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 Programming Department, or the Policy, Planning & Design 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.
Policy, Planning & Economic Development
The Alliance’s strategic priorities in the realm of public policy, research, and economic development, are to manage growth and economic development by encouraging unique businesses and retailers to locate in Times Square and to collect, analyze and disseminate economic, demographic and preference data, and manage constituent relations for the Alliance . The economic development team seeks an individual to serve as the Policy & Economic Development Fellow and work on projects involving economic development, research, and constituent relations.
Communications and Media
The Alliance is charged with cultivating Times Square’s public image to reflect its key values: diversity, dynamism, distinctiveness, and desirability. The Communications Department works to promote this image through traditional and new media, telling stories about Times Square’s unique assets, its economic strength, and its role as a cultural hub in New York City. The Communications Department seeks a highly motivated and creative Communications Fellow with experience to help develop compelling, original content about Times Square’s history and distinctive assets. Over the course of several months, the fellow will be tasked with drafting storylines, collecting footage, researching history, and potentially editing videos and helping strategize about dissemination of content online while shaping a distinct brand voice for Times Square today through film. At the completion of the fellowship, the fellow will have compiled a body of work tell a compelling and consistent story about Times Square and fit with in the larger narrative and efforts of the Communications Department.
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 on projects that involve developing concepts for events, executing event activation, and managing relationships with event partners and sponsors.
Please send your resume and cover letter, plus answer the application questions listed: