A Look at the PENCIL Internship Program

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PENCIL Internship Program
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Since December 2017, Celia Tombalakian has worked for Coty as Vice President of Global & US Marketing. At Coty, she helps lead to new levels in beauty, consumer health, dermatology and medical aesthetic device sectors. Over the years, Celia Tombalakian along with other business professionals, has used this experience to led business workshops with PENCIL, an organization that helps young students work towards successful futures.

In collaboration with the NYC Department of Youth & Community Services Ladders for Leaders Program, PENCIL operates an internship program that allows students between the ages of 16 and 22 to prepare for their future careers. To qualify for the PENCIL Internship Program, individuals must reside in NYC, maintain a GPA of at least 3.0, and possess some experience with either volunteering or paid work.

At the beginning of the program, the students must participate in a minimum of 20 hours of career preparedness training that helps them build essential professional skills such as interviewing and networking. Afterwards, the students gain the opportunity to participate in a paid internship with a government entity, charitable group, or company in NYC. Over the course of six weeks, interns work hand-in-hand with dedicated mentors inside a real office setting. The PENCIL Internship Program thus enables young students to not only gain valuable professional experience but also to earn money that they can use to finance their future career endeavors.

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