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 high school and SKILLs students ages 14-21.

Cooke Internships help 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 adaptive and social skills that they have learned at Cooke to be empowered to 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.

Brett Rogoff, CEO Strategic Group and Cooke Internship Host

Cooke at Le Pain Quotidien

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
  • Making event badges
  • Alphabetizing
  • Preparing mailings
  • Assisting in classrooms
  • Caring for animals
  • Socializing with the elderly
  • Landscaping
  • Participating in construction projects
  • Archiving data/working with spreadsheets

Corporate Internship Partners

All Souls Church
Animal Haven
Carnegie Hill Neighbors
Circle of Confusion Queens
Doodle Doo’s
Gallop Therapeutic Riding
God’s Love We Deliver cards
Jan Hus Church
Middle Collegiate Church
Hannah Senesh School
New World Stages
Stuyvesant Park
FLY Center
The Yoga Room
Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
XL Catlin

Strategic Group
Carter Burden Center Meals on Heels
Beacon’s Closet
Le Pain Quotidien
Josephine Herrick Project
NYC Top Dog
Educational Alliance
Lower East Side Girls Club
Stephen Gaynor School gym
School of Visual Arts
Venturo Osteria/Vesta Trattoria
TJ Maxx
Bell Curves
Presentation Products
Circle of Confusion Manhattan
Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

Washington Square Park
Integrated Technology Systems
NYU OT Dept.
Norwich Meadow Farms
Arts Connection
General Assembly
Cafe Grumpy
Wild Bird Fund
S-Curve Records
Featherstone Design
Makur Design
Squeaky Clean
Hundred Acres
Matted LIC
The Yoga Room

Interested in hosting a Cooke intern?

Fill out the form below or contact one of our Vocational Services Chairs for more information: Jennifer Dinney (SKILLs) – Dana Pelerin (CA)