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Communications Graduate Fellow

New York, United States
$27.00 - $27.00
Closing date
Jun 28, 2023

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Position Type
Programs, Grant Making
Other Fields, Public Broadcasting
Employment Type
Part Time

TransitCenter is a foundation that works to secure a more just and sustainable future with abundant public transportation options. We make grants, conduct research, and coordinate a national network of local advocates. We envision regions where public transportation is dramatically expanded, clean, and safe and gives all equitable access to opportunity, the ability to fully participate in democracy, and that mitigates climate change. We believe better and more transportation options will help achieve these goals, to create a better today and future.

TransitCenter is seeking a part-time Communications Fellow for the Fall/Winter of 2023-2024. Graduate students of diverse experience and backgrounds are welcome to apply for this paid fellowship. The Communications Fellow will gain experience at the intersection of communications, research, and public policy. The fellow will primarily support TransitCenter’s Communications team through a variety of comms mediums, with a focus on writing blog posts and providing editing support for podcast episodes. Topically, the work will focus on sharing stories of transit industry best practices, cautionary tales, and advocacy wins at the local, state, and national level. The fellow will be invited to pitch stories on topics that could range from community engagement best practices to public safety on transit. Through these responsibilities, the fellow will learn how to synthesize insights from interviews, and how to communicate public policy and transit best practices in a compelling, easily digestible way.


Duties: The core responsibilities for the fellow include:

  • Pitching and writing stories for TransitCenter’s blog
  • Developing interview questions and transcribing tape for TransitCenter’s podcast High Frequency
  • Assisting the Communications team with webinar logistics
  • Synthesizing any research conducted on a particular topic into a brief or short report

Time commitment: Between 15-25 hours per week for four months. The schedule in the office will be mutually determined and depend on the Program Fellow’s school schedule. The Fellowship is for Fall 2023, with the possibility for an extension of four additional months through Spring 2024, based on performance.

Compensation: Our Fellows are compensated at $27 per hour.

Location: The Communications Graduate Fellow can work remotely during conventional business hours or in person at our office in lower Manhattan.


TransitCenter is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, political orientation or any other characteristic protected by federal state or local law. Employment is on an “at-will” basis meaning both the employer and the employee can terminate the relationship at any time. In order to live our organization values specifically to have an equitable and inclusive workplace and because we believe in the power of complementary strength, people of color, people with low incomes, women, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply.


Past research projects that Fellows have contributed to include TransitCenter reports on who holds power at public transit agencies, how transit can serve older Americans, and how to improve bus stops.

Eligibility: Any current graduate students interested in journalism, media studies, communications, public policy, and/or racial and social justice are eligible.

Must-haves: Strong critical thinking, research, analytical, writing, and communications skills. A respectful, collaborative, and entrepreneurial approach to work.

Nice-to-haves: Experience or interest in interviewing and editing. Experience or interest in podcasting and audio.


Interested applicants can apply by clicking on the "Apply for this job" button below, and submitting a resume, cover letter, and one writing sample or audio clip. The deadline to apply is July 14th, 2023. Finalists will be asked to submit two references and may be asked to complete a writing exercise as part of the interview process.

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