student internships

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Legislative/Legal Intern (click link)

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City Council Race Intern

“The candidate I am working for is James Pocchia, Democrat for City Council in the 50th district. This is a real grassroots campaign we are running right now. The goal is to knock out James Oddo, current sitting Council member for the 50th district and Republican Minority leader in the Council. This is a very tough race, as the incumbent (Mr. Oddo) is not only a ranked member of the Council, but is running for his third term.

The real scoop on the campaign is that if Bloomberg did not overturn the voters wishes, by extending term limits (something the NYC residents voted against) then Mr Oddo would not be running at all, as his term limits would have expired. His original intention was to run for Borough President as Molinaro’s term was also to  expire this year. Since the term limits have been extended, both of these Republican powerhouses are running once more AGAINST THE WISHES OF THE CITIZENS OF NYC.

This is where James comes in. We are in desperate need of volunteers to help this campaign. The best way to contact me is via email, but you can also reach me on my mobile phone at 917-848-5103.

Thank you so much, all of your help is greatly appreciated.

John Lentine
Committee to elect James M. Pocchia

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Thompson for Mayor

We are looking for students, particularly those with interest in politics, to join the Bill Thompson for Mayor Campaign’s Fall Internship Program. Below is the internship description, please feel free to forward it on to the entire faculty and my names and email (Rashad Drakeford-rdrakeford@thompson2009.com) as the point of contact.

There are a number of internship positions available with Bill Thompson’s mayoral campaign in the Fall of 2009. Interning for the Thompson campaign in New York City will be an exciting and rewarding experience. Interns will have the opportunity to learn through firsthand participation in the election process and will play an important role in the day-to-day operation of the campaign. The program is intended to provide knowledge, skills, and experience that each intern can apply to future challenges and professional pursuits.

Interns will participate in multiple facets of the campaign process, including the field, communications, online and political operations. Activities may include direct voter contact, community outreach, volunteer recruitment, event planning and management, data management and general office duties.

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2010 Spring Semester Albany Legislative Internship Program (click this link)

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New York Cares

Founded in 1987, New York Cares enables 50,000 New Yorkers each year to serve on hands-on volunteer projects benefiting schools, social service agencies, homeless shelters, and other deserving organizations. For more information about New York Cares, visit www.nycares.org.  New York Cares has been designated by The Princeton Review, for the fourth year in a row, as offering top job opportunities to recent college graduates.

New York Cares’ Corporate & Foundation Relations Department manages all aspects of corporate, foundation and government partner relationships including the planning of customized volunteer service projects, and is also responsible for raising more than half of the organization’s total budget through corporate donations and grants.

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Corporate Service Officer, the Corporate Service Intern provides broad-based support to the Corporate Relations Department in the office and during corporate service projects. S/He will staff approximately 3-4 customized corporate service projects each month, and support New York Cares staff on-site to ensure the smooth and efficient running of the project.  The Intern’s on-site responsibilities may include: leading sub-projects, coordinating supply distribution, coordinating lunch and transportation logistics, wrangling VIPs and press, and managing small and large groups of volunteers.

In the office, the Intern will also assist the Department on various administrative tasks, including: data entry; maintaining departmental supplies and materials; invoicing companies for project-related costs; preparing volunteer training manuals; and responding, in writing and by telephone, to program related questions.

Qualifications

  • At least 2 years towards a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Experience in non-profit organizations, event planning, or volunteer management
  • Superior verbal and interpersonal communications skills
  • Broad-based computer skills
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent public speaking and crowd management skills
  • Ability to juggle concurrent multiple assignments and prioritize accordingly
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
  • Ability to remain flexible in potentially unpredictable situations
  • Maintains a good sense of humor
  • Professional demeanor, both in person and on the telephone

We are looking for an intern who can commit to a regular schedule of approximately 14-21 hours a week. However, we are willing to work with vacation schedules.   This is an unpaid position.

    To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to New York Cares, Attn: Dennis Tseng

    By mail: 214 W. 29th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10001.  By fax: 212-228-6414. By e-mail: Dennis_Tseng@nycares.org NO CALLS PLEASE

Political Internships
I have not yet been able to confirm that all of these offices are looking for interns, however it is rare that someone whould turn away an intern.  The City Council is in the middle of an election cycle.

If you are looking for an internship with a specific representative or in a district outside of Staten Island, leave a comment and I’ll get you the information.

The districts of the following elected officials include Wagner’s campus:

Assemblyman Matthew Titone
853 Forest Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10310
718-442-9932

Councilman Ken Mitchell
130 Stuyvesant Place, 6th Floor
Staten Island, NY 10301
718-556-7370

State Senator Diane Savino
36 Richmond Terr, Suite 112
Staten Island, NY 10301
718-727-9406

The following elected officials represent other districts on Staten Island:

Assemblyman Michael Cusick
1911 Richmond Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10314
718-380-1384

Assemblyman Lou Tobacco
4062 Amboy Road
Staten Island, NY 10308
718-967-594

Assemblywoman Janele Hyer-Spencer
586 Midland Avenue, 1B
Staten Island, NY 10306
718-667-5891

State Senator Andrew Lanza
3845 Richmond Ave, Suite 2A
Staten Island, NY 10312
718-984-4073

Councilman Vincent Ignizio
3944 Richmond Ave
Staten Island, NY 10312
718-984-5151

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