Community Access

by justineh

PICS Organization Name
Community Access


New York, New York

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns
Adam Beasley '19, Jean Bellamy '19, Veronica Edwards '17, Nora McLaughlin '17, and Sharon Tan '15

Organization Description
Community Access’ mission is to expand opportunities for people living with mental health concerns to recover from trauma and discrimination through affordable housing, training, advocacy and healing-focused services. We are built upon the simple truth that people are experts in their own lives.

A finalist in the 2014 New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards, Community Access is one of the oldest and largest nonprofits in New York City dedicated to helping individuals overcome mental illness and homelessness. Through our efforts, we have transformed the lives of thousands of low-income New Yorkers. We own and operate 24 housing programs in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx, which are home to over 1,500 individuals and families. We also run New York City’s first ever crisis respite center—an innovative alternative to hospitalization and emergency rooms—as well as award-winning recovery, education, and treatment programs which help 1,000+ participants each year.

Internship Description
Working within our Development and Communications Department, the intern will assist with updating and maintaining our blog, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter feeds. Activities may include interviewing tenants/participants and writing up their stories, researching prospective donors and foundations, helping with outreach for our annual NYC Mental Health Film Festival, producing marketing materials, and assisting with events taking place during the summer and fall.

Tasks/responsibilities include: 

  • Provide support for agency-wide events, including planning, promotion, and logistics 
  • Assist with planning for our annual NYC Mental Health Film Festival, including: recruiting and coordinating with volunteers; promoting via social media channels; coordinating submissions; communicating with filmmakers; other event preparation tasks, as needed.
  • Review and rate submissions to our annual Changing Minds Young Filmmaker Competition
  • Assist in creating content for social media channels, with a focus on building followers on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
  • Conduct interviews with CA tenants, participants, staff, and volunteers for use in print and online materials.
  • Draft content for blog posts and other online materials.
  • Conduct donor prospect research.
  • Additional projects based upon the intern’s interests.
  • Administrative tasks, as needed (filing, copying, etc.)

During this internship, you will learn much about how New York addresses the issue of homelessness and mental illness, while actively participating in the day-to-day operations of a busy fundraising department that raises approximately $3 million per year, in support of an organization with an annual budget in excess of $30 million per year.

Internship Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in progress in Liberal Arts field
  • Have an understanding, appreciation and commitment to the philosophy and mission of Community Access
  • Demonstrated track record of exceptional writing skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to produce detail-oriented material and to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, and to liaise with external parties
  • Show initiative and be responsible for follow-through
  • Be creative and flexible

A good sense of humor is always appreciated; likewise, an energetic "can-do" attitude.

Expected Start Time
10:00 am

Expected End Time
5:00 pm

Required Dates
6/3/19 - 8/23/19

Internship Length
10 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement

Additional Info
Our main office is located near Battery Park in lower Manhattan.

Evaluation Excerpt

The work environment at CA is incredibly relaxed and friendly. Everyone at the company won't hesitate to stop by your desk and chat throughout the day, including the CEO. I was immediately accepted into the staff and felt incredibly welcomed and like I had always been part of the team.
—Jean Bellamy '19

Community Access is truly at the forefront of mental health and housing in NYC, and the staff and program participants at CA have so much insight to offer. I was able to see first hand through meetings and conversations the climate of mental health and housing in NYC, as well as how a non-profit is run and raises money. —Adam Beasley '19

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