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The Center for an Urban Future (CUF) is a catalyst for smart and sustainable policies that reduce inequality, increase economic mobility, and grow the economy in New York City. An independent, nonpartisan policy organization, CUF uses fact-based research to elevate important and often overlooked issues onto the radar of policymakers and advance practical solutions that strengthen New York and help all New Yorkers participate in the city’s rising prosperity.

For 20 years, CUF has consistently shaped the policy debate around economic opportunity in New York by publishing reports that are widely covered in the media, highly readable and anchored in rigorous research rather than preconceived notions about outcome.

CUF’s efforts to create a more prosperous, equitable and inclusive New York span many topics and policy areas, and are unified by three common aims:

  • Growing New York City’s economy and boosting the number of middle income jobs; and
  • Helping more people develop the skills and credentials needed to access careers that put them on the path to the middle class;
  • Making New York City—and its many and diverse neighborhoods—a better place to live.

City Futures, Inc. d.b.a. Center for an Urban Future is a non-profit 501(c)(3) with EIN: 13-3185114. 



Staff


Jonathan Bowles  |   Executive Director  |   (212) 479-3347  |   jbowles@nycfuture.org

Jonathan Bowles is the Executive Director of the Center for an Urban Future, a think tank that serves as a catalyst for smart and sustainable policies to reduce inequality, increase economic mobility, and grow the economy in New York City. For nearly 20 years, Jonathan has been the architect of the organization's policy agenda and is responsible for making the Center one of New York's most innovative and influential organizations, with ideas and recommendations that are widely respected and frequently adopted by policymakers, business leaders, and nonprofit practitioners.

At the Center, Jonathan has authored more than two-dozen reports, including a widely acclaimed 2007 study about the significant impact immigrant entrepreneurs are having on cities' economies, an influential study about New York City's innovation economy, and a report about how to retain and grow New York's middle class. He has been a guest contributor for the New York Times, the Daily News, and the Council on Foreign Relations on a range of urban issues including the need to diversify New York City's economy and the importance of immigrant entrepreneurs. His research about key economic trends facing New York and its five boroughs, the value of small businesses to cities, and the economic impact of industries ranging from air cargo to biotechnology has been covered in publications ranging from the New York Times and USA Today to The Economist. Jonathan is a frequent moderator and speaker at conferences and panel discussions on urban policy in New York and nationally.

In November 2008, the New York Times' City Room blog featured him in their Ask the Expert column, in which he fielded questions from readers for one week about the challenges facing immigrant entrepreneurs. He served on Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer's Small Business Task Force in 2008 to examine the threats facing mom and pop retailers in the borough. In 2006, City Hall News named him one of 35 "Rising Stars Under 40" and in 2005, Time Out New York named him "New York's Finest Troublemaker."

Before joining the Center, he worked as research director for former New York State Senator Franz Leichter and spent time as a freelance journalist.


Eli Dvorkin  |   Editorial & Policy Director  |   (212) 479-3319  |   edvorkin@nycfuture.org

Eli Dvorkin is the Editorial & Policy Director of the Center for an Urban Future, where he oversees the development of all publications and advances CUF's research and recommendations on the critical policy challenges facing New York City. Prior to joining the Center, he served as a staff editor at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), editing and producing books, reports, and digital projects by CFR fellows and other experts on the most pressing issues in U.S. foreign policy. His work has been featured in the New York TimesNew York Daily NewsWall Street JournalGotham Gazette, and on WNYC, and he has presented at the Somos Conference, MoMA PS1, TransitCenter, and Flux Factory on subjects as diverse as boosting student success in community college, DIY music culture, the commuting challenges facing New York's healthcare workers, and Russian-Turkish relations in the Syrian Civil War.

Eli has been an editor and journalist for more than a decade, including stints at Kickstarter and Flavorpill in New York, and the Hurriyet Daily News in Istanbul. He is also a passionate arts organizer and founding member of Silent Barn, a multidisciplinary community arts space based in Bushwick from 2012 to 2018. Earlier in his career, Eli served as operations manager for the Sketchbook Project, a traveling library of artists’ sketchbooks from around the world, where he led two nationwide touring exhibitions. He graduated from Columbia University and lives in Ridgewood, Queens.


