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DYCD Department of Youth and Community Development

Learn & Earn

Connect with high school juniors and seniors for your short-term jobs and internships at no cost to you.

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Employers can hire Learn & Earn participants for short-term jobs and internships. Students are matched into roles based on their age, skills, and interests and paid directly by the City of New York.

Learn & Earn is a career exploration and academic support program for high school juniors and seniors. We provide students with:

  • College-level classes and application assistance
  • Work readiness training
  • Service-learning and leadership activities
  • Paid spring and summer internships

What incentives are there for my company to hire through this service?

You can host Learn & Earn participants at no cost; students are paid local minimum wage directly by the City of New York. Your company has an opportunity to fill short-term jobs and internships while directly contributing to a young person’s academic and early career success.

Our program focuses on serving youth and communities citywide, especially those who live in neighborhoods most affected by violence, residents of public housing, students with disabilities, and young people in the foster care system. Connecting with these diverse and talented New Yorkers helps you continue to build a workforce that reflects our communities and enables your company to engage as a leader with the next generation.

How soon can this service connect me to talent?

Interested employers should contact the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development at least eight weeks prior to the start of the internship cycle. Learn & Earn spring internships run from February through June and summer internships from July through August.

What skills and credentials will talent have?

Learn & Earn is a work-based learning opportunity for high school juniors and seniors who are exploring their early career options. Many participants have skills in areas such as Microsoft Office or social media and receive professional and technical development opportunities from our program. When submitting a worksite application, please identify preferred skills or experience for your company’s roles.

What occupations does this service train for?

Learn & Earn participants can work in the following occupations:

  • Architecture and Engineering
  • Art, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media
  • Business and Financial Operations
  • Community and Social Services
  • Computer and Mathematical
  • Educational Instruction and Library
  • Food Preparation and Service
  • Healthcare Support
  • Legal
  • Life, Physical, and Social Sciences
  • Office and Administrative Support
  • Personal Care and Service
  • Production
  • Sales and Related Occupations
  • Transportation and Material Moving

How can this service meet my company's needs?

Learn & Earn can benefit employers who are interested in the following:

  • Hiring for 1-10 positions
  • Hiring for 11-100 positions
  • Hosting interns
  • Hosting or participating in job fairs
  • Hosting workplace tours
  • Offering mentorship or coaching
  • Participating in industry events

Is my company eligible for this service?

Employers large and small can participate in Learn & Earn. Jobs and internships can take place across the five boroughs or remotely. Students are typically placed with companies and organizations near their school or home.

How do I connect to hire?

Visit the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development employer partner website or call us at 800-246-4646.

Learn & Earn is provided by NYC Department of Youth & Community Development.

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