Policy Research Intern / Research Assistant


Small stipend to offset commuting expenses

Hours per week




Start Date



New York
United States


The Center seeks interns with experience in journalism or public policy research to support our work. Responsibilities can include extensive phone interviews, Web research, data analysis, and writing. Other duties include coordinating meetings with government officials and attending policy meetings.

Skills and attributes we seek are:

  • Strong writing and oral communications skills
  • Ability to synthesize ideas clearly and concisely
  • Ability to conduct effective interviews over the phone and in person
  • High level of competency in using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • At least some experience with public data sources like the US Census and the Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • An interest in economic development, urban planning, workforce development, and higher education issues

We prefer current graduate students or those with advanced degrees in public policy, urban planning, journalism, economics, government, social science, or related fields, though we will also consider accomplished undergraduate students. Our internship program is very competitive and attracts talented undergraduate and graduate students from across the country and around the world.

You must be able to commit to at least 20 hours a week. We provide a small stipend at the end of the internship to help offset travel expenses. College credit is available where applicable.

We maintain a friendly and open working environment and encourage people of all ages, races, ethnicities, genders, gender expressions, religions, and sexual orientations to apply.

How To Apply


We hire throughout the year for three cohorts: Spring (January to mid-May), Summer (May to end of August), and Fall (September to December). We accept applications on a rolling basis, so in the subject line of your email please indicate the cohort(s) for which you would be interested in applying. Send resume with cover letter to intern@nycfuture.org.