Laird Gallagher  |   Associate Editor  |   (212) 479-3344  |   lgallagher@nycfuture.org

Laird Gallagher is the Associate Editor at the Center for an Urban Future, where he provides comprehensive editorial, research, and production support for the Center's publications. Prior to joining CUF, Laird spent five years in the editorial department of the literary book publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux, where he edited a diverse range of fiction, nonfiction, and works in translation. He’s also worked as an events organizer, photo researcher, writing tutor, and college squash coach. He graduated from Wesleyan University and lives in Chinatown, Manhattan.


Stephanie Arevalo  |   Events and Operations Manager  |   (212) 479-3351  |   sarevalo@nycfuture.org

Stephanie Arevalo is the Events and Operations Manager at the Center for an Urban Future, where she oversees CUF’s daily operations and coordinates their high-profile policy events. Stephanie graduated with a BA in Political Science from Pace University, where she studied and wrote policy reports on the FARC disarmament and reintegration processes in Colombia. Born in Colombia and raised in Connecticut, she most closely identifies with all things New York.


Charles Shaviro  |   Data Researcher   |   (212) 479-3352  |   cshaviro@nycfuture.org

Charles Shaviro is the Data Researcher at the Center for an Urban Future. He graduated with a BA in Computer Science & Economics from Pomona College, where he researched changing IPO and M&A markets, local crime data, and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Charles grew up in New York, and he enjoys playing basketball and when his cats quit fighting.



Research Fellows


Sarah Amandolare   |   Research Fellow   |   (212) 479-3344   |   samendolare@nycfuture.org

Sarah Amandolare has been working in media and journalism for over a decade. She often writes about science and the environment, including the effects of climate change in overlooked places. She has also covered education in central California and Los Angeles, and written travel articles exploring the evolution of storytelling in Ireland, dark-sky tourism in Joshua Tree National Park, and the tech-startup scene in Tel Aviv. Her work has appeared in Science, The New York Times, High Country News, and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. She also edits work by new writers for the blog of New Women New Yorkers, a nonprofit that provides free workforce development programs for young immigrant women in New York City. Sarah is a graduate of the Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY, where she focused on health and science reporting.


Jenna Chambers   |   Research Fellow   |   (212) 479-3344   |   jchambers@nycfuture.org

Jenna Chambers is a digital strategist and journalist based in New York City. Her experience in digital media and communications has reached non-profit organizations in Chicago, Silicon Valley, and Oakland where she built and executed social media campaigns and led communications strategy. She earned a B.A. from DePaul University and an MS in Data Journalism from Columbia University.


Cara Eisenpress   |   Research Fellow   |   (212) 479-3344   |   ceisenpress@nycfuture.org

Cara Eisenpress is a journalist and professor who has lived in New York City her entire life. Cara is a regular contributor to Crain’s New York Business where she covers the intersection of food and business—trends in the economics restaurants, the consequences of regulation and policy on the sector, and the future of the food manufacturing’s local resurgence. Beyond food, she has written about the New York tech industry, state policy’s effect on inequality, and the minimum wage. Cara is a graduate of Harvard College and the Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY. She currently teaches graduate students in the urban reporting concentration about New York City’s economy and undergrads in the journalism major at Lehman College.


Karen Loew   |   Research Fellow   |   (212) 479-3379   |   kloew@nycfuture.org

Karen Loew is a journalist and urbanist currently researching how big data can transform social services in New York City. A former editor of City Limits, Karen has published in Citylab, The Atlantic, UPenn academic journal Change Over Time, and elsewhere. She also worked for neighborhood preservation in the East Village with the group Village Preservation (formerly GVSHP), made two short films, was the founding volunteer of Friends of the High Line, and recently taught journalism to undergraduates at City College. 


