Communications, Editorial Intern
The New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) mission is to increase opportunities for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers by providing safe, affordable housing and facilitating access to social and community services. More than 400,000 New Yorkers reside in NYCHA’s 328 public housing developments across the City’s five boroughs and another 235,000 receive rental assistance in private homes through the NYCHA-administered Section 8 Leased Housing Program.
NYCHA’s Department of Communications (DOC) develops and disseminates NYCHA’s messaging to multiple audiences including residents, employees, community partners, media, and the general public through numerous communication channels. DOC communicates NYCHA’s mission, values, long-term vision, and core promises and also serves as the key point of inquiry and outreach to media on topical and ongoing issues.
The New York Housing Authority’s Department of Communication is seeking an intern to assist the Intern will support Editorial and Strategic Communications team members with day-to-day writing and research assignments.
Intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Research, write, edit and copy edit stories for NYCHA Journal, NYCHA Now, Authority intranet, other publications and media.
- Support development of testimony for City Hall hearings.
- Special projects as assigned; may include copy for reports, video scripts, and radio; support for online newspaper; assistance at press conferences and events; live streaming from NYCHA events; social media reporting.
- Research, write and edit stories for stories for various publications.
- Copyedit and proofread copy and articles for website. Journal, NYCHA Connect, and other publications and published materials.
- Cover press and NYCHA events as needed.
- Develop content for social media and special projects such as one-time only reports, publications and scripts and other projects.
- Participate in issue planning meetings.
- General administrative functions and communications duties, as assigned.
- Assist with related projects as needed.
Qualifications / Areas of Study:
Candidates must be currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate degree program studying journalism, writing or political science with previous related work or internship experience in either government of media organizations.
Skills and Experience:
- Excellent verbal, copy-editing and proofreading skills.
- Likes to read; is well-informed about current events; curious; has a good sense of humor; interested in social justice; engaging personality.
- Demonstrates professional demeanor and understanding of strict deadlines, be reliable and dependable.
- Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated record as a self-starter and team-player with a positive attitude and “can do” spirit.
- Some experience or interest in communications, preferably in a media outlet (including student newspaper), government, or nonprofit organization.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
- Ability to assimilate and analyze data
** Interested candidates are required to submit writing samples for consideration to firstname.lastname@example.org.