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Internship Partners Share Their Appreciation for #IAD2015



On Monday, August 3rd, our internship business partners took to social media to share some appreciation for their Futures and Options interns on #IAD2015, or Internship Appreciation Day.


Futures and Options staff and supporters saw our interns in action, at sites including Child Center of New York, The Fashion Class, Legal Momentum, Re: Gender and New Yorkers for Parks. On Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, internship sites took part in #IAD2015 and shared a few words on how their intern has helped this summer.


But don’t take it from us: see what supervisors and their colleagues say about their experiences below!



Futures and Options relies on the partnership of New York City businesses and schools to help us connect New York City’s youth with paid, mentored internships. Without these wonderful partners, we would be unable to help our students take their first steps into the world of work.

It’s a win-win. Businesses always need talented, qualified employees, and young people need access to professional work opportunities. Our Internship Program connects businesses to a pipeline of motivated, diverse young people who are ready to work and eager to learn.

At a time when the unemployment rate for people ages 16-19 is a staggering 18.1%, it is increasingly harder for young people to build the kind of experience and skills needed to be competitive in today’s workforce. Research shows the myriad of benefits of early exposure to professional opportunities for teens, and their entry into the workforce creates a pool of talented, skilled candidates for hire.

That’s why we’re so grateful for our internship partners, who see the value of early work experience and take the initiative to provide these opportunities. By working with our youth, our partners are making a meaningful investment in the city's future. Our organization, the business community, and most importantly, our youth, thank you.



Futures and Options'
Barbara L. Christen Scholarship For High School Seniors


The winners and runners-up of the 2014 Barbara L. Christen Scholarship accepted their awards at Dream Big - A Celebration of Opportunity.


Each year, thanks to the generous support of the Young Professionals Committee, Futures and Options offers the Barbara L. Christen Scholarship, named in memory of our founder, to our high school seniors.  The scholarship provides financial assistance to students during their first year of college.

All students who have participated in Career Essentials and/or the Internship Program and plan to attend college in fall 2016 are eligible to apply. The link to the online application will be available on Friday, September 4th and the application deadline is Wednesday, September 23.


For more information about eligibility requirements and the link to the scholarship application, click here. Please contact Erika Graves with questions.



Apply to the Futures and Options Internship Program



Our summer Internship Program has come to a close, but that doesn’t mean that New York City high school students can’t continue to access high-quality early work experiences. We are currently accepting applications for the fall 2015 Internship Program.

What is the Internship Program? The Internship Program, which is offered continuously throughout the year to juniors and seniors from New York City's high schools, places motivated, talented young people at in paid, mentored internships at corporations, nonprofits and small businesses throughout NYC's five boroughs. Interns receive firsthand work experience in and exposure to varied careers, attend monthly work-readiness workshops and meet for special career development and exploration field trips.

How do I apply? If you are interested in being a Futures and Options intern, first thing’s first: check our eligibility requirements to determine if you are qualified to apply.


    Are you a high school student living in New York City?

    Are you 16 or older

    Are you currently in 11th or 12th grade (beginning September 2015)?

    Do you exit school by 2:30 pm

    Does your schedule allow you to work 10-15 hours a week after school (not weekends)?


Meet the above requirements? Great! Fill out the internship application on our website, and upload your resume at the end of the application. 

What happens after I apply? You will receive an email confirming that we received your online application, and then you will be asked to participate in a group interview where you will meet Futures and Options program coordinators as well as high school students from throughout the city. After the group interview, you may be selected for an individual interview with a program coordinator who will speak with you more about your interests, experiences and skills. 

Questions? Contact a program coordinator at Futures and Options, or call 212-601-0002. 



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