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- External Affairs Graduate Intern , USA

External Affairs Graduate Intern 

Brooklyn Navy Yard


Employment Status: Non-Exempt

Department: External Affairs

Reports to: Vice President of External Affairs




The Brooklyn Navy Yard (the Yard) is a mission-driven industrial park that is a nationally acclaimed model of the viability and positive impact of modern, urban industrial development. Now home to over 400 businesses employing seven thousand people, the Yard is in the midst of its largest expansion in generations that will increase employment to 17,000 New Yorkers.


The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC) is the not-for-profit corporation that serves as the real estate developer and property manager of the Yard on behalf of its owner, The City of New York (the “City”).  BNYDC constantly strives to provide an environment in which businesses and careers can take root and grow. 


BNYDC’s mission is to fuel New York City’s economic vitality by creating and preserving quality jobs, growing the City’s modern industrial sector and its businesses, and connecting the local community with the economic opportunity and resources of the Yard.


Areas of Responsibility


The External Affairs Intern will support efforts of the External Affairs team to develop and execute corporate public affairs strategies.  These strategies include raising the global, national and local visibility of the Brooklyn Navy through communications and marketing strategic plans; expanding and solidifying government relationships; building and maintaining community partnerships, growing corporate sponsorships and other funding opportunities; and generating tenant engagement through business support services.  This position will be full time during the summer with the potential to extend to part time during the 2018/19 school year.




Support the creation of compelling, persuasive, relevant, and accurate communications content that will increase funding, visibility, and visitor ship

Respond to media inquiries for images and fact-checking

Support the social media outreach and strategy development

Produce content and design collateral for collateral material, website and other communications that will support outreach efforts


Grant/Donor Management


Prepare grant applications and manage grant reporting

Help identify, cultivate, and build relationships with public funders as well as members

Coordinate databases input and gift processing, donor correspondence and mailings

Document all prospecting, donation, and acknowledgement activities

Support the management and coordination of special events to engage members and cultivate prospective funders


Community Affairs/Programs


Support the outreach efforts to the local community by identifying important events to attend, representing BNYDC at such events and related Community Board meetings, and developing partnerships with community-based groups that support our mission

Manage subscriptions to membership organizations and associations such as the Chamber of Commerce, NYC&Co and Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance

Work with Exhibits and Programs team to support BNDYC on-site programs and events as needed


Business Services


Assist with ongoing outreach (including surveys and interviews) to businesses within the Yard to determine areas of greatest need and interest and help assess their business needs.

Assist with developing and maintaining a resource network of organizations, consultants and businesses to access as service providers.

Provide support for the leadership training programs specifically designed for Yard businesses to promote business growth, market expansion and revenue increases

Assist with administrative and coordination tasks for tenant engagement initiatives including annual tenant briefings, MeetUps and mixers, marketing and programmatic partnerships.

Collect and review data to evaluate program metrics

General Administrative support and other tasks as needed 


Required Skills and Abilities


High-energy and entrepreneurial approach

Genuine interest in the mission of BNYDC 

The ability to write well, to speak articulately and forcefully, and to work on a number of projects independently and simultaneously with close attention to detail

Strong computer, internet, research and database skills

Experience with PowerPoint, Excel, Word

Ability to periodically attend events after hour or evenings 




Bachelor’s degree from 4-year college or university

Currently enrolled in an advanced degree program including but not limited to the following courses of study: public policy; public administration, law, business administration, communications, marketing, arts administration, curatorial studies, journalism



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BNYDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex (including actual or perceived sex, gender, gender identity, self-image, appearance, behavior or expression) sexual orientation, genetic trait, actual or perceived status of a victim of domestic violence, or as victim of sex offenses or stalking, unemployment status, age, ancestry, national origin, citizenship status, marital or domestic partnership status, military status, handicap, disability, or any other legally protected classification.


Job posted on 4th May 2018

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