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Office of Student Success

CAREER FELLOWS INTERNSHIPS PROGRAM

Because social science majors forge their own career paths. 

Because you’ve got what New York needs.

Because our democracy needs your voice for a stronger future.

 

The Colin Powell Career Fellows Internships Program

Defining the college experience is the opportunity to attend interesting and rewarding courses, participate in invigorating extracurricular activities, and expand your network, but you don’t have to stop there. Beyond the college campus is a plethora of professional development opportunities that will propel your career into new heights, so seize the moment! Colin Powell School students are eligible for a bank of 300 Paid Internship Hours (@$18/hour = $5,400), which can be completed at any time for up to a year after you graduate. Access your bank by creating a resume with one of our Coaches, and learn by doing while getting paid!

*PLEASE NOTE: Internships are accessible year-round; however, internships with a start date between June 1 to December 31 will be paid while internships with a start date between January 1 to May 31 will be unpaid.

Eligibility

  • Be a Colin Powell School undergraduate major
  • Have at least 30+ total credits
  • Attend an Internship Orientation

Qualifications

  • Must not have participated in a Colin Powell School fellowship, S Jay Levy  fellowship, or Monynihan Fellowship
    • 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
  • No previous experience required
  • No age, transfer student, or status restrictions (DACA and international students are welcome!)

Benefits

  • Earn a reference for future internship, fellowship, and job opportunities

Prospective Applicants

Applying for an internship is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

Current Interns

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Program Contact

In an internship and looking for support? Got an offer for an unpaid internship or one that is paid less than $18/hour? Meet with me!

Internships Program Associate

Ivy Allotey (she/her)

Not sure where to start? Need help brushing up your resume, LinkedIn, cover letter, or interview prep? Then set up an appointment with me or find me in the office for support!

About Me: I’m currently a junior pursuing a BA/MA degree in Economics with a minor in Psychology so I know what it feels like to be lost when it comes to resumes, cover letters, and interviews, so please feel free to ask for help!

Career Coach

Arifa Begum

First time building a resume? Preparing for an interview? Meet with me and unlock the mysteries! Languages: Proficient in English and Bengali (Bangla); basic comprehension in Hindi and Urdu

Career Coach

Abir Ahmed (he/his)​

Quick Tips!

  • Goodbye, Imposter Syndrome
  • Social Science Majors Must Explore
  • Be Part of the Solution
  • Get Connected
  • Be "Career Ready" at Graduation

College students have gained so much valuable knowledge and skills, yet don’t have many ways to practice them until they are in the workforce. An internship is a place where you can begin practicing what you are learning in the classroom AND have a learning curve. Internship sites both expect you to have some skills to bring to the table, and to have a lot to learn.

Your site supervisor will know to provide extra guidance and explanation not just about the work, but how the work gets done. All of this will help you overcome imposter syndrome and boost your confidence.

Unlike engineering or medicine, the social science field does not have many obvious career ladders that show students how to enter into or grow in their fields. An internship gives you the opportunity to explore different career options and find out what you like, what you don't, and build the persistence and patience to build your own ladder to your definition of success.

Is your neighborhood, your city, and your country the best version of itself? Learn the landscape of organizations working on our toughest challenges and be part of solution to build a stronger democracy.

An internship can give you the chance to meet people who share similar experiences and interests. It can take time to build professional connections, especially for first-generation college students. Doing well in an internship internship is one of the best first steps to build a network in your field of study: site supervisors and other members of the executive team can be a reference when you apply to to future opportunities.

Having internship experience boosts your resume, grants you more job offers, higher starting salaries, and a shorter search process. Who wouldn’t want that?

Most employers in career-pathway jobs expect you to have some experience in an office setting by the time you graduate, so they don’t have to train you from scratch.

College classes, volunteer and non-career jobs like working in retail or the service industry can get you started on the skills and knowledge for a career job, but internships will immerse you in the world of career-pathway work. You will learn the dos and don’ts of office environments as well as gain an understanding of organizational structure and culture.

NOTE: The July 9th session has been moved to July 16th. If you would like to attend a make-up Internships Orientation, you can attend a 30-minute 1:1 Internship Orientation Make-Up by scheduling a meeting with Internships Program Associate here: https://airtable.com/appDeGSIBf15M8Gry/pagkUIWqEqWjlD02J/form. Please wait July 1st for additional meetings to be created or email Ivy Allotey at iallotey@ccny.cuny.edu to schedule a meeting now.

What are students saying?

    Kencess Polidor
    Kencess Polidor

    Spring 2023 Intern

    I am a rising senior at the Colin Powell School majoring in Psychology and minoring in Management and Administration. As a People Operations intern, I was provided an immersive exposure to the dynamic field of Human Resources, which not only broadened my perspective but also cemented my career aspirations in this domain. I had the opportunity to learn about making informed policy decisions, screening resumes, establishing a question bank for hiring managers to access when processing interviews, conducting a salary market research and many more. Participating in this internship has been a transformative experience for me, and I'm deeply grateful to the individuals and foundations whose support made it possible.

      Steven Fernandez
      Steven Fernandez

      Spring 2023 Intern

      The Colin Powell internship stipend is a truly unique resource that completely changed the course of my life. My internship strengthened my communication and program management skills, and gave me the confidence to apply for the Bloom Energy Fellowship. I was accepted!

        Shraddha Parmar
        Shraddha Parmar

        Spring 2023

        I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this internship, as it allowed me to engage in something I am truly passionate about. More importantly, I embarked on this journey because of my genuine desire to be a part of it. As something my grandfather always said 'do something if you 'want" to do it and not because if you "have" to do it . My time at Tadaca has been nothing short of exceptional, both professionally and personally enriching. This internship has been an amazing experience that offers the ideal balance of passion, mentoring, creativity, and a supportive team environment. This experience has been genuinely transformational and satisfying; it will influence my future pursuits.

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