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 https://application.nycsyep.com 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.