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Issue Resolution Team Member at the School of Professional Services, CUNY

General Description:

The School of Professional Studies of the City University of New York
(CUNY SPS) has launched sixteen degrees: ten bachelor’s degrees open
to students with 24 or more college credits who wish to complete
their undergraduate studies, and six master’s degrees, with more
programs currently in development. CUNY SPS leads the University in
developing and operating online degree programs, and trains faculty
throughout CUNY in online instruction. CUNY SPS is also the home of
the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor
Studies, which offers higher education programs for working adults
and union members, and serves as a nationally-recognized center for
scholarship and resources for labor, academic, and community leaders
seeking a deeper understanding of labor and urban issues.

CUNY SPS seeks a detail-oriented Issue Resolution Team Member to
support a new partnership with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Housing
Recovery Operations (HRO) and the Build It Back program. Build It
Back is dedicated to helping New Yorkers living in communities
affected by Hurricane Sandy to rebuild their homes.

(Four vacancies available)

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Fellow, 2020-2021 Design Trust Equitable Public Space Fellowship Program

Deadline to apply: April 17, 2020

The Design Trust for Public Space is now accepting submissions for the 2020-2021 Design Trust Equitable Public Space Fellowship Program. We will be selecting two Fellows to join the Design Trust team as full-time paid staff members for an intensive one-year fellowship to begin in June 2020 and end in July 2021. Fellows will become a part of the Design Trust community, interacting with project fellows, partners and collaborators.

The Design Trust for Public Space is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the future of public space in New York City. Our projects bring together city agencies, community groups, and private sector experts to make a lasting impact—through design—on how New Yorkers live, work, and play.

In June 2016, we created the Equitable Public Space Fellowship to support the next generation of urban designers, architects, landscape architects, and planners in contributing to complex public space challenges in our global city. As we surveyed the representation of minority groups in the design profession and the growing diversity of NYC’s neighborhoods, we recognized the need for the field and our team to better reflect the people we serve. Our unique project model opens dialogue and develops collaborative relationships between the public and private sectors to achieve innovative solutions together. We have found that greater diversity among project participants develops empathy and leads to more meaningful and sustainable outcomes for all New Yorkers. Through the Fellowship, we seek to create a model for bringing more voices, skill sets, and life experiences into the practice of design for public space.

For this year’s fellowship, we will select two promising emerging professionals whose life and work experience will contribute significantly to the design expertise and design thinking in our work with community-based organizations and public agencies. We seek candidates from historically marginalized groups and underrepresented perspectives who are curious, driven, and passionate about NYC’s shared spaces and transforming the city’s landscape


  • Impact: Fellows will have the opportunity to have a real impact on New York City’s public spaces through Design Trust projects.
  • Cross-sector experience: Fellows will be exposed to a range of organizations and individuals working in the public realm in NYC, including urban planning, design, community organizations, non-profits, government, and private entities, and will gain a firsthand look at how systems work in New York to affect public space in the city.
  • Public exposure: Fellows will contribute ideas and expertise on issues in the field, authoring four posts throughout the year on the Design Trust Blog, as well as contributing to and being recognized in Design Trust publicationsevents, and public work. Fellows may also have the opportunity to represent the Design Trust at conferences throughout the US.
  • Relationship-Building: Fellows will have the chance to build relationships with our network of over 100 Design Trust Fellows through participation in quarterly Fellows Forum salons tackling varying design issues in the city. The Design Trust’s strong local ties with many types of designers and urbanists in New York make this position ideal for someone looking to build a professional career in New York City.
  • Hands-on professional development: Fellows will work primarily with Program staff. Additionally, the Design Trust will support the Fellow’s participation in local conferences related to current projects and the Fellow’s interests. Fellows will have the opportunity to present their work with the Design Trust to the Board of Directors at their June 2021 meeting.
  • Mentorship: Fellows will meet monthly with the Director of Programs and quarterly with the Executive Director to facilitate the Fellow’s learning and reflection, and tailor the Fellowship to their interests and career goals.
  • Salary: $40,000 for the year, benefits include healthcare and vision.


