Public Policy and Advocacy Intern - New York, NY


The Drug Policy Alliance is the nation's leading organization devoted to ending the war on drugs and advancing drug policies guided by science, compassion, health and human rights. DPA-New York pursues these goals across New York City and State through innovative campaigns, in partnership with grassroots community organizations, researchers, and service providers. Our current areas of focus include sentencing reform and expanding the use of alternatives to incarceration; cannabis policy reform, including ending mass-arrests for marijuana possession and expanding access to medical marijuana; promoting harm reduction services programs, including access to sterile syringes and overdose prevention programs; addressing racial disparities in drug laws, including policing and sentencing, and promoting racial justice and equity; and advancing health-based approaches to drug policy.

Internship Program Description

DPA's New York policy office is seeking talented individuals interested in creating real alternatives to the war on drugs as part of a dynamic team. Interns collaborate on drug policy reform campaigns through participation in policy formulation, outreach, and advocacy. Internship activities are varied and may include: community outreach; policy analysis; event coordination; monitoring the implementation of legislation; data collection and analysis; communications and media outreach; drafting opinion editorials (op-eds) and letters to the editor; and creating public education and advocacy materials. Some administrative tasks (e.g. photocopying, assembling packets, answering phones) are assigned as needed.

All internships are unpaid. Where applicable, we will work with students to obtain credit towards coursework.

Qualifications and Application Procedure

DPA-NY seeks interns who can work at least 16 hours (2 full days) a week in the Spring/Fall and at least 24 hours (3 full days) a week in the summer. There are two internship positions every cycle. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis (see deadlines for applying). Internship periods are flexible based on applicant availability and the organization's needs.

The ideal candidate will be an energetic, self-motivated individual who has strong research and problem solving skills. Candidates must demonstrate interest in drug policy reform advocacy and a willingness to approach drug policy through a racial justice analysis. Some prior experience in community organizing, policy advocacy and research, or administrative affairs is preferred but not necessary. Interest in working as a member of a team and possessing a sense of humor are essential. Women, people of color and formerly incarcerated people are encouraged to apply.

Fall 2014 Internship Program: September – December 2014

  • Application deadline: August 8, 2014

Spring 2015 Internship Program: January – June 2015

  • Application deadline: October 25, 2014

Summer 2015 Internship Program: June – August 2015

  • Application deadline: February 14, 2015

Please send a cover letter, résumé and a brief (2-4 page) writing sample to NYPOinternships [at] drugpolicy [dot] org. No calls, please.

The Drug Policy Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, people of color, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in hiring those who have been adversely affected by the war on drugs.

Note: Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.