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.

Benefits
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 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

Marketing & Communications Internships   

Contact Information:
Marquita Rhodes
Assistant Director
518.465.2143 x11

MAJORS
MARKETING, PUBLIC RELATIONS, COMMUNICATIONS, ENGLISH, GRAPHIC DESIGN, MEDIA STUDIES, NEW MEDIA, FILM OR OTHER RELATED STUDIES.

Summer Intern 2015
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, 2015.

Spring 2015 | Restaurant Week Internship Opportunity
Downtown Albany’s Restaurant Week turns 11 years old in 2015 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 and a commitment to plan completion. In your cover letter please offer examples of these top skill sets. Applications accepted until position is filled.

INTERNSHIP APPLICATION
To be considered for a Marketing and Communications Internship at the Downtown Albany BID, please send a resume, cover letter and two writing samples that best highlight your craft to the contact listed above. Your application is needed prior to discussing internship particulars. Electronic submissions please.  

Business Development & Communication Internship     

Contact Information:
Cheryl Stock
Business Development Manager
518.465.2143 x14

MAJORS
MARKETING, COMMUNICATIONS, JOURNALISM, ENGLISH, URBAN PLANNING, GENERAL BUSINESS

ECONOMIC & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

  • 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.

MARKETING MATERIALS/PUBLICATIONS

  • Downtown Digest Newsletter: Intern would be involved in interviewing business owners, researching, writing and editing stories, proofreading, photography and overrun distribution.
  • Business Development Packet: Gather and update demographics and economic information.
  • Assist with creation of new resource materials and guides.

WEB SITE
Assist with maintaining the business development section of the BID web site.  Tasks include copy writing, image selection and available space updates.

INTERNSHIP REQUIREMENTS

  • Articulate, organized, timely, enthusiastic
  • Must be able to work in a team environment
  • Willingness to take initiative and work independently when necessary
  • Excellent communication and computer skills required
  • A minimum of 4 hour blocks of time per day and 3 days per week
  • Junior/Senior college student or graduate student
  • Ability to maneuver through the BID district to make personal contact with business owners
  • Ability to distribute promotional materials throughout the BID

To be considered for an internship at the Downtown Albany BID, please send a resume and cover letter to the contact listed above. Electronic submissions please.

Art Internship     

Contact Information:
Kris Sigsby
Administrative Assistant
518.465.2143 x13

MAJORS
ART, ART HISTORY 

Spring and/or Summer 2015 | Sculpture in the Streets Internship
The Downtown Albany BID sponsors and curates an annual outdoor art exhibit known as Sculpture in the Streets (SIS).  Each year, the BID has selected a different year-long exhibit that runs from May – April (weather permitting). In the past, the exhibits have featured world-renown artist such as Seward Johnson and George Rickey as well as featuring local artists. This year, our project will be Play Me, I’m Yours, which is an international exhibit program that puts pianos in various outdoor locations throughout the Downtown area – encouraging impromptu gatherings, performances, and interaction.The pianos will be painted by selected local artists before installing them. 

This project is ideal for a self-starter, motivated art major as he/she will be involved in all aspects of planning and implementing the program as well as participating in the planning and executing of the kick-off celebration in June: The SIS Garden Party.

INTERNSHIP APPLICATION
To be considered for an Art Internship at the Downtown Albany BID, please send a resume, cover letter and a short explanation of why you are interested in this internship to the contact listed above. Your application is needed prior to discussing internship particulars. Please indicate which session, Spring or Summer, you are interested in. Electronic submissions only please.

Photographer: Julia Zave www.juliazave.com