At the Brooklyn District Attorney's office, a Summer Scholar applies her newfound knowledge.

Connecting high school Students to internships

Did you have an internship in high school?

If so, it probably helped you learn important skills for excelling in college and seeking meaningful career opportunities.

This past summer, Bank of America made it possible for nearly 100 high school students gain valuable, hands-on internship experience by sponsoring a new initiative called the Bank of America CTE Summer Scholars Program. The inaugural class of Summer Scholars included rising juniors and seniors enrolled in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. CTE schools and programs offer students contextualized learning experiences – facilitating a process of career exploration and skill development, while also giving them opportunities to learn core academic skills. Summer Scholars was designed to address the related challenges of summer learning loss and inequitable access to work opportunities.

Summer Scholars shared their experience with Chancellor Walcott

Bank of America CTE Summer Scholars began with a job readiness “boot camp.” Students then divided their time over the next six weeks between classroom learning, where they cemented core academic skills and earned course credits, and related workplace internships, for which they earned minimum wage. To supplement these experiences, Bank of America hosted a seminar series on topics including professional office conduct, interviewing and meeting skills, resume writing and career goal-setting.

Summer Scholars worked on a mapping system at their Partnership for Parks internship 

More than 40 companies, New York City agencies and social service organizations provided students with internship placements in the field of information technology. Internship providers included: Ernst & Young, CAMBA, NPOWER, BronxWorks, the Chinese-American Planning Council, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, the Department of Citywide Administrative Services and the CUE Group. Together, these committed private sector partners made it possible for our students to explore a world of new possibilities this summer.

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