Judith Messina   |   Senior Fellow for Small Business and Entrepreneurship   |   (212) 479-3344   |   jmessina@nycfuture.org

Judith Messina is Senior Fellow for Small Business and Entrepreneurship at the Center for an Urban Future. Judith is an award-winning journalist with extensive experience covering business, technology, healthcare, higher education, and real estate. She launched Crain's technology coverage at the beginning of the first Internet boom and served as a senior reporter for more than a decade.

Judith's work has appeared in Crain's New York Business, Advertising Age, Business Insurance, Investment News, Workforce, The Real Deal, CNBC.com and various Health Monitor Network magazines. Judith has authored several studies for the Center, including Breaking Through (2016), a groundbreaking report on women entrepreneurs. She earned an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Graduate School of Business and an MS with honors from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.


Abigail Savitch-Lew   |   Research Fellow   |   (212) 479-3344   |   asavitchlew@nycfuture.org

Abigail Savitch-Lew is a journalist and fiction writer currently researching the power and potential of New York City's immigrant artists for the Center for an Urban Future. She is also working on her first novel with the support of a Margins fellowship at the Asian American Writers Workshop. Previously, her reporting has been published in outlets including YES! Magazine, Colorlines, Jacobin, Urban Omnibus, The Nation, and Dissent Magazine. She is a former staff reporter for City Limits, where she covered the zoning and housing beat.


Naomi Sharp   |   Researcher   |   (212) 479-3338   |   nsharp@nycfuture.org

Naomi Sharp is a Researcher at the Center for an Urban Future. She has worked as an editorial fellow at The Atlantic and a freelance fact-checker for NPR, VICE, the Columbia Journalism Review, and Atlas Obscura. Her reporting on the refugee crisis was published in The Telegraph and IRIN News. Naomi graduated from Columbia University with a BA in English.


John Surico   |   Research Fellow   |   (212) 479-3344   |   jsurico@nycfuture.org

John Surico is a journalist and researcher based in Queens, New York. He is a frequent contributor to the Metro desk at the New York Times, and covers transit for outlets like VICE and the Atlantic's CityLab. He currently teaches undergraduate journalism at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. For the Center, John was the lead author and researcher of the 2018 report entitled A New Leaf: Revitalizing New York City's Aging Parks Infrastructure, which was widely covered in the media and led to a series of policy changes that are strengthening the city's parks system. He hails from Long Island, New York, and outside of work, he's usually taking the subway somewhere to eat and explore.
 



Board


Gifford Miller, Miller Strategies (Chairman)

John H. Alschuler, HR&A Advisors

Margaret Anadu, Goldman Sachs

Jonathan Bowles, Center for an Urban Future

Michael Connor, Open Mic 

Russell Dubner, Edelman US

Lisa Gomez, L+M Development Partners

Jalak Jobanputra, FuturePerfect Ventures

Kyle Kimball, Con Edison

David Lebenstein, Cushman & Wakefield

Eric S. Lee, Bennett Midland, LLC

Monisha Nariani, Citigroup

Max Neukirchen, JPMorgan Chase 

Andrew Reicher, UHAB

John Siegal, Baker & Hostetler LLP

Stephen Sigmund, Global Gateway Alliance

Thomas Vecchione, Vocon

Robert Zimmerman, Zimmerman/Edelson Inc


Jobs


Communications Manager

The Center for an Urban Future (CUF), an independent, nonprofit policy think tank focused on expanding economic opportunity in New York City, seeks a resourceful and energetic Communications Manager to pitch stories, craft marketing strategies, manage social media, and help raise the organization’s visibility to drive impact. The ideal candidate will have strong writing skills, good instincts on the issues of the day, experience navigating the New York City policy and media landscapes, and the hustle required to gain attention for our work.

CUF sparks policy change in New York by publishing fact-based reports that elevate important and often overlooked issues onto the radar of policymakers and advance practical solutions that strengthen New York and help all New Yorkers participate in the city’s rising prosperity.

