Summer Intern, Neighborhood Strategies

Neighborhood Strategies New York, New York


Want to be part of an organization changing NYC? Do you see yourself giving back to a community? Want to help change the NYC skyline? Want to help create jobs? Want to strengthen neighborhoods?  

Our Vision: To make New York City the global model for inclusive innovation and economic growth, fueled by the City’s diverse people and businesses. 

Our Mission: To create shared prosperity across New York City’s five boroughs by strengthening neighborhoods and growing good jobs.

NYCEDC’s Neighborhood Strategies Department spearheads NYCEDC and interagency efforts on complex planning and development projects which advance the City’s competitiveness, enhancing New York City as a place to live, work and visit through promoting a diverse economic base; fostering vibrant, livable and accessible neighborhoods; executing keystone economic development projects; leveraging diverse waterfront assets for economic, recreational and resiliency uses; and supporting and expanding the City’s freight, maritime, aviation and transportation networks. Specifically, Neighborhood Strategies works to identify strategic locations for public involvement and/or investment; develop and facilitate appropriate planning and community outreach processes; and shape land use and development.

Examples of Neighborhood Strategies’ role in key City initiatives can be seen in neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs, including in neighborhood planning efforts such as Inwood, Manhattan and Downtown Far Rockaway, Queens, and through our engagement with large-scale planning efforts including the Sunnyside Yards Overbuild Feasibility Study, the Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency project, and the Downtown Staten Island initiative.  The Neighborhood Strategies Department works closely with staff at various City agencies in support of high-profile Administration rezoning and redevelopment efforts, and provides strategic guidance to other divisions within NYCEDC in relation to community engagement, neighborhood planning, public-private partnerships, and major infrastructure investments. 

Your Internship: As an NYCEDC intern you will help with advancing large scale catalytic developments, drive comprehensive neighborhood planning, maintain quality jobs today and grow innovative jobs for tomorrow. 

You'll spend the summer working approximately 35 hours per week with flexible start and end dates. Applicants should be prepared to start in June. You will be paired with a manager who will help guide you and show you the ropes! Sound exciting? Apply now!

Responsibilities:

  • Work with interdisciplinary teams to support large-scale planning and development efforts.
  • Provide support in the implementation of public outreach processes, including providing administrative and staffing support for events, workshops, charrettes, meetings, and other professional and public forums.
  • Assist in the preparation of a wide variety of materials to support project teams including graphics, maps, presentations, web content, narratives, and other materials.
  • Interact with administrative support departments and other project implementation stakeholders.
  • Assist the department in building and maintaining relationships with governmental and quasi-governmental entities; real estate and business groups; civic & community organizations; cultural and professional organizations; and advocacy groups.

Qualifications:  

  • Passion for public service and New York City.
  • Undergraduate degree.
  • Proven ability to work independently
  • Strong interpersonal, written, verbal and analytical skills.
  • Experience with public outreach processes and communications with community stakeholders.
  • Experience with developing content for websites, reports, and other media.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Impressive academic and extracurricular qualifications, consistently strong performance, and a passion for innovation and success.
  • An ability to work and communicate well in a fast-paced environment while interacting with a wide variety of people.
  • Teamwork and problem-solving skills, a willingness to accept responsibility, ask tough questions, and have a solutions-oriented approach.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Some graduate level academic work preferred in urban planning, architecture, geography, real estate, public policy, business, law, housing finance, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated interest in economic or community planning and development.
  • Understanding and interest in urban planning, infrastructure and economic development issues, including real estate development and finance.
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial and leadership skills, including interpersonal and public speaking skills.
  • Graphic design, mapping, presentation, and geo-analytical skills preferred, but not required.
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite and ArcGIS preferred, but not required.

About Us: NYCEDC is New York City’s primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. Our mission is to create shared prosperity across New York City’s five boroughs by strengthening neighborhoods and growing good jobs. We do this by developing, managing, and implementing expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment and strengthen the city’s competitive position.

NYCEDC is dedicated to the creation of a dynamic, equitable, and sustainable urban economy. We are making sure that whatever happens next, happens right here in New York City—and that all New Yorkers are a part of it.

The New York City Economic Development Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our diversity and inclusion mission is to attract, retain, and engage a diverse workforce comprised of talented people. NYCEDC employees can expect to work as part of a highly engaged, passionate and inclusive workforce where everyone’s contributions are valued, respected and make an impact on one of the best and most diverse cities in the world! 

For more information, visit our website at edc.nyc.