Career Discovery Week

Introducing public high school students to the world of work and the extraordinary range of career choices that New York City employers offer.

About Career Discovery Week

Launched in 2020 as a joint initiative between the Partnership for New York City and New York City Public Schools, Career Discovery Week brings high school students into some of the city’s most vibrant and important workplaces for exciting hands-on career exploration.

To date, more than 200 of the city’s major employers have joined forces to build a bridge from the city’s classrooms to its workplaces. More than 8,000 public high school students have had the chance to gain a better understanding of the future job opportunities available to them as they spend a day at worksites, learning about varied industries and wide-ranging career possibilities.


Career-Connected Learning

Career Discovery Week is part of FutureReadyNYC, a NYC Public Schools Student Pathways initiative that focuses on career-connected learning, and provides work-based learning opportunities and career exposure to high school students.

Schools have been matched with public and private sector employers based on alignment between curricula and industry sector: students from the Bronx Academy of Letters visited Hearst to learn about the world of publishing; students from the Business of Sports School visited the NBA; students from the Theatre Arts Production Company School participated in programming by the Shubert Organization.

Career Discovery Week builds on a 2018 research report developed by the Partnership and Oliver Wyman. It demonstrates the impact that the business community and employee volunteers can have on young people in New York City by exposing them to career paths.




Career Discovery Week Activities

The organizations hosting students come from a broad cross-section of New York City’s diverse and dynamic industry base in the public and private sector, including financial services, transportation, technology, media, aviation, consumer goods, real estate, healthcare, government, and entertainment.

Past hosts and activities include:

Hearst – Students toured the Good Housekeeping Institute, decorated cupcakes with Food Network Magazine, wrote their own headlines, and learned about careers from colleagues across the organization.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. – Students participated in technology-themed career development programs, joined a build-a-thon with employee volunteers, and met with the data and analytics team to learn about their work.

NBA/WNBA – Students learned about a career in sports, how to build their personal and professional brand, and what the business of basketball looks like.

New York City Transit – Students rode in the MTA’s new EV bus to tour the Zerega Bus Maintenance and Training Facility and participated in an MTA bus simulator exercise.

NYSE – Students toured the historic stock exchange and presented mock company pitches.

PwC – Students attended a creative computing and technology demonstration followed by a career readiness workshop, panel, and hands-on activity requiring collaboration and teamwork.

The Howard Hughes Corporation – Students visited the brand-new Tin Building & Pier, and worked on a “build your own city” project.

Tishman Speyer – Students got a behind the scenes tour of Rockefeller Center and Radio Park, learned best practices for interviewing, and heard from employees with a range of career pathways during a panel and Q&A.

Career Discovery Week Impact


Participating Employers


Public High School Students


Boroughs Reached

2024 Participating Employers


Allen & Company LLC

American Museum of Natural History


Aon plc


Barclays PLC

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP


Capital One

Centerbridge Partners



Coast Guard Sector New York

Con Edison

Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP


Deutsche Bank AG


Eisner Advisory Group LLC

EmblemHealth Services LLC

Etsy, Inc.



Fisher Brothers

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

General Atlantic LLC

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP


Global Atlantic Financial Company


Great Performances


Jamestown Properties LLC

JCDecaux North America

JetBlue Airways Corporation

JPMorgan Chase & Co.



Kyndryl Inc.

Lafayette 148 New York

LaGuardia Gateway Partners

Latham & Watkins LLP

Lightyear Capital

Macquarie Group

Macy's, Inc.


McGraw Hill

McKinsey & Company, Inc.

Metro North Railroad

Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas)

Mizuho Americas

Moelis & Company

Morgan Stanley

Mount Sinai Health System – Morningside


National Grid

Neuberger Berman

New York City Transit

New York Life Insurance Company

NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

Northwell Health

NYC Police Department

NYC Public Schools Superintendent Office of Noah Angeles


Oak Hill Advisors


Oliver Wyman

Paramount Global

Pfizer Inc.


RAL Companies & Affiliates LLC

Rockefeller Group International, Inc.

Rudin Management Company, Inc.

S&P Global

Santander US


Sidley Austin LLP

Siebert Williams Shank & Co., LLC

Situation Group

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

SL Green Realty Corp.

Standard Chartered Bank

Swiss Re Americas

Taconic Investment Partners LLC

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

Tapestry, Inc.

The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

The Howard Hughes Corporation

The John Gore Organization Inc.

The Pinkerton Foundation

The Related Companies, L.P.

The Shubert Organization, Inc.

The Travelers Companies, Inc.

The Wallace Foundation

Tishman Speyer

U.S. News & World Report


Verizon Communications, Inc.



Vornado Realty Trust

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Wells Fargo & Company

West Monroe




Zurich Insurance Group Ltd

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