StoryTeen is an internship program for 10th-12th grade students with an interest in literacy and early childhood education. As a StoryTeen intern, you’ll learn about literacy, assist with storytime, and have fun!

Why Join?
  • Build your academic, college, and career readiness skills with support from a mentor
  • Work behind the scenes on developing cutting-edge programming and projects
  • Receive a stipend, volunteer service hours and resume-building experience
  • Discover a variety of career paths in early childhood education
  • Meet teens from across NYC
  • Complete 20 hours of training on child development, literacy, library, and career skills and 80 hours of hands-on work experience for a total of 100 hours
  • Support children's librarians conducting virtual and outdoor storytime
  • Assist with a variety of children’s programs, projects, and events like the Big Brooklyn Playdate
  • Work on a creative project that connects to the library’s mission and early literacy
  • Interest in libraries and helping children and families
  • Enrolled in a NYC high school in 10th-12th grade
  • Available 3-5 hours a week during out-of-school time from November 2023 through May 2024
  • Moderate to high level of English fluency (bilingual a plus)
  • Signed consent of parents to engage in 100 hours of intern service during out-of-school time

StoryTeen is made possible through City’s First Readers, an initiative of The New York City Council.

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The application period for the 2023-2024 program has closed.

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StoryTeen, BPL internship program on early literacy