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Fall 2013 Internship Opportunities:

CONSTITUENT SERVICES INTERNSHIP (FULL-TIME & PART-TIME)

Interns assist associates in resolving disputes between city residents and government agencies, advocates on behalf of underserved communities, and assures effective operation of city services. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, receiving and responding to telephone, written, and in-person complaints/queries regarding city agency services; providing information and referral; conducting data entry; developing and maintaining a working knowledge and understanding of assigned agencies; and identifying trends of complaints and queries. Part-time interns will need to commit to a 20-hour work week. Full-time interns will need to commit to a 40-hour work week.

Compensation: Unpaid; will complete paperwork necessary for student to receive available college credit.

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Some College Required
  • Excellent administrative, communication and computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel and Google docs) required.
  • Strong writing and organizational skills required.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with diverse staff and communities as well as interact with government staff are a must.
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast paced environment is a must.
  • Ability to follow instructions is a must.
  • Knowledge of NYC government and constituent services experience preferred.
  • Bi/multilingual ability preferred

To Apply:  Please email Cover letter and Resume to painternship@gmail.com. In the subject line, please write “Constituent Services Internship.” No phone calls please.
 

OPERATIONS INTERNSHIP

Operations Interns will work directly with Director of Scheduling and Special Assistant to the Public Advocate to manage daily operations as well as plan and facilitate activities for the Office of the Public Advocate. This internship will provide an opportunity to attend a wide variety of government and community events and get an inside look at New York City government. Interns will be exposed to many NYC decision makers while gaining insight into the logistics of staffing an elected official. Ideal candidates will be motivated, independent, sociable, and comfortable in high pressure situations. This is a perfect opportunity for students focusing on areas such as public affairs, public policy, and political science who are looking to gain experience in government while working side by side with senior office staff to carry out the mission of the Office of the Public Advocate.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in special events planning: provide background and research, prepare briefings and talking points, help coordinate advance staff and on site logistics.
  • Assist in information gathering for citywide events of interest to the office of the Public Advocate. Maintain contact with State and Citywide elected officials, community based organizations, and non profits for up to date information.
  • Managing daily operations alongside senior staff.
  • Offer administrative assistance to staff: checking voicemail, emailing requests, maintaining calendar of events, and communicating with event organizers.
  • Qualifications:
  • Excellent communications skills (writing and verbal)
  • Ability to work independently and quickly jump into new projects
  • Strong organization skills
  • Excellent administrative, and computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel and Google docs)

Hours: 15-20 hours per week

Compensation:
Unpaid; will complete paperwork necessary for student to receive available college credit.

Positions Available: 3

To apply: send cover letter and resume to painternship@gmail.com. In subject line, please write "Operations Internship."


ORGANIZING INTERNSHIP


Responsibilities:

  • Assist organizers with research and design of campaigns
  • Assist in event planning and preparation
  • Attend community forums, events and legislative briefings
  • Participate in fieldwork in support of organizing campaigns
  • Conduct correspondence and outreach with local elected officials and community organizations
  • Build databases of contacts, volunteers, activists and partnerships
  • Attend skill-building trainings and educational forums 
  • Contribute to other projects as necessary to advance the mission of the Public Advocate.

Qualifications: Excellent administrative, communication and computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel and Google docs) required. Strong writing and organizational skills required. Ability to work cooperatively with diverse staff and communities as well as interact with government staff are a must. Community organizing and event planning experience, knowledge of NYC government and constituent services experience preferred. Bi/multilingual ability preferred. Desire to learn organizing.

Hours: 15 hours per week

Compensation:
Unpaid; will complete paperwork necessary for student to receive available college credit.

Positions Available:
5

To apply: send cover letter and resume to painternship@gmail.com. In subject line, please write "Organizing Internship."


POLICY INTERNSHIP

New York City Office of Public Advocate seeks energetic, passionate, internship candidates who are looking to improve the welfare of New York City through the legislative and policy-making process. Applicants with the following interests are particularly encouraged to apply: education, landuse/housing/civil rights/ election reform/social services/transportation/finance/budget. This is a perfect opportunity for students who are completing studies in public affairs, public policy, and urban planning.

Responsibilities:

  • conducting policy research
  • researching and drafting policy briefings and reports for the Office
  • drafting policy recommendations
  • tracking agenda priorities

Qualifications:  Strong research skills (qualitative or quantitative), excellent written and oral communications skills.

Hours: 10-25 hours per week

Compensation: Unpaid; will complete paperwork necessary for student to receive available college credit.

Positions Available: 2-3

To apply: Please send cover letter, resume and one writing sample to painternship@gmail.com. In subject line, please write "Policy Internship".


LEGAL INTERNSHIP

Responsibilities:

  • Work with General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel on general legal matters
  • Assist with research for policy products
  • Legal research for potential legislation
  • Create written policy product
  • Assist with the coordination of pro bono projects through the Office of Public Advocate

Qualifications

  • 2L or higher only
  • Excellent legal writing skills
  • Excellent research skills
  • Ability to work in fast-paced environment

Hours: 15-20 hours per week

Compensation:
Unpaid; will complete paperwork necessary for student to receive available college credit.

Positions Available:
2

To apply:
send cover letter and resume to painternship@gmail.com. In subject line, please write "Legal Internship."

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