Public Policy & Advocacy Intern

Needed: Open until filled.
Approximately 60 million people in the U.S. face the day-to-day reality of managing the symptoms of a mental illness every year. That’s 1 in 5. And the other 4 are family and friends. The National Alliance on Mental Illness of NYC (NAMI-NYC) helps families and individuals 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.

NAMI-NYC seeks a dynamic, self-starter to support our public policy and advocacy work and help take us to the next level. Our program is aimed at providing participants with hands-on learning experience in policy creation, community coalition management, and liaising with stakeholders and elected officials. At the conclusion of the internship, participants will have a clear understanding of the steps required to build support for mental health policies and issue-based advocacy campaigns.

This internship position is currently remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic until further notice.


  • Research policy topics related to mental health
  • Contact elected officials
  • Stay updated on New York City and State political trends
  • Participate in weekly department strategy meetings, as deemed necessary
  • Attend coalition and external partner meetings, city council hearings, and external events as schedule permits to take notes and brief the team
  • Work with staff to collect and translate program data into advocacy tools
  • Collaborate with communications department to create advocacy communication pieces
  • Help manage the Advocacy Ambassador Program, including the coordination and facilitation of monthly advocacy training sessions


  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Must work well independently – we dive into what needs to be done, and so must you
  • Creative thinker, not afraid to offer up ideas for new ways to reach our audiences
  • Must have access to reliable internet connection
  • Active user of tools and platforms in the social media space as well as virtual meeting platforms, such as Zoom and GoogleMeet
  • Proficiency in Google Office Suite
  • Good sense of humor. It makes for a good working environment
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of NAMI-NYC and the people we serve

Reports to: Kimberly Blair, Manager of Public Policy and Advocacy

Start Date: Position open until filled, requires a 10-week commitment, with flexibility for your school requirements.

Hours: Flexible hours, with preference given to candidates who can commit at least 8 – 16 hours/week, preferably minimum twice a week in the office. Please include your availability–days and times–in your cover letter. We are open from 10am-6pm ET Monday-Friday.

Compensation: This is an Unpaid internship.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter about your interest, and your resume, to with “Public Policy and Advocacy Intern” in the subject line.