Public Affairs Intern

Employment Type
Job Category
Public Affairs & Public Policy

SALARY: $20.00 P/H

The YMCA of Greater New York is here for all New Yorkers — to empower youth, improve health, and strengthen community. Founded in 1852, today the Y serves a diverse population of more than half a million New Yorkers who learn, grow, and thrive through programs and services at our 24 branches. Community is the cornerstone of the Y. Together, we connect active, engaged New Yorkers to build stronger communities.

The Association Office of the YMCA is seeking a Public Affairs Intern who will support the administrative work of the Public Affairs Department.  The Public Affairs Intern will assist with various projects as they grow within the department.


You are a motivated person with a BA / BS degree and a strong interest in Public Policy work. You are able to use a PC and copy machine with minimal instruction and knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, including Word and Excel. You are aligned with the Y’s mission and four core values: honesty, caring, respect, and responsibility.


As Public Affairs Intern you will:
Update database and contact information, including elected officials, community boards, and community organizations.
Schedule meetings and site visits.
Provide event support, including invitations, follow-up calls, and staffing events.
Coordinate mailings with administrative staff.
Provide general administrative support such as filing, copying, and organizing.


The internship will begin in late January 2020 and end in late June 2020. The exact dates and work schedule are flexible, provided you can work approximately 20 hours in the office each week. 


This internship will enable you to earn ($20/hour) while you learn, getting a first-hand look at the advocacy work of a major nonprofit organization working in areas such as adult education for new Americans, afterschool programming, substance abuse prevention/treatment, and more. You’ll build your resume while working as part of a lively team with a long history of public policy work. 

We offer an exciting and innovative work environment with a culture committed to serving all members of our community. As a leading not-for-profit, community service organization, our Association relies heavily on fundraising to support the wide range of programs we proudly provide the communities we serve. Our expectation is that all staff promotes participation of their branch fundraising efforts in some capacity. 

How to Apply?

If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete our online application and submit your résumé and a thoughtful cover letter that explains your interest in the internship role and our organization. 

Please submit the résumé and cover letter in a single Word or PDF document. 

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities

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