SDC bids farewell to sixty-five summer interns


The 2022 promotion of SDC trainees. Image credit: SDC.

The high school, undergraduate and graduate students completed their six-week paid internships with the Department of Design and Construction earlier this month. The Design and Construction Department held a closing ceremony for its 15 high school seniors and 50 undergraduate and graduate students in mid-August to mark the end of their internships with the department.

DDC Commissioner Thomas Foley said: “Internships expose students to practical, real-life situations that give them real insight into the technical careers that interest them. 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. »

The interns are among more than 700 students the DDC has mentored over the years. During their experience, interns were mentored by DDC staff and attended site visits and ceremonies to enhance their understanding of the city’s infrastructure and how the DDC operates. Among the sites visited was the East Side Coastal Resilience (ESCR), where trainees observed the 2.4-mile-long flood barrier being installed stretching from the Lower East Side to Asser Levy Playground on East 25th Street. Interns also joined Mayor Adams in celebrating the unveiling of the new Asser Levy Playground, marking the completion of the first section of the ESCR project.

Patrick Black, a rising junior at Manhattan College who is studying civil engineering with a double minor in environmental engineering and math, shared, “Before the internship, I only took one course in environmental engineering. environment where we learned about structures, but thanks to this fantastic internship I was able to dive in and see more of what it takes to build for the city. Great advice Commissioner Thomas Foley gave was to always ask questions and that’s what I did, spoke to staff outside of my unit and it was a great way to find out more on DDC’s portfolio projects and to receive professional industry advice.”

The internship program is run in conjunction with DDC’s STEAM education initiative, which was established in 2014. The initiative is dedicated to creating a diverse and inclusive pipeline for New York students to engage in the industries in which DDC works, such as architecture, construction, and engineering.

DDC Deputy Commissioner for Community Partnerships and STEAM Initiatives, Lee Llambelis, said, “We are extremely proud to send our 2022 high school and college interns out into the world. 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.

Internship applications for next summer will open in March 2023. For more information on how to work with DDC, please visit this link.

The Department of Design and Construction is New York City’s primary capital construction project manager. DDC partners with other city agencies to provide communities with new or renovated public buildings to support Mayor Adam’s long-term vision for growth, sustainability, resilience, equity and living healthy. For more information, please visit

By: Samantha Silverstein (Samantha is an intern at CityLaw and a student at New York Law School, class of 2024.)


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