The New York A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute Summer Internship Program is geared towards high school students who have completed the ADL Peer Training or Peer Leadership programs. It provides 9th—11th graders from diverse communities across New York the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and gain professional experience by working at the national offices of the ADL.
History of the Internship and AWOD Peer Training
In the aftermath of the Crown Heights Riots, student leaders at Clara Barton High School were confused and intrigued about the racial tensions and the upheaval in their community and searched for answers. At the request of the school’s principal, ADL was invited to facilitate a series of discussions around stereotypes, bias, and discrimination. These workshops became the pilot for our current 3-day Peer Training Program for high school students.
Immediately following the Peer Training – ADL supporter and National Commissioner, Cynthia Marks offered to pay for ADL summer jobs for the 15 student leaders. Cynthia Marks continues to generously support the Summer Internship program since its inception in 1992.