An internship at the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids allows you to gain real-world experience alongside a talented and passionate group of professionals at a national nonprofit organization located in NYC dedicated to reducing teen substance abuse and helping families impacted by addiction.

The Partnership offers internships during spring, summer and fall semesters. Internships are compensated on an hourly basis. The program is designed for current undergraduate and graduate students who intend to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector.

How to Apply

The Partnership is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity in the workplace and encourages students of diverse backgrounds to apply. If you would like to be considered for an internship, please send your resume and cover letter via email to jobs@drugfree.org.

Opportunities, by Department

Internship offerings vary by semester and may be available in one or more of the following departments:


Functioning cross-departmentally, the Communications team is responsible for letting the public know who we are, and why our work matters. Team members oversee and produce all outbound messages. This includes everything from our public service ads to web content to social media and email marketing.


The advocacy team is responsible for developing online engagement campaigns and enlisting external support for relevant substance abuse legislation at the federal and local levels, programs and resources that would help families struggling with substance abuse. Advocacy is dedicated to building strategic partnerships and implementing proactive and reactive communication strategies on digital and social media.


The Media team is responsible for cultivating relationships with local and national media partners to help secure pro-bono media inventory to run our award winning PSA’s. Media partnerships are developed across the media landscape and include broadcast/cable and local TV, Print, Radio, Digital and OOH. The group is dedicated to building strong relationships and strategic partnerships to reach parents and teens with our critical PSA’s and messaging.


If you love to build relationships, share your enthusiasm for a worthy cause, and impact the resources available to a nonprofit, an internship position in the fundraising area may be right for you. Also known as development, this is the function responsible for all aspects of raising money, including pursuing and obtaining funds from foundations, corporations, individuals, and government sources through activities such as grant-writing, annual appeals, events and strategic campaigns.