Our mission is to help high achieving, high potential students from some of New York City’s most underserved and underrepresented communities to acquire social capital and broaden their horizons.

Our vision is to empower First Workings interns to overcome many of the structural barriers that typically limit upward social-economic mobility.

We accomplish this through arranging paid internships in the summer between our students’ junior and senior years. Our Internship Partners span the industries of finance, business, medicine, engineering, law, architecture, technology, non-profit, fashion, media, film, and real estate. We are always looking to include more industries to meet our students’ career interests. The First Workings program includes:

What is First Workings? A new way to explore potential college and career interests, or discover a new business or industry through:

Get the chance to impact a young person’s life by partnering with First Workings. By becoming an Internship Partner, you’ll gain:


100% of First Workings Alumni attend college. 


Your donation will help First Workings prepare, train, and support future interns in our mission of providing enriching workplace experiences. We thank you for your generosity! Donations support our interns in the following ways:

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