New York City Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs


The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs promotes the well-being of immigrant communities by recommending policies and programs that facilitate the successful integration of immigrant New Yorkers into the civic, economic, and cultural life of the city. In 2014, the Task Force on Immigrant Health Care Access was created to investigate barriers to health care faced by immigrant New Yorkers.

The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs is launching a “Direct Access” Demonstration Project in mid-2016, which is an inter-agency initiative that will provide coordinated, affordable healthcare for eligible New Yorkers regardless of immigration status. The program is seeking to engage a Director’s Intern to support day-to-day programmatic activities, as well as long-term strategic planning efforts focusing on the potential scaling up of the program following the 12-month demonstration project. At scale, this program would seek to serve an estimated 345,000 undocumented, uninsured New Yorkers. The Global Health Director’s Intern would report directly to the Program Director.

By the end of the internship, we expect students will have acquired a deeper understanding of:

  • City, government, and partner organizations who seek to influence policy
  • The process of implementing policy for vulnerable populations
  • The needs of immigrant communities
  • New York’s health care market, particularly its public hospital system and networks of Federally Qualified Health Centers

Preference will be given to students in government, sociology, global health and health policy, and urban studies. Familiarity with providers or payor operational models and practices is beneficial, but not required. Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

2015 Intern Reflection:

This is an incredibly exciting time to work for Mayor Bill de Blasio during his first term as the Mayor of New York City after he won a competitive election. The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs promotes Mayor de Blasio’s agenda to support immigrants by recommending policies and programs that facilitate successful integration of immigrant New Yorkers into the civic, economic, and cultural life of the City. This internship has given me the opportunity to get a glimpse into how a city agency implements the policies the Mayor champions. From compiling press digests to drafting social media posts, I have been able to be updated about New York City politics, keep the office appraised of current events on immigration, and inform the public about our work. Through these responsibilities, I had the opportunity to learn about how our office’s advocacy fits into the bigger picture of local and national debate on immigration.

The office also encourages me to work on projects that I am interested in. One of my favorites was to sit in meetings with staff to think through strategies about how we can execute a citywide legal clinic to connect immigrants to legal services. That project touches the core of the local executive branch – how we can best implement policies that provide high-quality services to the most New Yorkers possible. Another exciting project that I worked on was to conduct research on demographic profiles of neighborhoods in the City and on political profiles of City Council members. Through the research, I learned tremendously about how to access data through the census bureau and connect the dots between how demographic data influences the voting records of Council Members—and thus how our office can target outreach to the Council members on immigration related bills. From a BBQ at the Commissioner’s home to coffee chats with staff, I was able know more about the staff’s role in the office and hear their career advice. Overall, this internship has been an excellent opportunity for me to witness firsthand how a city agency executes a Mayor’s vision for the City.

Happy Yang '16

New York City, NY
Advocacy/Policy, Elected Officials, Federal /State and Local Government