Internships

The Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP), is organizing an advocacy campaign to promote and achieve changes in the wasteful, ineffective, unjust, illegal, bullying, homophobic, transphobic and racially biased practices of the New York City Police Department (NYPD). Through community outreach, coalition building and public education, PROP is mobilizing New Yorkers to pressure city and state lawmakers and political candidates to abolish abusive police tactics and the use of the quota system. We work to monitor and publicize police priorities and practices on the ground. PROP promotes policy reforms that aim to investigates and punish abusive conduct; and to establish local problem solving measures that strengthen communities while reducing crime.

*Interns are expected to work a minimum of 9 hours per week. Internships are unpaid. School/Course credit can be arranged.
**Applications accepted on rolling basis until position is filled.


Outreach/Fundraising Intern

Our fundraising interns are crucial to the work that we continue to do because we are a non-profit organization that is always in need of funding. We are working to expand our fundraising efforts to fund our court monitoring project, our art shows, our swipe-it- forward actions, and our petition days.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with creating a list of institutions that give grants for the work we do
  • Assist with outreach to these institutions
  • Assist with the implementation of a police reform fundraising campaign
  • Provide fundraising support to current/prospective donors and community/faith-based groups
  • Assisting with donor acknowledgement letters
  • Assist with grant writing

To Apply:

Please e-mail your resume and a statement of interest to PROP Director Bob Gangi at bgangi@propnyc.org and to our project coordinator Maesha Meto at maeshasamiha@gmail.com


Communications/Social Media Intern

We are looking to hire interns with strong knowledge and understanding of the digital media landscape – specifically of various social media platforms. We do not require interns to have prior experience as a social media intern but those chosen for the position will need strong critical thinking skills in order to be successful in our passionate team.

Responsibilities:

  • Updating our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and/or Tumblr regularly – interns will be able to choose one or two platforms they feel most comfortable using
  • Keeping track of the posts that get more attention than others
  • Documenting PROP’s activities and media coverage as well as incidents that relate to our work
  • Develop, write, edit, and proof communications materials such as press releases, web stories, and blog posts
  • Assist in communications support of organizational events (i.e., Petition Days, various fundraising events, art shows)
  • Assist in tracking PROP mentions in social media
  • Additional administrative assistance as needed

To Apply:

Please e-mail your resume and a statement of interest to PROP Director Bob Gangi at bgangi@propnyc.org and to our project coordinator Maesha Meto at maeshasamiha@gmail.com


Court Monitoring Intern

The Court Monitoring Project (CMP) is PROP’s way of watchdogging police practices on the ground. PROP volunteers, interns and staff, regularly sit in on arraignment and summons parts of the criminal courts in NYC’s four major boroughs. During the court visits we record whom the police have arrested or ticketed, on what charges and the outcome of each arraignment. We also interview both lawyers and defendants. The CMP enables PROP to look beyond the public pronouncements of city politicians, officials and mainstream media, and to gain first-hand knowledge about the NYPD’s day-to-day practices. PROP is seeking interns and volunteers to join this important effort and to help carry out tasks for the Court Monitoring Project.

Responsibilities:

  • Visiting courthouses and recording the proceedings.
  • Interviewing lawyers and defendants.
  • Writing up the interviews and findings from our court visits.
  • Attending relevant PROP meetings with allies and interested city officials.
  • Researching the laws and practices related to the police and court practices we encounter.
  • Make use of social media and other public outreach/education tools.
  • Brainstorm strategies for spreading the word about PROP’s findings, and proposed reforms, far and wide.
  • Ability and willingness to travel within the Bronx, Manhattan, and Brooklyn criminal courts is required.

To Apply:

Please e-mail your resume and a statement of interest to PROP Director Bob Gangi at bgangi@propnyc.org and to our project coordinator Maesha Meto at maeshasamiha@gmail.com.


Advocacy Intern

We are looking to hire creative interns with an interest in social justice. We do not require prior experience for this position but we do require someone who is a self-starter and motivated within their independence.

Responsibilities:

  • Working on the preparation of court visits and public education materials.
  • Planning PROP’s petition days and working directly with the outreach team in involving residents of New York in our work.
  • Interns will conduct research on criminal justice reform and help to produce reports on the state of New York City’s criminal justice.
  • Interns will be able to re-start and assist with the Video Narratives Project so we can get it off the ground again and utilize it in our social media endeavors.
  • Ability and willingness to travel within the Bronx, Manhattan, and Brooklyn criminal courts is required.
  • Other projects as assigned.
  • To Apply:

    Please e-mail your resume and a statement of interest to PROP Director Bob Gangi at rpagangi@gmail.com and cc our project coordinator Maesha Meto at maeshasamiha@gmail.com.


    Grant Writing Intern

    Our fundraising interns are crucial to the work that we continue to do because we are a non-profit organization that is always in need of funding. We are working to expand our fundraising efforts to fund our court monitoring project, our art shows, our swipe-it- forward actions, and our petition days. Our grant writing position is a truly unique one as it is a program we are kickstarting this year. Interns must be self-starting.

    Responsibilities:

    Assist with fundraising. Create a personal fundraising campaign, meet targets, and help volunteers and other individuals to do the same.

  • Meet bi-weekly with Director of The Police Reform Organizing Project.
  • Identify prospective individual donors, foundations, government, and corporate funders.
  • Revise project proposals and outreach interviews for grant narratives.
  • Assist with production of ongoing fundraising events and campaigns.

To Apply:

Please e-mail your resume and a statement of interest to PROP Director Bob Gangi at bgangi@propnyc.org and to our project coordinator Maesha Meto at maeshasamiha@gmail.com


NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

The Police Reform Organizing Project does not discriminate against any applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, political belief, marital status, veteran status, age, gender identity, or sexual orientation.