Developmental Intern - Civil Rights & Inclusion

Location: White Plains, NY, US

This select 12-week paid internship program begins June 2019 and ends August 2019.



Office of Civil Rights & Inclusion promotes initiatives that embody a culture of respect, collaboration and equality within NYPA.

• Assist with and support diversity and inclusion initiatives for the CRI office, including: quarterly ERG leadership meetings, the annual diversity month/fair, annual diversity executive briefing and other CRI sponsored events.
• Liaise with Corporate Communications and ERGs to ensure consistent D&I messaging on initiatives.
• Develop and administer content for CRI Powernet web page and sub-sites. 
• Assist the office with executing the overall diversity and inclusion strategy for NYPA.
• Assist with investigating AAO, discrimination and sexual harassment complaints.  Work functions include, but are not limited to, interviewing aggrieved individuals and advising them of their rights and responsibilities, conducting document search, reviewing, drafting investigation reports and other documents as assigned, reviewing and analyzing requests for religious and reasonable accommodations. The intern will provide needed administrative and other support in effort to eliminate backlog while responding to complaints promptly.
• Support the collection, analysis and preparation of accurate records using data/information gathered relative to allegations of discrimination in a timely manner.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities the intern will walk away with after this internship



  • Stronger use of discretion with highly sensitive or confidential matters.
  • Improved communication (written & verbal), presentation and facilitation skills. 
  • Stronger engaged listening and strategic thinking.
  • Strong project management and organizational skills.
  • Polished written work product, and effective presentation skills. 



  • Deeper understanding and interpretation of labor and employment issues related to EEO, ADA/Reasonable Accommodation and Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Knowledge and application of laws and policies related to EEO, anti-discrimination and the ADA/Reasonable Accommodation.
  • Sharepoint, Pivot Tables, Tableau



  • Work effectively in a team environment 
  • Advanced skills with Office and other software/publishing programs
  • Manage a project from inception to completion
  • Conduct interviews, research information and draft investigation reports

Education, Experience and Certifications


Techincal Competencies:

  • Knowledge of EEO
  • labor and employment laws and practices
  • ability to conduct research, gather and analyze information, ability to prepare accurate, comprehensive and detailed reports. 


Behavioral Competencies:

  • Active listener
  • detail oriented
  • maintains confidentiality of sensitive matters and guards information at all times
  • relates to people in an open, friendly and professional manner,
  • identifies issues
  • problems and opportunities and can determine if action is needed
  • fosters an environment conducive to open and transparent communication at all levels.


Education Requirements:

  • Undergraduate with a demonstrated interest in diversity and inclusion issues/initiatives.
  • Preferably graduate/law students in organizational behavior or sociology or labor and employment law.
  • Preferred knowledge of Diversity & Inclusion principles, EEO and Affirmation Action laws & regulations.
  • Preferred experience with Employee Resource Groups or extra-curricular activities


The New York Power Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer                       

Nearest Major Market: White Plains
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City