The Fellows will be immersed in many aspects of the Design Trust’s work, and assist with a variety of tasks during the year, including, but not limited to:
  • [65-80%] Program Development & Implementation: The Fellows will work with the Director of Programs and the Program Manager on program development, implementation, and evaluation, including: research, project management, communications, stakeholder engagement, event coordination, and production of deliverables for current projects, such as:
    • Opening the Edge: Reimagining Green Space(2016-)at Wald Houses in partnership with New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), and proposed by artist Jane Greengold, to design and implement a lively public space at the edge of the Lillian Wald Houses on the Lower East Side. The project is built on bottom-up intensive engagement with a Community Design Team (“CDT”) of Wald Houses residents and surrounding community members to co-design a vibrant open space that would include a public art component, a stage for performances, a stepped mound or stoop for recreational activities, and new lighting.
    • Neighborhood Commons: Stewarding Plazas, Sidewalks & Beyond in partnership with NYC Small Business Services (SBS); a project to ensure the sustainability and equity of New York City’s public spaces in streets and sidewalks (e.g. plazas, parklets, and seasonal streets) in commercial corridors. The project will assess, propose, and showcase place-based stewardship and representative governance models for public space that are grounded in dignity, inclusion, and neighborhood context.
    • Trust by Design: Building Shared Space Together a project focused on lessons learned from past Design Trust projects.
    • 2021 Request for Proposals: an initiative to develop 2-3 new projects, in partnership with community-based organizations, arts and culture non-profits, or public agencies.
  • [10 – 25%] Nonprofit Management and Organizational Development: The Fellows will play an integral role in helping the staff to operationalize the values of equity and inclusion in the workplace at the Design Trust, including participating in bi-weekly equity meetings. The Fellows will also assist staff as needed with communications, as well as support for internal and external events, internal meetings, Public Space PotlucksFellows Forums, Board meetings, Design Trust Council events, office administration and the Annual Gala
  • [10%] Research Project: The Fellows will complete an independent research project based on their interests and expertise, to be presented to the Design Trust Board of Directors at their June 2021 meeting, and used in future Design Trust work as applicable.

CommitmentThe Fellowship will be a full-time position located at the Design Trust office, to be completed during working hours (Design Trust office hours are 9:30 am – 5:30 pm) with occasional evening and weekend event attendance as needed.


The application deadline is Friday, April 17, 2020 at 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time. Incomplete applications or materials that do not meet the following criteria will not be considered. Applicants under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please. All applicants will be notified by mid-May 2020.


Applicants who are from populations historically underrepresented in the urban design professions are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must be eligible to work legally in the United States. We welcome applications from anyone with a 2-year or 4-year degree from a public, private, or community college or university. The Fellowship is not open to candidates who have completed a graduate degree. In particular, we are looking for candidates interested in pursuing a career in one of the following fields, and who have demonstrated some experience related to their interest:

  • Architecture
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Studies
  • Government
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate and Development
  • Sustainability
  • Urban Design
  • Urban Planning

Materials to Submit: Please email the following materials in one PDF with the title “[LASTNAME, FIRST NAME]: Equitable Public Space Fellowship Application” to All application materials must be submitted by 11:59 pm on  Friday April 17, 2020, to be considered.

  • Resume [maximum 1 ½ page]
  • Work Sample [2-3 pages, can include written or visual work, highlighting your ability to express ideas]
  • 1 letter of recommendation [submitted directly to the Design Trust via mail or email listed above]
  • 2 references [names and contact information]
  • Written Responses to the following questions:
    • Question 1 [300 word limit]: Describe a challenge you’ve experienced or observed with a particular public space; how would you address it? 
    • Question 2 [300 word limit]: How has your life experience and your identity contributed to your work so far, and the work you hope to do in the future? 
    • Question 3 [300 word limit]What drives you to apply to the Equitable Public Space Fellowship, and how do you think it will contribute to your long-term goals? 

Equal Opportunity and Anti-Harassment Policy:
Design Trust encourages people of all abilities, ethnicities, genders, national origins or ancestries, socioeconomic statuses, races, formerly incarcerated statuses, religions and sexualities to apply. Design Trust is also committed to accessibility and to working together with you to develop an accessibility plan.

Civil Service Pathways Fellowship, NYC

Applications Are Now Open for the Civil Service Pathways Fellowship!

Jump start your career by working for New York City. Unlike other fellowships, the Civil Service Pathways Fellowship provides a seamless transition from fellow to permanent City employment.


Apply to this unique two year fellowship as a fellow you’ll

  • Work in one of three tacks: Policy and Program Analysis, Finance and Procurement, or Data and Digital Services
  • Receive a competitive salary
  • Get training and support to become AMAZING at your job
  • Be part of a cohort system to build your network
  • Unlike most fellowships a job is waiting for you after you complete the two years by becoming eligible to be a permanent government employee in year two.
  • Work for one of the most forward thinking City governments in the nation!



  • Graduated from CUNY with a bachelor’s degree between May 2019 and June 2020
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Prior work, internship or class project experience related to your chosen track


Accelerate your career by applying now at

NYC Small Business Services Seeks Neighborhood 360° Fellows 

Neighborhood 360° Fellows help community-based organizations complete commercial revitalization projects and connect local stakeholders to City resources. The fellows are paid by SBS and are full-time community development professionals, community organizers, or planners. We aim to build a network of leaders prepared with commercial revitalization expertise and experience in New York City neighborhoods.

Who Can Apply


Must meet these minimum criteria:

  • New York City resident (within 90 days of the start date)
  • One or more year(s) of community outreach, organizing, and/or planning experience
  • Have an interest in economic development and working with the host site neighborhood/community

Read the Neighborhood 360° Fellows program guidelines for more information.

Host Sites

Must meet these minimum criteria:

  • Nonprofit community-based organization (Business Improvement Districts, local development corporations, merchant associations, and other organizations) that implement commercial revitalization projects and are operating in New York City and incorporated in New York State
  • Able to assist in recruiting candidates and interviewing finalists
  • Able to provide the fellow with a desk and supporting equipment (i.e. computer and access to organization’s phone)
  • Time and willingness to act as a mentor for the fellow

Applications to host a Neighborhood 360° Fellow are currently closed.

