The department frequently receives announcements about internship opportunities which we will post here. Keep in mind that the department offers many other internships so if you don’t see something you like, make sure you visit our internship placement page on the department website or talk to Prof. Keena Lipsitz. If you would like to receive credit for one of these internships, discuss this with Prof. Lipsitz BEFORE you start the internship so you know what the requirements for credit are. She will need to approve you for registration in the department’s internship course as well.

10/11 Intern with the Brian Barnwell for Assembly Campaign

“Brian Barnwell is running for State Assembly in New York’s 30th Assembly District. The 30th District includes Middle Village, Maspeth, Woodside, Astoria, Sunnyside, Long Island City and Elmhurst.

The internship program prepares students to obtain leadership roles on future political campaigns Our 30-day program is both intensive and comprehensive by assigning interns to essential roles within the senior staff of a campaign. Our program focuses on main competencies including direct voter contact, electoral/organizational systems training, campaign business/operations/finance training, and becoming a diverse field organizer.

Contact: Our office is located at 53-01 65th Place, Maspeth, NY. Send your resume and contact information to Meri@nsstrategy.com or call me at (929) 841-6720.”

10/6 Protect the Vote on Election Day with Common Cause


New York voters deserve to be able to enter the voting booth without fear of intimidation, misinformation, obstruction, or lines too long to wait in. Common Cause New York is working to break down these barriers, but they need your help.


RSVP for a poll monitor volunteer training at the Common Cause office in Manhattan.


Common Cause New York is part of a national Election Protection campaign to ensure voters’ rights. Volunteer poll monitors will be on the ground across the state and country on Election Day, answering voters’ questions at polling places and reporting any barriers to the ballot box.


As a volunteer poll monitor, you’ll take a two-hour shift at a polling place in your community. Before that, you’ll attend a 90-minute training where we’ll provide you all the information and tools you need on Election Day.


Register for a poll monitor volunteer training right now. Common Cause already has training dates and times available in late October and early November, and will add more in the coming weeks.


For more information, contact ajohnson@commoncause.org. Also, this video provides an overview of the volunteer experience in New York in 2012, directly from volunteers themselves

10/5 New York Civil Liberties Union Organizing Intern Campus Organizing Intern

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, seeks current undergraduate and graduate students for volunteer 2016-2017 academic year internships.


The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is one of the nation's foremost defenders of civil liberties and civil rights. Founded in 1951 as the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, we are a nonpartisan organization with nine offices and nearly 55,000 members across the state. Our mission is to defend and promote the fundamental principles and values embodied in the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution. As the NYCLU fights for civil liberties and civil rights for all, it does so through a multi-layered program of litigation, advocacy, public education, and community organizing. For more information about the NYCLU, please visit: www.nyclu.org.

Internship Overview

Organizing Interns will work closely with NYCLU’s Advocacy Department to increase awareness of civil rights issues on campuses and in their communities. They will learn how to strategically organize actions, facilitate workshops, and empower peers in movements for social change. Each intern will be paired with a NYCLU organizer. This NYCLU contact will mentor and support interns as they develop their own organizing and advocacy skills. Interns will also strengthen their ability to effectively communicate about civil rights issues happening on their campuses.

To Apply

Please send cover letter, resume, and all inquiries to: ecohen@nyclu.org with the subject line: Campus Organizing Program.

9/30 League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters of the City of New York is a nonpartisan organization whose purpose is to promote informed and active participation in government. The League neither supports nor opposes candidates or political parties.


Internship Information


Internship applications are accepted on a rolling basis and offer flexible hours and a comfortable work environment. Interns have the opportunity to work in the following areas: grassroots membership outreach, elections and voter information, communications and development. Internships with the League are unpaid but LWV does offer a small stipend to cover transportation and lunch.

To apply please send your resume and a cover letter detailing the following:

·        Why you are interested in interning with the League of Women Voters

·        What areas you are interested in working with

·        What you hope to gain from your internship

·        How many hours you will be available to intern

·        Your start and end dates

Send all information to: office@lwvnyc.org

9/30 Civil Court Judge Mojgan Lancman (QC alumna!)

