Frequently Asked Questions

 

For Employers

Are the interns considered employees of my company?

No. The interns are hired by and paid by DOE. There is virtually no paperwork – we only ask that you provide attendance / hours and broad feedback on their performance.

Can I host more than one intern?

Most definitely. We encourage host organizations to host at least two interns so they can benefit from the shared experience. Last year, some organizations hosted 6 or more interns.

Are the interns paid?

The interns are paid by the New York City Department of Education thanks to a generous grant from Bank of America. There is no cost to the host company.

What work should I have the interns do?

We want to ensure that both you and the interns have a great summer experience. We are very flexible about what type of projects are suitable, and we would be happy to help you design a great experience.

How experienced are the students?

The students who qualify for the program are among our best Career and Technical Education students. This program is designed to give the students valuable work experience to further prepare them for success upon high school graduation.

When does the program start? What are the working hours?

The program runs from July 9th – August 15th. The students work Mondays – Wednesdays (for 5 hours / day, hours are flexible based on host organization’s needs) and attend class Thursday - Friday.

What students are eligible to participate? Can any student sign up?

This is a special program for high school juniors and seniors in New York City Department of Education’s CTE schools who have passed a rigorous application process and qualified to participate.

Do I need to interview the intern?

No. The DOE will match students with host organizations to simplify the process for host organizations. You will have the opportunity to meet your intern in advance of his/her starting.

Can I have an intern if I work from home?

Unfortunately, it is not possible for interns to work in people’s homes.

 

For Students and Parents

What students are eligible to participate? Can any student sign up?

This is a special program for high school juniors and seniors in New York City Department of Education’s CTE schools who have passed a rigorous application process and qualified to participate.

Why would this program be good for me?

CTE Summer Scholars gives participants first-hand experience in jobs in your CTE field, and an opportunity to interact with industry professionals. While being paid to apply skills you’re learning in your CTE program, many students find mentors who can support them in transitioning from school to the workplace. CTE Summer Scholars allows you to build accomplishments and the professional network that are essential to college and career success.

What kinds of projects would I work on in my internship?

A main goal of the program is to provide you with experience working in a professional work environment. The companies who serve as host organizations can be flexible in identifying projects for the student interns. Some of the projects previous CTE Summer Scholars have worked on include:

  • Social media monitoring
  • Competitive analysis of websites and apps
  • Online research
  • Database entry
  • Inventory IT systems
  • Video editing
  • Multimedia library management

Do I get to choose where my internship is?

No. The DOE will match students with host organizations to simplify the process for host organizations. We will work to ensure the company aligns with the CTE track you are studying as well as your skill sets.

How will I get to my internship?

You may use public transportation (subway and/or bus) using the MetroCard. Students receive a summer student MetroCard for enrolling in Thursday and Friday classes.

How should I dress for the internship?

Dress standards will vary from host company to host company, but you will be expected to dress neatly. All Summer Scholars will receive one collared polo shirts to wear at their internships/Bank of America events.

Where will the classes be held?

Usually at your own school, though an alternate location will be arranged if your school building is not open during the summer.

Will I be considered an employee of my host company?

No. Summer Scholars are hired by and paid by the NYC Department of Education.

Will my work at my internship be monitored by CTE Summer Scholars?

Yes. CTE Summer Scholars representatives will visit the host sites before your internship to ensure that they are safe and appropriate learning environments. They will also visit with you and your manager at the host site during the program to ensure that you are achieving the learning goals established for you.

When does the program start / stop? What hours do the students work?

The program runs from July 9th – August 17th. (subject to change). Students are expected to work on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 5 hours per day for a total of 15 hours per week. Thursdays and Fridays students are in class.