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Chancellor Banks Announces Partnership With Northwell Health To Provide Student Internships

  • Posted: Wed Sep 28, 2022

As part of New York City public schools’ Student Pathways Initiative, Northwell Health is hosting up to 150 internships for 12th graders, providing feedback on career and technical education curriculum and supporting student instruction in career-connected learning.

NEW YORK - New York City Schools Chancellor David C. Banks announced today Northwell Health’s commitment to serve as the first Student Pathways anchor employer partner for city schools; providing up to 150 internships to 12th-graders this school year. Leadership at Northwell Health will also advise and help ensure the program’s curriculum meets employer standards, and Northwell employees will participate in student-learning days in four high schools to give students meaningful, career-connected learning from healthcare professionals. 

"It is critical that we connect our largest employers to the next generation of leaders and create opportunities for New York City youth," said New York City Mayor Adams. "The partnership between Northwell Health and our public schools will give our students real world, hands-on experience. Thank you to Northwell Health for not only supporting this work, but for stepping up to support New York City's workforce of tomorrow."

“I am so thrilled to return to my alma mater, Hillcrest High School, for this special announcement,” Banks said. “I consider it part of my responsibility, and my reward, as an educator to set students up for success beyond the four walls of the classroom. And we want businesses and the private sector across this city to join us by investing in the tremendous talent we have in our city’s schools and helping to prepare them for and connect them to the opportunities of the future.”

This commitment is the first for FutureReadyNYC, which will grow career-connected learning and allows students to get early college credit, real-world skills, and paid work experiences in high-growth fields like health care, technology, and education. FutureReadyNYC, a part of the Student Pathways Initiative, is focused on putting each student on a path to a rewarding, engaging career, as well as financial independence and long-term economic security – the North Stars of the administration. 

“CUNY is proud to align yet again with one of Mayor Adams’ signature priorities: career pathways toward sought-after jobs in education, health care and technology,” said CUNY Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez. “The University looks forward to providing courses to Department of Education students at our community colleges as part of this exciting initiative.  We thank Mayor Adams, Chancellor Banks and Northwell Health for this partnership.”  

“When we support education, we improve public health, life expectancy and promote health equity. It is our belief that every student should be able to achieve their educational and career goals,” Michael Dowling, President and CEO of Northwell Health said.   “As the largest health care provider in New York, Northwell is committed to working with local schools, community-based organizations and businesses to provide pathways to employment after graduation for young people who will become our future leaders and catalysts for change. We owe this to our children.” 

Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 21 hospitals, 850 outpatient facilities and more than 12,000 affiliated physicians. As an anchor employer partner, Northwell Health will host up to 150 internships to 12th graders, increase student exposure to the healthcare industry, provide opportunities for students to explore career experiences, and participate in career-connected learning days to directly support student instruction in four high schools: Hillcrest High School, the Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management, the High School for Health Professions and Human Services and the International High School for Health Sciences. Northwell is also committed to providing opportunities for teachers to gain hands-on learning experiences in the health care industry to inform their teaching and ensure their curriculum is relevant and engaging. Northwell also calls on other major health systems and providers to step up to support unleashing the tremendous talent of city students. 

On any given week, there are over 275,000 job postings in New York City. Employers can’t fill their jobs fast enough, and yet nearly one in eight young New Yorkers are neither in school, nor are they working. The aim of the Student Pathways Initiative is to work with employer partners to connect students to high-growth careers, with a goal of ensuring New York City public school students will have access to a work experience and an early college credit or a credential that sets them up for economically secure futures. Building this future won’t happen without businesses like Northwell stepping up, just as the New York CEO Jobs Council, JP Morgan Chase, Accenture and other businesses did earlier this month when they committed to build apprenticeship opportunities for thousands of NYC students.

Other interested healthcare and high growth employers are encouraged to help shape this initiative and the future by supporting one of our FutureReadyNYC pilot schools this school year. The New York City Public Schools will work with employers to increase student exposure to their industry, provide opportunities for students to explore career experiences, or create internships for our students. Interested employers can find out more by contacting

“A successful college experience begins with career planning prior to registration,” said Dr. Christine Mangino, President of Queensborough Community College. “Today marks an exciting opportunity to build upon the success of Queensborough’s dual enrollment programs and provide high school students with career-connected learning internships that will prepare them to excel in their academic and professional careers.”

“Northwell’s mission is providing care to the communities we serve and we have a keen focus on education and youth,’ Debbie Salas-Lopez, MD, Northwell Health’s Senior Vice President of Community and Population Health said. “We are proud to support this program as we believe an investment in our future leaders is an investment in the overall health and wellness of our communities.”

"There is an urgent need to better prepare students with tangible career skills and corporate connections. As school leaders, we understand and recognize this necessary paradigm shift towards not just college readiness, but also career readiness,” Hillcrest High School Principal Scott Milczewski said. “We welcome and celebrate amazing business partnerships such as the one just forged with Northwell Health. We are excited for the future of NYC--FutureReadyNYC."