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In April, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and out of concern for the health and safety of all New Yorkers the decision was made to not operate the Ladders for Leaders program this summer. Despite the unfortunate circumstances, the L4L team at Commonpoint Queens continued to provide support to all our applicants.

With the help of a generous donation from Cord Meyer and the continued support from our long-lasting and dedicated worksite partners, we were able to place 75 students in 40 different worksites.

Our interns secured internships in companies like:

  • New York Legal Assistance Group
  • Internationals Network
  • SHARE Cancer Support
  • BlackRock
  • NYS Port Authority
  • The Paley Center for Media
  • Urban Green Council
  • League of Women’s Voters Rights
  • Queens Chamber of Commerce
  • Office of NYS Comptroller
  • Manhattan DA

Thanks to QNS for their coverage of the support we received from Cord Meyer at https://qns.com/story/2020/06/02/commonpoint-queens-receives-30000-donation-for-summer-youth-internship-program/. 

Ladders for Leaders provides paid professional internships to NYC youth between the ages of 16 and 21. Applicants are evaluated based on academic performance, response to essay questions, and résumé quality. Selected applicants will undertake 20-30 hours of pre-employment training designed to teach essential workplace readiness skills and professional etiquette. Participants will then have the opportunity to interview for summer internships at a variety of companies across New York City. Partnering employers make final selections on hiring for the six-week paid internship.

Who is Eligible:

  • Youth between the ages of 16-21 at the start of the program who are enrolled in high school or college
  • A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00
  • Resident of one of the five boroughs of New York City
  • Anyone with prior work experience, either paid or volunteer
  • Legally allowed to work in New York City

 Ladders for Leaders gives students a unique opportunity to explore their interests and discover new ones through:

  • Pre-employment Training: Receive help with resume and cover letter writing, and interviewing skills.  Learn essential workplace readiness skills and business etiquette.
  • Paid Summer Internships: Paid internship opportunities available in a variety of industries in New York City to accommodate student interests. For a list of companies we partnered with in 2019 click HERE
  • Opportunity to join our growing Alumni Network:  Broad network of alumni, post-internship opportunities and networking events open to past participants of the program.

The application deadline was February 7.

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