March 13, 2024
by: Bria Donahue
Graphic showing applications for the Summer Youth Employment Program are available.
The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is the nation’s largest youth employment program. Graphic: NYC Department of Youth & Community Development.

Ladders for Leaders is a nationally recognized internship program that offers outstanding high school and college students the opportunity to participate in summer internships with leading companies and organizations across New York City. A component of the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development’s Summer Youth Employment Program, Ladders for Leaders brings employers experienced youths who receive pre-employment training as well as wraparound support from the DYCD, increasing the chances of success in workforce building initiatives.

In partnership with AIA New York, Ladders for Leaders wants to help recruit quality interns into prestigious architecture firms. Participants come from a variety of backgrounds, schools, and work experiences including architecture, design, and engineering. The organization, along with its community partners, will ease the time and costs of the recruitment process by doing some of the work for employers. Ladders for Leaders provides assistance throughout the hiring process, from designing the internship, sharing jobs to participants, finding qualified candidates, collecting and referring resumes, coordinating interviews, providing orientation sessions, to onboarding interns. Ladders helps make talent acquisition more efficient!

If you are interested, please make sure to indicate you were referred by AIANY on the interest form when asked “How did you hear about Ladders for Leaders.”

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