Responsibilities

Working with CUF’s research and policy team, the Communications Manager will help build awareness of the organization and expand CUF’s reach and impact in the media and online. This role is perfect for an enthusiastic and highly organized communicator with an interest in public policy and at least three years of experience working in communications, press relations, or marketing. Duties include drafting and editing press releases, media advisories, marketing materials, and tailored pitches to reporters, as well as developing content for the organization’s social media channels and e-newsletter. Drawing on CUF’s accessible, timely, and data-driven research, the Communications Manager will help drive impact through strategic marketing of CUF’s ideas, research, and recommendations to leaders in government, the media, philanthropy, and the private sector.

The Communications Manager will take on the following responsibilities:

Communications & Marketing

  • Coordinate with research and policy staff to design and execute a comprehensive communications and marketing strategy for all publications, research products, and events.
  • Draft press releases, media advisories, marketing materials, pitches to journalists, and content for CUF’s email newsletter.
  • Manage social media channels on a daily basis, including a prominent Twitter account, and develop social media content to promote the organization and market CUF’s reports and ideas.
  • Pitch and place stories in various media outlets.
  • Help to cultivate relationships with reporters, policymakers, nonprofit and business leaders, and other key audiences to maintain visibility of CUF’s work and drive impact.
  • Identify and secure speaking opportunities for CUF staff to drive organizational visibility, recognition, and thought leadership.
  • Develop talking points and messaging for CUF leaders and outside spokespeople to prepare for CUF events, speaking opportunities at policy conferences, and media interviews.
  • Draft op-eds, commentaries, and other short-form publications.
  • Develop marketing materials for the organization, including pitch decks and one-pagers.
  • Identify and promote policy impacts and other organizational achievements.

Insights & Opportunities

  • Track daily developments in state and local government and identify opportunities to market CUF’s research and ideas.
  • Collate and share relevant news links each morning with CUF staff
  • Maintain oversight of CUF’s digital analytics, including CUF’s website, social media platforms, and e-newsletters.
  • Assist in brainstorming speakers and panelists for CUF events and drafting framing language and invitations

Qualities & Qualifications

Successful candidates will have the following qualities and qualifications:

  • 3+ years’ experience working in a communications, marketing, or PR role in a public policy setting
  • Outstanding communication skills, with significant experience writing press releases, pitches, and marketing materials
  • Experience identifying and crafting pitches to a variety of media outlets
  • Ability to deliver complex content in a clear, concise, and persuasive manner to multiple audiences, including journalists, government officials, and business and nonprofit leaders
  • A passion for New York City’s diverse communities and interest in state and local policy issues
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects and exercise sound judgement
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (Adobe Creative Suite and basic HTML/CSS a plus)
  • Experience developing content for social media preferred
  • Working relationships with journalists, policymakers, and local government preferred
  • A team player who thrives on a challenge

This is a full-time position. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Only applicants meeting minimum qualifications for the position will be considered.

How to Apply
Send resume, cover letter, and writing samples to commsjob@nycfuture.org. Please put “Communications Manager” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. The Center for an Urban Future is an equal-opportunity employer committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome and actively seek applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.


Education & Workforce Fellow

The Center for an Urban Future (CUF) seeks a full-time Education & Workforce Fellow with exceptional writing skills to lead new research on expanding economic opportunity in New York City. CUF is a leading New York City–based think tank whose reports, commentaries, and data briefs serve as a catalyst for smart and sustainable public policies to reduce inequality, increase economic mobility, and grow the economy in New York.

The Education & Workforce Fellow will break new ground on topics central to CUF’s mission, including expanding and improving workforce development and job training programs; boosting academic and career success for students at New York’s public colleges and universities; preparing New York’s workforce for a more automated economy; building pipelines into growing sectors like tech and the creative industries; strengthening connections between economic and workforce development initiatives; developing skills-building strategies for a fast-changing economy; analyzing and advancing innovative models from apprenticeships to shorter-term credentials; and spurring policy change to help combat inequality and expand economic opportunity. The Education & Workforce Fellow will be responsible for researching and authoring major CUF reports, data briefs, policy briefs, and commentaries, which are widely used by policymakers and covered extensively in the media.

