Internships in Housing, Environment, Economic Equity, Gun Violence Prevention and Media/Communications

January 17, 2015

The Office of NY State Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh seeks highly motivated undergraduate, graduate, or law student interns for the Spring 2015 semester who are interested in legislation, policy, advocacy, community outreach, or media/communications. Positions are available in the following areas:

Housing – We are actively involved in efforts to renew and strengthen State rent laws, ensure proper maintenance and security and adequate funding for public housing, resolve landlord-tenant disputes and prevent evictions, and support and expand access to housing subsidy programs.

Environment – Through our office and the Caucus of Environmental Legislators, which the Assemblymember chairs, we expect to work on several of these issues in 2015: New York’s role in reducing climate change, proper regulation of oil trains, environmental remediation, toxins regulation, recycling/composting and other solid waste reduction initiatives, natural resource preservation, and open space and outdoor recreation.

Economic Equity – We seek ways to promote economic equity through legislation and policy changes and community-based programs serving our many constituents with low incomes, and especially by promoting changes in State law requiring wage levels and other employment standards that will permit all workers to earn a living.

Gun Violence Prevention – We work on legislation, policy, enforcement, community intervention, and public education initiatives intended to reduce gun violence, through our office and national and statewide gun violence prevention coalitions respectively chaired and co-chaired by the Assemblymember.

Media and Communications – We publicize our activities, promote our agenda, and track and influence public discourse on a variety issues we work on, through press events, written statements and releases, multiple websites, social media, newsletters, and other media.

Depending on the particular assignments, interns may research and draft legislative documents and policy papers, attend events and meetings, identify and recruit allies and supporters for issue-focused coalitions, draft testimony and correspondence, organize outreach and advocacy among constituents and the general public, work on community initiatives, handle constituent cases, and assist with press conferences and social media.

We seek full- or part-time interns with a genuine commitment to public service, strong written and oral communication skills, ability to conduct research and think analytically, and computer proficiency. Interns must be able to multi-task and work in a team setting as well as independently. HTML, WordPress, and social media skills are a plus for media and communications positions.

We will work with interns to meet requirements for academic credit or external funding.

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to indicating which area(s) you are interested in. No phone calls please. For more information about our office please call 212-979-9696.