NGO Internships in New York City

“I go to Paris, I go to London, I go to Rome, and I always say, “There’s no place like New York. It’s the most exciting city in the world now. That’s the way it is. That’s it.” ― Robert De Niro

NGO internships in New York City are a unique opportunity for a young person to prepare for a career in the non-profit sector and to give back to a community while also gaining real-world work experience. In New York City, an NGO intern will learn both office and field work, understanding the structure of an NGO and how it is run while also connecting to the humanitarian effort.

New York City’s wealth and immense population contribute to making it a top city for NGO internships, with countless NGOs involved in refugee work, healthcare, animal rights, sustainability, among many more humanitarian efforts. Some prominent New York City NGOs include the New York Foundation (community organizing), the Rainforest Foundation US (protects the rainforest and indigenous peoples) and the National Council of Women in the US (women’s rights).

Interns play an important role when working at NGOs, which are often not as fully staffed as the private sector. This means there are countless opportunities for an intern to grow and make real contributions to their workplace, while also preparing for their own career. Though NGOs are often open to hiring people from a variety of educational backgrounds, a vital part to landing a job at an NGO is having related work experience. Working at an NGO abroad in a competitive city like New York City will give a young professional the upper hand when they are looking for their first non-profit job back home. Moreover, the international aspect of an NGO internship abroad also gives an intern multicultural experience, which is highly valued in the non-profit sector.


Your life in the Big Apple

Those doing NGO internships in New York City live in private bedrooms in a residence set up for students, young professionals and interns. Accommodations are located in a safe New York neighborhood, just a few blocks away from Central Park. Close to cafes, museums and public transportation, interns will enjoy their time living the true New York experience.


NGO Internships in New York


Live the melting pot

If you want to eat Thai food, see a Chinese parade and then dance Brazilian samba music all in the same day, New York City is the place to do it. You can travel to a different country just by walking a few blocks in New York. The city is famous for its diversity and various ethnic enclaves filled with people from all over the world. Whether in Chinatown or Little Brazil, these immigrant communities make the city special. As an international intern you’ll contribute to the city’s rich diversity, as people from all over the world flock to the city for its opportunity and culture.


Discover New York City

NGO interns will enjoy discovering New York City’s many unique and enjoyable sights and activities. A stroll through Central Park or even a picnic on a lazy Saturday is highly recommended. Interns also can’t miss a ride on the Hudson River for an unforgettable view of the city. New York City’s many museums could occupy NGO interns for weeks. A few highlights are the the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the MoMA museum of modern art.


NGO Internships in New York


Live from New York!

Home to famed live shows like Saturday Night Live, New York City is full of amazing live entertainment. Theatre, comedy, jazz… you name it and New York’s got it. The Comedy Cellar is the best place to see new and established stand-up acts, while the Apollo and Madison Square Garden book amazing musical acts. However, one of New York City’s most important claims to fame is Broadway, the city’s professional theatre district which offers the best live theatre in the world.

“The most wonderful street in the universe is Broadway. It is a world within itself. High and low, rich and poor, pass along at a rate peculiar to New York, and positively bewildering to a stranger.” – Frank Rich


Broadway comprises of 40 professional stages where the world’s best performers, directors, designers and playwrights put on breathtaking works that will make you cry, laugh and everything in between. Broadway attracts a large audience to see long-running musicals like Chicago or new and serious dramas. In 2014, over 13 million people saw shows on Broadway.


Read more about our NGO internships in New York City and apply now to boost your career!



Sources:, Wikipedia – Broadway theater, NYMag Time Out,, Wikipedia: Central Park, Demographics of NYC

Photo 1. based on East River, FDR Drive, Storm Approaching, by Jeffrey Zeldman, CC-by-2.0

Photo 2. based on Fall Foliage Central Park New York City – Bow Bridge November 2014, by Anthony Quintano, CC-by-2.0

Photo 3. based on [2005] Crossroads of the World, by Diego Torres Silvestre, CC-by-2.0


The International Internships Blog is a collaboration by The Intern Group staff, alumni and current participants to give you career advice & tips, program information, & so much more!

To learn how to apply to our internship programs, click here.


Elizabeth Trovall

After short stints in Argentina and Belize, Elizabeth is finishing up her fourth year in Santiago, Chile. Elizabeth writes about international internships, life abroad and professional development for The Intern Group. She also reports on politics, business and culture in Latin America for public radio and print media. An Austin, Texas native, Elizabeth first left home to earn her journalism degree from the Reynolds Institute of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Besides her friends and family, she misses live music and Mexican food the most.

Subscribe to our newsletter


  1. Lais de Quadros on October 3, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Please send me information about NGO internships in NYC.

    • Kaylea on October 5, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      Hi Lais,
      Thank you for your message. I’m happy to send you some more information, keep an eye out for an email from me today!

  2. Hannah Toseland on October 12, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Could you please send me more information about internships in New York? Thank you!

    • Kaylea on October 13, 2017 at 5:13 pm

      Hi Hannah,
      Thanks for your message and your interest in our program in New York. I’ll send you an email today with more information!

  3. Maia Lockhart on November 13, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    Please could I also get more information? Thanks!

    • Kaylea on November 14, 2017 at 8:01 pm

      Hi Maia,
      Thanks for your message and your interest in our program in New York City. I’ll send you an email today with some more information about our programs.

  4. Truc Nguyen on November 18, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Please send me more information about NGO intership in NYC
    Thanks you so much!

    • Kaylea on November 28, 2017 at 1:26 pm

      Hi Truc,
      Thanks for your message and your interest in our program in New York. I’m happy to send you some more information regarding our NGO & Non-Profit internships – keep an eye out for an email from me today.

  5. Sanah on November 20, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Could you please send me more info about NGO internships in New York,

    • Kaylea on November 28, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      Hi Sanah,
      Thanks for your message. Sure, I’m very happy to send you some more information regarding our NGO internships, keep an eye out for an email from me.

  6. Abu on November 27, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    HI, could you please provide more information about the internships in New York. Thank you

    • Kaylea on November 28, 2017 at 3:12 pm

      Hi Abu,
      Thanks for your message. Sure, I’m happy to send you some more information regarding our NGO programs in New York. Keep an eye out for an email from me today!

  7. Poppy on December 3, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Could I please have some more information about working for an NGO in New York?
    Thank you!

    • Kaylea on December 4, 2017 at 6:25 pm

      Hi Poppy,
      Thanks for your message. New York is one of our hubs for NGO internships and is great place to get hands on experience in your field. I’ll send you some more information today via email.

  8. JB on February 8, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    Hi ! Could i have some more info also please ?
    Thanks !

    • Gabrielle Trasatti on February 9, 2018 at 8:04 pm

      Hi JB, thanks for your comment! I’ve sent you an email with some more information. Best regards, Gabrielle

  9. Basma on February 20, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Hi could I please get an email with the information as well.

    Kind Regards,

    • Gabrielle Trasatti on February 23, 2018 at 4:11 pm

      Hi Basma, thanks for your message! We recently sent you an email regarding our NGO’s and Non-Profits placements (alongside our Consulting internships you also asked about). Please let us know if you need anything else! Warm regards

Leave a Comment