Jobs | Internships

Currently, there are no available positions open at the BID. However, you are always welcome to submit your resume to the Executive Director, Georgette Steffens, to be considered for future openings.

Internship Program Overview
The Downtown Albany BID’s intern program provides an excellent opportunity for emerging business leaders to acquire professional skills and connections. Interns are vital in the successful coordination and implementation of important programs and initiatives, and each is given at least one major project to manage during their BID tenure.

Internships are available during the fall, spring and summer. While most interns are junior or senior level in college, on occasion the BID will consider exceptional college sophomore students as potential candidates. As projects arise, we also look for graduate students with specific skills sets.

Although BID internships are unpaid, parking is provided, the experience is rewarding and the potential contacts made invaluable. Interns play an important part working side by side expert staff. Working in downtown Albany, gives interns an exciting urban work environment and the ability to meet and network with a variety of business leaders. Many interns have graduated and taken positions in commercial real estate, technology, marketing and various other industries. Over the past several years, the BID has had interns from SUNY at Albany, The College of Saint Rose, Siena College, Syracuse as well as other local, regional and national trade schools, colleges and universities. Working with the college or University, the BID can provide feedback that will result in internships credit based on the school’s guidelines. Credit is required for all BID Internships.

General Requirements

  • Articulate, organized, enthusiastic
  • Must be able to work in a team environment
  • Willingness to take initiative and work independently when necessary
  • Excellent communication, writing and computer skills
  • Semester long internship - work shifts must be a minimum of four hours
  • Junior/senior undergraduates or graduate students
  • Ability to maneuver through the BID district to make personal contact with business owners
  • Ability to distribute promotional materials throughout the BID

To apply for a specific internship, please send the following to the indicated contact:

  • Cover letter explaining why you are seeking an internship with the BID
  • Resume
  • Official Transcript (please note: an overall GPA of 3.2 is desired)
  • A letter of recommendation from a professor at your institution
  • A letter of reference from a professional contact

All required materials should be sent together in one application email.

Marketing & Communications Internships   

Contact Information:
Marquita Rhodes
Assistant Director
518.465.2143 x11


Summer Intern 2016
Be a Downtown Albany Brand Ambassador and connect with the Downtown workforce, the citizens of Albany and more. This summer internship requires a commitment for the selected candidates to work (at a minimum) on Thursdays at the local Downtown Farmer’s Market. Applications due by March 31, 2016.

Spring 2016 | Marketing and Communications Internship
Downtown Albany’s Restaurant Week turns 12 years old in 2016 and the BID is looking for a dedicated intern to assist in the program’s facilitation. Specifically, this internship will focus on social media strategy development including research and implementation, as well as devote energy to the full marketing integration and event organization. Top skills needed are focused listening, creative brainstorming, amazing flexibility, contagious attitude, magnetic enthusiasm and a commitment to plan completion. In your cover letter please offer examples of these top skill sets. Applications accepted until position is filled.

Business Development Internship     

Contact Information:
Georgette Steffens
Executive Director
518.465.2143 x15



  • Engage with downtown property owners, managers and businesses to share information on resources, activities and events. Collect information from businesses on their perceptions and needs and challenges.
  • Assist with updating BID database to capture information on properties, owners, managers and tenants
  • Assist with developing programs aimed at residential development in Downtown Albany.
  • Assist in tracking commercial and residential development projects in Downtown Albany.
  • Work with BID staff and the Business Development Committee on business recruitment and retention through research and data collection.  Participate in the Business Development Committee to help carry out committee initiatives.
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