Teen Construction + Design Institute

Teen Construction + Design Institute
Explore careers in and the business behind construction, interior design and decorating, and mural painting.

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Institute Summary

The Teen Construction + Design Institute (C+DI) exposes teens to various careers in construction, interior design and decorating and mural painting. This 8 month, 2 part Institiute provides career education and work experience. Student interns will learn about industry trends, connect with industry professionals and prepare to market themselves as future tradespeople.

Institute Details

Teens participating in Albany High School’s Career Exploration Internship Program (CEIP) or have a flexible schedule and are able to enroll in the program or enrolled in one of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs may apply to participate in this Institutes. Through the Teen C+DI students are exposed to careers and work experiences in construction, mural painting and interior design and decorating.¬† Once enrolled students will be interns of Mission Accomplished Transition Services. Student interns will participate in an intensive career mentorship and coaching program that also pairs them with industry professionals to work on a short term construction, interior design or decorating or mural project.

The Institute addresses the barriers into the construction + design industry, particularly for women and Black Indigenous People of Color, by providing aspiring teen tradespeople and creatives with the necessary knowledge, experience and connections to prepare themselves to follow a path that requires skilled tradespeople while making a positive impact in their communities.

Weekly interactive and student centered workshops are developed and delivered in partnership with industry professionals.

Time commitment: 6-9 hours per week (October – June)
Days + Times: 4pm-7pm, every Wednesday + Thursday

  • work two times per week at our office
  • some weeks, work remotely one day from home or other location

The Institute includes 2 parts:

Part I, the Institute (October – January). Student interns will:

  • learn industry language
  • foster stronger relationships with industry peers
  • experience a professional learning environment while fostering an industry specific¬† learning community
  • whether or not the industry, organization, or professional role is a good personal and professional fit for them
  • strengthen their business etiquette skills and knowledge
  • learn about the career journeys and requirements from industry professional

Part II, the work based learning experience/internship (January-June). Student interns will:

  • work on a project in partnership with a local company in the fashion, beauty, construction, mural painting or interior design/decorating industry.
    *Project is dependent on the Institute they enroll in*
  • foster relationships with industry peers and professionals
  • experience a professional work environment
  • enhance project management and execution skills
  • identify whether or not the industry, organization, or professional role is a good personal and professional fit for them
  • industry experience
  • enhance professional network
  • Develop team building skills
  • Develop public speaking and professional writing skills
  • Shadow local business leaders in their desired trade of interest
  • Gain access to local inspirational industry professionals



of students say the Institute helps them explore careers they did not consider before


of students are paired with an industry mentor


of students secured employment (2018-2019 school year)


of students were referred to and enrolled in additional career and college readiness programs (2018-2019 school year)

Thank You To Our Partners and Sponsors

Contact Us

To learn more about the Teen Construction + Design Institute,
call us at (518) 207-0209 or emsail us at inquire@matransitionservices.org


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