center for Media, is a paid 60-hour summer internship for rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students who attend New York City public high schools. What impact does media have on society? This is the essential question students will explore as a Teen Transmitters intern. During the course of this program, interns will take a deep dive into media literacy and explore how the words, sounds, and images they encounter every day make an impression on them. In addition to studying the media landscape, interns will find out what it means to be a media maker. Industry professionals, museum curators, journalists, documentarians, and podcast producers will be invited to speak to the students about their career paths and act as mentors over the course of the program. For the culminating project, interns will produce an original podcast series about their relationship to media. Above all, interns will gain skills in public speaking, interviewing, research, writing, and audio production that are crucial for college and career readiness.
More info and application: https://www.paleycenter.org/teen-transmitters/
July 10th-August 2nd
Meeting on Tues, Wed, and Thurs.
Rising 10th, 11th, & 12th graders who attend New York City public high schools.
$13/hour and a travel stipend.
Manager of School & Family Programs, Education
The Paley Center for Media
25 West 52 Street, New York, NY 10019
The TORCH (Together Our Resources Can Help) Program
Communications and the Arts
TORCH is dedicated to transforming the lives of underserved New York City public high school students by providing intensive exposure to career training and opportunities in communications and the arts, all while facilitating a meaningful way of increasing the diversity of the workforce in those industries. Through hands-on, career-focused projects; educational outreach; counseling; and professional mentors, students are provided with the tools to formulate and pursue career and educational goals.
The objectives of the internship program include assisting participants in gaining experience in the workplace under the tutelage of committed and nurturing professionals, exploring their interests and increasing their ability in formulating and visualizing their future goals.
14 – 18 – Students must participate in TORCH during the school year to be eligible for summer internship placement internship
Debi Deutsch, Executive Director
The TORCH Program
1065 Avenue of the Americas – 16th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Town Hall Summer Internship Program
Arts Administration and Production
Students are placed at non-profit arts institutions around NYC such as Theater for the New City and Lar Lubovitch and attend weekly seminars at Town Hall to hear from working artists and administrators in the field.
Apply through the Dept of Education's Work Based Learning Office
All participants receive stipends.
Director of Educational Programs
The Town Hall
123 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036
Teens Outdoors-Green Summer (TOGS) Internships, School Year Environmental Internship
Environmental, Gardens, Food
Founded in 2012, Urban Ecology Teen Internship (Urban Eco-Teens) is a year-round paid internship for high school students in which new summer participants attend a rigourous college course at Lehman College, returning participants attend GIS Certificate trainings provided by NYC Parks staff, and both work outdoors with horticulturists and forest restoration staff from Van Cortlandt Park while completing labs and going on great field trips! In the fall interns are part of the leadership training series where they lead several groups of volunteers in forest restoration.The mission of internships is to provide shared experiences as a team, meaningful stewardship projects, create deep connection to the environment, a sense of accomplishment, and green jobs to local teens in which they explore and act on environmental issues within Van Cortlandt Park.
TOGS Internship: July/August
School year internship: Oct-May
Summer: July- August, Four days per week about 21 hours of field work and 6 hours of field lab.
-Application, interview and acceptance
-High school aged and in school (occasionally college aged for summer programs)
Stipend varies, generally minimum wage
Summer: Minimum Hourly Wage
-Possibility of an elective college credit.
Sara Kempton, Director of Programs
Friends of Van Cortlandt Park
80 Van Cortlandt Park South Ste. E1
Bronx, NY 10463
Emerson Nuñez, Director of Youth & Volunteers
Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy
1 Bronx River Parkway
Bronx, NY 10462
P: 718 430 1890
Woodland Ecology Research Internship; Forest Project
Ecological Restoration, GIS Mapping, Urban Natural Areas
Woodland Ecology Research Internship: Wave Hill’s Woodland Ecology Research Mentorship is a 14-month program offering motivated New York City high school students a unique opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of the principles of ecology, focusing particularly on ecological restoration in New York City, and to participate in important field research with working scientists―all while getting paid!
Forest Project: Spend an unforgettable summer working as part of a small crew protecting and improving Wave Hill’s woodlands, enjoying the outdoors, learning about restoration ecology and making friends. Second-year interns learn basic mapping (GIS) skills.
Woodland Ecology Research Internship:
July 2017–August 2018 Summer 2017: Five days per week for approximately 30 hours per week
Academic Year 2017–2018: Approximately 4-5 days per month, mostly Saturdays, for approximately 6 hours per week Summer 2018: Five days per week for approximately 30 hours per week
June 30–August 19, 2017
-Mondays through Fridays, 9am–4pm
-Required family orientation and intern training sessions will take place during the last week in June. These sessions will not conflict with school attendance.
Woodland Ecology Research Internship:
-Currently enrolled in the 9th, 10th or 11th grade in a New York City high school
-Strong interest in science research and the urban environment
-Strong academic record, especially in the sciences
-Ability and motivation to work independently
-Currently enrolled in the 10th, 11th or 12th grade
-Interested in learning about urban natural areas
-Strong academic record, especially in the sciences
-Ready for rigorous fieldwork and academic study
Woodland Ecology Research Internship:
-Stipend of $1700
-High school or College credit may be granted
-First-year interns earn $9/hr
-Second-year interns earn $9.50/hr
Barry Kogan, Senior Manager of Youth Programs and Woodland Initiatives
675 West 252nd Street
Bronx, NY 10471-2899
E: Barryk@wavehill.org, YouthPrograms@wavehill.org