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 our donor, Mr. David Levy, we are able to not only provide intensive programming, support, and access to high profile professionals, the Fellowship also provides 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 2021 Internship Details and Expectations

•    Students who secure unpaid summer internships or research experience may receive a $4,340 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:

  • Breast Cancer Research Foundation
  • BNY Mellon
  • Children's Defense Fund
  • Children's Museum of Manhattan
  • Christie's
  • Dash Marshall
  • JP Morgan Chase & Co.
  • Manhattan District Attorney's Office
  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • New York City Mayor's Office
  • New York Stem Cell Foundation
  • NYU Langone Medical Center
  • PepsiCo, Inc.
  • Rubenstein Public Relations
  • The Architecture League
  • The Natural Areas Conservancy

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 2022 and June 2023.
•    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
•    Develop a mentor/mentee relationship with our Program Officer and/or our Executive in Residence
•    Attend our yearly 'Internship Fair' in November
•    Participate in a 2021 Summer Internship

Program Elements:

Fall 2020: 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 2021: 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 2021: 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 $4,340.


The application period for the 2020-2021 S Jay Levy Fellowship is now open through February 14th, 2020. Eligible students have received an invitation to apply. 


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