Transit Justice Organizing Intern

Riders Alliance fights for affordable and world-class public transit in order to build a more just and sustainable New York. We organize subway and bus riders to build grassroots power across racial, economic, and neighborhood lines: holding our elected officials accountable, engaging the public, and taking direct action to guarantee that riders have a powerful voice in the decisions that affect us.

We are embarking on a major campaign to expand our membership and grow the political power of outer-borough transit riders in New York City. We’re hiring a team of five passionate and talented interns to talk to riders about their most pressing needs and help us recruit new leaders.

As a Transit Justice Organizing Intern, you will work closely with our dynamic organizing team to engage community members in Queens, Brooklyn, and across the city. You’ll have the opportunity to build a wide range of organizing skills, learn about the most pressing transit advocacy issues, and get an insider view into how we build winning grassroots campaigns.

Reporting to a senior organizer, you’ll will be responsible for:

  • Working as part of a high-impact canvassing and community outreach team in Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods to recruit transit riders to join Riders Alliance
  • Phone banking and text banking public transit riders to speak about their most pressing transit issues
  • Attending meetings with community stakeholders, including elected officials, community boards, business leaders, and advocates
  • Identifying and building relationships with potential leaders
  • Carefully tracking data on member conversations and outreach
  • Brainstorming with the team on creative tactics to recruit transit riders

Required Qualifications

  • Excellent people and communication skills
  • Interest in learning about social justice, transportation policy, community organizing practices, and the nonprofit sector
  • Ability to work effectively with people of different cultures and backgrounds
  • Self-motivated and able to work efficiently to complete tasks
  • Willingness to travel to neighborhoods in all boroughs of New York City
  • Ability to attend some evening and weekend meetings
  • Familiarity with communities in Brooklyn or Queens and/or lived experience as a Brooklyn or Queens transit rider

Job Features

  • Part-time schedule of approximately 20 hours per week from June 1 to August 30, 2022
  • Pay is $20 hourly

Additional Application Instructions

Submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected] Please use subject line “Internship Application”. Applications are considered on a rolling basis until May 11; early applications are encouraged. Riders Alliance is an equal opportunity employer, and we strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply for the position.

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