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12 Summer Internship Programs in New York City

By Savannah Cox | February 24, 2016 2:40pm
 We've scoured the city for ways to get a leg-up on work experience this summer.
We've scoured the city for ways to get a leg-up on work experience this summer.
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Hiring teams place a premium on previous work experience, and internships are a great way of acquiring that.

"Internships are invaluable," New School Director of Career Development Carol Anderson said, "especially for those with not much work experience, who are changing careers, or just want to re-enter the workforce."

Anderson adds that while some might balk at unpaid internships, their value is realized over time.

"Internships are paid, it's just not always in currency," Anderson said. "It can be hard to learn Excel, GIS and other skills like that unless you're in an internship. And even if it doesn't lead to full-time employment at that organization, you're building a track record and making contacts that can lead to full-time jobs elsewhere."

To get the most out of an internship, and avoid a two or three month experience of making coffee or filing paperwork, Anderson recommends the "school or employer or, if necessary, the student, write down the expectations for the internship, which should include some kind of deliverable — a report, cost-benefit analysis, feasibility study, database — that the student can take credit for on his or her resume."

If you're thinking about applying for a summer internship, DNAinfo New York has compiled a list of good places to start looking:

Government and Law

NYC Government Summer Internship Program
Multiple locations

Eligibility requirements: Interns must be currently enrolled in a college or university.
Duration: Maximum of 13 weeks
Description: Interns can work in the offices of city agencies such as the Office of the Mayor, Department of Buildings and Department of Education to "make important contributions to the City while participating in a challenging and rewarding work experience."
Kind of internship: Salary depends on the agency; some offer volunteer, work study or academic credit for work.
Application deadline: Rolling application process

Summer Honors Program at the NYC Law Department
100 Church St., Financial District

Eligibility requirements: Applicants must be first- or second-year law students at an accredited North American law school.
Duration: June to August
Description: Interns will receive a "unique insider's view of City government" by drafting motion papers and briefs filed in court, and take/defend positions. Appeals interns draft 3-4 appellate briefs from start to finish, and those in the Family Court Division regularly appear in court to argue motions and conduct arraignments.
Kind of internship: Paid, $500/week stipends to 2L students and most 1L students
Application deadline: No final deadline, but most offers are extended before March 31


Percent for Art Internship Program
Department of Cultural Affairs, 31 Chambers St., TriBeCa

Eligibility requirements: Interns should have an interest in contemporary art and have good written and oral communication skills. Majors in art, art history, architectures, arts administration or urban affairs preferred.
Description: Interns work with the Program Director and Deputy Director to maintain the program's image registry and aid in the artist selection process for the "Percent for Art" projects. Interns may also develop individual projects related to their own interests.
Duration: Non-school months
Kind of internship: Unpaid, part-time
Application deadline: None

Internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side

Eligibility requirements: The program is open to current undergraduate juniors and seniors, recent college graduates, and master's-level graduate students.
Duration: June 6 to Aug. 12
Description: Interns are placed in one of the museum's departments under the supervision of a full-time staff member, where they learn how the museum operates. They also participate in weekly seminars and conduct public tours.
Kind of internship: Some internships include a stipend of approximately $3,750. Other internships are unpaid.
Application deadline: March 27

Internship at the New Museum
235 Bowery, Lower East Side

Eligibility requirements: Applicants must be 18 years or older, and other qualifications vary according to the program.
Duration: June 1 to Aug. 31
Description: Interns participate in day-to-day affairs within the museum's departments, such as curatorial, external affairs, exhibition management and special events.
Kind of internship: Part-time
Application deadline: April 15


NYC Ladders for Leaders Program
Various locations

Eligibility requirements: The program is open to 16-22 year olds enrolled in high school or college with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicants must also be NYC residents who are legally allowed to work in the city and have some prior work experience.
Duration: 7 weeks
Description: Interns work with businesses and corporations throughout the city, as well as receive pre-employment training and attend workshops focusing on work readiness, college orientation, health and leadership development.
Kind of internship: Paid
Application deadline: Rolling application process


Saltz Internship Program at the American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West and West 79th Street, Upper West Side

Eligibility requirements: Applicants must be 16 to 18 years old and live/attend high school in the city.
Duration: July 5 to Aug. 21
Description: Interns learn to use equipment that helps to guide visitors "of all ages in investigations of artifacts, specimens, the laws of physics ... and astronomical bodies."
Kind of internship: Part-time. Interns receive Metrocards and a stipend at the end of the program.
Application deadline: April 3

Summer Health Internship Program at the Bronx-Westchester Area Health Education Center
250 Bedford Park Blvd. W., Bedford Park

Eligibility requirements: Interns must be entering their junior and senior years of high school, and college freshmen and sophomores, and live or attend school in Bronx or Westchester County.
Duration: 6 weeks
Description: Interns interested in health will work with health professionals and medical students in community-based health organizations, and learn about health issues affecting the Bronx and Westchester.
Kind of internship: Part-time
Application deadline: April 1

Summer Science Research Program at Hofstra University
Long Island

Eligibility requirements: Interns must be 10th or 11th graders who have had at least one year of a high school laboratory-based science course. They must also have demonstrated an ability to work independently.
Duration: 6 weeks
Description: Students work with a Hofstra University professor and conduct a scientific research project, whose findings they write and formally present at a September reception.
Kind of internship: Unpaid
Application deadline: April 1


CNN Social Publishing Internship
10 Columbus Circle, Columbus Circle

Eligibility requirements: Interns must be eligible to work in U.S. without sponsorship, have completed their sophomore year of college, and be enrolled in school during the time of internship.
Duration: June 6 to Aug. 12
Description: Interns will learn how to write, optimize and measure success on social media platforms, learn about the dynamics of a newsroom and the ways a major news organization uses social media for news gathering.
Kind of internship: Paid
Application deadline: Rolling application process

Digital Media Internship at Discovery
850 Third Ave., Midtown

Eligibility requirements: Interns must be currently enrolled as a full-time student; at least a junior in college; have a 3.0 GPA, and the legal right to work in the U.S.
Duration: June 1 to Aug. 19
Description: Interns will work with producers to learn about online campaigns and production schedules; capture and distribute video clips from Discovery networks' programs; prepare best practice reports, and focus on developing new apps, among others.
Kind of internship: Paid
Application deadline: Rolling application process

Press and Communications Internship at NYC Media
1 Centre St., TriBeCa

Eligibility requirements: Interns must be currently enrolled in college as at least a junior, and they must be able to show proof of NYC residence during the internship period.
Duration: May to August, or June to September
Description: Interns will contribute articles for the Office of Film, Theater and Broadcast newsletter and website; update press contacts, blog lists and news archives; and assist in the preparation of press releases and press outreach, among other things.
Kind of internship: Part-time, unpaid
Application deadline: Rolling application process