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Homes and Community Renewal

Graduate Student Internships

Agency Description

New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) consists of all the State’s major housing and community renewal agencies, including, The Affordable Housing Corporation, The Division of Housing and Community Renewal, Housing Finance Agency, State of New York Mortgage Agency, Housing Trust Fund Corporation and others.

Organizing these agencies under a single leadership and management structure has created new efficiencies and allowed for better coordination of the state’s resources.  Similar and complimentary programs are now aligned and working together, reducing costs, red tape and duplicative efforts while increasing the effectiveness of the state’s housing and community renewal programs.

HCR organizes programs in a logical manner into four groups – Finance and Development, Housing Preservation, Community Renewal and Professional Services.

Finance and Development – aligns all programs that fund the development of affordable housing, including Low Income Housing Tax Credit programs, tax exempt and taxable bond finance programs, single family loan and Capital awards programs.

Housing Preservation – includes all the programs that maintain and enhance the state’s portfolio of existing affordable housing. This includes the Office of Rent Administration, the Section 8 program, Asset Management and the Weatherization Assistance Program.

Community Renewal – includes all the programs geared toward community and economic development, job creation and downtown revitalization, including the NYS Community Development Block Grant Program, NY Main Street program, Affordable Housing Corporation, Neighborhood Stabilization Program and the Neighborhood and Rural Preservation programs.

Additionally, the office of Professional Services includes all administrative and support services, including Communications, Legal affairs, Administration, Fair Housing, Policy Development, and Accounting and Treasury.

Graduate Student Intern Program

HCR offers internships to graduate level students desiring experience in the development and preservation of affordable housing across New York State.  Each internship is unique and highly dependent upon HCR’s needs at the time.  HCR is also committed to aligning students’ work assignments to their academic and career goals.  Students will observe, participate in, and/or acquire experience with State and federal government procedures, as well as working collaboratively with partner State agencies.

The program will provide talented and ambitious students with firsthand experience of New York State government at the agency level.  The internship will foster an understanding of the opportunities and challenges inherent in the development and preservation of affordable housing.  Students can expect to gain perspective on these issues from the Federal, State and municipal level, as well as an understanding of the interagency collaborations and public/private sector relationship.


Candidates must be currently enrolled in, or a recent graduate of, a Master’s degree program.  All disciplines are welcome to apply; preference may be given to students enrolled in programs with a focus on community/urban or environmental planning, economics, public policy, architecture, public administration.


Students will work directly with program management staff.  Assignments may vary based on the needs of HCR.  Positions are located primarily in Albany and New York City; opportunities are also available in Buffalo and Syracuse.

Application Process

Students must submit the following documents to the Director of Human Resources Management:

Send all required documents to:

NYS Homes and Community Renewal
Office of Human Resources Management
Attention: Catese Shirer
38-40 State Street
Albany, NY 12207

Or Email:


Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.


Upon submission of a completed application, the strongest applicants will be selected for an interview with a committee of program staff. Successful applicants will be notified as soon as possible after the interview, but no later than one week prior to the beginning of the Internship.


Due to the current fiscal constraints, all internships will be uncompensated.

Last updated on 02/09/15