The Internship & Career Pathways Program connects Say Yes Buffalo scholars - current college students who graduated from Buffalo public and charter high schools and lived within the city of Buffalo - with paid internships, networking events, and various professional development opportunities. We partner with area employers to provide meaningful professional experiences to create talent pipelines. To date, nearly two hundred Say Yes Buffalo scholars have completed internships with leading employers in our region.

We believe all students can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.


Meet Our Team

Johanna Caplan

serves as the Internship & Career Pathways Supervisor for Student Outreach. In this role, Johanna is responsible for the recruitment and engagement of students into the internship program. The role includes coordinating relationships with area colleges; hosting outreach events and training/preparation events for the interns; and tracking data. Johanna has over 10 years of experience in social work and child welfare. She has worked as a therapeutic foster care caseworker, a social worker at a special education preschool, a care coordinator for a wraparound services program, and as a preventive services caseworker placed in a Buffalo Public School. She also has a history of being active in the community through volunteer work and non-profit board service. Johanna graduated from Brighton High School in Rochester, NY, the University at Buffalo with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and the University of Pittsburgh with a Masters in Social Work and a Certificate in Child Welfare.

Stephanie Peete

serves as the Internship and Career Pathways Program Supervisor for Employer Outreach. In this role Stephanie is responsible for cultivating employer relationships and growing industry representation. The position includes employer outreach and communication; growing the number of employers engaged in the program year over year; and tracking data. Stephanie has more than 10 years of combined experience in health and human services, and community-based youth mentoring. Prior to accepting this most recent position, Stephanie was a Family Support Specialist with Say Yes Buffalo for three years and provided preventive services to a direct caseload of students in the Buffalo Public Schools. Previously, she has worked with Stop the Violence Coalition, Inc. as the Assistant Coordinator of their Youth Intervention Project. This initiative provided high school equivalency classes, job readiness training and group mentoring to at-risk youth and adults. Currently Stephanie volunteers with the Say Yes Buffalo Scholar Mentoring Program and with United Way of Buffalo and Erie County’s Next Generation group to address workforce development in the fields of technology and computer sciences. She is a graduate of City Honors School, Canisius College, and Hilbert College.

Emily Wyckoff

Senior Director for Development and Strategic Partnerships, manages the Say Yes Internship and Career Pathways Program. During the pilot year of the Say Yes Buffalo Internship and Career Pathways Program, she contributed 20% of her time to establishing the initiative and served as the founding staff member and primary manager of the program. She has more than 15 years of fundraising experience for local non-profits. Emily has worked extensively in communications, donor development and stewardship, fundraising events, grant writing and management, and volunteer cultivation and oversight. She has served as the Development Director for the King Urban Life Center, Event Director for the Jog for the Jake (fundraiser for the Jacobs Neurological Institute), and Event Director for PUCCS (Program for Understanding Childhood Concussion and Stroke), as well as a longtime Contributor and Editor for Currently Emily serves on the Board of Directors of the King Urban Life Center, Maria Love Fund, and the Girls on the Run 5K Volunteer Committee. She is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and Buffalo Seminary, as well as Leadership Buffalo and Harvard Business School Club of Buffalo Not for Profit Management Development Program.