Career Explorers was created by PENCIL in response to the decreased availability of traditional internship placements due to the pandemic and economic downturn. This program provides high school students with paid, career-facing, summer employment that is decoupled from a formal placement at a company. Career Explorers offers a strategy to engage and equip NYC high school students with the skills and experiences they need to learn about and prepare for cutting-edge careers, whether or not they are bound for four-year colleges. High school students are consistently overlooked for traditional internships and this program helps solve this challenge. MFF’s multiyear support will help move Career Explorers from pilot to scale.  

"Career Explorers has positively influenced my career goals.  After given the chance to speak with professionals from various areas, I am now more confident in my own ability to chase my goals."