Fellows Program

"My PENCIL Fellows experience was extraordinary. At Estée Lauder, I learned about competitive research, product development, and even worked on classified projects! And I learned that you can be successful, as long as you put your best foot forward and try your hardest.”
-Tysha Vulcain-Murrell, 2013 PENCIL Fellow

Academic skills alone won’t fully prepare today’s students for future success.

PENCIL Fellows prepares high school juniors and seniors for college and careers by introducing them to essential habits like planning and goal-setting; skills like résumé-writing and interviewing; and hands-on internship opportunities at leading New York City businesses.

Join the hundreds of New Yorkers who are helping our students unleash their potential, and make a difference that will last a lifetime.

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***Please note that applications to become a PENCIL Fellow are now closed and will resume in the fall of 2014.***

Nearly 600 Students have successfully finished the program over the past five years—a completion rate of more than 95%

A Highly Selective Program

  • Fellows go through a rigorous screening and application process
  • Prior to placement in an internship, Fellows receive training in resume-writing, interviewing and presentation skills, office etiquette, office technology, and software usage
  • Host companies have the opportunity to interview and hire the candidates who best meet their needs

A Mutually Beneficial Relationship

A six-week paid internship allows Fellows to develop critical workplace skills, build a professional network and provide businesses with support on projects such as:
  • Compiling and analyzing data for a new data storage system
  • Writing marketing copy
  • Maintaining social media
PENCIL stays in close contact with the host company to monitor the experience and continues to provide support and training to students and mentors throughout the internship period. To learn more about the program, visit the Resources links below. Contact PENCIL Fellows at pencilfellows@pencil.org for more information.

Resources for Businesses

Intro to Fellows Program

The PENCIL Fellows Program offers area businesses the unique opportunity to hire and mentor New York City public high school students.

How to Hire a PENCIL Fellow

Learn how you can hire a PENCIL Fellow and make a difference in the life of a deserving NYC high school student.

 View all Business Resources

Resources for Schools and Students

How to Participate in the PENCIL Fellows Program

The PENCIL Fellows Program provides promising New York City public high school students with essential career readiness training that culminates with paid, full-time, six-week summer internships at leading businesses in a range of industries across the five boroughs.

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The 2015 Student Application will be available soon. Please check back later.