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The Colin Powell School Career Fellows program amplifies public service internship opportunities and works with sites to develop and offer full-time experiences as well as “micro-internships” for short, specific projects and administrative support you need that will also train students in key professional skillsets.

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 or maximum number of hours. 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 provides a dedicated Site Supervisor who sets and tracks learning goals that allow students to gain entry-level exposure. Thus, under these criteria, organizations may also post qualifying volunteer opportunities.

We do 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.  Internships with targeted training (along with course credit offered by the Colin Powell School), while currently unpaid, will provide students with invaluable hands-on experience to prepare them to be “career-ready” by graduation. Thanks to a generous grant, internships that occur between June 1 – December 31 are eligible for a stipend of $18/hour for up to 300 hours. Internships that occur between January 1 – May 31 will unfortunately not include the stipend element. 

More than 200 organizations from all sectors engage in the program annually, rating the program experience and student participation an average of 4.7 out of 5.

Through your internship, your organization makes an investment in the future leadership of New York City and beyond.

Internship Timeline

About the Colin Powell School

10 +
Admitted Students
0 %
are immigrants from 100+ countries​

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.

About Our Students

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. 

The Colin Powell School majors are: 

  • Anthropology and Interdisciplinary Programs: Anthropology, Women’s and Gender Studies, International Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies
  • Economics and Business
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Internships Program Associate

Ivy Allotey (she/her)

Public Service Career Hub Director

Maya Gutierrez (she/her)

New to managing interns?

Let's meet and build a mutually beneficial partnership! 


 2023 Exemplary Models Award
This award recognizes outstanding examples of leadership that demonstrate creative solutions to common problems in higher education.

The American Association of University Administrators is a non-profit professional organization for higher education leaders and administrative personnel.

Since the program launch in 2022, 225+ students completed 77,000+ hours of meaningful internships, earning 1.2 million in stipends.