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We know that the next generation of great architects, engineers, and builders is just a classroom away.

In 2014, we created the STEAM Initiatives program to establish a diverse and inclusive pipeline for New York City's youth to engage in architecture, construction, and engineering (ACE) industries. Our customized outreach programs enhance student awareness of these fields, beginning in middle school through high school and college. This further enriches the broader goals of STEAM: to bring awareness to the importance of science, technology, engineering, art/architecture and mathematics in our educational system.

We support schools in providing a holistic educational approach. We introduce students to the broad range of STEAM careers, encouraging empowerment and confidence in students’ performance in math and science. Above all, we believe in equal access to information, resources, and communication tools as it relates to STEAM programs and careers.

DDC’s Summer Internship Program for college and graduate school students offers an opportunity to gain valuable experience in the architecture, engineering, design, safety, and construction management professions within a public service context. Students will gain hands-on technical experience through specific field assignments and a mentoring relationship with senior-level technical staff. Applications for the 2022 Summer Internship Program are no longer accepted. The deadline has passed. 

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  • Kids learn problem-solving skills to become better thinkers. This makes them more prepared for job markets after graduation.
  • Demand for workers skilled in STEAM fields is continuously growing.
  • STEAM careers can offer higher pay at the entry level. Additionally, the gender gap in pay is less than in other fields.
  • STEAM fields are crucial for the future of our city and the world. The opportunities to innovate are endless!


See our work firsthand in the following short videos: 

Our Programs

School Age Programs Grades 6-12

College Programs

  • DDC Summer Internship Program: Open for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing STEAM careers, we offer placements in specific fields for hands-on experience. The deadline for the 2022 Summer Internship Program has passed. Applications are no longer accepted.  
  • Construction Management Certificate: DDC and SCA are partnering with community colleges to create a certification track that is specific to NYC’s procurement process and construction management. 

Deputy Commissioner: Lillian "Lee" Llambelis, Esq.
(718) 391-2888