The Political Science Department has just been contacted by Judge Mojgan Lancman (a QC alumna) who needs an intern to start ASAP. Judge Lancman sits on the Civil Court of the City of New York with offices in Jamaica. The ideal intern will have an interest in going to law school, a GPA of 3.5 or higher, excellent writing skills, and be interested in doing the internship for academic credit (the credit will be earned in the spring). Interested students should send their resume to Prof. Lipsitz.

9/30 Council on American-Islamic Relations (Manhattan-Morningside Heights)

Council on American-Islamic Relations (New York chapter) is the largest Muslim civil-rights organization in the nation. We deal with cases of discrimination, as well as encourage dialogue within communities, and organize workshops to help educate fellow members of the Muslim community.

Currently, we have a variety of internships available for those who are interested, and they could be seen on our website (https://cair-ny.org/page/opportunities.html). The internships we are offering this semester are: Civil Rights (law students only), Legal Services, Communications, Outreach, and Development.

9/30 Franco Law Firm (Garden City, NY) STILL LOOKING FOR AN INTERN

Interested students should send a resume and cover letter to Ms. Sabine Franco at sfranco@franco-lawfirm.com. You can learn more about her firm at http://www.franco-lawfirm.com/

9/16/16 State Senator Jose Peralta (Jackson Heights, Elmhurst and surrounding areas)

State Senator Peralta is looking for interns in his district office. Interested students should send a cover letter and resume to Deputy Chief of Staff Damaris Moné at mone@nysenate.gov. You can learn more about the Senator and his district here: https://www.nysenate.gov/senators/jose-peralta

9/15/16 Franco Law Firm (Garden City, NY)

Interested students should send a resume and cover letter to Ms. Sabine Franco at sfranco@franco-lawfirm.com. You can learn more about her firm at http://www.franco-lawfirm.com/

9/14/16 Assemblymember Francisco P. Moya (Jackson Heights)

Assemblymember Francisco P. Moya is seeking two to three interns to join his District Office in Jackson Heights for the fall. Interns will gain experience related to working in a state legislative office and will have hands-on-experience with constituent casework, press/communications, event planning, and other duties related to the office. They will also assist in an administrative capacity, staffing the front desk, answering incoming calls, and interfacing with constituents.

The internship will be part-time throughout the semester; hours can be flexible.

Students are encouraged to apply by emailing Andrei.D.Vasilescu@gmail.com and/or espinaa@assemby.state.ny.us with a resume and cover letter.  

9/12/16 Planned Parenthood of New York Policy and Government Relations Intern

The Policy and Government Relations Intern supports the Public Affairs Department regarding New York City and state legislation and issue-based research. The Policy and Government Relations Intern will play a central role in expanding the justice work of PPNYC's Public Affairs Department by researching current issues of sexual and reproductive health equity, with special attention to their impact on PPNYC services. This internship will support and assist our legislative, policy advocacy and community and coalition building work.


Research policy issues relevant to PPNYC's work and present legislative recommendations.   Research citywide data for its impact on patients of PPNYC and potential legislative advocacy opportunities.   Assist in updating and management of elected official database.   Track elected officials' voting records and statements and current legislation.   Assist with Public Affairs administrative and scheduling support.   Other duties as assigned.

Requirements: Strong commitment to reproductive health, rights, and justice; interest in research and legislation, skilled at multi-tasking and prioritizing; strong logistics coordination skills; excellent research and computer skills; experience using Excel a plus.

Hours: 12-15/week

To apply: Send cover letter and resume to ashleigh.williams@ppnyc.org with subject line "Public Affairs Internship" in the subject line.

9/7/16 Councilmember Julissa Ferreras-Copeland

A Queens College alum in this office is looking for interns to help with constituency service this fall. Contact District Affairs Manager Andrew Sokolof at ASokolof@council.nyc.org if you are interested.

8/17/16 Brooklyn Legal Services, Fairing Housing Advocate

A Queens College alum who works in this office is looking for an intern who knows something about housing policy. For more information, contact Ana Granados at agranados@bka.org.