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 & External Affairs 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 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.. 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.
Communications & External Affairs
The Alliance is charged with cultivating Times Square’s public image and promote its creativity, energy and edge in order to maintain its status as an international icon. The Communications Department seeks a highly motivated and creative Communications Fellow to assist our team with creative new content for all our digital platforms including the official website for Times Square and our many social media handles, live event coverage and content creation, media research, copy editing, and other creative projects.
The External Affairs Fellow will work on a series of projects that help advance the Alliance’s public policy and government affairs agenda. This includes organizing and developing one-pagers, letters to elected officials, decks and press kits, as well as preparing for and attending meetings with external parties. S/he will work closely with the Communications department to craft messaging in response to specific quality-of-life incidents in Times Square, while also helping to execute a strategic communications and policy agenda. This position calls for excellent writing and editing skills, experience using social media, and an ability to learn quickly and work effectively in a fast-paced environment.
The Historical Fellow much have a passion for history and a desire to learn about Times Square’s storied past. S/he will work with the External Affairs team to help document Times Square’s history through written materials, video and audio materials, and various online mediums. S/he will help compile basic historical information on Times Square, as well as work to collect testimonials and interviews with those who have knowledge of the area through the decades. S/he will also help identify potential partner institutions and help to develop those partnerships. This person must have excellent writing and editing skills and a desire to conduct significant research over the course of the summer.
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 may involve research and development of specific programming concepts for plaza-related events or a focus on executing event activation throughout the summer months with the ability to learn about managing audience, artist, event partners and sponsor relationships.
Please send your resume and cover letter, plus answer the application questions listed: