Apply to Ladders for Leaders


Thank you to everyone who participated in Ladders for Leaders 2022! The 2023 application deadline has been extended and is now open through April 14, 2023.



 Please note that Ladders for Leaders merged with the SYEP application. Qualified students will be directed to the Ladders for Leaders application once they complete and submit their SYEP applications.


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In Summer 2022, we were able to place 902 students in 265 different worksites.

Our interns secured internships in companies like:

  • BlackRock
  • The Paley Center for Media
  • Guggenheim Partners
  • NY Presbyterian
  • BNY Mellon
  • SHARE Cancer Support
  • City Parks Foundation
  • Northwell Health
  • Brooklyn Navy Yard
  • The Fresh Air Fund
  • The Manhattan, Queens, Bronx and Brooklyn District Attorney Offices
  • The New Jewish Home

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 2022 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.

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