PENCIL Fellows Head to Work across New York City
This morning, nearly a hundred high-achieving high school juniors and seniors began their summer internships through the PENCIL Fellows Program.
PENCIL Fellows receive comprehensive career-readiness training, and participate in paid six-week internships at top NYC companies.
Today, PENCIL Fellows went to work at organizations like HBO, JetBlue Airways, Aureole New York, AlliedTPro, Korn/Ferry, the law offices of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and the architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
Opportunities like the PENCIL Fellows Program are more essential now than ever. More than 7 in 10 teens are facing unemployment this summer. With the unemployment rate for 16-19 year-olds at its highest since WWII, we’re missing out on a real opportunity to train our future workforce with the skills and values they need to excel in a global economy.
In New York City, the teen unemployment rate may even be worse: The New York Post reports that teen unemployment in NYC is a stunning 35.6%.
PENCIL President Michael Haberman recently discussed the need for business to do more to train the next generation of American workers in The National Journal.
“We’re facing the real possibility of a lost generation in the years ahead, one without the skills they need to compete for jobs,” said Haberman.
We at PENCIL want to say thank you again to all the Businesses that signed up to hire a PENCIL Fellow this summer. The experiences that you’ll provide them with will teach them what it takes to succeed.
And to all the PENCIL Fellows who are starting their internships today: work hard, learn everything that you can, and make the very most of this opportunity.
If you want to see how our Fellows are fairing at their jobs, then check back in with PENCIL on Tuesday, July 10th: starting then, we’ll be featuring three Fellows in a recurring series that we’re calling the “2012 PENCIL Fellows Web Diaries,” which will highlight what our Fellows are learning, how they’re growing, and how their experience is transforming their careers.