Internship Program

Cooke School and Institute, a nonprofit provider of special education services in New York City, offers our students internship opportunities as a required part of the curriculum for all Upper School and Cooke Transitions students ages 14-21.

Cooke Internships help our students to:

  • Provide our students with valuable working experience which will later enable them to navigate professional working environments and maintain their independence through employment.


  • Enable students to apply the soft skills that they have learned at Cooke to be able to obtain and maintain employment and be empowered to join the work force in adulthood and confidently communicate and advocate for themselves.

Get Involved

The Cooke Internship Program collaborates with private and public sector employers who offer our students internship opportunities. Corporations and organizations large and small have benefited from opening their doors to Cooke students. Students are partnered with sites that match their strengths and interests and give them the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the organization.

Cooke at Le Pain Quotidien

Brett Rogoff, CEO Strategic Group and Cooke Internship Host

Cooke interns have proven to be valuable assets to corporations and organizations through the necessary services they are able to provide based on their individual skill sets. Sample duties performed by interns include (but are not limited to):

  • Food preparation
  • Filing/copying
  • Alphabetizing
  • Preparing mailings
  • Assisting in classrooms
  • Caring for animals
  • Socializing with elderly
  • Landscaping
  • Archiving data/working with spreadsheets
  • Setting tables, sillverware roll-ups 
  • Gardening
  • Cleaning gym equipment
  • Greeting and assisting customers
  • Cleaning store shelves (facing shelves)
  • Stockroom assistance
  • Grooming

Corporate Internship Partners

9-11 Memorial Museum

All Souls Church

American Institute of Architects, AIA

Animal Haven

Atlantic Theater

Barry’s Bootcamp

Beacon’s Closet

Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

Café Grumpy

Carnegie Hill Neighbors

Carter Burden Center Meals on Heels

Circle of Confusion Queens




Doodle Doo’s

Educational Alliance

Featherstone Designs

FLY Center

Gallop NYC Therapeutic Riding

God’s Love We Deliver cards

Gowanus E-Waste Facility

Integrated Technology Systems

Jan Hus Church

La Cocina

Le Pain Quotidien

Levain Bakery

Middle Collegiate Church





NYU OT Dept.

Norwich Meadow Farms


Riverside Park

Shuka Restaurant

Silver Mirror Spa

Squeaky Clean

Strategic Group

Stuyvesant Park

The Intrepid

Townehouse Grooming


Wild Bird Fund


Interested in Cooke Internships?

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