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?
The Development Intern is responsible for providing administrative and special project support to the Development department, which is responsible for raising funds to support the High Line’s annual operations. The Development department raises funds from multiple sources: individual donors, foundation and government funders, corporate giving programs, and fundraising events. The Development Intern will provide support to multiple members of the team, gaining an understanding of how a fundraising team works in a non-profit organization, with a special focus on supporting foundation fundraising efforts.
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 receive day-to-day support from the Learning and Development Manager and the Development Coordinator.
- Research current and potential foundation funders, individual donors, and event guests
- Assist with the production of mailings, including fundraising appeals, acknowledgment letters, grant reports, and membership benefit packages
- General administrative support for the team:
- maintaining digital and paper files
- scheduling internal meetings and preparing meeting materials
- making photocopies and shredding documents
- running errands, completing special projects and performing miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned
WHO ARE YOU?
- An up-and-comer interested in fundraising, nonprofit management, public administration, or a related field and 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 25 hours/week or 3 full days
- Can commit for the entire 14 weeks: January 28th - May 3rd
Priority given to residents of the High Line neighborhood (West Village/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 $15/hr and receive a $300 professional development stipend.