On Wednesday December 11, 2019, the New York City Department of Design and Construction participated in a Career Day event at the High School for Medical Science. STEAM Initiatives Program Coordinators, Gemelli Briceño and Jenny Ng, spoke to approximately 85 middle school students about the many paths to DDC, and about STEAM careers and DDC’s STEAM Educational Initiatives.
STEAM Initiatives supports students in pursuing built environment professions beginning in the middle school and continuing through high school, college, graduate school, and professional careers. They shared information about the middle school enrichment program, the High School Summer Internship Program and DDC’s ACE Mentor Program Team 8. These enrichment programs are the main points of entry for NYC students interested in the fields of architecture, engineering, and construction management. They also shared how these programs give students the opportunity to learn about the work of built environment professionals.
The high school and college internship program provide students with an opportunity to work directly with built environment professionals and learn about how they can contribute to the agency’s goal of building an equitable, resilient, and sustainable city for future generations. Gemelli and Jenny also informed students about the various projects DDC professionals have worked on all over New York City. Many of the students expressed interest in the High School Summer Internship Program. In order to get a jump start on their future career paths students were encouraged to participate in mentorship and internship programs that can provide job skills for personal and professional growth.
DDC is the City's primary capital construction project manager that builds many of the civic facilities New Yorkers use every day. DDC provides communities with new or renovated structures such as firehouses, libraries, police precincts, and courthouses. DDC staff also deliver roadways, sewers and water main construction projects in all five boroughs -- quality infrastructure that is essential for a healthy, resilient city.