Internships Around New York City

Academy of Sciences
8 week summer program. High school sophomores or juniors in the NYC area. No stipend or credit, but receive letter of completion. Students are matched with a mentor and given a project, either their own or shadowing a researcher. Once a week to the academy for enrichment: lectures, writing programs, etc. “It’s a crash course in becoming a scientist.” Contact (212) 838-0230.

Democratic Socialists of America
8 week summer internship starting in June, dates are flexible. High school or college students. $100 per week stipend, possible academic credit. Three interns, one in communications and publications, one helping to organize conferences, and one for campus organization. Interest in politics and strong writing skills recommended. Deadline for application is mid-March. Contact Kevin Pramis at (212) 727-8610 x23.

Manhattan DA office
7 week summer internship. 14-17 year olds, 18 if still in high school, only Manhattan residents. $75 a week. Geared towards those interested in law. Interns are assigned attorneys as mentors and attend weekly seminars to hear from defense attorneys, judges and police officers. They get exposed to the whole justice system—the legal aspects as well as the day-to-day activities. Contact Juan Ramirez at (212) 335-9082.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
9 week summer internship, 35 hours a week. College, Graduate and Volunteer internship. $2,500 for college students and recent graduates, $2,750 for graduate students. Curatorial, education, conservation, administration or library positions are available. Geared towards those with strong preparation in the history of art. Instructional programs as well as work. Deadline for application is January. Contact (212) 535-7710 for more information.

Museum of Television and the Moving Image
Full/Part time summer/winter/fall. College Undergraduates. Unpaid. Interns work in various departments. Have one dedicated project which could include video research for programming, tours in the education dept. etc. Students get work experience in a museum setting. “It will demystify and de-romanticize what a museum is all about.” Contact Tom Thacker at (718) 784-0077.

NASA Space Science Student Involvement Program
Nine different internships to the winners of eight separate contests. Located in the Goddard Space Center, Maryland or the Kenedy Space Center, Florida. Each student is required to submit a proposal to complete some aspect of research at a NASA site, also a 20-minute telephone interview. An example of a winning proposal was Mary Flannery’s from The Webb School in Claremont, California: a comparison of Hubble’s optical images of quasars-extremely distant, extremely old quasi-stellar masses existing typically near the edge of a black hole- to images of the same quasars formed by ground-based radio interferometers. A comparison of the two different images might reveal new information about the density and structure of these still scarcely understood objects.

The New York Times
Several 10-week internships. College juniors, seniors and recent graduates. Some with salaries, some with fellowships. Programs in reporting, graphics, design and photography, and editing. For more information, call (212) 556-1234.

Intern Experiences: Road Runners Club
Anila Kalbi was a graduate student in advertising at the New York Institute of Technology but was advised that public relations might suit her better. Her professor at the NYIT was in charge of PR for the New York Road Runners Club and secured her an internship in the PR department there. Kalbi’s internship was only supposed to last three months, but she ended up working full time from January to June. The PR coordinator resigned in the beginning of July, and the NYRRC asked her to take the position. Her duties as an intern included being in charge of the press and media clippings, keeping contact lists with the press up to date and eventually, she started working on the actual press releases. Working at the NYRRC was a unique experience because it is a small organization and she felt like an employee, though she received no pay as an intern. “I think everyone should do an internship. Its different learning form a textbook rather than hands on,” she said. “I had no idea what PR was. I got the feel for the office environment through my internship.” Although Kalbi’s experience turned out well and she learned a lot, other times a negative experience can be just as valuable.

Intern Experiences: Book Builders, Inc.
Meredith Jones, a junior at Columbia University, started a summer internship at a publishing company. “I wanted experience working at a publishing company because all through high school, that’s what I wanted to do,” she said. She took the job because it seemed to meet her criteria: a small company where she could learn about all parts of the publishing industry. “It sounded like it would really be a team environment and that I would get to see all parts of the trade because it is such a small company.” Unfortunately, Jones’ experience was not up to her expectations, and she found herself working in a very unhappy office environment. She was not given any responsibilities, and the owner was not friendly or appreciative of her work. “I just did clerical work all the time. I spent hours and hours standing at a photocopier.” The company clearly had no internship programs, partly because it was a small office, partly because there was little social interaction to start with which, Jones said, seems to be a part of a lot of internship programs as a way to meet other people in the field. “It made me think that I never want to work in publishing. But at the same time, I probably got a really skewed view of the industry.” Despite this, she still wants to go into publishing. “But I shouldn’t let that one experience form a global view for me.” Although Jones ended up quitting the internship, she felt it still taught her a lot. “It taught me that I need to be more selective about internships.” Her advice: “You can’t just take any job; remember that you are shopping around too.”