CUF is looking for an outstanding writer capable of blending journalistic-style reporting with rigorous data and policy analysis and who excels at distilling complex topics into clear, compelling, and accessible prose. The ideal candidate should have a track record of publishing long-form articles or policy reports, a passion for New York City, and familiarity with New York’s policymaking landscape. By leading new research projects on some of the most important issues in public policy, the Education & Workforce Fellow’s work will have a meaningful and lasting impact on the city’s future.

Responsibilities 

  • Research and author high-impact policy reports on a variety of topics aligned with the Center for an Urban Future’s mission to expand economic opportunity, reduce inequality, and grow New York City’s economy.
  • Develop thought leadership on issues related to education, skills-building, and workforce development, and advance New York City and State public policy in these areas.
  • Collect and analyze data from a variety of sources related to demographic, economic, and social issues in New York and other cities.
  • Develop op-eds and commentaries that advance CUF’s policy recommendations and connect our research to current events.
  • Identify new opportunities for CUF research, including newsworthy data findings, new ideas for CUF publications, and pitches to potential funders.
  • Brief policymakers, advocates, and leaders from the public and private sectors on CUF research findings and policy recommendations.
  • Maintain CUF’s visibility on key research topics and policy issues by presenting at conferences and events, testifying at hearings, participating in roundtables, and identifying new opportunities to influence the policy debate at the city and state levels.

Qualifications

  • Must possess exceptional writing and research skills
  • 3+ years of experience as a policy researcher, advocate, practitioner, and/or journalist
  • Experience conducting interviews, collecting and interpreting data, and analyzing policy
  • Track record of authoring published articles or policy reports.
  • Strong oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated thought leadership on issues around education policy and workforce development
  • Self-starter and problem solver who can balance multiple tasks and responsibilities
  • Comfortable working with data
  • Proven ability to undertake lengthy assignments and meet deadlines
  • An undergraduate degree in public policy, urban planning, journalism, economics, government, social science, or a related field is required
  • Proficiency in Excel is required
  • Experience with PowerPoint and Adobe Creative Suite programs is preferred
  • Knowledge of IPUMS, CARTO, ArcView GIS mapping, Stata, and/or Python is a plus 

This position is perfect for an entrepreneurial researcher, policy professional, or education leader with a passion for New York City and the drive to tackle the city’s greatest challenges and opportunities.

This is a full-time position. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.   

How to Apply
Send resume, cover letter, and at least three writing samples to researcher@nycfuture.org. Examples of non-academic writing are preferred. Please put “Education & Workforce Fellow” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. The Center for an Urban Future is an equal-opportunity employer committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome and actively seek applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.


Policy Researcher

The Center for an Urban Future (CUF) seeks a full-time Policy Researcher with exceptional writing skills to lead new research on expanding economic opportunity in New York City. CUF is a leading New York City-based think tank whose reports, commentaries, and data briefs serve as a catalyst for smart and sustainable public policies to reduce inequality, increase economic mobility, and grow the economy in New York.

The Policy Researcher will break new ground on topics central to CUF’s mission, including expanding and improving workforce development, boosting academic and career success for students at New York’s community colleges, and developing skills-building strategies for a fast-changing economy; sparking job creation across all five boroughs; supporting entrepreneurship and small business growth; strengthening under-resourced communities; elevating the needs of New York’s aging infrastructure; and spurring policy change to help combat inequality and expand economic opportunity. The policy researcher will be responsible for researching and authoring major CUF reports, data briefs, policy briefs, and commentaries, which are widely used by policymakers and covered extensively in the media.

CUF is looking for an outstanding writer capable of blending journalistic-style reporting with traditional data and policy analysis and who excels at distilling complex topics into clear, compelling, and accessible prose. The ideal candidate should have a track record of publishing long-form articles or policy reports, a passion for New York City, and some familiarity with New York’s policymaking landscape. By leading new research projects on some of the most important issues in public policy, the policy researcher’s work will have a meaningful and sustained impact on the city’s future.

