interns can work in three primary areas: public policy, food security
programs and public education/community organizing. It is very important
to us that the internship be designed around the interests and strengths
of the student. Therefore, depending upon these factors, the intern
may work in only one of the three areas or may do a little work
in all three areas. A description of the work in these areas follows.
the public policy advocacy, the intern will attend
policy strategy meetings focusing on welfare reform and economic
security, the two main ones being the Welfare Reform Network and
the Economic Security campaign meetings. The intern will be expected
to contribute innovative ideas to move the planning forward, to
report back to the staff person regarding what went on at the meetings,
and take on any tasks assigned at the meeting (i.e. draft flyer
for event or draft information sheet). HANNYS will provide training
so that the intern can get up to speed on the initiatives.
intern will also need to research and draft reports on specific
issues, such as survey reports or policy summaries. The intern will
also devote time to meetings with legislators and agency staff (i.e.,
the city’s welfare agency) and to train HANNYS members to
attend these meetings and speak out on the issues.
the food security advocacy, the intern will assist
with two main projects: Hunger Awareness Day and Thanksgiving Action
Against Hunger. The intern will assist the anti-hunger coordinators
to go to schools and get children involved with the anti-hunger
poster project. There will also be a rally or other type of public
action on this day and the intern will need to assist with the logistics
of such an action (distributing flyers, making phone calls, drafting
fact sheets, signing up speakers, etc.). Similar work is entailed
for the Thanksgiving Action, as well as work on our survey accessing
demand for emergency food.
the public education/community organizing, the
intern will work mainly on setting up teach-ins/welfare presentations
in local communities. This involves outreach to community centers,
churches, housing projects, daycares, etc. to set up the welfare
presentation and training. HANNYS will train the intern to present
the teach-in and work with and empower low-income individuals to
have a voice on the vital economic issues affecting their lives.
In addition to the teach-ins, HANNYS has numerous actions such as
rallies, phone call and fax campaigns targeted at bringing about
progressive policy changes. The intern will be needed to plan and
coordinate these actions and to make sure our members are informed
and get involved.
you are interested in being an intern, please contact our Albany
or NYC office.