Helping NYC Students Acquire Social Capital Through Paid Summer Internships and
One-on-One Mentorships

Our mission is to help high achieving, high potential students from some of New York City’s most underserved and underrepresented communities gain social capital and workplace readiness skills to broaden their horizons.

Our vision is to empower First Workings students to overcome many of the structural barriers that typically limit upward social-economic mobility.

We accomplish this by partnering with leaders from a wide variety of industries who provide our students with specialized training, paid internships, or one-on-one mentorships.

“I started First Workings when I saw the lack of opportunity and inequality for underserved youth able to get first internships and experience in the workforce. Those jobs most went to children of clients or affluent teens. I wanted to level the playing field and we are!”

Kevin Davis, Founder
First Workings


Students Served (2015-2020)


of First Workings alumni apply to and attend college


Companies Partnered


Your donation will support First Workings students in their workplace readiness skills summer training which ultimately helps prepare, train, and support the future workforce. We thank you for your generosity! Donations support our interns in the following ways:

First Workings News

First Workings’ Board of Directors Expands

We are thrilled to announce the addition of two new members to the First Workings board, LisaMarie Collins, Partner...

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February 12, 2021

5 Ways to Be a Better Mentor – First Workings featured in Forbes!

We’re excited to share that First Workings has been featured in Forbes! The article, 5 Ways To Be A Better...

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January 26, 2021

First Workings Founder and Executive Director, Kevin Davis, Quoted in Quartz

The article, titled What to do in the First 90 Days of a Remote Job, explores how “a significant...

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January 7, 2021