Impact of ISP

Launched in 2016, the Industry Scholars Program supports CTE and FRNYC high school students in advancing their post-secondary education and career aspirations through valuable work-based learning activities.

Overall Internship Outcomes

Since launching the Industry Scholars Program (formerly CTE ISP), the program has provided high quality, industry aligned internships to over 7,187 high school students in New York City. An estimated $3.15M in internship wages has been provided to students preparing them with income and workplace readiness. Each year the program has increased the scale of students served by enhancing the program model and refining the processes, systems and technology used.

Actual Performance vs. Goal

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  • Actual

Intermediary Support & Growth

ISP relies on an implementation approach that leverages intermediary support: the intermediary cultivates working relationships with sector-specific employers to secure relevant work-based learning opportunities while building school level capacity to develop strong partnerships and implement a continuum of work-based learning programming.

Grant Associates is the lead intermediary implementing the program and providing leadership, strategic and operational guidance for all sector-based intermediary partners serving eight industry verticals and thousands of high school students with high quality work-based learning.

Program Growth by Industry Cluster

  • Year 1 Actuals
  • Year 2 Actuals
  • Year 3 Actuals

Participants Borough of Residence

ISP Interns by Gender


self-identified as female.


self-identified as male.

Over the years we worked to ensure that all our opportunities are inclusive and represent the population we serve.

Virtual Programming

During the 2020-2021 school year, we successfully transitioned to a fully virtual model offering structured, meaningful work experiences that aligned with students’ career interests and supported the program’s evolution.

Within months of the shutdown brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, we were able to offer 603 remote opportunities to students and continue to serve our NYC-based employers that were equipped to provide virtual opportunities. We also learned that the skilled talents of our students expanded our reach to a national audience of employers. This was the first time that we were able to serve employers from coast to coast (from California to Florida).

Given the imminent need to evolve our programming tools, we revised our existing Work-Based Learning Toolkit. In its fourth edition, the toolkit was expanded to include virtual work-based learning and career development activities to guide virtual WBL.

***Currently, as per NYC Public Schools, ISP is transitioning back to mostly in-person internships in NYC to ensure better quality of these work opportunities. Our program may provide alternatives for virtual partners to host students.