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NGO Internships in New York City

Being an intern in New York can be an interesting and rewarding experience and at the same time the perfect opportunity to make a transition from academic life to a professional career. There are various internship opportunities for students and fresh graduates in different fields of work. Here is the list of 10 NGO Internships in NYC.

The New York City Economic Development Corporation – NYCEDC

NYCEDC is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the creation of a dynamic, equitable, and sustainable urban economy. The team consists of individuals with various backgrounds and expertise, from community development, workforce development, real estate, industry, and sector analysis to design, urban planning, marketing, engineering, financial analysis, and others. NYCEDC follows a strategy of promoting and growing quality jobs for all New Yorkers by establishing five key principles – investing in infrastructure, unlocking human capital, leveraging city assets, making easier for business to grow and cultivating a global capital of innovation. The Corporation offers many internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students who wish to gain work experience. Summer Internship Program hosts students for 10 to 12 weeks, while all interns are paid. Interns can expect to attend intern network events, training sessions, and site visits. For more information about the availability and application process, candidates should follow the “Job Openings” page on the NYCEDC website.


Women.nyc is a non-profit organization based in New York City, aiming to make NYC the global model for inclusive innovation and economic growth likewise to create shared prosperity. The Initiative seeks to inspire women to develop their careers and at the same time offers tools in the form of legal advice, tech training or funding needed for a successful career. Women.nyc offers multiple opportunities to the people that wish to become involved in their work. Becoming a mentor, volunteering at an event, becoming an event partner starting or expending a program are some of the options to get engaged with the Initiative’s work. For more information, interested candidates should visit the website and check out the opportunities page.

Natural Resources Defense Council – NRDC

Founded in 1970, NRDC is a non-profit organization and nation’s most effective environmental action organization. It uses law, science and the support of more than three million members and online activists to protect the planet’s wildlife and wild places and to ensure that a healthy environment is established for all living beings. Throughout the years, NRDC helped the writing process of some of the most important of America’s environmental laws, such as the Clean Water Act and various regulations. NRDC counts more than 500 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts and offices settled in eight cities. NRDC offers internship positions and hires students who possess the intelligence, skill, self-confidence, and willingness to take on the big responsibility. There are opportunities for legal and non-legal interns. NRDC’s summer legal internships are dedicated to students enrolled in law school and their role is to write briefs, draft complaints, prepare legal analyses, obtain affidavits and others. Non-legal interns are settled in other program areas such as Administration, Communications and Development. The deadlines for these internships vary, so candidates are advised to pay attention to specific internship opportunities online for details. The first step of the application process is uploading the resume and cover letter, and any additional paper or project work that could showcase the abilities of the candidate.


UNICEF is a well familiar agency that works in over 190 countries and territories to protect child rights and make sure that their rights are on the global agenda. UNICEF offers a respectable Internship Program to eligible students to gain first-hand practical experience in the organization’s work. Depending on the needs and capacity of UNICEF offices, there is a limited number of internship positions that can be found on the employment page on the official website. In order to be considered for an internship, applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or Ph.D. degree program or have graduated within the past two years, be proficient in at least one of UNICEF’s working languages (English, French or Spanish), have excellent academic performance and have no immediate relatives working in any UNICEF office, while additional consideration is given to any past professional experience. All applications must be submitted through the online e-recruitment system, to submit the application candidates should open the internship advertisement page.

Seeds of Peace

Seeds of Peace is a non-profit organization that aims to equip youth and educators with the skills needed to accelerate social economic and political changes that are needed for life in peace. Seeds of Peace network has more than 7000 alumni throughout the Middle East, South Asia, Europe, and the United States. The organization welcomes full-time and part-time interns interested to work with the development, communications, programming, finance, and administration departments of the organization. Internships are offered in three periods – fall: September through December, spring: January through April and summer: May through August. To be admitted, interns must be current college or graduate student or recent graduate with experience working in an office environment. Furthermore, the intern must possess basic computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office applications such as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel and must have excellent writing and oral communication skills while knowledge of the Middle East/ South Asia preferred, Hebrew, Arabic, Urdu or Hindi a plus.

Center for Court Innovation

Center for Court Innovation is a non-profit organization consisted of a team of researchers, planners, technologists, attorneys, social workers and others who work to create a more effective justice system. The Center creates different projects that are demonstrated to reduce the use of jail and prison, assist victims in crime, and strengthen communities and furthermore performs research and consulting services to justice innovators. The Center offers internship positions, while candidates must have some experience working with youth, in-depth knowledge of the best practices in youth work and excellent communication, organizational, and administrative skills. Candidates must be willing and able to work collaboratively with a variety of community stakeholders and partner agencies. For more information about open positions, candidates are welcome to visit the job page on the website.

Genesys Works 

Genesys Works is an NGO with a mission to provide successful career opportunities for high school students in underserved communities by providing the skills, training and meaningful work experience. The organization trains and employs high school seniors to perform professional services for major corporations. Starting with only 10 students and one corporate partner, Genesys Works has grown to become a national organization serving nearly 3,000 students annually in Houston, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington’s National Capital Region, and New York City. Genesys Works welcome interns that are willing to offer their knowledge and skills to the organization. For more information, candidates are advised to see the official website.

Rescuing Leftover Cuisine

Rescuing Leftover Cuisine (RLC) is an NGO based in New York City that operates as a food rescue organization, delivering leftover food from restaurants to homeless shelters and soup kitchens. The organization operates through four stages – proactively seek out businesses with leftover food for partnerships, deliver excess, wholesome food directly to local agencies, use expertise in food rescue to consult each partner different ways to reduce food waste and partners successfully graduate from the RLC food rescue program with reduced food cost and food waste. Volunteers and interns help the work of the organization by transporting food from donors to the homeless shelters using public transport, personal vehicle or by bicycles. Food rescue events are scheduled to occur on a recurring, weekly basis, and take place morning, noon, and night, seven days a week. Interested applicants can apply for an internship by submitting a resume. This position is ideal for individuals who are reliable, adaptable and flexible and detail-oriented.

Public Health Solutions

Public Health Solutions is the largest health NGO serving New York City, aiming to improve health outcomes and help communities by providing their services directly to the vulnerable low-income families and furthermore by supporting 200 community-based organizations through public-private partnerships. PHS is focused on a wide range of public health issues, including food and nutrition, health insurance, maternal and child health, reproductive and sexual health and other areas that affect the lives of the underserved New Yorkers. Public Health Solutions welcomes innovative, dedicated and creative candidates to start their internship within PHS and to improve the lives of NYC communities. There is no internship program, but available positions are published on the job page on the official website.

Embrace Relief

Embrace Relief is an NGO that collaborates with volunteers to deliver humanitarian aid and disaster relief to various vulnerable communities. There are different forms of aid, from financial to emotional and physical support and the foundation collects and distributes supplies to families, individuals and institutions. Embrace Relief is accepting volunteers and interns interested in the work of the organization and willing to offer their time, skills and knowledge. Programs include mentorship and tutoring opportunities, campaign fundraisers to raise money for those in need and chapter projects. Further information about the positions and application process can be found on the official website.