Responsibilities 

  • Research and author high-impact policy reports on a variety of topics aligned with the Center for an Urban Future’s mission to expand economic opportunity, reduce inequality, and grow New York City’s economy.
  • Collect and analyze data from a variety of sources related to demographic, economic, and social issues in New York and other cities.
  • Develop op-eds and commentaries that advance CUF’s policy recommendations and connect our research to current events.
  • Identify new opportunities for CUF research, including newsworthy data findings, new ideas for CUF publications, and pitches to potential funders.
  • Brief policymakers, advocates, and leaders from the public and private sectors on CUF research findings and policy recommendations.
  • Maintain CUF’s visibility on key research topics and policy issues by presenting at conferences and events, testifying at hearings, participating in roundtables, and identifying new opportunities to influence the policy debate at the city and state levels.

Qualifications

  • Must possess exceptional writing and research skills
  • 3+ years of experience as a journalist or policy researcher
  • Experience conducting interviews, collecting and interpreting data, and analyzing policy
  • Track record of authoring published articles or policy reports.
  • Strong oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated thought leadership on issues around expanding economic opportunity
  • Self-starter and problem solver who can balance multiple tasks and responsibilities
  • Comfortable working with data
  • Proven ability to undertake lengthy assignments and meet deadlines
  • An undergraduate degree in public policy, urban planning, journalism, economics, government, social science, or a related field is required
  • Proficiency in Excel is required
  • Experience with PowerPoint and Adobe Creative Suite programs is preferred
  • Knowledge of IPUMS, CARTO, ArcView GIS mapping, Stata, and/or Python is a plus 

This position is perfect for an entrepreneurial researcher, journalist, or policy analyst with a passion for New York City and the drive to tackle the city’s greatest challenges and opportunities.

This is a full-time position. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.   

How to Apply
Send resume, cover letter, and at least three writing samples to researcher@nycfuture.org. Examples of non-academic writing are preferred. Please put “Policy Researcher” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. The Center for an Urban Future is an equal-opportunity employer committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome and actively seek applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.



Internships


We hire interns for three cohorts: Spring (January to May), Summer (May to August), and Fall (August to December). We accept applications on a rolling basis, so in the subject line of your email please indicate the cohort(s) and internship for which you would be interested in applying.


Mapping and Data Visualization Internship

The Center for an Urban Future (CUF) is a leading New York City–based think tank focused on developing smart and sustainable public policies to reduce inequality, increase economic mobility, and grow the economy in New York.

CUF’s research team has an internship available for an aspiring data journalist, policy researcher, and/or communications designer who’s excited to delve into fact-based research and analysis on the greatest challenges and opportunities facing New York City.

CUF’s work elevates often-overlooked issues onto the radar of policymakers and advances workable solutions on issues central to CUF’s mission, including expanding and improving workforce development, boosting academic and career success for students at New York’s community colleges, and developing skills-building strategies for a fast-changing economy; sparking job creation across all five boroughs; supporting entrepreneurship and small business growth; strengthening under-resourced communities; elevating the needs of New York’s aging infrastructure; and spurring policy change to help combat inequality and expand economic opportunity.

CUF is seeking a creative, resourceful internship candidate with interest and experience in data visualization and mapping tools to contribute to several exciting and high-profile projects. This intern will work on a variety of projects focused on major topics in public policy, and will collaborate with the research and editorial teams to find the most powerful ways to tell a story. Responsibilities will include data sourcing, gathering, and analysis; developing charts and other graphics; and producing maps and other interactive data visualizations.

CUF is seeking the following skills and attributes:

  • Ability to translate data and findings into clear, compelling graphics—whether it’s a heat map, scatter plot, or Twitter image.
  • Proficiency with Excel, and with some data visualization and analysis tools like Tableau, CARTO, ArcGIS, R, and Python
  • Familiarity with Adobe InDesign
  • Experience with public data sources like the U.S. Census and the Bureau of Labor Statistics is preferred
  • An interest in economic development, workforce development, and education issues
  • A team player who thrives on collaboration
  • Creativity, curiosity, and attention to detail

This internship is open to all current college and university students and is based in our New York City office. CUF’s internship program is highly competitive and attracts talented undergraduate and graduate students from across the country and around the world.

