Voices of Community Activists and Leaders (VOCAL-NY)

by rivan

PICS Organization Name
Voices of Community Activists and Leaders (VOCAL-NY)


Brooklyn, New York

Weekly Stipend 

Public Transportation Available

Housing Provided

Former Interns 
Chandler Cleveland '18, Alis Yoo '19

Organization Description
Voices Of Community Activists & Leaders (VOCAL-NY) is a statewide grassroots membership organization building power among low-income people affected by HIV/AIDS, the drug war and mass incarceration, along with the organizations that serve us, to create healthy and just communities. We accomplish this through community organizing, leadership development, public education, direct services, participatory research and direct action.

We would benefit from students capable of data management and other skills that will be helpful building a statewide coalition of service providers to engage in advocacy.

Internship Description
The student will assist in the development of a database of organizations throughout New York State that are providing services to HIV/AIDS patients, IV-drug users, folks experiencing homelessness, and formerly incarcerated people, and victims of the opioid/overdose crisis.

Further, the intern would participate in the organizing of events across the state (if travel is necessary, VOCAL-NY would cover all expenses) like Harm Reduction Town Halls, or other forums necessary to identify issues impacting communities.
There could also be opportunities to participate in research projects.

Internship Qualifications

  • We are looking for someone with exceptional writing and database skills.
  • Creative thinking.
  • Organized.
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Website Development/Design

Folks with experience with any of our core issues: LGBTQ, non-binary, woman-identified, black and brown, and from working-class/low-income background are strongly encouraged to apply, though it is not necessary to meet these experiences to be considered for hiring.

Expected Start Time
10:00 am

Expected End Time 
6:00 pm

Required Dates 
Summer 2018

Internship Length 
8 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement

Additional Info 
We are located near Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn, NY with many summer sublet options available throughout the NYC area. We are near many major subway lines and the Long Island Rail Road. Housing options in the area are limited, however, temporarily rooming with folks in the area may be an option. 

Evaluation Excerpt 

I did connect with VOCAL-NY's mission to empower marginalized New Yorkers with a voice in their communities to make social change. I got to meet members of the organization who have seen firsthand how bad the policing, homelessness, and jail system is in NYC, while at the same time being encouraged by their willingness to stand up for their rights and unashamedly fight for change.
—Chandler Cleveland '18


To see whether this internship is still accepting applications for 2018, please check the Second Round page.


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