Ladders for Leaders and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment

Partnering to place high quality, diverse interns into media and entertainment companies

From the iconic ‘Made in NY’ PA Training Program, preparing young New Yorkers from underserved communities for full-time jobs in NYC’s booming TV and film industry, to the $5 million MOME Women’s Fund for film, TV, and theatre projects, to Strategic Steps for Growth, an executive business education program designed for media and entertainment firms that want to grow their business, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) is hard at work supporting the NYC media and entertainment workforce. Most recently, the agency has prioritized efforts to diversify the sector by placing high quality, diverse interns into the media and entertainment companies they support.

In 2015, MOME joined into a partnership with Ladders for Leaders, a program of the Department of Youth and Community Development and Center for Youth Employment, connecting NYC media and entertainment businesses of all sizes to local, high-achieving high school and college students. Over the past two years, the organizations have successfully placed over 100interns.

“New York City’s thriving media and entertainment sectors offer unparalleled opportunities to build a meaningful career. MOME is committed to ensuring these industries reflect the diversity of our city itself, and to open doors for young New Yorkers from all backgrounds,” said Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin. “These internships will provide students with real-world experience and key connections that will surely enhance their future employment prospects. I thank all of our industry partners who were instrumental in bringing this initiative to life.”

Ladders interns are NYC’s best and brightest students, with at least a 3.0 grade point average and prior work experience. Candidates are selected after a rigorous application process, receive up to 30 hours of pre-employment training and are guaranteed a minimum of 25 hours of work for at least six weeks during the summer.

Edgina Désormeau is the Founder and CEO of DE|1989, a media and communications firm that is going into their second year participating in the Ladders program. Edgina explains the impact Ladders has had on her company: “As a small and relatively new company without trendy ‘start-up’ competitive benefits to offer, attracting cream of the crop, young talent is certainly challenging. Participating in a program like Ladders for Leaders helped tap into a talent pool that would have otherwise been unobtainable for us.

“The Ladders for Leaders team made the process very seamless and straight forward. It has proven itself to be instrumental to our firm. We’ve recommended the program to several of our colleagues and clients.”

Ladders for Leaders will accept employer applications into late May of this year and more than 8,000 students have already applied.

“This program is a great opportunity for businesses in the NYC media sector to find talented interns with the interest and skills desired,” continued Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin. “The small businesses in the sector with limited resources can also rely on the support of the Ladders for Leaders program to screen and present viable candidates for summer employment.”