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 13-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. 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.
You will assist in identifying community-based organizations and leaders, updating the community relations database, and developing structures to better promote High Line programs and initiatives. Your duties will also entail supporting the Volunteer and Community Relations Coordinator by assisting in the planning and coordination of FHL’s off-site presence at fairs and festivals, supporting neighborhood volunteer recruitment and communication efforts, and assisting the Volunteer and Community Relations Manager with daily administrative tasks. You will also support the Government and Community Relations Manager in the implementation of a community survey, as needed.
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 the Government and Community Relations Manager.
- Research of community based organizations and leaders and up-keeping of current community relations database
- Help with implementation of distribution strategy and assist in the production of mailings
- Implement basic system to track outreach efforts
- Prepare materials for on and off-site events and meetings
- Assist with community, educational, and public programs
- Assist with volunteer event coordination
- Interface with volunteers regarding day-to-day tasks
- Draft and create content for social media highlighting volunteer program and neighborhood initiatives
- 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
- Ideally bilingual (Spanish/English or Chinese/English)
- Can work at least 20 hours a week (opportunity to work up to 37.5)
- Can commit for the entire 13 weeks: September 18th - December 15th
- 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
- Knowledge of community-based organizations, NYCHA, and surrounding neighborhood
- A sense of humor is always nice!
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