Help PENCIL provide internships to students in New York City
Since 2008, PENCIL has trained thousands of students and has placed more than 3,000 in paid summer internships across New York City. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, New York City recently made the difficult decision to suspend the Summer Youth Employment Program. The suspension of this city-wide program has created a gap in funding for both interns' salaries and the cost of providing training and internship placements for students.
PENCIL is committed to running a summer internship program to connect students to success even in the current environment. The organization has trained hundreds of students to prepare for an internship this summer, and we are committed to continuing this support by offering flexible, virtual internship training and creating nontraditional summer remote internship and work experiences for up to 250 of the students we serve.
Your support will help PENCIL continue to train students virtually and pivot from our traditional internship programming to a flexible program that offers a three-tiered approach to creating meaningful summer work experiences for our students:
1. Support placements with employers able to physically host interns
2. Develop best practices, train, and support employers to host interns remotely
3. Create a paid work-based learning experience for interns to work one on one with volunteer corporate mentors
Please support PENCIL today and help us continue to create meaningful internship experiences for students this summer. Beyond connecting students to important career opportunities, each internship directly supports an intern financially - for every $2,500 donated, $1,700 can directly support an intern’s salary.
Especially in this time when students may need to help support their families or are saving for college, these funds provide much-needed support for the students we serve. New York City is the largest school district in the United States, with over 1.1 million students, around 72% of whom are economically disadvantaged. PENCIL's mission is to open doors for the city's public school students so that they can access opportunities that were previously out of reach.