Summer Internships at Community Solutions

communitysolutionsCommunity Solutions is excited to offer four summer internships for current college students from June-August, 2016. Each student will be responsible for carrying out at least one project for a Community Solutions team, in addition to supporting day-to-day tasks, and they will receive ongoing learning and networking opportunities throughout the summer. The details on each internship opportunity are provided below.

Internship: Support for Real Estate and Community Development

Team: Inspiring Places

Location: Manhattan and Brownsville, Brooklyn, NY

The Inspiring Places (IP) team is currently managing the pre development and development of a series of real estate projects in Brownsville. The projects are all grounded in Community Solutions’ goals of assisting community residents in re-vitalizing the Brownsville neighborhood through 1) creating more and better access to education, job training and placement and 2) diversifying the neighborhood’s limited housing stock and retail options to disrupt its dense pockets of poverty and low income housing. An intern in IP can expect to learn about and be actively exposed to the whole development process from concept to build out and everything in between (i.e. project feasibility tests and community engagement strategies). The successful intern will be comfortable with Excel, PowerPoint and Word.  Knowledge of real estate, low-income communities and/or community development are a plus.         

Internship: Innovative Improvement of Internal Infrastructure and People Operations

Team: Operations

Location: Manhattan, NY or virtual

The Operations team at Community Solutions aspires to make CS the “Google” of the nonprofit world when it comes to internal systems and people operations. We work towards creating an environment at CS in which our staff have the best support possible to grow, thrive, and seamlessly carry out their work on ending homelessness and other complex social problems. The Operations Intern will be exposed to and learn about all aspects of managing the internal workings of a young, innovative non-profit. He or she can work from our Manhattan office or from a different location, virtually. The Director of Operations, working from upstate New York, will support the Ops Intern virtually on a designing a project she or he will carry out aimed at improving one aspect of Community Solutions’ internal operations. The successful candidate will be comfortable using Google business applications, Excel, and Powerpoint, and will have a passion for business management and organizational development.

Internship: Neighborhood Storytelling – 5,000 Jobs Campaign

Team: Communications

Location: Brownsville, Brooklyn, NY

The Communications Intern will work as an in-house journalist to identify noteworthy stories of success from our 5,000 Jobs Campaign and capture them for our blog and email newsletters. Your primary goal will be to document positive change in a way that contributes to the emerging view that unemployment in Brownsville, Brooklyn is a solvable problem. The successful candidate will be an excellent and fast writer, comfortable interviewing people from a variety of backgrounds, and have a passion for narrative. Photography and video production skills and training are also a strong benefit.

Internship: Northeast Hartford Neighborhood Stability and Community Health

Team: Northeast Hartford Partnership

Location: Hartford, CT

The Hartford Intern will work with the Northeast Hartford Partnership team on the team’s Community Health Worker Program and the Northeast Neighborhood Sustainability Plan.  Projects may include: researching social determinates of health and finding areas of action, a white paper and related communication on work completed, surveying and tracking blighted properties in Northeast Hartford, and working with local art and community groups to implement summer placemaking activities in support of the Northeast Neighborhood Sustainability Plan. The internship will be a great opportunity to work with a community-based team, learn about both local and national health policy, learn about the role that location plans in a resident’s health, and gain experience with placemaking work in a disadvantaged community. The successful intern will be comfortable using the Microsoft office suite and Google Business applications and working in a fast paced environment.

Email Rosanne Haggerty ( to apply.


Jennifer Roach is the Civic Engagement Fellow in Allbritton for the academic year 2015-2016. She is a recent Wesleyan alumni, class of 2014. Since graduating, she has moved to Hartford to continue developing Summer of Solutions Hartford, an urban farming internship program she worked on during her time at Wesleyan.