Professional Development and Post-Graduate Opportunities
We are all about preparing and connecting our current students and graduates to off-campus learning, professional development, and employment in the field of community change. See below for a list of current and upcoming opportunities. In addition, we invite our students and community partners to join the Community Organizing at CCNY Facebook Group, which is for sharing news, events and internship and job opportunities with current and past students.
Click here to see Fall 2020/Spring 2021 Opportunities for Graduating Students
- We encourage graduating students to apply for Association for Neighborhood Housing and Development (ANHD)’s Center for Community Leadership (CCL) Organizing Apprenticeship Program for early- and mid-career organizers. It involves 10 months of on the job (4 days/week) and classroom (1 day/week) training between September and June + a $20,000 stipend ($24,000 in the second year), health benefits, childcare/food stamps/other support as needed. The host orgs are always a rockstar list of groups from across the city working on all of the urgent and important issues. Here’s a link to FAQs about the program and to 10 reasons why the program is going strong after 10 years. Note: the apprenticeship program is paused for this year due to COVID-19.
- The CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies (formerly the Joseph Murphy Institute for Labor Studies) has a “Community Semester” program, which is a full-time, intensive academic and service learning program that provides students with an opportunity to put their passion for social justice to work. Students learn first-hand how community-based organizations fight for environmental justice, housing rights, immigrant rights, tenants’ rights, economic justice, youth engagement, neighborhood resilience, civic justice, and community empowerment by contributing to the movement themselves. Students analyze the experience they gain in the field by studying community organizing, community development, government, and non-profit leadership, and by sharing their work experiences with fellow Community Semester students and with students in the School of Labor and Urban Studies sister program, Union Semester. As part of the program, students receive a $7,000 financial award toward educational expenses, an Advanced (Graduate) Certificate in Community Leadership, and 12 credits towards an MA in Urban Affairs.
- The Urban Studies Department at Queens College offers a Master of Arts degree in Urban Affairs, which provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of cities, especially New York City. The program prepares students for professional work in urban administration, organization and policy in the public and nonprofit sectors.
- The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College offers a Masters in Community Organizing, Planning, and Development, which prepares students for community practice at the neighborhood, political, policy and system levels. The program stresses the theories, skills, strategies, and techniques needed to mobilize both people and resources; and highlights social planning and social reform aspects of social work practice, training students to promote social justice by fostering change for community well-being.
- (For Summer 2021) Current and graduating students should consider applying for the UCLA Labor Center Dream Summer Fellowship, which takes place over the summer. The deadline to apply will likely be in February 2021.
Click here to see our Job Boards
- ANHD Job Board– a webpage of listings for New York City non-profit positions that assist low- and moderate-income and / or homeless New Yorkers; listed in the following groupings: ANHD jobs; Development & Nonprofit; Government & Service; Internship, Fellowship, & Volunteer; & Organizing Jobs. Also, through the ANHD website you can sign up for up to 4 different email newsletters, including “Organizer’s Weekly,” which announces new organizing job openings on a weekly basis.
- City Limits Job Ads page – similar to the ANHD Job Board, but it’s definitely worth checking both.
- Idealist.org and Foundationlist.org – websites that connect people looking for jobs (or volunteer or internship opportunities) with nonprofit organizations that need people- primarily in the U.S. but also in other other countries. You can search by issue area, org type, and location.
Click here for other resources
- Listening. Building. Making Change. Job Profile of a Community Organizer: A detailed report from Community Learning Partnership on the specific tasks, skills and knowledge needed by change agents and how and when organizers apply these. Includes the results of a nationwide survey of organizers and a focus group with New York City housing organizers.
- Community Organizers Share Experiences: A video (in 2 parts) of a panel organized by the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College with six community organizers in NYC.
- Part 1 (17 min): Careers and Career Pathways in Social Justice
- Part 2 (20 min): Opportunities in organizing, competencies and characteristics needed, and advice and lessons learned
Resources Recommended by CCNY’s Career and Professional Development Institute (CPDI):
- Koya Leadership Partners (formerly known as Common Goods Careers)
- Opportunity Knocks
- New York State Job Bank
- USA JOBS
- International City/County Management Association
- Council on Foundations
- The Chronicle on Philanthropy
- Public Affairs Council
- iSchool Inclusion Institute Summer Institute
- Research Foundation CUNY
- NYU College Advising Corps