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Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life

*NEW* Citizens Union's Public Policy Intern

Citizens Union

Citizens Union is committed to reforming our New York City and State governments to foster accountability, accessibility, transparency, honesty, and the highest ethical standards. For the past 120 years, Citizens Union has devoted themselves to holding their local governments accountable to do better in all of these areas, and they remain committed to enfranchising all New Yorkers. The many initiatives that they are currently advancing include ethics reform, increased voter participation and civic engagement, greater police accountability, and a truly accurate 2020 census. In all of these efforts, they have been — and will remain — nonpartisan.

Fellowship Description

Citizens Union is seeking a talented intern to evaluate and report on candidates running for the office, to be published in their Voters Directory. In every election since 1911, Citizens Union has published a Voters Directory, assessing candidates running for city and state office and informing the public on key elements of their platforms.

Interns will be assigned to a set of candidates, and will be responsible for leading their evaluations under the supervision of the Director of Public Policy.

Responsibilities include:

  • Conducting research on candidates running for local office, including biographical and policy research;
  • Identifying all candidates in a particular race using news reports, campaign material, and public documents;
  • Liaising and scheduling interviews with candidates and elected officials;
  • Preparing interview questions; and
  • Writing-up analysis of the research.

The ideal intern will be a graduate student or undergraduate junior or senior with:

  • Experience managing multiple assignments at once;
  • A background or interest in government, political science, public administration, history, law, or a related field;
  • Excellent written communication skills;
  • Online research skills, including mining media reports and social media platforms, and basic computer proficiency;
  • Public policy research experience; and
  • Comfort making cold calls.

If you have some, but not all, of these qualifications and feel you would make a positive contribution to the team, we encourage you to apply. The internship offers the opportunity to network with elected officials and other actors in New York government and politics.

Typical Hours

9am-5pm, hours flexible

Work Environment

The fellow will work in a traditional work environment at a desk. The fellow will largely work with Public Policy Director Rachel Bloom, Public Policy Manager Ethan Geringer-Sameth, other interns and Citizens Union members who comprise the teams that interview the candidates for office.

The Executive Director, Betsy Gotbaum, is the former Public Advocate for the City of New York and is always interested in working with and mentoring a fellow. 

Specific Skills Required

  • A background or interest in government, political science, public administration, history, law, or a related field;
  • Excellent written communication skills;
  • Online research skills, including mining media reports and social media platforms, and basic computer proficiency;
  • Public policy research experience; and
  • Comfort making cold calls

Specific Experience Required

  • Experience managing multiple assignments at once.
  • Online Research

Skills and Experience the Fellow Will Gain

  • Experience interacting with New York City and State candidates for public office
  • Attending legislative hearings, testimonies and press conferences.
  • Conducting legislative research
  • Citizens Union is undertaking a new project on civic education in NYC high schools, the fellow could be actively involved in that project as well, doing a landscape evaluation of the state of civic education in NYC high schools.

Supervisor

Ethan Geringer-Sameth is the Public Policy Manager and manages all of the candidate evaluations and the summer interns.

Applications for this Placement Are Open!

The applications for this placement are now closed. If you have any questions, email maggie.mcmorrow@tufts.edu.