The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Internship Opportunity: Center for an Urban Future

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PLEASE NOTE: This opportunity is listed for reference only. The deadline to apply has passed.

This is an unpaid internship opportunity from outside the Rockefeller Center.

Position Type: Internship - unpaid

Location: New York, NY

Sector: Nonprofit

Start Date: Summer 2020

Wage or benefits: This is an unpaid internship that can be used for college credit where applicable. We also provide a small stipend at the end of the internship to offset travel expenses.

Time Commitment: 20 hours per week

Desired Class Year: We prefer current graduate students or those with advanced degrees in public policy, urban planning, journalism, economics, government, social science, or related fields, though we will also consider accomplished undergraduate students. Our internship program is very competitive and attracts talented undergraduate and graduate students from across the country and around the world.

Desired Major or Interest: The Center seeks interns with experience in journalism or public policy research to support our work, as well as an interest in economic development, urban planning, workforce development, and higher education issues

Application Deadline: Rolling basis

Organization website:

Brief Description of the organization:

The Center for an Urban Future (CUF) is an independent nonprofit public policy research think-tank that produces innovative analysis on economic development and workforce development issues in New York City, with a focus on promoting economic diversity while creating opportunities for disadvantaged populations and lower-skill workers.

Our work seeks to highlight issues within our fields of focus that tend to fly under the radar in mainstream policy discussions. In recent years, CUF’s research has shined a spotlight on the role of immigrant entrepreneurs as economic engines for many outer-borough neighborhoods, the rise of the design and tech fields in the city, the role of public libraries as human capital institutions, and how community colleges are a crucial and underleveraged element in the city’s workforce development system.

Brief Description of the Intern’s role or key qualifications:

Skills and attributes we seek are:

  • Strong writing and oral communications skills
  • Ability to synthesize ideas clearly and concisely
  • Ability to conduct effective interviews over the phone and in person
  • High level of competency in using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • At least some experience with public data sources like the US Census and the Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • An interest in economic development, urban planning, workforce development, and higher education issues

Responsibilities can include extensive phone interviews, Web research, data analysis, and writing. Other duties include coordinating meetings with government officials and attending policy meetings.

How to apply:

Please email a resume and cover letter to

We hire throughout the year for three cohorts: Spring (January to mid-May), Summer (May to end of August), and Fall (September to December). We accept applications on a rolling basis, so in the subject line of your email please indicate the cohort(s) for which you would be interested in applying. We are currently looking for those with flexible start and end dates for our Fall and Spring cohorts. Please specify in your cover letter.


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This is an unpaid internship from outside the Rockefeller Center. Such opportunities are posted in an effort to help students find a leave-term internship experience in public policy or a social sciences related area. Such postings do not constitute an endorsement by the Center of the political objectives of any one person or organization.

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