Ladders for Leaders

Ladders for Leaders offers high school and college students the opportunity to participate in paid professional summer internships.

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 past summer. We recently received the AMAZING NEWS that Ladders will resume programming this summer! While the environment, interview process, and internship locations may change, one thing we all agree with is that internships are not only vital to students but to companies as well.

This past summer, 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

Commonpoint Queens is home to a number of youth workforce programs, including the nationally recognized program Ladders for Leaders. Ladders for Leaders offers high school and college students the opportunity to participate in paid professional summer internships with leading corporations, non-profit organizations and government agencies in New York City. 

Contact us:

Albina Baazov, LMSW
Ladders for Leaders Program Director
[email protected]
718-268-5011 ext. 111

Terri Prezio
Ladders for Leaders Corporate Development Manager
[email protected]
718-268-5011 ext. 162  

Samantha Viscovich
Ladder for Leaders, Corporate Relations Manager
[email protected]
718-268-5011 Ext. 167

For general questions, please email [email protected]


Career Exploration Videos

The Ladders for Leaders team has brought to you a series of videos interviewing professionals in various professional fields. Check back weekly for more videos!

5/11 – Interview Tips with David Newman

5/1 – Resume Building with David Newman

4/28 – A Conversation with Max Velocity Owner/Founder Ken Berger

4/1 – Exploring the Roles of News and Media on Today’s Youth with CBS News Reporter Jenna DeAngelis

3/25 – Virtual Q&A with WOKEN founder Rachel Serwetz

Recognizing What Job is Right for You with Ladders for Leader Program Director Albina Baazov and Mock Interviewer David Newman


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This program is an initiative of the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD)
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