Jobs & Internships

Get the tools you need to succeed

Are you ready to reach your greatest potential? Our comprehensive, integrated, free Jobs & Internships programs will give you so much more than just a job placement – we’ll help you explore different career paths and gain the skills to help you find and keep the RIGHT job. Check out our many options to pick the right program for your background and goals! The first step to joining any of our programs is to become a Door member.

Please be aware that unless otherwise noted, all of the programs below are at our main Manhattan location. 


The Door’s comprehensive career and education program to help you finish your education and gain job and life skills for your future. If you’re out of school and/or out of work and looking to both finish your education and find a job, then EPOCH is the right choice for you.

No matter which path you choose, you’ll get individualized support, coaching and opportunities to help you meet your goals, as well as assistance with transportation and other personal needs – all for free and under one roof. Our two pathway options are:

Infused HSE: This option will teach you the skills you need to pass your HSE test while preparing you for a career at the same time. Classes are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and include HSE material, leadership development, and an opportunity to explore your career interests. Infused HSE students can also apply for in-house, paid internships and receive other stipends and incentives for participating.

CITE (College, Internships, Training and Employment): If you already have a high school degree or HSE – or if you need a job right now – this program is the option for you. Our coaches will help you get a job or internship, or get you enrolled in a college or vocational program. We’ll also help you develop an action plan – a must-have strategy for lasting success – and stay with you while you get settled into your new job or school.

To learn more about EPOCH, contact us via phone at 212-941-9090, ext. 3368 or email EPOCH@door.org.

Bridge Programs (EMT, IT)

Available only in our Bronx Youth Center location, this program helps young people start career pathways that lead to well-paying, in-demand jobs. Currently, we offer introductions to Emergency Medical Technician training and Information Technology (IT and computers).

You’ll learn the basics of the profession, setting you on the right path to a life-long career. For the IT Bridge program, you’ll complete CompTIA A+ and Network+ certifications. In our EMT Bridge program, you’ll earn a CPR certification and be eligible to sit for the NYS and National EMT Certification learn the basics of the profession, setting you on the right path to a life-long career. While it is only available in the Bronx, members who live in any borough can access it.

To learn more about our Bridge Programs, contact James Johnson by phone at (212) 941-9090, ext. 3512, or by email at jjohnsonjr@door.org.

Culinary Training Program

Available only in our SoHo location, this program helps young people ages 16-24 who have a passion for cooking get started on an exciting career in the culinary field.

Find out how in 10 weeks you can get certified as a food handler, get hands on training and a job in the field. At the end of the program, we’ll also help you find a job in the field and you can take advantage of free advanced trainings through the City University of New York in areas such as culinary arts and front of house hospitality. Our next cohort for the culinary program starts on January 9, 2017; the second cohort of the year begins on March 13, 2017. Additional cohorts will be announced later in the year.

To learn more about the culinary program, contact Christina Jackson at 212-941-9090. ext.3228 or cjackson@door.org.

Young Adult Internship Program (YAIP, YAIP+)

This is a fourteen-week program that gives committed young people ages 16-24 who are out of school paid work experience in a variety of professions. If you’re not currently in school and need some help getting into a career, this is a great program for you.

YAIP is a two-step process. First, you’ll have a three-week job readiness training class, held Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. You’ll learn how to work as a team and as a leader, develop time management skills, improve your professional attitude and communication, and more. After the three-week class has ended, you’ll move on to a paid, 11-week internship experience that we’ll help you find. In the year that follows your internship, we’ll work with you to lay out your future goals and set you on the right path to meet them – it could be preparing you for college or vocational school, or helping you find additional internships or job opportunities. We also have additional resources for young people who have experience with the foster care system or the criminal/juvenile justice system (known as YAIP+).

You must become a member of The Door to join the YAIP program. After becoming a member, we’ll need you to attend an orientation session to make sure you’re ready to join this intensive program. Orientation sessions are held Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 4 p.m. You should bring a social security card, birth certificate, proof of residency, and government issued ID with you to the session. YAIP is available at both our main location in Manhattan, and our Bronx location.

To learn more about YAIP or YAIP+ at our Manhattan location, contact Antoinette Washington at 212-941-9090, ext. 3237 or by email at antoinette@door.org. To learn more about YAIP or YAIP+ at our Bronx location, contact Shamek Johnson at (212) 941-9090, ext. 3515 or by email at shjohnson@door.org.

This Way Ahead

This program is for young people ages 16-24 who want to gain job and leadership skills, whether they are in or out of school. With a coaching program and the partnership of major businesses (like Gap, Old Navy, and Banana Republic), you’ll be setting yourself up for success.

Being part of This Way Ahead will require participation in regular workshops led by both Door coaches and employees from some of our partner companies. You’ll learn about possible careers and work on the skills you need for a future job. It entails a 4-week pre-training and a 6-week bootcamp. Those young people who successfully complete the training will have the opportunity to interview for a PAID 10-week internship at Gap, Old Navy, and Banana Republic stores. You’ll also get access to numerous supportive services, modest stipends and additional internship opportunities. This Way Ahead training runs in two sessions: March to June and June to October.

