New York’s Department of Design and Construction (DDC) held a closing ceremony last week for 65 students to mark the end of their six-week summer internship.
More than 700 high school, graduate and undergraduate students have been mentored by the DDC through its internship program. During this internship, the students – comprising 15 high school seniors, 44 undergraduates and six graduates – were mentored by DDC professionals and senior executives from various divisions. They also attended site visits to gain hands-on technical experience and an in-depth understanding of the infrastructure and public building projects being built across the city by the SDC.
“Internships expose students to real-world, hands-on situations that give them real insight into the technical careers that interest them,” said DDC Commissioner Thomas Foley. “We hope these students will one day return to DDC and help make this city great. In the meantime, they have the opportunity to learn skills from DDC professionals that will help them enter the lucrative and rewarding construction industry. »
In total, students in the program represented 13 high schools and 31 middle schools from across New York City. The college students who participated specialize in the fields of architecture, civil engineering, construction management, mechanical engineering and electricity.
During this program, high school interns were able to participate in the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project in Manhattan. This project aims to improve parks and create a 2.4-mile-long flexible flood barrier stretching from Montgomery Street on the borough’s Lower East Side to Asser Levy Playground at East 25th Street .
Undergraduate and graduate trainees, meanwhile, were able to visit several different SDC sites in each borough. At one point they joined Mayor Eric Adams, elected officials and various other agencies in celebrating the completion of the Asser Levy Playground with a new flood wall and resilient play areas as the first section of the project. of resilience on the east coast.
“We are extremely proud to send our 2022 high school and college interns out into the world,” said Lee Llambalis, DDC Deputy Commissioner for Community Partnerships and STEAM Initiatives. “Our students have worked with some of the best built environment professionals in the industry, not just in New York, but around the world. It is extremely important that we expose our young people to the rigor and high expectations of the industry in a professional setting.
For Rin Curzio, a graduate of Energy Tech High School, this internship meant a lot to him as he prepares to study mechanical engineering at LaGuardia Community College. He hopes to apply what he learned from the internship to his studies and eventually his career.
“Throughout my high school career, I studied engineering and this internship was the next stepping stone to learning more about the industry and it gave me great exposure,” Curzio said. “I have been part of a robotics team for two years now and I hope to become a mentor to teach other students what I have learned. To put it simply, I love engineering and am very passionate about the field.
Established in 2014, DDC’s STEAM Education Initiative works in conjunction with DDC Student Internship Programs to create a diverse and inclusive pipeline for young New Yorkers to engage in the industries of architecture, construction and engineering. The NYC Department of Youth and Community Development also works with them to organize the high school summer internship program. DDC STEAM served approximately 5,506 people.
The Department of Design and Construction acts as the city’s lead manager on construction projects. Among the resources it works to provide to communities are new or renovated public buildings such as fire stations, libraries, police stations and new or upgraded roads, sewers and water lines in the five boroughs. .