Goodbye School, Hello Summer (Jobs)

By Shelley Foo

​After paying for AP exams, prom, and other end-of-the-year activities, students will leave school and enter summer vacation strapped for cash. It is that time of the year again when students scramble to find a summer job that will give them some pocket money and something to do. But students are often left confused in their search for a job. Where do I begin? How do I apply? They do not realize that many opportunities are at their fingertips, just a click away.

​One option students can consider is the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), a six-week program which provides New York City youths with summer employment and educational experiences. Applicants should be between the ages of 14 to 24 years old and a New York City resident in order to qualify. They can choose amongst several SYEP providers and, within those providers, worksites to work for.

​During the summer of 2012, Phillip Foo ’13 chose to work at Center for Family Life at Sunset Park, where he worked with children at a community center.

​“I really enjoyed my time working at Sunset Park,” said Foo. “I made lots of money and made new friends. I gained leadership skills and was able to step out of my comfort zone and interact with people of all ages.”

​SYEP participants are paid minimum wage, at $7.25 an hour with up to 25 hours a week, through a debit card payroll processing system. Students interested should visit to fill out the application and for more information. The last day to apply was, however, May 10, 2013.

​Another option is the internships page under the “Guidance” tab on the school’s website. This page lists the advantages of an internship, such as gaining insight into a career field and building a network. For a junior, an internship is a great way to help make one stand out during the college admissions process.

​Law and Society senior Jennifer Lei knows the importance of an internship; she applied to two that she found on her own, and another one she applied to was from the internships page.

​“My internship is for law and the other is working at a museum,” says Lei. “I don’t really find the [Brooklyn Tech] site that useful considering it’s too technology or science based. [It] doesn’t have too much law or even history stuff.”

​Internship coordinator Isaac B. Honor, however, disagrees with Lei. He believes that the internships page is very helpful and encourages more students to take advantage of the website.
​“More and more students are checking [the internships page] but not enough,” stated Honor.

“Students should be trained to say you should go on the internships page a couple times a week.”
​Some of the summer internship opportunities range from web development to volunteering at a hospital to campaigning for the upcoming mayoral election. Some of these internships allow students to earn a stipend, while others are unpaid.

Students should read all internship notices carefully to make sure they qualify and meet deadlines. It is important that students do not wait until last minute; otherwise they might miss out on an amazing opportunity.

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