To join This Way Ahead, you’ll need to attend an information session, held at our SoHo location Tuesday-Thursday at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and at our Bronx Youth Center location on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. is available at both our main location in Manhattan, and our Bronx location.

To learn more about This Way Ahead, contact Andre Nelson at 212-941-9090, ext. 3362 or by email at thiswayahead@door.org. You can also visit Gap’s website to learn even more about the program.

Work Readiness Customer Service (WRCS)

This program is for young people ages 16-24 who are out of work and not enrolled in any school program. You’ll get basic training for future careers in the customer service industry and connections to potential employers.

Through WRCS, you’ll get training in basic business etiquette, computer proficiency (Word, Excel, etc.), customer service, and other skills. You’ll also receive a customer service certification that is recognized as an asset for employment by several major corporations like Macy’s, The Container Store, CVS, JCPenny, Kmart, Office Depot, Toys R Us, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, Sears, and Saks.

When you finish WRCS, there are now FREE additional advanced training opportunities available through the City University of New York! These programs will help you prepare for a career as an early childhood aide, certified Cisco network associate, pharmacy technician, patient care technician, hemodialysis technician, culinary arts / front of house hospitality, refrigeration mechanic, and/or electronic security system installer.

To participate in WRCS, you must be currently unemployed and out of school. You must also commit to one full year of active program engagement and attend one of our orientation sessions, held weekly on Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 4 p.m.

Still not sure if WRCS is right for you? Check out our video for an insider’s look!

To learn more about WRCS – or if you have completed WRCS and are interested in our advanced training – contact Christina Jackson at 212-941-9090. ext.3228 or cjackson@door.org.

Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential (LEAP)

If you have experience in the juvenile justice system, foster care system, or with homelessness and are looking for support to find a job and advance your education, LEAP is a great option for you. You’ll get one-on-one support from our staff to help you find work, prepare for college (including completing your High School Equivalency, applying for financial aid, and more), and set yourself up for a successful future. No matter what your goals are, our staff will help you get there. To learn more, contact Nell Rainey at 212-941-9090, ext. 3513 or at nrainey@Door.org. This program is available at both our main location in Manhattan and our Bronx location.

Woodlawn Preservation Training Program

Calling all Young People ages 18-24!
Looking for a meaningful career?  Love to work with your hands?

The Door is now recruiting for our Spring 2019 cohort of the Woodlawn Preservation Training Program, held in partnership with The Woodlawn Cemetery and Conservancy. Each spring, The Woodlawn Preservation Training Program (PTP) selects 20 Interns to receive specialized hands-on training in masonry and restoration under the guidance of a Resident Craftsman. The PTP is a paid nine-week career training and job placement program which focuses exclusively on the restoration and preservation of stone typically found in historic cemeteries. Graduates of the PTP will earn an OSHA-30 Safety certification, Suspended and Support Scaffolding certifications, Jahn Mortar certification, and support applying to entry-level positions in the industry.

Are You Eligible?

  • Age 18-24 in Spring 2019
  • A resident of the 5 Boroughs of New York City
  • Have a High School Diploma or GED/Equivalency Diploma
  • Authorized to Work in the United States

Program Runs: March 25, 2019, to May 24, 2019
Application Deadline: January 31, 2019, at 4 PM

Open House Dates and Times:

The Door – Bronx Youth Center:
Every Wednesday
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
424 E 147th Street, 4th Floor
Bronx, NY 10455

The Woodlawn Cemetery
Sunday, November 18, December 9, January 13
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
3800 Jerome Avenue
Bronx, NY 10467

Application Instructions:
Please click here to download a copy of the 2019 application. Applications will not be reviewed unless they are submitted completed with resume and essay. Selected candidates will also be asked to complete an in-person interview, a written test (reading & math) and a physical agility test.

For more information or to receive a print application: Contact Talia Barzel, PTP Training Coordinator, at tbarzel@door.org or 929-285-3174

Teens Against Sexual Ignorance (TASI)

For young people under the age of 18 who want to teach others about sexual and reproductive health by leading interactive workshops here at The Door. Done in partnership with our Adolescent Health Center, our TASI peer educators get experience in leadership and education. TASI is supervised by the Adolescent Health Center – contact them for more information about this program by calling 212-941-9090, ext. 3221.

Peers Against Unsafe Sex (PAUS)

For young people between the ages of 18-21 who want to become role models and sources of sexual health information in their communities. Done in partnership with our Adolescent Health Center, PAUS educators travel throughout the city to lead workshops on safe sex and sexual health at middle schools, high schools, and community-based organizations. PAUS is supervised by the Adolescent Health Center – contact them for more information about this program by calling 212-941-9090, ext. 3221.