Asian Youth in Action

Asian Youth in Action (AYA) is a 7-month internship program running from February to August for youth ages 14-21. This is an opportunity for Asian young people who speak Bangla, Korean, Mandarin, and/or Cantonese to serve low-income Asian immigrant communities. Interns will gain hands-on experience through:

– Developing relationships and working with the Chinatown Tenants Union or the NYCHA Organizing Project for 10 hours each month.

– Monthly leadership skills trainings and social issue workshops. Including public speaking, racial justice, feminism, housing rights, multilingual interpretation, and more.

– Monthly team-building workshops to establish friendships and events with other youth and immigrants from across the City.


YMCA Youth and Government Programs

Youth & Government lets young people experience how our nation’s democratic process works from the inside out. Starting with issues that stir their passions, teens learn to debate public policy, write legislation and (simulate) taking over the State Legislature in Albany. Proposed legislation originating with Youth & Government participants has gone on to be presented by actual legislators and signed into New York State Law. Organized in 1936 in the State of New York, the YMCA Youth & Government Program is now a national program of the YMCA held in 38 states with more than 46,000 students from all walks of life involved.

To get involved in the programs listed below, please contact your local branch and ask for the teen director.

The UN’s Multicultural Summer Youth Program

The Manhattan Multicultural Summer Youth Program (MMSY) brings together youths of different cultures, ethnicities, and faiths from around New York City area to provide opportunity to engage with one another and create an environment where people can share, respect, and value cultural differences.

Through exposure to people of a diverse range of backgrounds, youths in the New York City area will gain a greater awareness, appreciation and understanding of one another’s differences and similarities. The MMSY program has proven to be of benefit in reducing racial, religious and intercultural tension.

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Political Internships

Internship: Duties include constituent work, helping those who call our office because, for example, their street is long overdue for cleaning, or they live in public housing and the lock on their lobby door is broken. Write replies to those who send their opinions on a piece of legislation to our office,work on parts of the newsletter, and recently draft a testimony for Rosie to present about a construction site in the district. Office work organizing excel spreadsheets, updating contact lists, answering phones and so forth. Attend meetings and hearings with Rosie and other staff.
Hours: This is a time commitment, but the schedule can be flexible. It is a volunteer position over the school year and stipended during the summer.
To Apply:  Contact the office directly here:
Internship:  Interns will participate in the full range of activities of a busy district office. They will assist in meeting with community and advocacy groups; researching and responding to correspondence; drafting testimony and talking points; working on community based projects, events, and initiatives; assisting and organizing press conferences, and attending events and meetings.
Hours: full- or part-time internships
Qualifications:We seek interns with a genuine commitment to public service, strong written and oral communication skills, ability to conduct research and think analytically, and computer proficiency. Experience with spreadsheets and databases is especially valuable. Interns must be able to multi-task and work in a team setting as well as independently.
To Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter to: No phone calls please.

Internship: Interns will learn how to address constituent issues.  Some administrative work will be required. Intern will also be asked to perform field work and conduct research on local issues and gather information for Council Member’s outreach efforts.
Hours: 20-35 hours a week
Qualifications: Seeking students who have a strong interest in learning more about city government, have good people skills, and who are organized and proficient in writing. Applicants should be very comfortable using Microsoft Office Suite. Chinese or Spanish language skills are a plus. Long-time residents of NYC strongly preferred, council district residency a plus.
Application: please send a resume and cover letter to  Please include your availability and hours you are seeking to work in your cover letter.

Internship: Interns will work closely a member of the office staff on legislative research, scheduling, communications and media, correspondence, event planning and office management. Students will be exposed to various components of the Senate office, will attend hearings and meetings, and will participate in planning and strategy discussions with Senate staff and outside advocates.
Hours:  Internships are unpaid and students are expected to work 25-35 hours weekly
Qualifications: A successful candidate is a self-starter who will be able to work at least three days per week, has strong writing, communicating and organizational skills, as well as a passion for government. Knowledge of or connections to the 25th Senate District are a plus.
To Apply: Send a cover letter and resume to Jordan Levine at Please make dates of availability clear in the cover letter.

NYC Campaign Internships

Come and intern with the Quinn for New York campaign. The campaign is looking for bright, energetic individuals who want to learn the nuts and bolts of how a campaign works, and help elect the next Mayor of New York City.

