On January 4th, 2021 the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) partnered with the Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) to launch the 2021 NYC DDC Virtual High School CareerReady: Work, Learn & Grow Internship Program. Three high school students were selected for this paid summer internship experience. The goal of the DYCD/DDC virtual internship program is to create valuable opportunities to expose young people to the world of the built environment and the behind the scenes workings of STEAM program coordinators. The interns participated virtually from January through the end of March.
Among the regular activities, interns attended workshops on one day events, completed administrative tasks such as converting PDFs to fillable documents, drafting professional emails, creating Power Point Presentations, resume writing, interview prep, and public speaking. The majority of the workshops were led by DDC STEAM staff. Students also assisted with summer work planning and with all aspects of STEAM programming. In addition, students also worked on general office work assignments, including but not limited to data entry, researching new programming resources, updating the STEAM opportunities and scholarships spreadsheets, creating templates, and other data updates.
STEAM Initiatives supports students in pursuing built environment professions beginning in middle school and continuing through high school, college, graduate school, and professional careers. Enrichment programs are the main points of entry for NYC students interested in architecture, engineering, and construction management. These hands-on programs give students the opportunity to learn about the work of built environment professionals.
The high school internship program provides students with an opportunity to learn how they can contribute to the agency’s goal of building a more equitable, resilient, and sustainable city for future generations.
About the NYC Department of Design and Construction
The Department of Design and Construction is the City’s primary capital construction project manager. In supporting Mayor de Blasio’s long-term vision of growth, sustainability, resiliency, equity and healthy living, DDC provides communities with new or renovated public buildings such as such as firehouses, libraries, police precincts, and new or upgraded roads, sewers and water mains in all five boroughs. To manage this $15.5 billion portfolio, DDC partners with other City agencies, architects and consultants, whose experience bring efficient, innovative and environmentally-conscious design and construction strategies to City projects. For more information, please visit nyc.gov/ddc