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July 5, 2017

Twenty-Eight High School Students Start 2017 Summer Internship Program at DDC

On July 5th, 2017 twenty-eight New York City High School students began their 2017 High School Internship Program at the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC). The internship provides a behind the scenes introduction to the fields of architecture, engineering, construction, design, law, business administration, and finance with the 1,400 professionals at DDC.

The High School Summer Internship Program is organized in partnership with the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development through DDC’s STEAM education initiative, which was created in 2014 to establish a diverse and inclusive pipeline for New York City's youth to engage in architecture, construction, and engineering (ACE) industries. The agency also hosts a summer internship program for college students, a middle school summer enrichment program, as well as numerous educational programs. Overall, DDC STEAM has served over 1,500 students since its inception.

“DDC selects highly motivated students from every borough, teams them with interested and accomplished professionals, and provides them with the tools to understand how to build for the benefit of New York City,” said Acting Commissioner Barrio. “Demand for workers skilled in technical fields continues to grow. In the future, some of these students may return to careers at DDC.”

Deputy Commissioner Lee Llambelis stated “Our last class of interns left a very positive impression on us,” said DDC Community Partnerships & STEAM Initiatives Deputy Commissioner Lee Llambelis. “We witnessed them grow in a variety of ways, from learning how to draw blueprints, to becoming adept at Excel, to developing networking skills. We’re extremely excited to see what this next cohort of interns can learn from their experience at DDC. They are a very impressive group of young people.”

This is the third year of DDC’s High School Summer Internship program. There are 14 males and 14 female students in the 2017 intern program, representing each borough and 24 different high schools.

Each intern will be assigned a personal mentor from a DDC division, including Administration, Architecture & Engineering, Community Partnerships and STEAM Initiatives, Infrastructure, Office of the Chief Architect, Law/General Counsel’s Office, Program Management, and Public Buildings.

As part of the program, interns are required to attend weekly educational workshops that discuss career paths in architecture, engineering and construction, college readiness, introduction to 3D modeling, and networking. Students will also make weekly visits to a DDC project site, where design and construction professionals will guide them.

Senior Program Coordinator Teresa Ye
Senior Program Coordinator Teresa Ye welcomes students to the DDC.
DDC Deputy Commissioner
DDC Deputy Commissioner Lee Llambelis introduces interns to the agency.
2017 Summer High School Interns
Acting Commissioner Ana Barrio send row (center) pictured with the 2017 Summer High School Interns and DDC Supervisors.