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August 12, 2016

High School and College Interns Closing Ceremony

Commissioner Peña-Mora stands in front of a group of student interns who are seated in folding chairs.
Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora discusses the importance of internship opportunities.

New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) high school and college interns gathered at DDC’s main office in Long Island City to mark the end of their summer program. 

“We are happy to provide hands-on educational and professional experiences to our summer interns,” said DDC Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora. “There are an abundance of opportunities in the construction industry, especially in New York City, and it is important to guide our future designers and builders with high quality mentorship. I thank the mentors at DDC for contributing to the learning process for our students.”

“We are extremely proud to send our 2016 high school and college interns out into the world. Our students have been working with some of the best built environment professionals in the industry. The jobs of the future will be found in the architecture and engineering sectors,” said DDC Community Partnerships & STEAM Initiatives Deputy Commissioner Lee Llambelis. “It is critically important that we expose our young people to rigor and high expectations of the industry in a professional setting.”

2016 college and high school interns huddle in a group to pose for a group photo.
2016 college and high school interns celebrate the end of the DDC Summer Internship Program.

Each intern was assigned to a personal mentor in a specific division of DDC, such as Administration, Architecture and Engineering, Community Partnerships and STEAM Initiatives, Infrastructure, Office of the Chief Architect, Law, Program Management and Public Buildings.

The high school interns were introduced to design tools such as Google SketchUp. They developed 3D models, and constructed bioswales. For many students, the internship taught professionalism in addition to technical aspects of working in architecture, engineering, and construction.