Hospitality and Tourism Industry Fund
Industry Fund Partner
According to NYC & Company, the official destination marketing organization of New York City, the five boroughs welcomed 60.7 million visitors in 2016. Last year, visitors spent $43 billion dollars at businesses throughout New York City. That spending helped support 375,000 jobs, 15,000 of those being new jobs.
Making sure visitors have an extraordinary experience when they’re here is integral to preserving tourism’s significant economic impact; helping to build a talented, motivated tourism and hospitality workforce is one way of investing in the visitor experience and increasing the chances of first-time visitors becoming life-long visitors.
The importance of building and placing high-performing, diverse talent in the hospitality sector has prompted a partnership between NYC & Company, a 501(c)6 nonprofit whose mission is to support and grow tourism to all five boroughs, and Ladders for Leaders, a program of the Department of Youth and Community Development and Center for Youth Employment, connecting NYC businesses of all sizes to local, high-achieving high school and college students.
“New York City’s tourism and hospitality industry is one of the strongest industries in the city, and we want as many New Yorkers to be prepared to benefit from it as possible,” said Fred Dixon, President and CEO, NYC & Company. “Partnerships between forward-thinking companies and programs like Ladders for Leaders will help our destination remain competitive and give talented youth a start in building an exciting, satisfying career.”
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.
Caroline Gleser, Vice President of BD Hotels, helped explain why the internships are so valuable for hotels and other NYC hospitality companies, “It’s always good to have young blood around to see things with fresh eyes and ask questions. When you see something again and again, you lose perspective. But when someone is seeing it for the first time, they ask why you do things the way that you do. It forces you to reevaluate.
This is going to be our third year participating in the program through our hotels. I have never gotten any feedback other than that the kids were all extremely professional and eager, and that they wanted to be there and learn as much as they could.”
Ladders for Leaders will continue to accept employer applications into late May of this year and over 8,000 students already applied. If you are interested in placing an intern of your own, go to [URL] to fill out a quick application.
“Ladders for Leaders is a great opportunity for students and a smart investment in the future of NYC tourism,” continues Fred Dixon, President and CEO, NYC & Company. “We encourage tourism and hospitality businesses to take advantage of this unique program.”