Frequently Asked Questions about the
Public Allies New York Apprenticeship Program
1. Where can I submit my application?
Please submit an online application via the following website: apply.publicallies.org. If necessary, you may also mail in or
fax your application to the Public Allies New York office. E-mail submissions and incomplete applications will not be
2. What are the deadlines?
The first deadline is March 30th (11:59am, EST) and the second (and final) is May 15th (11:59am EST). Letters of
recommendation may be postmarked by that date, and all recommendation forms must be submitted to your recommenders
by that date. Due to the high volume of applications received, we encourage applicants to apply earlier to the priority
deadline, as they may have an opportunity to attend the second Matching Fair, if they are unable to make a match with a
Partner Organization during the first Matching Fair.
3. What is the interview process like? How soon does the selection board notify the
applicants if they have made it to the next round or have been accepted?
For the deadline of… March 30th May 15th
All applicants will be informed of their status by the first week of April last week in May
Selected applicants will be invited to a group interview to take place on… April 13 and 14th May 26 and 27th
Selected applicants will be invited to take part in a phone interview on… April 18-20th May 30th – June 1st
Selected applicants will be invited to a Matching Fair to take place on… May 10th June 21st
Selected applicants will interview with Partner Organizations from May 11th – 20th June 22-30th
Selected applicants will be notified of their participation no later than June 1st July 15th
Selected applicants will start Public Allies program no later than September 1st September 1st
4. Do you have any tips or advice for writing the application? How can I be a strong
candidate for a program like this?
We are interested in developing a diverse pool of applications, from all different backgrounds and sharing a wide range of
experiences and talents. What we look for most in a candidate is their commitment to public service: either through their past
volunteer/work experiences and in their willingness to continue this work long after the Public Allies experience is over. A
Public Allies apprentice is not an intern and the 10-months is not a “gap year,” but rather a launching pad for those interested
in a life-long career dedicated to public service and the non-profit industry.
Other general questions pertaining to the general Public Allies application and interview process may be answered here:
5. What Partner Organizations does Public Allies New York work with?
We current work with several different organizations and some of them include (but are not limited to): Fifth Avenue
Committee, We Are New York, GLSEN, UNICEF, Make the Road New York, Queens Community House, Good Shepherds
Services, Cool Culture, VOICE Charter School, and others. These organizations focus on a wide variety of issues, including:
youth and education, family services, immigration and housing, community development, and several others. You may visit
the websites of these organizations to find out more about the work that they do.
Starting the 2011-2012 cycle, the majority of our Partner Organizations will focus primarily on education and
economic/community development, serving all five boroughs throughout New York City. While the bulk of the placements
will focus on these two issues, there are wide variety of roles and skills Allies can utilize. For instance, an Ally may be able
to use their talent and passion for art by supporting a community development organization.
6. What is a typical day like: hours, duties, etc.?
Duties and responsibilities vary from organization to organization. All Allies are expected to work a 42.5 hour week. Some
Allies work 9-5PM, while others may work different hours, with permission from their supervisors at the Partner
Organization. No Allies are limited to administrative tasks (i.e. copying, filing, answer phone calls). Fundraising and
lobbying are also not permitted as a part of their job description.
During their 10-month apprenticeship, Allies complete a wide-variety of different projects including after-school tutoring,
leading educational workshops, planning and executing community events, conducing outreach on organizational services,
interviewing clients, developing community presentations, and many more activities!
7. What is a Team Service Project (TSP)?
The TSP is a unique opportunity to lead and learn through team experience in upholding Public Allies values. TSPs are an
opportunity to access the assets of a community instead of approaching communities in a needs-based way. In their 10-month
apprenticeship, teams of Allies create (around 8-10), implement, and evaluate a service project in partnership with
community groups, leaders, and organizations. All Public Allies must complete a TSP in order to graduate from the Public
Allies New York program. Along with TSPs, all Allies must attend mandatory Service Days (usually on the weekends) about
twice a year. Some examples of past and current TSP projects include developing a mini-documentary film focusing on
housing and gentrification, working on developing a borough-wide event to speak out against the harmful effects of smoking
in the community, and working with a Partner Organization to plan and organize their first-ever climate justice youth summit.
8. Can being in Public Allies New York help get me a job? What percentage of
applicants obtains a job after their apprenticeship with Public Allies?
While not guaranteed, Partner Organizations may hire their Allies upon completion of the program as full-time or part-time
staff. About 26% of our Allies (based on 2010 estimates) were offered a job at their Partner Organization placement upon
completion of their 10-month apprenticeship. However, Alumni are offered a wide variety of resources and networking
opportunities in the New York non-profit community and are invited to engage on several different levels, including the
PANY Alumni Board, Service Day opportunities, trainings and workshops, and other activities.
9. What percentage of Allies stays in the non-profit sector?
About 80% of our Allies (based on our 2010 estimates) stay involved in the non-profit sector and/or remain civically engaged
in some capacity.
10. What is the Turning the Tide program?
Turning the Tide Fellows are AmeriCorps Professional Corps members who work full time in frontline human services and
benefit from leadership development and networking. The deadline was March 1, 2011. Public Allies New York currently
does not house this program at our office. Please visit the following website for more information:
11. Can I speak to a former or current Ally to get their perspective on the program?
Yes, depending on the availability of our Allies. Please contact Marissa Gutierrez-Vicario by clicking here or call (646) 237-
7797 to discuss this possibility. You may also attend an Open House. The next one is Thursday, March 7, 2011 at 6:30-
8:30PM at the Public Allies New York Office at 61 Broadway. Please e-mail email@example.com to RSVP if you are