The 2019 Ladders for Leaders application is now open!

The 2019 Ladders for Leaders application is now open! Students will be required to submit an updated resume and transcript, as well as respond to 2 essay questions, as part of the application process. Please click below to  begin your application. 
The deadline for the application is February 3rd, 2019. PENCIL will begin training and matching students to internship opportunities as early as February. 

What Does the Program Offer?

 Ladders for Leaders gives students the unique opportunity to explore their interests and discover new ones through: 

  • Pre-Employment Training: Receive help with résumé and cover letter writing, and interview skills. Learn essential workplace readiness skills and business etiquette.

  • Paid Summer Internships: Paid internship opportunities in a variety of industries that match students’ interests. Gain experience with well-known companies like Boston Consulting Group, Bank of America, Amalgamated Bank, Medidata, Office of Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York, AppNexus , and Tishman Speyer.

  • Opportunities to Join Ladders for Leaders Growing Alumni Network: Our broad network of alumni, post-internship opportunities, and networking events are open only to past participants of the program.

Who is Eligible?

 To apply for Ladders for Leaders, you must:

  • Be between the ages of 16 and 22, and currently enrolled in high school or college

  • Have a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 

  • Be a current resident of one of the five boroughs of New York City

  • Have some form of prior work experience, either paid or volunteer

  • Be legally authorized to work in the United States
    Please review the FAQ on their website: or reach out to if you have any questions.