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The Times Square Alliance (formerly the Times Square Business Improvement District), founded in 1992, works to improve and promote Times Square so that it retains the energy, edge and distinctiveness that have made it an icon for entertainment, culture and urban life for almost a century. In addition to providing core services with 50 Public Safety Officers and 50 Sanitation associates, the Alliance promotes local businesses, co-coordinates numerous major events in Times Square like New Year’s Eve and Solstice in Times Square and advocates on behalf of its constituents with respect to a host of public policy, planning and quality-of-life issues.
We appreciate your interest in employment opportunities with the Times Square Alliance. We encourage you to review our jobs postings and apply for a specific opening.
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 includes a local transportation stipend) and are full time for the summer. 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 Public Arts Department, Operations Department, Communications Department or the Policy, Planning & Research Department. Applicants must specify their first and second fellow preferences when completing their application. Below are descriptions of each fellow and of the Times Square Alliance. Please review before applying.
The Fellowship is open to graduate students and undergraduates entering their junior and senior year of college. Application deadline is February 28, 2020 and interviews will take place between March 5th - 20th.
Public Art Fellow
The mission of Times Square Arts is to collaborate with contemporary artists to experiment and engage with one of the world's most iconic urban places. Times Square has always been a place of risk, innovation and creativity, and the Arts Program ensures these qualities remain central to the district's unique identity. It is arguably the world’s largest public platform for innovative contemporary performance and visual arts, with hundreds of thousands of people passing through it daily. The Public Art Fellow will support Times Square Arts’ innovative program to engage that diverse audience in learning activities centered around contemporary public art, and may additionally involve strategy development for engaging local communities and digital audiences. Projects will grow out of the Fellow’s interests and a close relationship with the Public Art team. Applicants should have demonstrable interest or experience in contemporary art, arts/museum education, community organizing, visitor services, or any type of guided learning in public space.
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. In Times Square every day is different; 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 projects related to the maintenance and operation of the department and Times Square district.
The Communications Fellow will join our Communications department which manages the message for large scale civic events including Taste and Solstice in Times Square (along with New Year’s Eve in the winter months) as well as major public art projects produced by Times Square Arts. The Communications team manages the official website for Times Square and all official social media handles that promote the district, its businesses, and all major happenings. Through digital storytelling, social media and public relations, the Communications department crafts the message that influence perceptions about Times Square, it’s businesses and it’s public spaces. Fellowship responsibilities in the past have included digital content/video/ social media creation, public relations assistance, research and storytelling on the history of Times Square, and design (both graphic and video). For this fellowship we are looking for someone with an interest in helping us to craft strategies and content to market and promote Alliance events and programs, it’s stakeholders, and Times Square itself.
Policy & Research Fellow
The Policy & Research Fellow will help advance the Alliance’s strategic priorities in the realm of public policy, research, and economic development. Working closely with our policy & research and events & programming teams, the Fellow will analyze customer survey data and develop recommendations for two major summer events and the daily plaza programming in Times Square. Additionally, the Fellow will be asked to support new and ongoing research initiatives related to economic development and public space management. The Fellow will also assist with the Alliance’s external affairs and policy agenda by drafting advocacy documents, preparing for meetings with public officials, and attending City Council hearings and Community Board meetings on behalf of the Alliance. Applicants that are passionate about urban policy, public spaces, research or economic development are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have strong analytical and writing skills and some experience with research, with an ability to learn quickly and work effectively in a fast-paced environment
"The Times Square Alliance Fellowship program provided me the unique opportunity to work on hyper-local issues in one of the most iconic neighborhoods in the world. As the External Affairs Fellow, I learned quickly that what happens in Times Square does not go unnoticed, for better or for worse. From headlines praising the square for its dynamic public programming to headlines denouncing it for its unruly costumed characters, Times Square is constantly in the spotlight. The level of exposure only reiterates the neighborhood’s importance to the City of New York. Although the job itself was fulfilling, nothing was more rewarding than working with staff that cared so deeply about the area’s history, ensuring the neighborhood’s future would continue to be in tune with its past."
"As part of the Operations team, I was able to immerse myself in public space operation, from creative activations and advertisements to helping maintain day-to-day functions of the busiest public space in the world. I managed event set up, communicated with local restaurant owners and businesses like UrbanSpace, designed public spaces, and was on the ground interacting with our Sanitation and Public Safety Officers - every day was truly something different, fostering an invigorating and addicting experiential learning environment. Some of my favorite memories are not just during these big events, but are the mundane moments with the Operations team, some of the kindest and most passionate people I’ve ever met."
"Out of all the internship experiences I had throughout college, my time spent at the Times Square Alliance as an Operations Fellow was by far the most fulfilling and enjoyable one of them all. Shortly after arriving, everyone in the division made me feel welcome, like I was an integral part of the team. I learned so much from my peers, and enjoyed the spontaneity and diversity within the day to day operations of the work. The Alliance gave me the professional tools to succeed in other internship experiences, later down the line. Shortly after graduating from college, I joined the Alliance full-time and it is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I feel very fortunate to work in a place which allows me to wake up every day excited about the day ahead."