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July 10, 2017

DDC Commissioner Barrio Meets 2017 Summer High School Interns

Ian Michaels

Long Island City, NY – New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) Acting Commissioner Ana Barrio today met the 28 City high school students who have been selected from almost 600 applicants for paid summer internships at DDC. The students will participate in a summer work program that provides a behind the scenes introduction to the fields of architecture, engineering, construction, design, law, business administration, and finance with the 1,400 professionals at DDC. The program began July 5 and will end August 11.

The High School Summer Internship Program is organized in partnership with the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development through DDC’s STEAM education initiative, which was created in 2014 to establish a diverse and inclusive pipeline for New York City's youth to engage in architecture, construction, and engineering (ACE) industries. The agency also hosts a summer internship program for college students, a middle school summer enrichment program, as well as numerous educational programs. Overall, DDC STEAM has served over 1,500 students since its inception.

DDC Acting Commissioner Ana Barrio with DDC’s 2017 High School Summer Interns
DDC Acting Commissioner Ana Barrio (Front, blue) with DDC’s 2017 High School Summer Interns

“DDC selects highly motivated students from every borough, teams them with interested and accomplished professionals, and provides them with the tools to understand how to build for the benefit of New York City,” said Acting Commissioner Barrio. “Demand for workers skilled in technical fields continues to grow. In the future, some of these students may return to careers at DDC.”

This is the third year of DDC’s High School Summer Internship program. There are 14 male and 14 female students in the 2017 intern program, representing each borough and 24 different high schools.

Each intern will be assigned a personal mentor from a DDC division, including Administration, Architecture & Engineering, Community Partnerships and STEAM Initiatives, Infrastructure, Office of the Chief Architect, Law/General Counsel’s Office, Program Management, and Public Buildings.

As part of the program, interns are required to attend weekly educational workshops that discuss career paths in architecture, engineering and construction, college readiness, introduction to 3D modeling, and networking. Students will also make weekly visits to a DDC project site, where design and construction professionals will guide them

About the NYC Department of Design and Construction
The Department of Design and Construction is the City’s primary capital construction project manager. In supporting Mayor de Blasio’s lenses of growth, sustainability, resiliency, equity and healthy living, DDC provides communities with new or renovated public buildings such as such as firehouses, libraries, police precincts, new or upgraded roadways, sewers, water mains in all five boroughs. To manage this $15 billion portfolio, DDC partners with other City agencies, architects and consultants, whose experience bring efficient, innovative, and environmentally-conscious design and construction strategies to city projects. For more information, please visit