Communications Intern

Published: September 2018

Over 65 million Americans alone are impacted by mental illness every year.* 1 in 5. The National Alliance on Mental Illness of NYC – NAMI-NYC – helps individuals and families affected by mental illness build better lives through education, support, and advocacy. NAMI-NYC is an affiliate of NAMI, a nation-wide organization of people helping others who are impacted by mental illness in their own lives.

* (For an attempt at comparison for that vast number, 8.5 million people live in NYC.)

NAMI-NYC seeks a dynamic, self-starter to work on marketing and communications. This internship is an excellent opportunity to experience various aspects of marketing and communications, while working for well-known community based nonprofit organization. In Communications, our goal is to reach out to community organizations, the general public, and our donors. And we’re sharing the message that our mission is to support individuals and family members impacted by mental illness….And you’re not alone.


  • Update and maintain NAMI-NYC’s social media presence
  • Assist in building monthly eNewsletter
  • Build digital (email/social) graphics for major events hosted by NAMI-NYC
  • Update the NAMI-NYC website
  • Attend weekly marketing meeting with JR
  • Collaborate with staff on new ideas, directions, and venues for marketing and communications.


  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Must work well independently – i.e. we roll up our sleeves and get right into what needs doing, and so must you.
  • Creative thinker, not afraid to offer up ideas for new and unique ways to reach our audience
  • Firm grasp of available tools and platforms in the social media space.
  • Proficiency in Photoshop, Canva, or their ilk. Knowledge of HTML and basic design a plus
  • Video production skills a plus
  • Good sense of humor. We work hard, and we like to laugh – it makes for a good working environment
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of NAMI-NYC and the people we serve

Reports to: Communications – Juen Romanoff

Start Date: Position open until filled, requires at least one semester commitment.

Hours: 8 – 16 hours/week, preferably twice a week in the office. Up to 4 hours can be completed at home. Include your availability – days and times – please. We are open from 10-6 M-F.

Compensation: This is an Unpaid/Volunteer internship

To Apply: Please a send cover letter, resume, and 1 writing sample/excerpt, to with “Communications intern” in the subject line.