Community Officer Intern

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Puerto Rico Federal Affairs
135 West 50th Street, 22nd Floor
New York, NY
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 2 Part-time, Unpaid

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A unique opportunity at the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Office, where participants will have the chance to work on public policy and community relations initiatives that impact Puerto Ricans in the Northeast region of the United States. The candidate will work alongside seasoned policy professionals in different initiatives and receive training and work experience in the various stages of community relations, communications, public relations, policy and more. After successful completion of the internship, we anticipate that the participant will have gained experience in the above mentioned fields.

The Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA) is the office of the Governor of Puerto Rico in the United States and as such represents the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico before federal, state, and local governments, promotes the Government of Puerto Rico’s economic and public policy initiatives to achieve a better quality of life for the four million U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico, and advises local government agencies and municipalities on issues of interest to Puerto Rico before the federal government.

In addition to the Washington D.C. office, which serves as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s primary liaison in the U.S. capital, PRFAA also has a Northeast Regional Office based in New York City. Over the last 70 years, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s regional office structure has evolved from providing guidance to Puerto Rican migrants, to promoting cultural awareness and helping the Puerto Rican community get involved in the political process. Today, the emphasis of the Northeast Regional office is in three main areas: economic development through the promotion of business ventures between the Island and U.S. mainland communities, leadership development, and education and cultural empowerment through partnerships with community organizations. This office covers New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. It provides services to over two million Puerto Ricans.

This position reports to the Director of the PRFAA New York Regional Office.

DURATION: Fall, Spring and Summer Semesters (Duration pending availability of candidate)

HOW MANY POSTED POSITIONS ANNUALLY: 2 per semester (including summer sessions)

• Fall Semester: August 15, 2013
• Winter & Spring Semester: December 15, 2013
• Summer Session: May 15, 2013


Placements will be aimed at giving experience in various fields, including but not limited to:
community relations, public relations, event planning, communications, policy and social work.


• You must be a second year (sophomore) college student or above.
• Have a minimum 2.7 GPA
• Excellent Written and Communications Skills
• Bilingual in Spanish and English Preferred

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