Times Square Alliance Fellow

New York, NY, United States


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, Administration 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 or 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.

Operations Fellow(s)
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.

Communications Fellow(s)
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.