Internship Program

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

Cooke Internships help our students to:

  • Provide students with valuable work experience,  enabling them to navigate professional work environments and maintain their independence through employment.

  • Enable students to apply the soft skills that they have learned at Cooke to obtain and maintain employment. This empowers them to join the workforce  and demonstrate confidence in communicating and advocating for themselves.

Get Involved

The Cooke Internship Program collaborates with private and public sector employers to offer our students valuable internship opportunities. Corporations and organizations (large and small) have benefited from opening their doors to Cooke students. Students are paired with job sites that match their strengths and interests, giving 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, using  their individual skill sets to provide necessary services and add meaningfully to workplace culture. 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 the 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?

Fill out the form below or contact Vocational Services at

Planning Giving

Legacy giving is very important to Cooke’s sustainability.  Please contact Michael Eaton at for more information.

Through the Affinity Membership Program, TD Bank will make an annual contribution to Cooke School based on the activity of all participating members’ TD Bank accounts.

Eligible accounts include:

  • Checking – Business & Consumer

  • Savings

  • Money Market

  • Certificate of Deposit

  • Retirement

If you are already a TD Bank customer, please visit any one of their locations and ask to have your balances included as part of the Cooke’s Affinity Membership Program (code: A1923).

Please see the Affinity Membership Program flyer for more information.