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Winter/Spring Teen Internship Program

Note: We are no longer accepting applications for the DOROT Winter/Spring Teen Internship. We are now accepting applications for our Summer Teen Internship program – CLICK HERE to learn more and apply today!

Make a difference in the lives of seniors as a Winter/Spring Teen Intern!

Each school year DOROT welcomes approximately 100 high school students in ninth through twelfth grades to receive high-quality training and leadership development while volunteering in small groups. This is a unique opportunity for ongoing community service that meaningfully connects teens with older adults one afternoon per week through friendly phone calls, intergenerational workshops and creative arts programming.

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the DOROT Winter/Spring Teen Internship Program 2021 will operate as a virtual program. Join us by zoom or telephone from the safety of your own home.

There is NO CHARGE for participation in DOROT’s Teen Internship Programs.

Age: High school students. (Entering 9th grade – entering 12th grade)

Time Commitment: Interns volunteer one afternoon per week, Monday through Thursday. Each activity has a unique start date and time commitment – please read activity descriptions below. All activities conclude on or before the week of May 17, 2021.

Requirements: Application and group interview on Zoom. Applications accepted on a rolling basis through January 15 for February programs. For March programs, applications are accepted through February 12. If available spots fill before the deadline, applications will close.

Winter/Spring Internship Program Options:

Virtual Friendly Visits

Visit with a DOROT elder once each week after school via Zoom or telephone. You will be matched with a Teen Intern partner and an older adult for an experience that will make a difference in their lives and yours. Bridge the generational gap through conversations, exploration of common interests, and mutual curiosity. Interns can also play chess during friendly visits with older adults.

Choose one afternoon per week: Mondays-Thursdays, 4:00 pm-5:30 pm. All interns will convene on zoom at 4:00 pm as a group with a DOROT staff member before the call. Your phone call/Zoom call with the older adult and Teen Intern partner will be scheduled from 4:30 pm-5:30 pm for 30-60 minutes.

All visits start the week of February 22 and go through the week of May 10.

Virtual visits are a 12-week commitment.

Intergenerational Listening Party

Put on your headphones, turn up the volume and join us for an intergenerational music-listening session on Zoom. 10 high school students and 10 older adults gather weekly to share our current tracks on repeat. Come prepared to review a wide variety of artists, albums and genres through the ages. Discuss the role of music in our personal lives and in our current historic moment.

Music Listening is a 7-week commitment, meets from 5:00-6:00PM on Tuesdays, February 2 – March 23.

Intergenerational Brain Games

A group of 10 teens and 10 older adults meet weekly via Zoom for a lively and fun session of intergenerational gameplay! We will have an assortment of board, puzzle, card, and brain games each week, ranging from Jeopardy! to Scattergories to Backgammon to Spades. Participant suggestions for possible games are welcome!

Game Sesh is a 7-week commitment, meets from 5:00-6:00PM on Wednesdays, February 3 – March 24.

Intergenerational Art Workshop

This workshop brings together a group of 10 teens and 10 older adults each week to explore art as a powerful tool to build community and connection. We will create, explore, try new things and share our experiences using a variety of artistic mediums and techniques. By looking at different art forms and creating projects together on Zoom, we will have fun and get to know each other. No art experience is necessary.

Intergenerational Art Workshop is a 7-week commitment, meets from 4:45-6:00PM on Wednesdays, February 3 – March 24.

Intergenerational Book Club

Join us for an intergenerational experience to exchange ideas and perspectives through your shared love of reading. 10 high school students and 10 older adult participants meet weekly via Zoom to discuss a series of topical short stories and readings containing intergenerational themes. Participant suggestions for both genres and specific texts are welcome!

Intergenerational Book Group is a 6-week commitment, meets from 5:00-6:15 on Tuesdays, March 2 – April 27.

Intergenerational Discussion Group – Two Sessions

10 teen interns and 10 older adults come together each week for a series of meaningful intergenerational conversations. This group provides a structure for all participants to exchange ideas, opinions, and personal stories in order to learn from one another and create connections. Each week the group selects the topic. Teens then work together in pairs to craft the discussion, plan and lead the session with support from DOROT staff.

Winter Session: An 8-week commitment, meets from 4:30-6:30 on Thursdays, January 28th – March 25.

Spring Session: A 7-week commitment, meets from 4:30-6:30 on Thursdays, April 8 – May 20.

Intergenerational After School Chess – A Virtual Program

Make a difference in the lives of older New Yorkers. Strengthen your skills and make a friend across the chess board!

Once a week during the academic year (in both our Manhattan and Westchester locations), students in grades 6-12 and older adults play chess together. The program enables all participants to play chess, share stories and create meaningful intergenerational connections.

Ages: Youth in grades 6-12 and Adults 65+

Time Commitment: Monday afternoons from 4:00-5:30pm

Requirements: Application and Zoom group interview

Application Coming Soon.

Intergenerational Chess at DOROT is sponsored by the Targoff family and friends.

Questions? Contact Quinn Lockwood at