Students at Special City High School Celebrate Completion of Internship Program

Educators at a special city high school are hoping to teach students to pay it forward.

Students taking part in The Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies' internship program celebrated its completion Friday.

The program sends qualified juniors into the workforce to learn what it takes to make it in the real world.

Organizations in attendance included Brooklyn Hospital, the Prospect Park Zoo and the New York City Police Department.

NY1 was also a proud participant.

Students who complete their internships mentor their younger classmates and encourage them to participate.

"It was really fun and interesting to step up and really show what I could do, and had to really take charge and be like everyone else," said Jordan Ballard, a BCS student who interned with NY1.

"The reason why I chose this internship is because I want to go on to law enforcement, I want to go into the military, so of course, I feel the need to want to protect the people of New York City and the people of the United States," said Dwight Enrique Boone, a BCS student who interned in the NYPD's 84th precinct.

"They have resumes now. They have interview skills," said Jacques Hoffman, the director of the intern program at BCS High School. "We're going to teach them how to pound the pavement in this tough economy."

The School For Collaborative Studies boasts a 90 percent graduation rate, with every graduating senior last year going on to college.

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