92Y (2 positions)

PICS Organization Name


New York, New York

Weekly Stipend
Approx. $500

Public Transportation Available

Housing Provided

Former Interns
Sophia Winograd '21, Natalie Plonk '18, Esin Yunusoglu '19, Kat Giordano '18, Allie Mendelsohn '18 

Organization Description
92nd Street Y is a world-class cultural and community center where people all over the world connect through culture, arts, entertainment and conversation. For over 140 years, we have harnessed the power of arts and ideas to enrich, enlighten and change lives, and the power of community to repair the world.

As a proudly Jewish organization, 92Y enthusiastically welcomes and reaches out to people of all ages, races, faiths and backgrounds while embracing Jewish values like learning and self-improvement, the importance of family, the joy of life, and giving back to our wonderfully diverse and growing community, both locally and around the world.

We are a catalyst, with a mission to inspire action by bringing together today’s most exceptional thinkers and influential partners for social good, like #GivingTuesday, the global day of giving that was created at 92Y, and our professional and international fellowship programs.

We curate conversations with the world’s foremost thought leaders to deepen understanding and engage both the mind and spirit of our audiences – with programs on our stages and shared globally on 92YOnDemand.org.

We are a world-class performing arts center, presenting classical, jazz, popular and world music and a wide variety of dance performances. 

We are a studio, school and workshop where dancers, musicians, jewelry-makers, ceramicists, visual artists, poets, playwrights and novelists – acclaimed professionals and eager amateurs both young and old – nourish the human spirit through the arts.

We provide an inspiring, safe and supportive home for children and families, with decades of expertise in early childhood learning, parenting, child development, afterschool sports and classes, special needs programs and summer camps.

We offer senior adults the opportunity for rebirth as part of a vibrant community, with dozens of activities a week ranging from Shakespeare and sculpture to bridge and T’ai Chi.

We bring the arts, literature and sciences to public schools throughout New York City with our Educational Outreach Programs.

We are a state-of-the-art health, fitness and sports center that encourages people of all ages and abilities to engage in physical activity and find the inspiration to live their healthiest lives.

As a proudly Jewish organization, 92Y creates meaningful, relevant and joyous Jewish experiences for all those who want to connect with Jewish life and finds new ways to bring our rich tradition into dialogue with the modern world.

92Y would benefit from sponsoring a Princeton intern in the Adult Education department, which produces continuing education classes, workshops, events and talks, as well as in the Dance department, which provides classes to adults and children, professional development workshops and a summer institute for dance educators and dance movement therapists, performances, events and talks.  

These interns would provide fresh eyes and ideas in assessing existing programs and considering new programs as the upcoming season is assembled. We would also greatly benefit from the additional assistance with the summer season productions, with the preparations for the coming season and with research for future seasons.

Internship Description

Please note that you may apply to each of the following positions with a single PICS organization selection, however you must write a separate cover letter for each position for which you would like to be considered. Include all cover letters for this organization in ONE pdf document.

Position: Dance Department Assistant 
(Arts / Business Development / Communications / Community Development / Cultural Institutions / Education)

 Intern in the Dance Department would: 

  • Assist in performance curation - scouting for talent, attending performances and writing up reports of performers under consideration.
  • Assist with marketing and production for the upcoming season - helping to compile and organize copy and content about the 2017-18 season for our marketing and PR teams; organizing information for production
  • Assist in additional events programming and execution - researching possibilities for dance talks, and assisting with special projects within the Dance Education Laboratory and Dance Therapy summer programs.

Position: Adult Education Department Assistant
(Arts / Business Development / Communications / Community Development / Cultural Institutions / Education) 

A PICS intern in the Adult Education department would:

  • Observe and then assist in producing summer events and classes: managing facilities, technical and logistical needs for select events and classes, hosting and observing instructors and speakers, interacting with patrons and students, and assessing and evaluating ongoing classes.
  • Assist with marketing and logistics preparation for the fall season launch: preparing and editing materials for a number of marketing materials across print, web and social platforms; preparing logistics through our internal systems database, calendaring and communications platforms.
  • Create programming for the winter/spring season, which will include: researching upcoming book publications, touring speakers, and other avenues and opportunities for potential lectures, conversations and panels; participating in creative brainstorming meetings; drafting "ask" letters; communicating with publicists, agents and talent to book speakers; assembling of marketing materials, including the creation of catalog content for confirmed events.

Through these activities, the intern would gain valuable insider experience - learning how a world class organization plans and executes lecture series and continuing education classes.

Internship Qualifications

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple projects at once
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team, and to work comfortably and effectively with a wide variety of artistic and administrative people, both within 92Y and in the wider community
  • Interest and enthusiasm for working in a fast paced environment with a wide range of individuals
  • Ability to work independently and also as part of a team
  • Interest in arts management; experience in theatrical or dance production
  • Strong interest and appreciation of modern dance and dance education (Dance)
  • Strong research skills and an appetite for learning and reading about a diverse array of subjects and topics (Adult Education)


  • Experience with events management
  • Experience working with literary publishers or journalists

Expected Start Time
9:00 am

Expected End Time
5:00 pm

Required Dates
June - August

Internship Length
8 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement

Additional Info
92Y has a Residence in the building: http://www.92y.org/residence for a fee that includes benefits such as access to the gym, ticket discounts, security, etc. But most interns have opted to find other options available in NYC.

All our employees have a required background check.

Hours include a 1hr. unpaid lunch break. HR requires a background check. International students should have all visas in order as required. 

Evaluation Excerpt

My best work experience this summer was helping to curate a performance for the 2017-2018 season by researching and attending shows of prospective dance companies. I also enjoyed organizing and assisting the Adult Education Art Tours to Storm King Art Center and Staten Island.
—Natalie Plonk '18

I worked in a small department, so I got to know my supervisor and colleagues pretty well. I was treated not just as an intern, but as an integral part of the team, I got to attend meetings, and I felt that the work I did was actually contributing to my department. —Esin Yunusoglu '19

I did connect with the mission statement of the 92Y - to connect people through a diverse array of programs. Attending some events and classes taught here at the Y helped me to see how the vision was being realized.        —Sophia Winograd '21


Applications for Summer 2020 will open in November 2019. 


To read evaluations written by former interns, please contact the
Student Program


Make sure to read the eligibility criteria and requirements prior to submitting an application. Here