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?
With High Line Production still in its infancy, joining our team as an intern you will have the unique opportunity to take part in shaping the trajectory of this department. You will be involved in the production and coordination of the High Line’s exciting fall calendar by supporting events like the High Line Art Dinner, the Participatory Budgeting Kick-Off alongside the NYC Speaker’s Office, and our largest public program to date, The Mile Long Opera. You will also support a wide array of departmental tasks including, but not limited to: vendor research, inventory management, production document creation, coordination of event staffing plans, liaising with operations team to facilitate specific production needs, and assisting with onsite execution.
You will also be attending professional development workshops and networking events, have an 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 be supported by the Learning and Development Manager and the Production Director.
- Administrative department support such as: populating production documents, taking meeting minutes, creating signage for temporary event notifications, etc.
- Performing vendor coordination tasks such as sourcing, quoting, invoice collection, and payment
- Reimbursable receipt and Certificate of Insurance (COI) collection
- Keep track of timelines and deadlines via project management software
- Coordinate site visits and provide input on site design
- Inventory organization and material loading/unloading for onsite events
- Liaise across a variety of teams within FHL such as Operations, Public Programming, Horticulture, and Development to determine production needs
Who are you?
- An up-and-comer in the production, event management, or live events 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
- A passionate and creative individual with an interest in live events
- High school / HSE graduate
- Can work 3 full days per week
- Can commit for the entire 14 weeks: September 10th - December 14th
- Can work nights and weekends if necessary
- 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
- Ability to lift up to 35 pounds
- A team player that is flexible, resourceful, and detail-oriented
- A sense of humor is always nice!
All interns under FHL's internship program are offered a $14 hourly wage for the entire length of the program. During the course of the program, FHL invests in professional development opportunities for all interns (including: courses, certifications, etc.) creating a robust intern compensation package.
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