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About Ladders for Leaders

Ladders for Leaders is a nationally recognized program that offers outstanding high school and college students the opportunity to participate in paid professional summer internships with leading corporations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies in New York City. The program is an initiative of the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and supported by the NYC Center for Youth Employment and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.

Why Ladders for Leaders?

Ladders for Leaders gives students a unique opportunity to explore their career and educational interests through:

  • Pre-employment Training: Receive help with résumé and cover letter writing, and interviewing skills. Learn essential workplace readiness skills and business etiquette.
  • Paid Summer Internships: Paid internship opportunities available in a variety of industries to accommodate student interests.
  • Opportunity to join our growing Alumni Network: Broad network of alumni, post-internship opportunities and networking events open only to past participants of the program

Who is Eligible?

  • Youth between the ages of 16—21 who are enrolled in high school or college
  • Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00
  • Resident of one of the five boroughs of New York City
  • Prior work experience, either paid or volunteer
  • Legally allowed to work in New York City

How to Apply

The 2021 Ladders for Leaders (LFL) application deadline was February 28, 2021.  No further applications may be submitted.

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*The Department of Youth and Community Development is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.