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Rye Town Supervisor Gary Zuckerman and the Rye Town Council announced that the Town will be sponsoring its 8th annual Summer Internship Program for high school students! The internship consists of a one week job readiness workshop and a five week internship with local businesses, community organizations or municipalities. High school students who currently live in the Town of Rye or attended Blind Brook, Port Chester or Rye Neck High School are eligible to apply.

Application are available:

Completed applications can be emailed to internship@townofryeny.com OR mailed/brought to the Supervisor’s Office. *The deadline for submitting completed applications is June 1st.

Job Readiness Workshop (Monday, July 8 to Thursday, July 11)

  • 9:30am to 12:30pm Monday to Thursday; 4pm - 6pm Thursday
  • Sessions on job search skills, resumes writing, interview skills and on-the-job performance
  • Interview with prospective employers
  • Students and employers will be “matched” based on their mutual interest

Internship (Monday, July 22 to Friday, August 23)

  • Work for a maximum 15 hours/week (days and hours to be arranged by the intern and employer)
  • Receive a stipend of $11.10/hour to be paid equally by the employer and the Town of Rye
  • Previous worksites included: Byrnes Advisor Group, Carver Center, Family Services of Westchester, the Alliance for Sustainable Development, Port Chester Housing Authority, Serendipity Labs, State Farm Insurance, Town of Rye , Village of Port Chester, Village of Mamaroneck.

Questions? please email internship@townofryeny.com

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History

Our town nestles in a valley in the background of which lie the picturesque hills and dales of Westchester County. Our Town of Rye borders on Long Island Sound bordering on Connecticut at the gateway of New England within convenient commuting distance from New York and in the metropolitan area. While we started with the Boston Post Road running close to the sound and constituting our main highway, a toll road along which passed the horse-drawn stages, modern parkways and paved highways over which pass speedy motor vehicles now link our Town to all the cities, towns and villages of this great country of ours.

We started as a small settlement on Manursing Island, then developed Poningo Neck, which now is the business section of the City of Rye, and the Saw Pit, which now is Port Chester on the Byram River, with paths leading to various parts of the town. The Post Road, King Street, and the Grace Church Street were among some of our earliest carriage paths. Water transportation and stagecoach were the sole links the early settlers had with the outside world. The young settlement known as Saw Pit, so named from the saw pits then in use, continued as such until it outgrew this homespun name and became Port Chester by incorporating as a village in 1868 signifying a sea port which remains to this day. 

Early life in the settlement was strenuous. Attacks by Indians and severe winters were a deterrent to these early settlers. Farming, fishing, logging, and trading were the principal occupations. At Saw Pit, logs were cut for use in shipbuilding operations. Our town had no improvements in those days and homes were simple and crude. The seed sown by these early settlers was nurtured and grew to the present day when we enjoy the modern conveniences of our times.

For more information about the Town of Rye and early settlement, see Chronicles of a Border Town by Charles Washington Baird.

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