Community Relations Intern
INTERNING AT THE PARK IN THE SKY!
Friends of the High Line’s Internship Program is committed to finding New Yorkers with big dreams and cultivating them into future industry leaders. Through our immersive, intensive, and inclusive 14-week program, we offer interns the opportunity to apply their current industry skill-set in a real-world setting while mapping out their future through comprehensive workforce development services including: professional development, work readiness, network building, and career planning. But, wait! It doesn’t stop there. We continue to offer career support for 12 months following the program based around educational advancement, job search, and job placement within your respective industry. Interns will be a part of a robust community of emerging professionals who each contribute uniquely to Friends of the High Line. It is our goal to serve as an incubator for our next generation of leaders by leveraging our resources and influence as one of the top cultural destinations in the country.
WHAT WILL YOU BE DOING?
As the Community Relations Intern, you will support Friends of the High Line’s Government and Community Relations Manager in expanding the High Line’s existing methods of outreach and engagement with the surrounding High Line neighborhoods and with communities throughout New York City.
Your primary responsibility will be supporting initiatives of community engagement by assisting in FHL’s off-site presence in the community, supporting neighborhood volunteers at specific sites, assisting in the documentation and communication efforts, and supporting other administrative tasks related to the community relations team. You will also assist in identifying community-based organizations and leaders, updating the community relations database, and developing structures to better promote High Line programs and initiatives.
You will also be attending professional development workshops and networking events, have the opportunity to take paid certification courses, joining professional associations, creating your own long-term projects, and developing your employment portfolio. Special workforce development tasks and projects will arise as needed for your individual needs and growth.
You will report to the Internship Program Manager and Government and Community Relations Manager.
- Help with the implementation of community engagement strategies
- Act as the face of FHL at off-site community outreach events
- Prepare materials for on and off-site events
- Administer community relations database and input any feedback received at off-site events
- Research community based organizations and local leaders
- Assist with community, educational, and public programs
- Interface with volunteers regarding day-to-day tasks
- Run errands and complete special projects, as needed
WHO ARE YOU?
- An up-and-comer in the Community Relations field, looking to get your first real-world experience
- A champion and advocate for FHL’s mission, as well as the people who visit the High Line
- Possess a growth mindset with an openness to coaching and critical feedback
- High school / HSE graduate
- Can work at least 20 hours a week (opportunity to work up to 37.5)
- Can commit for the entire 14 weeks: January 15th - April 20th
- Priority given to residents of the High Line neighborhood (Chelsea/Hell’s Kitchen) and FHL’s Green Council, TACC, Teen Event Staff, and Participatory Budgeting Council Alumni
WHAT ARE YOU GOOD AT?
- Strong spoken communications and the ability to frame and draft clear emails
- Basic level of computer and Internet literacy, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google Suite as well as an aptitude for learning new computer applications
- Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
- A team player that is flexible, resourceful, and detail-oriented
- A sense of humor is always nice!
All interns are paid $14/hr plus a robust package of paid professional development opportunities, including but not limited to: certifications, relevant courses, career readiness training, professional association memberships, relevant industry event attendance, and more.