Altfest Graduate Internship Program

Deadline to apply: Monday, April 24, 2023 

Handshake Posting: 7656131 

The Altfest Graduate Internship Program allows students to cultivate their own internship opportunity at an organization that best suits their academic interests and/or professional goals. Students who find a summer internship with an organization may then apply to the Altfest Graduate Internship Program for funding. The program provides $4,000 for the summer; interns are expected to work a minimum of 120 total hours. The manner in which these hours are completed can be flexible and will be agreed upon with the host organization during the application process. The program is competitive—a limited number of awards are made each year. The deadline to apply is Monday, April 24, 2023.

The Office of Career Planning & Professional Development is happy to assist students with their internships searches. You can schedule an appointment via Handshake: Making an Appointment – Career Planning and Professional Development ( 

The Altfest Graduate Internship Program is generously funded by Drs. Karen C. and Lewis J. Altfest, alumni of the Graduate Center. 

Funding is open to PhD and master’s students. Students must be currently enrolled at the Graduate Center to apply. 

Applications should include the following documents: 

  • A current CV or resume 
  • A one-page document explaining how the internship would further your career goals 
  • An email or letter from an employer confirming that you have been offered an internship with an organization 
  • The name and contact information of a professional reference. 
  • International students should be prepared to apply for CPT to do their internship: Employment | CUNY Graduate Center
Ideally, any proposed internship should help you:
  • Gain exposure to career trajectories in the field 
  • Learn how an organization works, its structure, goals and the roles within it 
  • Identify ways in which you can expand your range of career options 
  • Build relationships that expand your personal and professional network 
Applications should be submitted through Handshake, the Office of Career Planning & Professional Development’s job and internship database. (To locate the opportunity, simply search under job postings for the Altfest Internship or posting number 7656131) If you plan to apply but have not used Handshake, you can access detailed instructions through our website

Previous Altfest Host Organizations:

2022 Host Organizations  
  • Mother-Infant Communication Lab, Columbia University Medical Center  
  • Mothers on the Inside

2021 Host Organizations

  • The Gotham Center 
  • International Center for Transitional Justice 
  • Elysium Between Two Continents 

2020 Host Organizations

  • Zucker Hillside Hospital 
  • Kings County DA’s Office 
  • Museum of the Moving Image 
  • TWO-N 

2019 Host Organizations

  • Litmus Press 
  • The Gotham Center 
  • Ashtar Theatre 
  • NYC Dept. of Housing Preservation & Development 

2018 Host Organizations

  • Unmentionables 
  • Coro New York Leadership Center 
  • Pesvebi Georgian Cultural Center 
  • American Numismatics Society 
  • Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study 

2017 Host Organizations

  • Office of the Inspector General for the NYPD 
  • Open House New York 
  • Global Fund for Women 
  • ExpandED Schools 
  • The Brooklyn Rail 

2016 Host Organizations

  • Global Fund for Women 
  • Salon Media Group 
  • Open House New York