Government Relations & Special Projects Intern

Industry: Non‐Profit – Environmental
Department: Development
Reports to: Director of Government Affairs
Date posted: December 11, 2017
Start Date: January 8, 2018
Course Credit: Yes

Organization Mission
NYRP improves, maintains, and programs open spaces in communities lacking adequate resources. Working on public and private land citywide, NYRP’s flexible approach to land management serves as a model for non-profit municipal engagement. Together with partners in city agencies, non-profit organizations, and local communities, NYRP demonstrates the social and environmental value of building ownership over open spaces.

Position Summary
NYRP is seeking a dynamic, bright, and strategic individual with strong written skills to help advance our government relations strategy and special projects. This individual will support our Director of Government Affairs to cultivate relationships with elected officials’ offices and citywide agencies, project manage our transformative open space plan, the Haven Project, and develop analysis and reports in order to advance NYRP’s urban policy priorities.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Support organizational strategy and outreach related to urban policy, environmental justice, and neighborhood planning initiatives
  • Assist in communication with offices of elected officials, city agencies, and community partners
  • Regularly update and monitor records of communication with partners
  • Provide data analysis and write briefing documents, reports, and research summaries
  • Convene and facilitate community design discussions
  • Represent NYRP at public community events, steering committees, and Community Board meetings
  • Assist with project research and evaluation
  • Assist in designing external materials such as one sheets, reports, geographic studies, and wayfinding materials

Minimum Requirements:

  • Pursuing a graduate degree in urban planning, policy, sustainability or public affairs
  • Passion for urban policy issues affecting New Yorkers living in our most active communities (South Bronx, Northern Manhattan, and Central Brooklyn)
  • Excellent communication (written, oral, interpersonal), organization, and multi-tasking skills
  • Competence in GIS mapping software preferred
  • Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite programs a plus
  • Collaborative within a team-driven process, but also confident working independently

Benefits of NYRP Internship
·       Gain professional work experience in one of New York City’s leading environmental nonprofits
·       Work in a positive, fast-paced, well-balanced environment
·       Network with a vast range of civic and policy leaders

  • Build your professional portfolio

Interested individuals are encouraged to send a cover letter, resume, two writing samples, and references by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or standard mail to 254 W. 31st Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10001.
All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, creed (religion), color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristic, marital status or domestic violence victim status, and shall also follow the requirements of the Human Rights Law with regard to non-discrimination on the basis of prior criminal conviction and prior arrest.