Graduate Research & Policy Intern

Organization: New Yorkers for Parks

Posted: July 29, 2018 | Closing: August 24, 2018

Job Description

New Yorkers for Parks (NY4P) is the independent citywide research and advocacy organization championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods. For over 100 years, NY4P has advocated for the city’s parks, beaches, and playgrounds. Learn more about NY4P at

Projects and Responsibilities

The Graduate Research & Policy Intern will be a key member of a small team that creates data-driven research products for community-based planning efforts. The Intern will contribute to NY4P’s ongoing projects and publications. Additionally, they will assist staff in responding to quick-turnaround inquiries that NY4P receives from park advocates, public officials, and the media. The Intern may use multiple tools – Excel, GIS, graphic design, writing, editing, and photography – to contribute to NY4P’s rigorous research and high-quality reports.

This position’s scope of work includes the following:

  • Gather and analyze publicly available data for NY4P’s study areas in Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Queens. With Research & Policy staff support, the Intern will collect demographic, spatial, economic, and environmental data and analyze them in relation to NY4P’s fourteen Open Space Index
  • Spatially analyze field research data collected for NY4P’s study areas in Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Queens. The Intern will assist in creating short printed products that set forth NY4P’s findings and recommendations in a clear, concise, and visually appealing manner. This analysis will inform recommendations made to local stakeholders as a data-driven base for their local advocacy work around potential future zoning changes
  • Monitor and evaluate legislation, rezonings, and other planning actions, real estate development plans, and community efforts affecting parks and open space issues. This may include assisting Research & Policy staff in creating briefing materials and testimony.
  • Perform other tasks to support ongoing NY4P projects, as needed.


NY4P seeks a self-starting graduate student who has strong research and people skills, clear and polished writing ability, and strong mapping and design abilities. Qualified candidates are enrolled in a graduate degree program in urban planning, public policy, geography, sociology, or a related social science or public administration field.  Candidates must have the ability to initiate and complete long-term projects, and the flexibility to work as part of a collaborative office environment. Candidates should be proficient in Microsoft Office programs. The position requires fluency with ESRI Arc Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Familiarity with the Adobe Creative Suite is strongly preferred.

Time Commitment & Compensation

This is a twelve-week paid, part-time internship from as early as September 4, 2018 to December 14, 2018. There is potential for an extension through the spring semester. The position requires three days of work per week at our office, with occasional weekend or evening hours to be scheduled with advance notice. Compensation is $16/hour.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and 2-3 samples of work showcasing graphic design projects and maps as a single PDF attachment to Mariana Lo, Research & Policy Analyst, at Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through August 31, 2018.

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