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 work on public policy and advocacy. 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.


  • Research policy topics related to mental health
  • Contact elected officials
  • Stay updated on NY city and state political trends
  • Participate in weekly department strategy meeting
  • Attend coalition and external partner meetings
  • Work with staff to collect and translate program data into advocacy tools
  • Collaborate with communications department to create advocacy communication pieces
  • Help manage Advocacy Ambassador Program


  • 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.
  • Active user of tools and platforms in the social media space.
  • 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: Jamil Hamilton, Manger 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 10-6 M-F.

Compensation: This is an Unpaid internship. Transportation options available.

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