Program and Policy Intern

Westchester Children’s Association (WCA) is a multi-issue child advocacy organization working to keep children and youth at the top of the public agenda in Westchester County, NY. We work simultaneously on a variety of legislative, policy, and community mobilization initiatives.

WCA offers a variety of internships throughout the year. These internships provide hands-on opportunities to develop your skills, gain work experience, and make real contributions on a variety of children’s issues in Westchester County.

Internships generally require a commitment of at least 14 hours per week for a semester, although there is some flexibility. Most WCA internships are unpaid, although students may be eligible for stipends from their college or university. Students may receive academic credit for their internship.

Program and Policy Internship Description

WCA is seeking an intern to work alongside our small staff and volunteers on a variety of assignments involving research, community mobilization, and advocacy. Interns will have the opportunity to participate in meetings of coalitions, community groups, board committees and other groups with which the agency works.

WCA works on a variety of issues including early childhood education and home visiting, justice reform, economic security, electoral advocacy, and data transparency. The intern will be involved in helping to advance the agency’s work on each of these issues including assisting with the planning and execution of a county wide collective impact initiative, electoral advocacy campaign, and issue-specific coalition meetings, among other tasks.

Additional tasks may include:

  • Assigned research around policy and legislative priorities for children and young adults
  • Drafting content for distribution (flyers, invitations, issue briefs)
  • Creating and/or managing email distribution lists and helping sync with donor management database
  • Drafting online communications such as Advocacy Alert emails, updates to website, etc.

Other assignments may be developed based on intern interest, ability and initiative.

Qualifications

  • Excellent research and analysis skills
  • Strong writing and public speaking abilities
  • Organized
  • High attention to detail and conscientious
  • Ability to take initiative and work unsupervised
  • Commitment to social justice, racial equity and experience working with diverse communities
  • Previous experience, particularly with Twitter, Facebook, and Constant Contact, a plus
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications, especially Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Flexible and willing to work in a fast-paced environment

To Apply

Summer position has been filled; currently accepting application for the fall.

Send resume, cover letter and writing sample to Sarah Yergeau at syergeau@wca4kids.org. Include Program and Policy Intern in the subject line of your email. No phone calls please.

This internship is unpaid, but students may be eligible for stipends from their college, or to receive academic credit for their internship.