How to Apply

How to Apply


You are eligible to apply for First Workings if you are:

  • A High School Junior from one of our School Partners:
    • Brooklyn Emerging Leaders Academy (BELA)
    • Civic Leadership Academy
    • Democracy Prep Bronx Prep High School
    • Democracy Prep Charter High School
    • Democracy Prep Endurance High School
    • Democracy Prep Harlem High School
    • Democracy Prep Harlem Prep High School
    • Harlem Village Academies High School (HVA)
    • KIPP NYC College Prep High School
    • Manhattan Village Academy
    • New Visions Advanced Math & Science (AMS)
    • New Visions Advanced Math & Science II (AMS II)
    • New Visions Humanities (HUM)
    • New Visions Humanities II (HUM II)
    • NYCOB Leaders High School
    • NYCOB Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS)
    • NYCOB West End Secondary School
  • Legally permitted to work in the United States
  • Able to obtain working papers from your school
  • Have reliable access to a device and internet

Application Process

Round 1 –
School Presentation

First Workings partners closely with your school’s administrators, and counselors. Eligible juniors will be invited to attend our Information Session prior to submitting the online application. You will not be able to submit an online application unless you attend our Information Session. Information Sessions are conducted virtually and in person, depending on your school’s COVID19 protocol.

Round 2 –

After the First Workings team presents to your school, you will be sent an email with a link to our online application. The online application focuses on college and career interests, extracurriculars, and why you want to join First Workings. There will be three short answer questions and two video submissions. In addition to the online application, all applicants are required to submit at least one teacher or counselor recommendation. The application and recommendation are all submitted online.

Round 3 –
The Decision

The First Workings team carefully reviews all student applications in November and December. All students will be notified of their admissions decision in January.

Who Do We Look For?

First Workings looks for students who are…

  • Committed to their academics and extracurriculars
  • Leaders inside and outside the classroom
  • Excited to take on new assignments and challenges
  • Self-disciplined
  • Positive attitude
  • Punctual, communicative, and responsible
  • Respectful of peers and supervisors

If you are a junior at one of our Partner Schools who is interested in joining First Workings, please fill out this form below and we’ll get back to you shortly.