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Internship Program

New Jersey Future 2011 interns

New Jersey Future 2011 interns (left to right) Elizabeth Katen-Narvell, Peter Casellini, Gabriela Wyatt and Jorge Santos. Not pictured: Shriya Anand, Jed Drolet and Frank Weber.

New Jersey Future internships offer undergraduate and graduate college students the opportunity to join our staff for a short time, typically a summer or a semester, to focus on a specific policy, research or communications project. Their work often culminates in a special report, several of which are posted below. Interns learn not only about a specific content area, but gain exposure to our staff and operations through participation in policy discussions, meetings and events. The internships thus provide students with both practical experience and insight into the realm of public policy in New Jersey, which can advance their education and future job searches. Of course, interns enrich New Jersey Future in many ways as well!

We have three spring/summer 2015 internships available:

Project A: Downtown Economic Development Assessment
An intern is needed to help design a tool that will allow the New Jersey Future team to educate municipal leaders and formulate recommendations for priority strategic redevelopment opportunities based on existing community assets and market conditions. It will likely include a review of existing plans (redevelopment plan, master plan, etc.), site visits and interviews with local stakeholders and a market assessment to document demand for various uses. Intern tasks include: reviewing existing downtown economic development assessments already collected by New Jersey Future and its partners; producing an evaluation of the main assessment components; recommending a menu of components that should be used when conducting a basic downtown economic development assessment. This internship offers a small stipend.

Project B: Future Ready Municipal Assessment 
An intern is needed to help design a tool that will help municipalities understand what they can do internally to plan and prepare to take advantage of redevelopment opportunities. It will likely include a review of internal processes and the status of key planning documents, ordinances and procedures that will enable the municipality to effectively interact with and partner with the private sector development community in the redevelopment process. Intern tasks include: reviewing Michigan’s “Redevelopment Ready” program and municipal self-assessment tools and other similar tools that might be relevant to New Jersey; producing a comparison evaluation between the Michigan program and other programs; recommending components or variations of components of the Michigan program that could be piloted in a guided self-assessment program in New Jersey. This internship offers a small stipend.

Project C: Profile-Building through Social Media and Community Engagement
A part-time intern is needed this summer to assist with building New Jersey Future’s Urban Water Solutions Initiative online network and to conduct research projects in the area of urban water infrastructure. The intern would execute a social media strategy, including sharing original content developed by New Jersey Future and building an online network of stakeholders in the urban water infrastructure world. Additionally, the intern will engage in research projects including but not limited to researching green infrastructure resources and identifying community groups that should be engaged with our initiative. If time permits, the intern would help with other tasks, such as refining New Jersey Future’s email contact list, especially for the 21 cities and eight utilities with CSO permits. This internship is unpaid.


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Past New Jersey Future Interns

Shriya Anand, Princeton University (2011)
Sutapa Bhattacharjee (2012)
Jamie Blackburn, Princeton University (2007)
George Boff, Rutgers University (2013)
Ben Brickner, Cornell University (2003)
Jeannette Brugger, University of Pennslyvania (2005)
Kevin Burkman, Rutgers University (2014)
Peter Casellini, Rutgers University (2011)
Christopher Cavaiola, Monmouth University (2012)
Jay Corbalis, Cornell University (2007)
Alvaro Cuba, Princeton University (2013)
Marjorie Crowell, Princeton University (2010)
Chris D’Antonio, Rutgers University (2009)
Kevin DeSmedt, Rutgers University (2014)
Soumya Dharmavaram, Cornell University (2005)
Jed Drolet, Rutgers University (2011)
Eric Frantz, George Washington University (2008)
Anna Franzini, University of Pittsburgh (2010)
Nicole Heater, MLA, State University of New York, Syracuse (2011)
Joshua Jensen, Rutgers University (2012)
Thomas Johnson, University of Notre Dame (2006 and 2007)
Neil Joshi, Pace University (2012)
Matt Karpa, Monmouth University (2012)
Elizabeth Katen-Narvell, Princeton University (2011)
Julia Kiechel, Harvard University (2001)
Carl Kunda, Rutgers University (2009/2010)
Mario Laurenti, Manhattanville College (2012)
Christian Madera, Princeton University (2009)
Abel McDaniels, University of Pennsylvania (2012)
Stefanie Miller, State University of New York (2002)
Susanna Montezemolo, Princeton University (2002)
Julie Morris, Temple University (2013)
Pallavi Nuka, Princeton University (2004)
Katherine Otto, Rutgers University (2010)
MicKenzie Roberts-Lahti, Princeton University (2014)
Jorge Santos, Rutgers University (2011)
Tim Schuringa, Princeton University (2013)
Prachi Sharma, Tufts University (2012)
Ruth Solomon, Princeton University (2001)
Tom Wakeford (2001 and 2003)
Francis Weber, University of Pennsylvania (2011)
Carolyn Worstell (2012)
Gabriela Wyatt, Colby College (2011)
Sarah Yeung, Rutgers University (2013)


Recent Intern Reports

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