Career Pathways Bridge Program

The new NYU SPS Career Pathways Bridge Program expands access to career-connected learning pathways for more young people across our city.

Press Release

Fall 2023 Application

The application window to apply is December 8 - May 1, 2023. Application Deadline: May 1, 2023. Any applications received before April 1, 2023 will be notified by April 15, 2023. 

Career Pathways Bridge Program Acceptance Criteria

  • US citizen or legal residence, and eligible to work in the USA
  • TAP and Pell eligible
  • High School GPA of 2.8 or higher and one letter of recommendation 
  • Able to commute to NYU from home

About the Career Pathways Bridge Program

The NYU SPS Career Pathways Bridge Program increases access and pathways into NYU SPS degree programs and family-sustaining careers by combining academics with paid work experiences. Career Pathways Bridge Fellows earn two-year scholarships for their Fall Bridge semester and matriculation into the associate degree program offered by the School’s Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies (DAUS), which begins the following Spring.  

During the Fall semester, Bridge Fellows engage in a number of courses and activities to help "bridge" the gap between high school and college. Fellows intern in off-campus or on-campus positions, working at least 10 hours/week and paid at least $15/hour; take credit-based, introductory Math and Writing courses; and this year’s cohort of Bridge Fellows are engaged in a Ready to Launch learning design and project management course to gain project design and management skills essential for many 21st century careers, while providing essential feedback on their own experiences to inform future SPS Career Pathways Bridge programming. Fellows are also supported academically and socially-emotionally through peer mentoring with an NYU Dean’s Scholar and advising from a DAUS advisor.


The first cohort of Career Pathways Bridge Fellows launched in August 2022, with five students—Kevin DansoEmily JimenezJoshua RichardsLeylani Rivera, and James Walrond—all from high schools across the Bronx that focus on braiding work-based learning experiences into academic pathways. Learn more about the fellows through their video profiles.

Kevin Danso

  • Kevin graduated from Bronx Leadership Academy High School in June 2022.
  • His hobbies include hanging out with friends and playing soccer and basketball.
  • Kevin sees the Career Pathways Bridge Program and matriculation into the DAUS Applied Associates degree program as a launching pad into a fulfilling career in the healthcare industry.
  • “If the program is created by young people like me, it will help others… We can influence more people to think about going to college. This is a great opportunity for those who are not financially stable so they can continue learning while earning,” Kevin explained, when asked about the importance of the program.
Kevin Danso

Learn more about Kevin

Emily Jimenez

  • Emily graduated from South Bronx Community Charter High School in 2022.
  • Her hobbies include listening to music – her favorite artist is Bad Bunny - and hanging out with friends.
  • She hopes to pursue her career goal of becoming a nurse.
  • “NYU is my dream school…I am excited for the new opportunities I am getting, about meeting new people and learning new things. Many students from the Bronx like me don’t have opportunity to go to an amazing college like this,” she said.Kevin explained, when asked about the importance of the program.
Emily Jimenez

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Joshua Richards

  • Joshua graduated from South Bronx Community Charter High School, where he enjoyed
    a sense of community and belonging.
  • Outside of school, Joshua’s hobbies include skating and modeling.
  • He is interested in a career in the liberal arts, especially psychology and sociology.
  • As part of the Bridge Program, “I can be a part of this founding crew and help people
    like me and people of color get into institutions like this,”
    he said.
Joshua Richards

Learn more about Joshua

Leylani Rivera

  • Leylani graduated from Health, Education, and Research Occupations High School (H.E.R.O.) High School in the Bronx.
  • The owner of a small nail business, which she runs from her home, Leylani created a website for her clients to book her services. An early entrepreneur, Leylani is interested in pursuing a career in the business world.
  • “What excites me is that I'm the first of a few students who are going to start an entirely new program. We're the ones to basically test the waters. So, I'm excited to be the first – I feel like I'm accomplishing a lot,” Leylani said about the Career Pathways Bridge Program.  
Leylani Rivera

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James Walrond

  • James graduated from South Bronx Community Charter High School in 2022.
  • He enjoys watching baseball, basketball, football, mixed martial arts, and UFC.
  • Through the Bridge Program, he hopes to learn how to navigate business applications like
    Microsoft or Google Suite.
  • James is excited to help design the Bridge Program and “create a way for other students
    who are going to go down the same path…because only students know what students
    really want and need.”
James Walrond

Learn more about James

About Our Sponsors

Thanks to generous support from The James and Judith K. Dimon Foundation, Amazon, and The Schultz Family Foundation, students participate in a paid internship and help design and provide feedback on the Career Pathways Bridge Program alongside the NYU SPS staff. Career Pathways seeks to grow to 20 or more students in the second year, with a goal of building degree pathways that are aligned with labor market trends and student interests.

How You Can Get Involved

  • Funders - NYU SPS is dedicated to expanding postsecondary pathways for more students of color and underserved students across NYC, providing them with meaningful academic and career readiness experiences. Please email Ally Margolis, Director of Career Pathways Innovation and Public Policy, if you’d like to support our efforts. 

  • Employers - NYU SPS values our city’s employers who help provide more students with meaningful paid and/or credited career-connected learning opportunities, such as internships, capstone projects, job shadowing, and mentoring. Email Ally Margolis if you’re interested in becoming an employer partner. 

  • Education Institutions & Community Organizations - NYU SPS engages with high school networks and community-based organizations to expand programming opportunities for more NYC students. Email Ally Margolis if your students are interested in becoming an  NYU SPS Career Pathways Bridge Fellow..