CUNY Internship Programs, which are part of CUNY’s Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Programs, offer student internships in STEM- or communications-related positions. In partnership with the New York City Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications (DoITT), CUNY provides city agencies and public schools with a streamlined and cost-effective way to hire interns to support STEM-related projects. DoITT interns serve as application/web developers, database analysts/designers, engineers, and other roles, often working on mission-critical projects at their agencies. Communication interns are placed at 311 and the New York City Housing Authority. The goal of these internships is to provide students with paid, hands-on work experience in their career fields that in turn strengthen their post-graduation employment prospects.
REPS provides data management and evaluation services. REPS designs, administers, and analyzes data from internship partner surveys, which assess partners’ satisfaction with the interns they hire and the administrative support they receive from the program. REPS conducted the first historical analysis of the program, which included seven cohort years, to describe the demographic characteristics of interns, participation trends, and student academic performance. Future outcome evaluations are expected to examine wage record data to describe the types of employment (career field, employer, and salary) students gain after participating in the program.
Three evaluation questions guide the current work.
- Student intern descriptives: What was the demographic profile of participants and how has this changed over time? What were the overall participation trends over time and by agency? What were the academic trends among participants? Which colleges did interns attend? What degrees did interns pursue and earn?
- Do interns meet partner expectations in terms of professional, academic, and interpersonal skills?
- Does CUNY provide adequate support to the partners, and is the program cost effective for the partner agency?