Newton's Summer High School Internship Program

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 8th, 2019 and ending on August 16th, 2019. 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 two 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

**The application for Newton's Summer High School Internship Program (Summer 2019) can be found HERE.**

**The reference form for Newton's Summer High School Internship Program (Summer 2019) can be found HERE. Please note: all students must have TWO references submitted for them before they are eligible for the interview.**


Applicant Qualifications and Other Important Information

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis beginning in December 2019 and ending in late April, 2019. 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 8th - August 16th. 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.
  • While transportation to and from the worksite 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 grant 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 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 2018 Businesses:

*Please note, this is not a complete list of offerings for 2019. Additionally, while students may note their preferences for placement in a certain field, we do not allow students to choose their own placements.

All Systems Integration @ NIC
Amooti @ Intern Hub Boston
Belmont Savings Bank
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Carroll Center for the Blind
Channing Division of Network Medicine @ Brigham and Women's Hospital
Department of Public Works, City of Newton
Freedom From Chemical Dependency (FCD)
Girl Fit
Good Shepherd Community Care
Green Newton
Historic Newton
Meet Caregivers @ NIC
MyGym Newton
New Art Center
Newton Cemetery
Newton Free Library
Newton Housing Authority
Newton Planning Department
Newton Police Department
Newton Theatre Company/Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs
Our Newton
Sandwich Works
Smith and Connors @ NIC
Stone Rehabilitation & Senior Living Center
Unbound Commerce
Woods College @ BC
West Suburban YMCA

    We took a class trip to Boston College for the last week of the internship program!

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