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March 2018


Career Essentials

Confidence Grown through Career Essentials

Career Essentials, our innovation afterschool career-readiness program, provides soft-skill training and career exploration workshops to middle and high school students. Since its inception in 2008, more than 1,200 students have participated in the program. 

The program's engaging workshops teach students essential work-readiness skills such as workplace etiquette, teamwork, presentation skills, interviewing, time-management, resume writing, and more. Students learn about potential careers through career exploration activities and field trips. Career exploration trips have included visits to companies such as Duff & Phelps, Google, PwC, and Penguin Random House. The students also work in teams on Create-A-Company projects where they have a chance to be entrepreneurs, developing their own business plans to launch new, exciting companies.

Offered in both the fall and spring semesters, Career Essentials includes 13 two-hour workshops. Student participants are encouraged to attend each workshop in order to get the most out of the program and they must attend 11 workshops to achieve successful program completion and earn a stipend. We are thrilled to announce the 2017 Fall Semester Career Essentials average attendance rate was an exceptional 93%. 

Students present their Create-A-Company ideas to a panel of volunteer judges who are the "investors" at the final Career Essentials workshop of the semester. Our students work diligently to create these presentations and we are so proud of their hard work. We invite you to watch a short clip of their final presentations.  Click here to watch.

To learn more about how to participate in Career Essentials as a student, career exploration field trip host, or volunteer, please email our Program Director Joanna Munoz.


The Internship Program

Why Hire an Intern

Futures and Options Internship Program provides paid, mentored internships and career-readiness workshops to high school juniors and seniors.  Students acquire hands-on experience, gain entry to small businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, and multinational corporations while earning needed money. In FY2017 87% of Futures and Options interns successfully completed our Internship program, working at over 193 corporations, nonprofits, and government agencies.  Last summer, 100% of intern supervisors said they would hire an intern again through Futures and Options. 

When you hire Futures and Options interns, your company is introduced to motivated and diverse young talent and is able to offer leadership and management opportunities to your rising stars. Futures and Options emphasizes solid preparation and training for our interns as well as makes sure they are matched to internships where they will be productive members of their teams. Not only will your firm and team benefit from the intern's contributions, you will have the chance to significantly impact the education and career aspirations of young New Yorkers, who are our workforce of tomorrow.

What do our interns do?  Futures and Options interns handle various entry-level administrative tasks such as answering phones, mail delivery, filing, online research, meeting preparation, event planning, printing and sorting, IT support, typing internal communications, PowerPoint presentations, spreadsheet maintenance, and general accounting duties. 

"Futures and Options interns are mature and responsible while also possessing the drive to reap as much as possible from their internship experience." – William W. Welsh, Vice President at Roosevelt & Cross, Inc.

Why should you partner with Futures and Options? Futures and Options provides consistent support to our business partners and interns every step of the way.  After our initial meeting with you and your team, we will assist as you develop a job description, and then will screen prospective candidates and will send you the resumes of students who we believe are the best fit for your business's needs.  After interviewing the intern candidates, you make the final hiring decision. With your support, we are prepare the next generation of NYC workforce. 

"I was able to start working in a professional work environment because I was exposed to a professional workplace at such an early age. I already knew the basics when I walked into the Big Four accounting world at PWC, and that was all thanks to Futures and Options." – Liliana Nunez, Futures and Options Alumni

Ready to learn more about being Futures and Options internship partner and how to hire an intern for this summer's program? Please contact our Business Engagement Manager Kat Malek-Hood complete the online Business Partner Questionnaire and we will be in touch shortly.


Welcome, Kat!

Meet our new Business Engagement Manager 

In February 2018, Kat Malek-Hood joined Futures and Options to help expand our network of dedicated business partners and to give more New York City youth the chance to be one of our interns. "I wanted to join the Futures and Options team because I am passionate about making a difference in our community. I felt immediately connected to the passionate group that works here and wanted to be a part of their continual efforts to positively impact the New York City youth we serve."

We are delighted to have her on the team!

Here is a little bit more about Kat: 

Prior to joining Futures and Options, she worked at NBCUniversal in Ad Sales and Corporate Social Responsibility.  During her time with the Corporate Social Responsibility team, Kat contributed to the development of the Erase the Hate campaign that launched this year across all of NBCUniversal's cable networks, and focused on positively impacting the social issues in this country. Prior to NBCUniversal, Kat worked for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, connecting constituents to critical government programs and services.

Kat earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from New York University with a focus in Anthropology.  She is very passionate about developing high-quality internship opportunities for our students and our supervisors, as well as providing businesses with a pipeline to NYC's ambitious young talent.


Futures and Options Young Professionals Committee Invites you to Our 

2018 March Madness Tournament! 

Click here
to sign up. You will then receive an email on Sunday, March 11th via NCAA to select and confirm your bracket selections.  

1 Bracket for $25, 2 Brackets for $50, and 3 Brackets for $75 

1st Prize: $300
2nd Prize: $200

Prizes will be distributed through Futures and Options. 


Meet Samantha Ortiz

Iona College, Class of 2020

Futures and Options Alumna, Career Essentials Fall 2012 and Career Essentials Assistant Spring 2015

Samantha Ortiz is currently an undergraduate student at Iona College pursuing a dual degree in Mass Communications and Public Relations. Since interning at Futures and Options, she has interned at Brunswick, LLC, a public relations agency, and Student Sponsor Partners, a nonprofit organization that supports high quality private education for low-income students.  During the academic year, Samantha is a resident assistant for Iona College while also serving on the Resident Assistant Selection and Social Media Committees.  She also serves as President of the Public Relations Student Society of America Club at Iona.  Throughout her college career, she has been an advocate for human rights by participating in service learning trips in New Orleans, Louisiana and Kolkata, India.

Since participating in Futures and Options, her greatest accomplishment was having the opportunity to serve the elderly, sick, and disabled community in Kolkata, India.  Traveling to Kolkata was a transformative experience for Samantha because she witnessed the tremendous sense of understanding and compassion exhibited by her team members. She is grateful that Iona nurtures her desire for service work!

Futures and Options enhanced Samantha's confidence and hopefulness within the workplace.  After interning for Futures and Options, she felt confident that she could thrive in any workplace environment because my skills and character traits have been nurtured. Futures and Options was a vital resource for her as she gained valuable college advice from mentors that she wouldn't have received elsewhere. Samantha attributes much of her confidence and accolades she has received to the Futures and Options team.

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