Saturday, October 27, 2012

Become PENCIL Fellows!

Do you have stellar students looking for meaningful job preparation and workplace experience?

Help them become PENCIL Fellows!

As part of the PENCIL network of schools, we are happy to offer an exciting opportunity for your students. The PENCIL Fellows Program trains select New York City public school juniors and seniors to be job-ready and places them in paid, six-week summer internships that help them take the first step toward a serious career in industries ranging across industries. Most placements are in science, math, technology, and engineering companies so students with career interests in these areas will be given preference.

The program includes training for students (covering topics such as resume- writing, interviewing skills, office technology, and networking) and a comprehensive network of support. By becoming a PENCIL Fellow, students not only learn the skills necessary to compete in today’s job market but will also have the opportunity to apply those skills in a paid internship placement.

Criteria for Schools: If interested in selecting students from your school to apply, please respond directly with the name and contact information (phone and email) of the person who will serve as the school’s contact. School leaders must play a role in selecting students from their school to apply (a guide for student selection is attached). Each school may select up to 5 students to participate in the program. (If your school has participated in past years please respond and confirm the name of the contact person.)

Criteria for Students:  Students must be 16 years or older, be a current public high school junior or senior in New York City, have a GPA of 3.0 or above, and have valid working papers. They must be available to work up to 40 hours a week from July 9th to August 17th. Because the majority of placements will be in science, math, technology, and engineering companies,   students with career interests in these areas will be given preference.

Application Process: Students are required to attend a trainings session (which will provide an overview of program expectations in addition to guidance on resume writing and interviewing), complete an online application, and participate in a 30-minute interview at PENCIL. Specific application dates can be found on the “Fellows Events Calendar” attached).

If you have any questions about the PENCIL Fellows Program, please visit PENCIL's website at or contact Amanda Kelly directly at (212)524-2397 or

Student Selection Guide - Click here.

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