Videos and Podcasts

Intern with Impact – L4L Special Podcast Series

The CommonPod Queens Podcast has a Special Series, working with the Commonpoint Queens Ladders for Leaders (L4L) youth employment program! Throughout the Internships with Impact Podcast, we will be discussing the experiences of the ambitious students who participated in our program and the amazing employers we have partnered with.

You can listen to our podcast episodes below. You can also find the podcast on SpotifyGoogle PodcastsRadioPublic, Breaker, and PocketCasts.

Episode 1 - Yaakov Spraragen

For the first episode of Internships with Impact, we interviewed one of our alumni participants, Yaakov Spraragen. Yaakov is currently a senior at Baruch College and will be receiving his MBA in Israel post-graduation.  As an aspiring international business communications professional, Yaakov discusses his first professional internship, how the L4L team helped find the perfect fit for him, and how this lead to life changing  professional and personal development.

Listen to hear more about his positive experience with Ladders for Leaders at Commonpoint Queens!

Episode 2 - Zakia Abraham

For the second episode of “Internships with Impact,” we interviewed Zakia Abraham.

Zakia is currently a part-time job placement assistant with the Ladders for Leaders team and works for Amalgamated Bank in their compliance department. Prior to joining our team, Zakia participated in the program twice! Her first internship placement was at the law office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and her second placement was at Amalgamated Bank, where she has continued to work since 2019. A self-motivated individual, Zakia’s short term post graduate plan is to work full time while receiving her MBA. Once she has completed graduate school, her long term goal is to attend law school and become a corporate attorney.

Listen along as we discuss how important it is to explore various career opportunities through different internships, to take risks and to pay it forward.

Episode 3 - Leticia Antwi

For the third episode, we interviewed one of our former participants, Leticia Antwi. Throughout her time with Ladders for Leaders, Leticia has interned at a law firm, a local newspaper, the NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner and finally, at Queens Hospital! Prior to joining the Ladders for Leaders program, Leticia initially thought she wanted to become a lawyer. Her internship experiences allowed her to explore different careers which ultimately made her realize she wanted to join the medical field someday. Leticia just graduated from CUNY Hunter College with her Bachelor’s in Human Biology and Sociology. She is currently applying to graduate school to get her masters in public health. Listen along to learn more about Leticia’s experience with Ladders for Leaders!


Career Exploration Videos

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

5/11 - Interview Tips

Interview Tips with David Newman

5/1 - Resume Building

Resume Building with David Newman

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

A Conversation with Max Velocity Owner/Founder Ken Berger

4/1 - Exploring the Roles of News and Media on Today's Youth with Jenna DeAngelis

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

Virtual Q&A with WOKEN founder Rachel Serwetz

Recognizing What Job is Right for You

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