Reports to: Public Policy & Advocacy Manager
FSLA Status: Internship
Hours: Flexible hours, with preference given to candidates who can commit at least 16 hours/week, at least twice a week in our office. Please include your availability–days and times–in your cover letter. We are open from 10am-6pm ET, Monday-Friday, with some programs running occasionally in the evenings or on weekends.
NAMI-NYC seeks a dynamic, self-starter to support our public policy and advocacy work and help take us to the next level. Our program is aimed at providing participants with hands-on learning experience in policy creation, community coalition management, and liaising with stakeholders and elected officials. This is open to undergraduate juniors and seniors or graduate students. Strong preference for those living in New York City. At the conclusion of the internship, participants will have a clear understanding of the steps required to build support for mental health policies and issue-based advocacy campaigns.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Research policy topics related to mental health at the intersections of criminal legal reform, health insurance reform and parity, substance use disorder challenges, supportive housing issues, and education advocacy
- Contact elected officials and/or their respective staff members
- Stay updated on New York City and State political trends
- Participate in weekly department strategy meetings, as deemed necessary
- Attend coalition and external partner meetings, city council hearings, occasional in-person rallies, and external events as schedule permits to take notes, pictures and brief the team
- Work with staff to collect program data to update and monitor evaluation reports and internal databases and translate data into advocacy tools
- Assist in the development of email, text and phone banking advocacy campaigns
- Collaborate with the communications department to create advocacy communication pieces, including but not limited to emails, newsletters, event descriptions, op-eds
- Help manage the Advocacy Ambassador Program, including with screening and interviewing potential Ambassador candidates and coordinating everyday external communications with program participants
- Support the Public Policy and Advocacy Manager in facilitating monthly advocacy training sessions and Ambassador meetings, when necessary, and in providing technical assistance to
- Ambassadors and other advocates in crafting and presenting their stories for legislative change
- Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to present before a group of people
- Must work well independently – we dive into what needs to be done, and so must you
- Creative thinker, not afraid to offer up ideas for new ways to reach our audiences
- Must have access to reliable internet connection
- Active user of tools and platforms in the social media space as well as virtual meeting platforms, such as Zoom, GoogleMeet and Microsoft Teams
- Proficiency in Google and Microsoft Office Suite
- Good sense of humor. It makes for a good working environment.
- Enthusiasm for the mission of NAMI-NYC, mental health advocacy, and the people we serve.
The intern must occasionally lift and/or move objects that are up to 25 pounds. Be able to meet in person for events/rallies.
SALARY & BENEFITS:
This is a paid position with a monetary stipend and for school credit.
To Apply: Please send a cover letter about your interest, and your resume, to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Public Policy and Advocacy Intern” in the subject line.