What Fellows Do

Neighborhood 360° Fellows are full-time, paid employees placed in New York City community-based organizations for 10 months to implement commercial revitalization projects and connect stakeholders to City resources. Types of projects include:

  • Business Attraction/Retention: Attract new businesses or retain existing businesses to ensure commercial districts have a diverse retail mix that serves the community and reduces the retail vacancy rate.
  • Merchant Organizing: Lead the strategic planning, outreach, and organizing efforts to create a new or revitalize an existing merchant association.
  • Placemaking: Cultivate a sense of place that capitalizes on the unique characteristics of the commercial district, incorporating key traits of the neighborhood and activating public space for the community.

How To Apply

Applications to become a fellow are currently open.


Deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m., Sunday, March 8, 2020.

2020 Student Labor Journalism Award

The New York Metro labor Communications Council is offering a
$500 prize for work by undergraduate and graduate students on the theme:

“The 2020 Elections and My Life/My Community”

The country is about to elect a president in November; additional state and local elections will take place. How will this impact your life and/or the life of your community/communities. What issues are most important to you and are candidates talking about them? You are encouraged to write or make a short video or audio recording about the impact of these elections on you—as a student, a worker, and that of your family or community.

The prize is given to the student whose work touches our emotions and/or brings insight to this issue. The prize will be awarded for a written article of approximately 1200 words, or for a video or audio report of two to six minutes. The topic is wide open for you to explore.

Application Deadline: May 4, 2020

Established in 1974, the Metro New York Labor Communications Council (Metro) includes union communications professionals, who work for the city’s public and private-sector unions and other organizations representing working people. They are editors and reporters, photographers and graphic designers, broadcast producers and public relations specialists. Metro provides a forum to discuss pressing issues in the labor movement, and shares ideas on how labor communicators can tell the story of working people.

Please include your name and the school you are attending.
Students do not need to be journalism majors.
Send entries to:
Margarita Aguilar
341 West 24 Street, #5D, New York, NY 10011

or email it to:

For more information and to apply, please contact:Margarita Aguilar: 212-982-0574 or

Photo by Marcie Casas via flickr (cc-by)

2020 AFSCME Union Scholars Program

The American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is pleased to partner with Harvard University’s Labor and Worklife Program to sponsor the Union Scholars Program. AFSCME is one of the nation’s largest labor unions, representing public service employees and retirees across the country. Harvard’s Labor and Worklife Program, located in the Harvard Law School, is the university’s center for research, teaching and creative problem-solving related to the world of work.

The Union Scholars Program is a 10-week summer internship for students of color who are passionate about social justice, with an emphasis on workers’ rights. Entry to the Union Scholars Program is competitive.

Students will take part in a hands-on organizing experience with AFSCME members, and will enjoy an opportunity to travel and receive valuable, resume-building experience – all while getting paid.


Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for the scholarship, you must:

  • Be an undergraduate sophomore or junior at the time of the application and the interview process
  • Have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average
  • Be a college student of color including: African-American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian-Pacific Islander, Latin American
  • Demonstrate interest in working for social and economic justice through the labor union movement
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Provide a faculty recommendation

Selection Process

  • It takes approximately a month to determine candidates that will move to the final phase of interviewing. This happens between the first and fourth weeks of March.
  • We will reach out to all candidates by phone or email to inform them if they will move on to the interviewing phase.
  • Interviews will take place during the first two weeks of April.
  • Selection of the cohort takes place in the second week of April.
  • We will reach out to make travel arrangements between April and May.
  • Orientation for the 2020 Union Scholars Program will take place June 5-7, 2020.

Selected Participants Will Receive:

Selected AFSCME Union Scholars will receive a three-day orientation to prepare for their internship. They will also receive a 10-week field placement in the summer of 2020, when the student will participate in a union organizing campaign in one of several locations across the United States. Students who enter the program as sophomores are eligible to return for a second year. Returning students may receive a 10-week summer placement at AFSCME headquarters in Washington, D.C. All chosen candidates will receive the following:

  • A stipend
  • On-site housing
  • A three-day orientation and training program prior to the field assignment
  • A three-day debriefing program after the internship is completed
  • Upon successful completion of the program, an academic scholarship based on financial need

2020 Program Dates

  • For students on a semester schedule: June 8 – August 14
  • For students on a quarter schedule: June 15 – August 21


  • Conducts one-on-one organizing, recruits supporters and leaders and guides their activities on behalf of the union, under the direction of their supervisor and mentor
  • Recruits volunteer organizers from within the AFSCME membership
  • Visits job sites to communicate with workers
  • Visits workers in their homes
  • Informs supervisor & mentor of developments and progress of organizing activity
  • Completes weekly reports (to be submitted to program coordinator)
  • Submits videography footage (to be submitted to program coordinator)
  • Reports to and takes direction from supervisor
  • Collaborates with mentor on projects