We believe it is important and equitable for students to be compensated for their contributions. We also understand that it can be challenging for organizations to pay a stipend for internships. Thanks to a generous grant, the Colin Powell School Career Fellows program is able to cover stipends of $18/hour for up to 300 hours toward unpaid internships in any sector for undergraduate students. If an organization offers a stipend that pays less than $18/hour, the program makes up the difference.
We make it simple.
Internships can start at any time; they are not tied to the school calendar and the schedule is negotiated between the site and the student. There are no minimum number of hours; micro-internships of a few hours a week up to full-time are welcome. Additionally, there is no MOU or contract required, and no tax implications for the site.
What defines an internship? In addition to project responsibilities, the organization must provide a dedicated Site Supervisor who sets and tracks learning goals that allows students to gain entry-level exposure and training to help prepare them to be “career-ready” by graduation. Thus, under these criteria, organizations may also post qualifying volunteer opportunities.
More than 200 organizations from all sectors engage in the program annually, rating the program experience and student participation an average of 4.5 out of 5.
Through your internship, your organization makes an investment in the future leadership of New York City and beyond.
You are warmly welcome to post an internship using the Internships Announcement Form.
If your internship program operates on a cohort model with start/end dates, you can indicate that in the posting. You have the option to post a website link or attach an internship description.
When it is approved (usually within a day or two), the internship announcement is immediately visible in our Public Service Paid Internships Database to all students and promoted in our eight Fellowship programs, which include a summer internship component.
The internship description can be paused once the seat is filled for a term, but can easily be reactivated for the following term just by letting us know, so no need to fill out another form or send in a new one unless something changes.
Sites are eligible to host up to ten interns at one time.
Hybrid and in-person internships are preferred given that these provide all-important experiential learning; however, remote is acceptable as well.
The Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership is home to CCNY’s social science division, as well as the core leadership development and public service programs of City College. Majors include Anthropology, Economics & Business, Gender Studies, International Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Women’s Studies. Our mission is to diversify the professions and train new leaders.
Any undergraduate social science major with 30+ credits is eligible to apply for an internship. There are no restrictions or limitations based on status, age, or previous experience.
Colin Powell School Students are bright, curious, and interested in pursuing challenges; they have diverse identities across race, ethnicity, age, gender, and sexual orientation and come from varied socioeconomic, educational, work, geographic, and political backgrounds.
Of the 4,000 students we welcome on campus each year, more than 50% are immigrants from 100+ countries, speaking 90+ languages. More than 70% are the first in their families to attend college, and more than 80% are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). Many students have retail and service work experience, bringing strong relational communication skills and a high level of energy and excitement. Since for many an internship at your organization will be their very first professional step, our students offer a “fresh-eye” perspective that will benefit their internship projects and your organizational culture.
The Career Fellows program is designed with the intention to give students who have never had an internship before, or an equivalent professional experience, the opportunity to gain experiences which will enable them to pursue even more rigorous and rewarding opportunities.
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