S Jay Levy Fellowship for Future Leaders

“The S Jay Levy Fellowship for Future Leaders is a program developed with the idea of taking down barriers, pointing a few arrows and letting people really use their talents to advance their careers. I want you to keep in mind that in a world where upward mobility is being interfered with—we’re pushing back just a little bit.” -David Levy, son of the late S Jay Levy.

The economic landscape and job marketplace have changed in recent years, reducing upward mobility and presenting young adults with formidable barriers to obtaining jobs that offer real advancement opportunities. Many of these barriers disproportionately hinder City College students; in particular, the student with a strong work ethic and record of achievement often lacks the networks, cultural background, and financial safety nets that are often critical to securing an entry-level professional position. To address these obstacles and to meet the emerging needs of tomorrow, the S Jay Levy Fellowship for Future Leaders was created to be a model professional development program operating concurrently with undergraduate studies.

The S Jay Levy Fellowship for Future Leaders selects 60 sophomore and junior City College students with strong academic performance records (top 20% of their respective school or division), pronounced career aspirations, and clear ideas of how they will use their fellowships to advance these aspirations. Once selected, the S Jay Levy Fellows receive education, training, and mentorship concerning business culture with an emphasis on ethics in professional leadership. In addition to education, training, and mentorship relationships, fellows learn how to market their professional selves and work experience through meaningful summer internships.

Thanks to the generous support of the Jerome Levy Foundation and the vision and enduring guidance of Mr. David Levy, we are able to provide intensive programming, tailored support, access to high profile mentorship and professional opportunities, as well as stipends to students who are in unpaid summer internships. These stipends help us to be accessible and inclusive to qualified students, giving fellows the ability to focus on their career aspirations with fewer financial burdens.

The S Jay Levy Fellowship for Future Leaders program was created through the generosity of the late S Jay Levy ’42, a noted economist and strong advocate of policies to improve employment opportunity.


Summer 2023 Internship Details and Expectations

•    Students who secure unpaid summer internships or research experience may receive a $4,480 stipend for 280 accumulated hours over the summer.
•    Students are required to submit a short report in August that reflects upon their projects/activities during their internship/research experience. The report will also discuss new skills or experiences gained over the summer.
•    Students will be required to complete a mid-summer survey and end-of-summer survey.
•    Students will be required to stay in touch with their adviser throughout the summer.

Examples of summer internship sites where S Jay Levy Fellows have been placed:

  • Books That Grow
  • Breast Cancer Research Foundation
  • Brooklyn Museum
  • BNY Mellon
  • Cerebral Palsy Foundation
  • Children's Defense Fund
  • Children's Museum of Manhattan
  • Christie's
  • City Tutors
  • Dash Marshall
  • Downtown Brooklyn Partnership 
  • DuroUAS
  • Experience Harlem
  • Financial Times
  • GC Eng & Associates
  • Human Condition Safety
  • JED Foundation
  • JP Morgan Chase & Co.
  • Lampix
  • Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center
  • Lupus Research Alliance
  • Make It Black
  • Makerstate
  • Makesense!Architectronics 
  • Malbro Construction
  • Manhattan District Attorney's Office
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center 
  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • Molloy College Departments of Psychology & Nursing
  • MSC 
  • Museum of the City of New York
  • New York City Mayor's Office
  • New York Genome Center 
  • New Yorkers for Parks
  • New York Philharmonic
  • New York Stem Cell Foundation
  • NOVA Media
  • NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Paul Weiss
  • PepsiCo, Inc.
  • Queens Borough Public Library
  • Referwell
  • Rentricity
  • Re-Nuble
  • RooneyPartners
  • Rubenstein Public Relations
  • PVE Engineering
  • SenCity
  • Symphony Space
  • The Architecture League
  • The Guardian
  • The Natural Areas Conservancy
  • United Nations Children's Fund
  • Urban Green Council
  • Vital Care Services
  • Win2Learn

Eligibility Criteria

•    Participating students must be in the top 20% of their respective school or division at The City College of New York.
•    Applicants must demonstrate pronounced career goals and a determination to succeed through their application form, resume and personal statement. Individual interviews will be held with each applying candidate.
•    Applicants must have an anticipated graduation date between June 2024 and June 2025.
•    Students must be able to commit to all of the program's requirements.

Program Requirements:

•    Enrollment in the Fall and Spring classes for academic credit and fulfillment of the required assignments for each class
•    Participate in year-long mentorship with Industry and Peer mentors
•    Attend our yearly 'Internship Fair' in November
•    Participate in a 2023 Summer Internship

Program Elements:

Fall 2022: A weekly Professional Development class providing instruction in areas such as resumes, interview techniques and internship search strategies. Fellows will be enrolled in this class as an 'elective' in the Colin Powell School, which carries 3 credits towards graduation.

Spring 2023: A weekly Professional Ethics class providing fellows with basic training in applied professional ethics as well as the opportunity to meet executives from a variety of industries to discuss real-world on-the-job ethical dilemmas. Fellows will be enrolled in this class as an 'elective' in the Colin Powell School, which carries 3 credits towards graduation.

Summer 2023: Subsidized Internship Program. Fellows will receive support in obtaining an internship, in applying for the internship and if the internship is unpaid, fellows will receive a stipend of up to $4,480.


The application period for the 2022-2023 S Jay Levy Fellowship is now open. Eligible students have received an invitation to apply. Applications are due by February 18th at 10am. 


Contact Info

Carlo Invernizzi Accetti
Executive Director, S Jay Levy Fellowship for Future Leaders

Lavie Margolin
Program Officer
(212) 650-8115

Shepard 550
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031