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Part-Time Internship Program Coordinators (February-September 2018), New York, NY

PENCIL is seeking enthusiastic graduate students to serve as interns from February through September to support PENCIL’s work with the New York City Ladders for Leaders Program. The successful candidate will support the implementation and execution of the PENCIL Ladders for Leaders internship program — a key component of the organization’s College and Career Readiness programming.


In 1995, PENCIL launched Principal for a Day®, an annual event designed to raise awareness about public education by having civic and business leaders serve as visiting principals in New York City schools. Twenty years later, PENCIL continues to connect expertise from the business community to build public school capacity and put students on the path to college and career success. Business leaders in PENCIL’s network can deepen their impact by engaging in two core programs:

  • The PENCIL School Partnership Program creates and supports partnerships between business and school leaders that leverage their collective energies to foster strong school leaders and prepare students for college and career success. PENCIL serves as a critical liaison in these partnerships, helping to recruit and match businesses with schools and providing hands-on support in the design, implementation, and evaluation of partnership activities.
  • The PENCIL Internship Program is a competitive career readiness program for NYC high school juniors and seniors, as well as college students. PENCIL trains and places talented, high need students in internships in businesses throughout the city in order to provide deserving students with critical workplace experiences and skills. PENCIL provides training to both students and business volunteers to make sure that students can get the most from their internships. PENCIL is a provider for the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development’s Ladders for Leaders program.


The Internship Program Coordinator is a part-time position. From February through May 2018, weekly hours will be approximately 25 per week; from June through September, estimated hours will increase to approximately 35 per week. Working both independently and collaboratively, the Coordinators will assist with implementing the Internship Program, coordinating and executing training events and supporting data collection, reviewing application materials, and monitoring students placed in internships. Coordinators will also respond to student outreach and support students throughout the application process The Internship Program Coordinators report directly to the Associate Director.


The ideal candidate will possess strong facilitation, training and relationship management skills. While the information below is not exhaustive, responsibilities include:

  • Support the coordination and facilitation of all student training and job preparedness sessions.
  • Support students through the application and programmatic enrollment processes.
  • Maintain programmatic data to support the implementation, coordination, and evaluation of the program as required by PENCIL and the Ladders for Leaders program.
  • Provide regular reports and status updates about the various phases of the program.
  • Coordinate and manage site visits to workplaces during the summer to ensure the program is functioning effectively for both students and host businesses.
  • Manage intern timesheets on specialized platforms to ensure accurate payments in accordance with submitted hours.
  • Support efforts to identify, engage and secure businesses to host summer interns.
  • Must be available to work on some evenings and weekends for trainings as scheduled.
  • Participate in special projects and execute other assignments as assigned by the Associate Director.

The successful candidate will possess:

  • Experience in education, workforce development, internship or job training preferred; prior experience working directly with high school students strongly preferred.
  • Proven organizational and problem-solving skills, including the capacity to coordinate details, multi-task and generate creative solutions.
  • Excellent writing, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a cross-functional team, as well as a desire and willingness to collaborate with others.
  • A positive, friendly, and collegial attitude and a desire to work in a fast-paced environment and willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done.
  • Strong sense of adaptability needed to thrive in a growing and evolving organization.
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Word, and Excel.
  • Experience working with Salesforce preferred.
  • Bachelor’s Degree required; in a relevant field, a plus.


Coordinators will be paid $15 an hour.


Please email a cover letter and resume to with the subject line: “Internship Program Coordinator.” Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

PENCIL is strongly committed to the principle of equal opportunity for all individuals. PENCIL will make all employment decisions without unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.