The Office of New York City Council Member Ben Kallos, Co-Chair of the Progressive Caucus, is accepting applications for fall interns.
For the foreseeable future, the internship program will be remote. If there is a time when it is safe to return to the office, interns will have the opportunity to split their time between in person and remote work. Interns can also choose to keep working 100% remotely. With the permission of household members, interns are welcome to shadow the Council Member at various in person events. Interns will be evaluated on the work they do, not if they chose in person or remote work.
Interns will virtually work with and shadow staff members, taking part in all aspects of running a successful district office, with a focus on Constituent Services.
Constituent Services include assisting staff members, responding to inquiries and following up with government agencies to resolve problems for constituents.
Organizing – attending virtual community events and, if safe to do so, canvassing residents and small businesses.
Communications – drafting newsletter articles, taking photos and videos at press conferences where the Council Member is participating (if safe to do so and with household permission), designing posters and infographics, and social media.
Event Planning – assisting in planning, coordinating and advertising virtual community events, such as town halls.
Legislation – attending virtual legislative meetings and hearings of interest
With permission from the household, interns will also have the opportunity to go to events with the Council Member. Interns will also have the opportunity to have a virtual one-on-one meeting with him.
Fall interns are required to work a minimum of 20 hours per week with preference given to interns who take initiative and can take on more responsibility.
If unable to meet all required hours during the day, interns can make up hours at virtual evening community meetings and weekends events.
Interns are unpaid but encouraged to secure academic credit or independent funding from their schools.
Please send applications with your cover letter and resume as a Word, ODF or PDF.
Endorsed by the New York Times for his “fresh ideas” and elected in 2013 to represent the Upper East Side, East Midtown, East Harlem, and Roosevelt Island, he has secured $200 million for parks, added 750 new prekindergarten seats, and improved public transit in the district. As former Chair of the Governmental Operations Committee he has authored ethics reforms to make the city council a full time job by eliminating outside income and just passed sweeping campaign finance reforms to reduce the influence of big money in politics. After Kallos passed a first-of-its-kind rezoning to block a super tall tower in a residential neighborhood, the Commercial Observer noted him as one of “the officials who calls the shots on real estate.” City & State has consistently ranked him as one of the “Best Council Members.” He now leads a near majority of the City Council as Co-Chair of the 24-member Progressive Caucus. Please visit BenKallos.com to learn more.
The New York City Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In addition, the City Council, in accordance with its policy of non-discrimination on the basis of disability, as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act, does not discriminate on the basis of disability, with regard to employment or access to City Council facilities and services.