Hours are completely flexible with a small requirement, and the Quinn Campaign team is a lot of fun. No experience necessary. You will walk out the door at the end of the internship knowing how to run a local field program, as well as having met some really great friends.

Additionally, if you are an applicant who is looking to take your involvement with the campaign to the next level, the campaign is also offering a fellowship program. Fellows will be required to have a greater time commitment than interns and will participate in our Field Organizer Training Program, where you will not only learn the basics of campaign field work, but will also gain in-depth knowledge of grassroots organizing so you are ready to work on, and eventually run, campaigns of your own in the future.

The Quinn for New York intern and fellowship programs are designed to be an enriching educational experience, where participants will engage in daily field activities, learn from and have access to seasoned campaign staff, and hear from a variety of political guest speakers.

To apply for an internship or a fellowship with the Quinn for New York campaign, visit, call us at 212-470-9154, or email us at


We’re looking for motivated interns to assist with Mark Levine’s campaign for New York City Council over the coming months. 

No experience necessary! Interning on a campaign is a fun and rewarding commitment. It’s an excellent way of learning about the political process, the city, as well as meeting other students from across the city. Responsibilities will include: phoning registered voters about his platform, taking care of office mailings, campaigning in the streets, talking to voters face to face, and attending campaign press conferences and rallies.

Mark began his career as a bilingual math and science teacher at JHS149 in the South Bronx. He later served as Executive Director of Teach For America-New York. He continued his education leadership as Executive Director of the Center for After-School Excellence. In addition, Mark is founder of Upper Manhattan’s first and only community development credit union, Neighborhood Trust. The credit union has helped thousands of local low-income residents obtain loans to start businesses, pay for education, and even become owners of their own homes. His work on behalf of Northern Manhattan residents has earned him the endorsement of Congressman Jerry Nadler, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, and Borough President Scott Stringer.

To learn more, please visit his website:

To apply, email Cullen Barrie, or call 646-407-9563


City Councilwoman Jessica Lappin is running for Manhattan Borough President in 2013, and looking for motivated interns to assist her campaign over the coming months. She was born and raised in Manhattan, and quickly became one of the Democratic Party’s rising stars. She won election to the City Council in 2005 representing the Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island, and is currently finishing out her second term.

Councilwoman Lappin has become part of a new generation of leadership in New York City, and continues to lead on a number of progressive issues. Some of her accomplishments include:
• Playing a key role in bringing the Cornell-Technion Campus to Roosevelt Island, which is
projected to create 30,000 new jobs and 600 spin-off companies
• Writing landmark legislation to project women’s health and the right to choose, for which she was praised by Planned Parenthood and the New York Times
• Personally overseeing the approval of over 20,000 public school seats across the city and 5 new schools in her district
• Authoring bills to address traffic and construction safety
• Passing recycling laws, encouraging sensible development, and leading the fight to create a greener New York
• Opening up previously inaccessible waterfront to the public along the East River

The Job
Interning on a campaign is a fun and rewarding commitment. It’s an excellent way of learning about the political process and the city, and it’s a great way to meet other students. This will be a fantastic opportunity for bright young adults to interact with their communities and build unparalleled professional experience for future positions.Interns are vital to the success of the campaign.

1. Responsibilities will include: phoning registered voters about her platform, office mailings and clerical duties, street campaigning and canvassing, talking to voters face to face, and attending campaign press conferences, events and rallies.
Inquiries should be directed to Max Markham at


2. Responsibilities will include: helping to build a grassroots neighbourhood team, using VoteBuilder (a program used by Democratic campaigns across the country) to track voter data, interacting with voters in person and over the phone, attending rallies, press conferences and candidate events.
Inquiries should be directed to Kiki Reginato at

Internships are unpaid. However, we are happy to offer credit with respective schools for hours/days worked.

High school applicants willing to dedicate 5-7 days per week during summer are highly desired. Interested candidates should include some information and/or an informal CV as well as their  available start date.

To learn more about Jessica Lappin, please visit her website at

National Student Leader Conference

National Student Leader Conference (NSLC) provides students with the opportunity to experience life on a college campusdevelop essential leadership skills; and explore a future career through exciting simulationsexclusive site visits and interactive meetings with renowned leaders in their chosen field.

