Learning to Work - Internship Coordinator

Job Type

Full Time




593 Columbus Avenue
New York
New York
United States


Intro/Program Description: Goddard Riverside Community Center (GRCC) Learning to Work (LTW) for Transfer Schools Program at Edward Reynolds West Side High School will provide students over-aged and under-credited ages 16 -21 with services and opportunities to foster engagement through academic and personal development that will lead to earning a high school diploma. Primary goals are getting students to graduate with realistic and meaningful post-secondary plans, gain knowledge and skills that will increase the employability and awareness of post-high school opportunities available to them. Some opportunities include higher education, trade/technical schools and community service programs. Using the Primary Person Model, each student will have an LTW Staff Member as a support minimize and/or remove barriers toward graduation including engaging students in college preparation, and meaningful career exploration including subsidized internships, academic and personal support services to increase self-direction and self-sufficiency.

Purpose of Position: The LTW Internship Coordinator is expected to develop and manage the internships placements, work-readiness, career exploration and job development activities and job placements of the LTW program.

Role, Responsibilities, and Essential Duties

Develop internships and employment exploration opportunities:

  • Solicit, develop and cultivate internship and or job opportunities with private and public sector employers, including small businesses, and within Goddard Riverside Establish liaisons with corporate and nonprofit organizations for identification of employment, internship and career exploration opportunities
  • Maintain ongoing contact with employers to learn of new internship and/or employment needs
  • Develop and maintain data points related to internships and employment

Develop and deliver workforce preparation activities to students at the school:

  • Organize workshops and mentoring opportunities for participants including coordination with other community youth employment assistance programs
  • Assist participants in developing and achieving life/career goals that are assessed throughout training and during career exploration
  • Assist participants in job search, including resume and cover letter development, search strategies and interviewing skills
  • With program director, create curriculum on job skills, work readiness and career exploration that can be implemented in family advisory groups
  • Prepare and present workshops and exploratory activities for participants on job readiness and related topics

Monitor student internships

  • Work with program assistant/counselor and worksites to ensure time and attendance and payroll management
  • Conduct ongoing monitoring of internships sites (minimum once a month)
  • Maintain records of internship placements, position vacancies and successful employment applications, with assistance from the Program Aide/Counselor

Promote the success of the LTW Program:

  • Provide primary person services for a small cohort of participants in the program
  • Collaborate in the successful launch of program with LTW Program Director, NYCDOE Staff and the school community
  • In collaboration with Program Leadership and ADED, develop program protocols and practices.
  • Strategize with team for program improvement
  • Maintain and organize all required records and files according to organization and contractual requirements and standards
  • Collaborate with LTW Program Director with functions such as special events, performances, school community events
  • Attend and organize, when appropriate, school / community-based meetings, administrative meetings, professional development trainings and other meetings as needed
  • Participate in advocacy and community building efforts as needed to bring visibility and voice for the program, school community and Goddard Riverside Community Center
  • Participate in all Goddard Riverside meetings of youth department and department heads, and agency-wide events and activities as needed
  • Complete task and/ projects assigned by LTW Program Director, ADED and DED.

Qualifications/Educational Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Minimum of two years of experience providing job development, career exploration and/or work-readiness
  • Experience with teens, older youth and/or young adults
  • Knowledge of evidence-based and/or Best Practices to internship development and placement
  • Must obtain Department of Education fingerprint clearance and maintain throughout duration of employment.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Outstanding communication skills
  • Ability to self-reflect
  • Efficient and organized
  • Self-starter
  • Knowledge of best workforce approaches for teens and young adults
  • Team player
  • Knowledgeable or willing to learn web-based systems
  • Compassionate
  • Sense of humor a plus
  • Flexibility
  • Multitasker

Physical Requirements

  • Frequent walking and standing

Work Environment

  • School Community
  • Fast paced
  • Team Oriented


Excellent Benefits!

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree