September 17, 2013 | New York City College of Technology
Downtown Brooklyn is becoming a hub for tech firms more rapidly than ever. To help train and prepare college students for today and tomorrow’s growing number of high tech jobs, New York City’s Department of Small Business Services (SBS) has partnered with New York City College of Technology (City Tech), the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and Brooklyn Tech Triangle to offer students paid summer internship positions.
Initially, the interns came exclusively from City Tech, according to a feature article in Commercial Observer, the only weekly publication dedicated to covering the city’s commercial real estate industry. Fifty City Tech students applied and 28 were selected for the program. Students from other schools may join the program next year.
Interviews were held in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where 18 companies had a chance to interview the City Tech students and to match prospective interns to their business needs. The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation worked with tech businesses to find the most suitable companies for learning and development. Both students and employers were given the opportunity to rank their ideal matches.
The student interns earned $15 per hour and worked Mondays through Thursdays. On Fridays, the entire group visited technology firms, including major players like Facebook, Kickstarter and SecondMarket. Also on Fridays, students attended a “Tech Entrepreneurship 101” class, where they learned the entrepreneurial skills necessary to start a new business.
The NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment is funding the program, while SBS runs the program’s day-to-day operations.