Leadership is the key to success in every profession and at the core of every NSLC youth leadership program. At the NSLC, you will enjoy innovative and fun leadership workshops where you will both learn and apply essential leadership skills including: Team Building, Ethical Decision Making, Time Management, Goal Setting, Public Speaking, and Conflict Resolution.

Youth Leadership Programs:

  • Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Culinary Arts & Restaurant Management
  • Education & the Classroom
  • Engineering
  • Forensic Science
  • Intelligence & National Security
  • International Diplomacy
  • Journalism, Film & Media Arts
  • Law & Advocacy
  • Mastering Leadership
  • Medicine & Health Care
  • Political Action & Public Policy
  • Sports & Entertainment Management
  • Theater

Programs take place in New York City, DC, Chicago, San Francisco

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NYC Board of Correction: Internship

The intern will work closely with Board of Correction’s Director of Research and Analysis and other staff to help analyze compliance by the NYC Department of Correction (DOC) and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) with the Health Care Minimum Standards, and other legal mandates, Department directives, orders, policies, and procedures.

This is an unpaid internship.

The intern will assist as follows:

  • Review DOC records
  • Aggregate and electronically input records to facilitate data analysis
  • Perform literature review
  • Help prepare written reports

Necessary qualifications or skills:

  1. Enrolled in college or high school;
  2. Detail-oriented; and
  3. Strong interest in public health, criminal justice, or law

Preferred qualifications or skills:

  1. Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel;
  2. Analytical skills; and
  3. Excellent writing skills

If you are interested in applying for this internship, please send a cover letter and resume to Chai Park, Esq., Director of Research and Analysis, NYC Board of Correction, 51 Chambers St., Rm. 923, NY, NY 10007 or email

Young Democrats of America High School Leadership Academy

The Young Democrats of America (YDA) High School Leadership Academy takes place  in Washington, D.C.  during the month of July.  This unique four-day summer camp will focus on developing the next generation of Democratic Party leaders.

Students will participate in leadership workshops and policy panels and will be introduced to the nation’s top Democratic elected officials and Party leaders. YDA will provide an inside view of elections, the media, campaign finance, grassroots organizing, interest groups, the legislative process and careers in politics.  The HSLA will feature a truly interactive experience unlike any other summer political camp in Washington.

YDA will accept a total of 48 high school students with diverse leadership experience.
Application Deadline:  mid-May

For details, visit

Global Youth Connect

During this GYC program, young leaders from New York City will join with activists from outside NYC (e.g. Rwanda, Bosnia, China, the greater-USA) in a special summit to explore the human rights situation in New York City and to contrast the situation in NYC with that of the home areas of the visiting youth. All together, the intercultural teams will take concrete action in volunteer placements with NYC grassroots organizations to support current and future efforts for human rights in New York City and compare the work in NYC to that in the home areas of the visiting youth. Site visits in the inaugural 2012 program included the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations,, Human Rights Watch, Children’s Defense Fund, New York City Coalition Against Hunger, among others. Volunteer placements in 2013 include: The New York City Coalition Against Hunger, The Floating Hospital of Long Island City, Children’s Defense Fund, and many other local entities. Optional placements at the United Nations NGO Committee.

To apply, visit:

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Youth Bridge NY

YouthBridge-NY is a nonprofit leadership development organization that convenes and trains young people to meet the challenges of an extremely diverse New York City.

NYC 10TH GRADERS (interested in diversity and social justice) apply to this two-year leadership training program in the Spring, which begins the following Fall when they start 11th grade, and continues into their senior year

Year 1 – “Fellows” (11th grade)
Fellows take part in monthly skill-building workshops and specialized action committees focusing on appreciating diversity through photography, grant-making, or diversity in the workplace.

Year 2 – “Bridgers” (12th grade)
In their second year of the Fellowship, participants become Bridgers (seniors in high school) and participate in advanced skill-building workshops and engage with YouthBridge-NY Alumni and Board Members.

Enrollment is Open to High School Students Entering 11th Grade in Fall 2016
For details and to apply, visit

The goal of the Leaders to Leaders Youth Summit is to inspire young leaders to take charge by empowering them with knowledge of the possibilities, skills, and the training they need to turn ideas into action.  Students will engage with New York City’s top change makers by discussing pressing diversity issues and developing a network of youth leaders.
Register here:


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