• First Big Break
    Honors Internship Program

    LaGuardia Community College students have all the qualities that benefit New York employers. They are smart and hard working. They have character and grit. Most are bilingual. They have a good foundation of business and communication skills. What they don’t have are the opportunities or connections to help them get essential internships.

    First Big Break, LaGuardia Community College's Honors Internship Program, provides students an unprecedented experiential learning opportunity to participate in prestigious internships that support career exploration, gaining practical real-world work experience and building a professional network. Students receive a stipend from the LaGuardia Community College Foundation to help defray living expenses during the internship time period.

    The Program accepts applications on a rolling basis from students interested in internships with LaGuardia’s corporate and community partners. The application is open to all students with relevant majors, skills and experience. If applicable to their major, students may receive academic credit for the internship.

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    Prestigious, Competitive Internships With Stipend Available Now

    Recently, the program placed students in a broad range of corporations and organizations including NBC, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Norton Publishing, Morgan Stanley, MetLife, Boyce Technologies, Rosewood Hotels, LIC Partnership and the White House Heads Up program.

    Internships typically available:

    • Marketing / Communication / Public Relations
    • Travel Tourism and Hospitality
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Civil & Environmental Engineering
    • Business Administration / Accounting / Finance / Sales
    • Industrial Design / Graphic Design / Arts
    • Social Media / Data Analytics
    • New Media / Web, App Development / Network Administration / Computer Programming

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    Giving Students Their First Big Break

    The LaGuardia Community College Foundation selects and vets high potential students for internships based on how the internship can best fulfill the student’s academic needs and career aspirations.

    The Foundation acts as intermediary between students and the company partner; sending resumes, coordinating interview schedules, getting feedback and evaluations, and monitoring student progress throughout the internship.

    Internships typically run for 12 weeks with students committing between 16-24 hours per week depending on a student’s academic schedule. Students receive a stipend from the LaGuardia Community College Foundation to help defray living expenses during the internship time period.

    To learn about connecting LaGuardia students to internship opportunities, please contact the LaGuardia Community College Foundation.
    Call 718-482-5610 or Email foundation@lagcc.cuny.edu.

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          From Poverty to Opportunity

          LaGuardia Community College was among the top 1% of 604 community colleges nationwide with the greatest success in lifting the poorest students into jobs where they earn good wages and create better lives for themselves and their families (Stanford University, 2017).

          That means that students who came from families with a household income less than $25,000, were now earning $58,000 or more. This upward mobility is the difference between going hungry and putting food on the table, living in a shelter or renting an apartment, and dropping out or finishing your education.

          Take Rony Estevez, age 25 (pictured at left above with his fiancé). Born in the US to parents from the Dominican Republic, he grew up in public housing in Brooklyn. After high school, Rony studied at a college upstate, before moving back to be closer to family and enrolling at LaGuardia. Needing a job to help pay for living expenses, he got a paid internship in accounting, his major, through "First Big Break," LaGuardia Community College's Honors Internship Program. Rony thrived in the internship at Creative Business Inc., and was asked to stay on after it ended. He recently celebrated his third anniversary at the company, where he's now a full-time staff accountant earning $55,000/yr. He's engaged to be married, he and his fiancé recently bought a house together, and he's on his way to earning his bachelor's in accounting at Brooklyn College.

          For more about this research, click here to read a recent article about it The Chronicle of Higher Education. Or click here to read the paper, “Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility.”

          From Poverty to Opportunity

          LaGuardians Habiba Choudhury, Matthew Wilson, Nicole Zambrano, and Amy Soukoule (pictured above from left to right), recently celebrated their successful summer internships at NBC.

          Despite being the only interns from a community college, they report having terrific experiences—finding helpful and supportive managers, gaining valuable work experience, and feeling like they've become a part of the NBC family.

          Habiba worked for NBC's archives department, learning about the history of NBC News and its role in US history. Matthew was an on the ground reporter and had items published on NBC's website. Nicole, who hopes to work at SNL some day, did research for The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. And Amy did web design—in fact, some of her work can be found on NBC's website right now.

          All four intend to stay in touch with NBC and explore future career opportunities there after they earn their bachelor's degrees. Habiba, Nicole, and Amy are members of LaGuardia's Class of 2018. This fall, Habiba starts at Wellesley College, Nicole at City College, and Amy is in the CUNY BA program through Queens College. Matthew will resume work towards his associate's at LaGuardia, where he's been selected as a member of the President's Society.

          And NBC has already said that they'll be glad to host four more LaGuardia students in summer 2019! They want to be sure to hear from different voices on their staffs, and appreciate the diversity that LaGuardia students bring to NBC.

  • Internship Partners

    Boyce Technologies, Inc


    Creative Business Inc

    Cowtan & Tout

    Distilled Studio

    MKJ Communications

    Ethos Energy

    360 Peek

  • Contact Us

    LaGuardia Community College Foundation
    31-10 Thomson Avenue, Room E-511
    Long Island City, NY 11101 USA