Jobs & Fellowships | The New York Community Trust

We are currently hiring for the following positions:

Graduate Student Communications Fellow

Graduate Student Communications Fellow

The New York Community Trust (The Trust), the community foundation for the New York area, is offering a Communications Fellowship. The Trust connects past, present, and future generous New Yorkers with vital nonprofits working to make a healthy, equitable, and thriving community for all. Established in 1924, it is one of the largest and oldest community foundations in the United States and a leading funder of local nonprofits. With assets approaching $3 billion, it is a fundraising foundation that makes grants to improve life in New York through bolstering the arts, strengthening communities, creating healthier neighborhoods and more.

Job Description

The Fellow will gain a deep understanding of nonprofit communications in a collaborative and fast-paced environment. They will work directly with a two-person communications team, and indirectly with our donor and philanthropic initiatives staff. The Fellow will take on a range of projects. This will include:

  • Writing press releases and following up with reporters
  • Producing posts for social media
  • Writing newsletter and annual report stories about our donors and grantees
  • Interviewing program officers, grantees, and others
  • Conducting research and analyzing data for marketing and communications purposes
  • Writing blog posts highlighting our work in broad range of issue areas
  • Taking photos and producing social media content at issue briefings
  • Help produce marketing concepts and copy
  • Write brief summaries of grants

Eligibility and Details

  • Applicants must be entering their last year of a full-time graduate program and scheduled to graduate in May 2020.
  • Applicants must have existing authorization to work in the United States.
  • This is a temporary and time-limited Fellowship. It starts in May 2019 and ends in May 2020. Fellows must commit to the entire period.
  • Fellows work 35 hours a week between May 2019 and August 2019 and 15 to 20 hours a week between September 2019 and May 2020.
  • The fellowship pays $21 an hour (no fringe benefits).
  • Fellows must remain enrolled as a matriculating graduate students for the entire Fellowship.
  • Fellows’ field of graduate study must match an aspect of the Fellowship.
  • Fellowships are intended as learning experiences to complement Fellows’ graduate study.
  • This is not an entry-level position at The Trust, nor intended to lead to one.

Requirements and Responsibilities

The Communications Fellow will be part of an organizational-wide effort to publicize The Trust’s work. Candidates should have clear and accurate writing skills, strong proofreading and research skills, good attention to details and strong organizational skills, ability to work both on a team and independently; and knowledge of New York City. The fellow should have interest in writing for and about philanthropy and the nonprofit world.

How to Apply

Email, as a single PDF document, your resume, cover letter, and short writing sample (500-1500 words) to Janet Reynolds-Fletcher at In the subject line please put your First Name, Last Name, and Communications Fellowship,

Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2019.