600 city high school students get internships through new program

Saturday, 12 August 2017, 07:50:45 PM. They’re learning lessons about life on the job.
They’re learning lessons about life on the job. Six hundred city high school students have landed internships with 189 different employers through a new workforce development program, the city’s education head said Thursday. Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña made the announcement at a Queens press conference marking the first year of the city's Career and Technical Education Industry Scholars Program. And she said those numbers show the effort is off to a strong start. "We're preparing students for their future beyond high school," Fariña said. "Internships and industry partnerships connect our students with resources and experiences that will serve them well." The Industry Scholars Program gives students spring and summer jobs in finance, media, transportation, technology and hospitality, among other fields. Students who seek internships through must apply and be recommended by teachers. Slots are open to any high school kid, and internships run in two sessions during the spring and summer. Full-time and part-time gigs are available. Participating employers include the MTA, Birch Coffee, Nobu 57, Next Step Pictures, Karma Media, and the city's Division of School Facilities, where Farina made Thursday's announcement. Students earn $11 per hour and the program costs the city $1.5 million to operate each year. The Education Department officials want to expand the undertaking to 3,000 interns by 2019. Bronx Academy Design and Construction academy senior Gavin Almonte, 17, said...Read more
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