The Times Square Fellows Program provides exceptional students or recent graduates interested in public service with the opportunity to work within one of the country’s most respected and high-profile non-profits. Fellowships are paid and are either full time for the summer, or part-time during the school year for two semesters. Areas of focus include policy, planning and design, public space management, events and programming, communications and government affairs. Times Square Fellows are assigned to a department to assist with and advance major projects or initiatives. In addition, a core part of the program is regular professional development programming, which includes lunches and talks with senior Alliance staff as well as community, civic and governmental leaders.
Fellows are eligible to work in the Communications Department, the Events & Programming Department, Operations Department or the Policy, Planning & Research Department. They must specify their first and second department preferences when completing their application. Below are descriptions of each department and of the Times Square Alliance. Please review before applying.
The Fellowship is open to graduate students and undergraduates entering their senior year of college. Application deadline is February 24, 2017 and interviews will take place between March 7th - 17th.
The Communications Fellow will cultivate and amplify Times Square’s image as an international icon of creativity and energy across various digital platforms. They’ll help produce social media content (photography, videography, copywriting) and contribute to campaigns that support major events, initiatives and daily activities at the Crossroads of the World. These projects could include capturing the experience of load-in or tech for a Broadway show; interviewing historians and capturing the history of Times Square’s seedy past; or exploring the creation of the new Broadway pedestrian plazas. They’ll also help document and showcase Times Square’s history using strong research and writing skills. Though this Fellow will be part of the communications team, they’ll collaborate with our programming, art, and policy teams as well. Candidates must have strong communication skills, experience with social media, an interest in research and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
The Alliance actively works to make Times Square a destination through various programming initiatives, ranging from traditional events like the annual New Year’s Eve celebration to new and growing events like those produced by Times Square Arts, the Alliance’s public art program. One key objective of the Alliance’s programming is to draw people to the neighborhood and its businesses throughout the year. Another is to affirm Times Square’s uniquely urban profile – a place where people can come to find the surprising and unexpected, and to experience the programs and events that make New York distinct. The Programming Department works to “choreograph the chaos” of Times Square. The Programming Department seeks an individual to serve as the Programming Fellow and work closely with our Programming Coordinator in the launch of our inaugural daily programming campaign. The fellow will work on assignments ranging from research to pre-production as well as day to day logistics wrapping with a seasonal program recap inclusive of learnings and recommendations for future consideration.
The Operations Department works to “keep the engine of Times Square going”. The Operations Department is currently seeking a highly-motivated, scrappy Operations Fellow to work closely with the Operations Department in assisting to improve quality of life issues, public safety, sanitation processes, and implementation of programming needs in the public space. Every day could be a different day! Therefore, being flexible and hands-on with the ability to work in a fast paced environment are extremely important. Possible projects may range from database management for recording and addressing conditions important to the district, to work force analysis, to assisting with daily needs essential to the maintenance and operation of the department and Times Square district.
Policy, Planning & Economic Development Fellow
The Alliance’s strategic priorities in the realm of public policy, research, and economic development, are to advocate for a vibrant Times Square by sharing the best and most comprehensive data on Times Square’s diverse economy, connecting with and assisting current and potential future businesses and conducting high quality research that informs solutions to the neighborhood’s most important policy objectives. This summer, the Policy, Planning & Research team seeks an individual to serve as the Policy & Economic Development Fellow and work on projects involving research, constituent relations and economic development. Past projects have included analyzing survey data from our two major summer events (Taste of Times Square and Mind Over Madness Yoga), as well as developing a metrics system for our community development @TSqNews Twitter handle. Possible projects this year may include, analysis of events surveys, developing a monitoring & evaluation system for the Crossroads Program Mobile App, attending constituent meetings, or developing content for our e-newsletters or Google+ blog.
Please send your resume and cover letter, plus answer the application questions listed: