Work: Life Experience and a Key Credential for College Admission
All BCS juniors have the pivotal life experience of working as interns in a business, government agency or non-profit organization. The program is choice-driven: interns are trained to interview for jobs they want so they are motivated to succeed. 92% of the BCS class of 2014 met basic workplace protocols (kindness, responsibility, persistence and collaboration and punctuality).
As seniors, BCS students leverage their work experience with the college application process, making them strong competitors with students from across the country.
Director of Internships
From Interns to Economic Actors
Our internship program connects students to the economic mainstream. Each year, BCS hires and trains a team of seniors with a proven job-getting track record, to run an in-house, student-led employment agency: the BCS Employment Initiative. This team helps younger peers parlay their internship experience to paid employment.
Success: Over 63% of the class of 2014 either had summer jobs or enrolled in a college prep program — double the 29% national teen employment rate for summer 2013.
Institutionalizing BCS’ Culture of Employment
The BCS Internship Program Model Job Fair celebrates intern achievements and the investment of supervisor-mentors. The interns also lead their 9th and 10th peers in practice interviews while the supervisors evaluate.
Hands-on Work with Experts in the Field: BCS Internship Program Partners — Fall 2013:
|Health Education Alternatives for Teens||Center for Family Life After School Program||John Jay College-Forensic Psychology Dept.|
|Brooklyn Hospital Center||Choo-Choo Day Care||International School of Brooklyn|
|Brooklyn New School||Fridman Law Group||Mac Support Store|
|Brooklyn Public Library-T4 Program||Groundswell Murals||Metro Club Pros-Mental Health Center|
|Prospect Park Zoo||Brooklyn College Dept of Biology||New York 1 News|
|Bryan Cave Law Firm***||International Center for Photography||NY Dept of Consumer Affairs|
|NYPD-84th Pct.||NYPIRG-Straphangers Campaign||Salon Bohemia|
|Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies||Youth Communications Publications|
***We thank the partners of the law firm of Bryan Cave for creating an annual $25,000 college scholarship for BCS seniors in the name of the partners’ late colleague: Mayor Edward I. Koch.
BCS Internship Program News & Media
Students at special city high school celebrate completion of internship program (NY1)
BCS internship program changes futures (Brooklyn Eagle)
Students celebrate internships at Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies (Chalkbeat NY)
March 2011: Teacher-designed internship program at BCS prepares students for successful futures (UFT – Opening Doorsways).
June 2008: Brooklyn teen excited and nervous about landing job (NY Daily News)