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Newton's Summer High School Internship Program

**The application for Summer 2020 is now closed. If you are a high school student (or a recent graduate) still interested in learning more about the world of work, consider enrolling in our free, self-directed online workshop. You can learn more about it and enroll here. **

The goal of Newton's Summer High School Internship Program is to serve as a hands-on summer learning experience for young adults in the community. Our internship program provides on the job experience and exposure to the world of work, particularly in the STEM industries, as well as weekly skill-building workshops and presentations led by the City of Newton's Youth Services department and other community partners. While the internship program is open to all, we seek to provide opportunity to high-risk and at-risk youth, including those who receive academic support, students of color, first generation college students, ELLs, students in alternative education, and those from low income families.

After applications and reference materials are received by the Youth Services department, students are interviewed and, if accepted, matched with a mentor at a local business or organization. We place students in a wide variety of hands-on learning opportunities in STEM fields including coding, lab work, and web development, in City Hall departments like Planning, Engineering, and DPW, and in non-profits and community organizations like the West Suburban YMCA, Green Newton, and NWW Committee for Community Living. For a complete list of organizations we've worked with see below.

Students are expected to work between 10-15 hours a week for six weeks beginning on July 6th, 2020 and ending on August 14th, 2020. There will be required orientations for both interns and mentors before the session begins. Additionally, as part of the program, all young people must participate in skill-building workshops each week that teach interview skills, workplace communication, team building, resume writing, and so much more. These workshops take place in Newton City Hall and are 2.5 hours long.

High school students who have completed a minimum of 9th grade are eligible to apply. Students in grades 10-12 are also eligible. Applicants must either be a Newton resident or attend a school in Newton. Young people must also have the ability to travel to and from their job site and weekly workshops. Transportation is not provided, but we are able to provide T passes for those who need them. (see more information below on transportation and eligibility)

Interns should be ready to take on new responsibilities, be open to trying new things, and should expect to learn more than they ever imagined!

If you have questions, please contact Director of Youth Services, Quinn Etchie, at


Applicant Qualifications and Other Important Information

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis beginning the first week of December 2019 and ending in April, 2020. There is no cost to families to apply or participate.
  • In order for an application to be considered complete, there must be two references submitted for that student from a teacher, coach, or other non-related adult. Once an application is complete, the student will be notified about next steps.
  • Interviews will be conducted in a group setting, unless otherwise notified. Most interviews are scheduled to take place during lunch blocks or after school within the school buildings. Some interviews will also take place at City Hall after school. Students will be able to choose which location and time work best for them.
  • Qualified candidates must be able to work a minimum of 10-15 hours per week and attend the weekly skill-building workshop at City Hall with their intern classmates.
  • Candidates must be available for the program dates: July 6th - August 14th. Students who are not available for a minimum of 5 out of 6 weeks will NOT be considered.
  • Students must be, at minimum, in 9th grade at the time of application. Students in grades 10-12 are also eligible.
  • We can accept about 70-75 students each summer, depending on site availability.
  • While transportation to and from the work site is not provided by the program, we work closely with each intern to develop a transportation plan in the months before they begin work. Additionally, we will assist with providing a T pass for any participant who has need of one. In past years, we have worked with students to arrange carpools with others who are partnered at the same placements, as well as considered each participant's placement and it's relative distance from home. We understand that access to transportation options can be very challenging, and we work hard to ensure that transportation is not a barrier for any program participant.
  • While it is not a guarantee, we have been able to secure funding in previous years to pay interns a stipend at the end of the summer. This stipend is contingent on the intern's attendance in class and at work. 
  • We understand that you may need to take a small amount of time off for a pre-scheduled family vacation. While this does not disqualify you from participating in the program, it is something we need to know about in advance. The mentors are willing to work with you to create a flexible schedule, but remember, you are expected to be available for AT MINIMUM, five out of the six weeks of the program. Interns will be disqualified from the program if they miss more than one week.
  • If you have a question, please feel free to contact the Director of Youth Services, Quinn Etchie, at


Summer 2019 Businesses:

*Please note, this is not a complete list of offerings for 2020. Additionally, while students may note their preferences for placement in a certain field, we do not allow students to choose their own placements.


Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Carroll Center for the Blind
Centre Street Food Pantry
Channing Division of Network Medicine @ Brigham and Women's Hospital
City of Newton - Department of Public Works
City of Newton - Engineering Department 
City of Newton - IT Department
Good Shepherd Community Care
Grad Bag
Green Newton
Lab Shares
Lasell Village 
Massachusetts Municipal Association
Massachusetts Superior Court
Meadowscaping for Biodiversity
New Art Center
Newton Cemetery Greenhouse and Arboretum 
Newton Cultural Affairs
Newton Free Library
Newton Housing Authority
Newton Police Department
Newton Wellesley Hospital
NWW Committee for Community Living
Our Newton
Sandwich Works
ShipIn Systems
ThreadED Fashion for a Future
Village Bank
William James College
West Suburban YMCA

 Here are some students from Summer 2019 enjoying a team building activity! 

City Hall Internships

If you are interested in interning in Newton City Hall (outside of Newton's Summer High School Internship Program), we recommend first finding a department within City Hall that best suits your needs and interests. On the City Hall homepage, you'll find a complete list of all departments and contact information for department heads and other staff. We recommend first emailing the department with your resume as an inquiry.


Then, depending on their level of interest and availability, provide them with some information about what you'd like to do within their department or some ideas for projects/services you're interested in. Be sure to give them a specific time frame that you're available and hours you know you can work.


Additionally, some departments may post openings for internships on their own pages and we recommend checking your department of interest to see if they might be taking interns before contacting Youth Services. Many City Hall departments look for college interns over the summer, but it cannot hurt to reach out and ask if they need help! You never know.


Most departments will require that you are first cleared with our Human Resources Department, and, additionally, most internships are unpaid.


If you have other questions that are not answered here, please feel free to contact our Youth Services Director, Quinn Etchie at



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