You must be able to commit to at least 20 hours a week.  This internship is unpaid and qualifies for college credit where applicable, and CUF provides a small stipend at the end of the internship to help offset travel expenses. Send resume with cover letter to intern@nycfuture.org.

The Center for an Urban Future is an equal-opportunity employer committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome and actively seek applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.


Development and Communications Internship

The Center for an Urban Future (CUF) is an independent nonprofit public policy research think-tank that produces innovative analysis on economic development and workforce development issues in New York City, with a focus on promoting economic diversity while creating opportunities for disadvantaged populations and lower-skill workers. 

Our work seeks to highlight issues within our fields of focus that tend to fly under the radar in mainstream policy discussions.  In recent years, CUF’s research has shined a spotlight on the role of immigrant entrepreneurs as economic engines for many outer-borough neighborhoods, the rise of the design and tech fields in the city, the role of public libraries as human capital institutions, and how community colleges are a crucial and underleveraged element in the city’s workforce development system.

The Center seeks interns to help produce high-profile events, research new development opportunities, and assist with communications logistics.

Skills and attributes we seek are:

  • Attention to detail. He/she must be detail-oriented. Exactitude and precision must be shown when maintaining databases of contacts, proof-reading communications to the public and the press, and liaising with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Time management and multi-tasking. This role will require managing several tasks, prioritizing them based on a variety of timelines and pivoting to different tasks as deadlines are modified.
  • Willingness to learn. He/she must be willing to learn new skills, approaches and tactics.
  • Goal-oriented perspective. The Communications/Events Intern must be able to grasp the broader organizational goals and think strategically about how to accomplish them through individual assignments.

We prefer recent college graduates and current graduate students. Our internship program is very competitive and attracts talented undergraduate and graduate students from across the country and around the world.

You must be able to commit to at least 20 hours a week.  This is an unpaid internship that can be used for college credit where applicable, but we provide a small stipend at the end of the internship to help offset travel expenses. Send resume with cover letter to intern@nycfuture.org with "Development and Communications Internship (cohort)" in the subject line.

We maintain a friendly and open working environment and encourage people of all backgrounds: age, race, ethnicity, gender, creed, and sexual orientation to apply.


Policy Research Internship

The Center for an Urban Future (CUF) is an independent nonprofit public policy research think-tank that produces innovative analysis on economic development and workforce development issues in New York City, with a focus on promoting economic diversity while creating opportunities for disadvantaged populations and lower-skill workers. 

Our work seeks to highlight issues within our fields of focus that tend to fly under the radar in mainstream policy discussions.  In recent years, CUF’s research has shined a spotlight on the role of immigrant entrepreneurs as economic engines for many outer-borough neighborhoods, the rise of the design and tech fields in the city, the role of public libraries as human capital institutions, and how community colleges are a crucial and underleveraged element in the city’s workforce development system.

The Center seeks interns with experience in journalism or public policy research to support our work.  Responsibilities can include extensive phone interviews, Web research, data analysis, and writing. Other duties include coordinating meetings with government officials and attending policy meetings.

Skills and attributes we seek are:

  • Strong writing and oral communications skills
  • Ability to synthesize ideas clearly and concisely
  • Ability to conduct effective interviews over the phone and in person
  • High level of competency in using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • At least some experience with public data sources like the US Census and the Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • An interest in economic development, urban planning, workforce development, and higher education issues

We prefer current graduate students or those with advanced degrees in public policy, urban planning, journalism, economics, government, social science, or related fields, though we will also consider accomplished undergraduate students. Our internship program is very competitive and attracts talented undergraduate and graduate students from across the country and around the world.

You must be able to commit to at least 20 hours a week.  This is an unpaid internship that can be used for college credit where applicable, but we provide a small stipend at the end of the internship to help offset travel expenses. Send resume with cover letter to intern@nycfuture.org.

We maintain a friendly and open working environment and encourage people of all backgrounds: age, race, ethnicity, gender, creed, and sexual orientation to apply.