Select students can now stay on track for their degree while gaining valuable work experience. Students selected for the course Internship Seminar and Fieldwork complete a minimum of 10 hours per week at an approved internship field site. Students also participate in a weekly seminar designed to help students reflect and learn from their experience. An application and permission to enroll in the course is required. For more information about this course, please click here.
NYU Buenos Aires offers up to 15 placements for volunteer work. You will be required to fill out a survey as well as upload your CV at the following link. Complete the application as soon as possible or by December 16. We will then select those students who best meet the qualifications for volunteering and contact them about 3 weeks prior to arrival.
To supplement in-class learning, NYU Buenos Aires encourages students to conduct volunteer work in their areas of interest. Volunteering is a great way to connect to the local community and to put classroom theory into practice. Many students donate their time to nonprofits, hospitals, schools and other meaningful organizations. Most recently, students have found opportunities with well-established NGOs specializing in public policy, environmental and social issues.
NYU Buenos Aires offers a variety of ongoing and event-based volunteer opportunities for students to devote their good will and energy to.
For those with little available time, we offer one-day activities that give students the chance to volunteer for a day or just a few hours. Students can paint classrooms in an impoverished neighborhood, help on a communal farm, or play with underprivileged children.
For students who have more time, NYU Buenos Aires offers the chance to work in a variety of NGOs and charities and discover the “real” life of the city’s inhabitants.
Students can choose to work in different areas, including the environment, the arts, education, microfinance, social work, civil rights, and transparency. Whether working cancer patients or abandoned children, or interning at a civil association, volunteering offers students the chance to make new contacts while improving their Spanish language abilities.
Students are placed in community service based on their level of Spanish, their schedule, and their interests. There are many service options, from opportunities where Spanish is the primary spoken language, to opportunities in which the use of English predominates. Most volunteer opportunities require a commitment of 5 to 10 hours per week.
Students who wish to volunteer on a long-term basis will be required to have a short interview with the Office of Student Life and/or the NGO at the beginning of the semester.
Learning beyond the classroom is an important component of the NYU Buenos Aires academic curriculum. Many classes meet outside the classroom to take full advantage of all the cultural and academic resources the city offers. Visits to museums, art galleries, concerts, and theatres as well as special guest lectures are considered an integral part of day-to-day course work. In the past, students have visited, as part of their class work, the famous Malba museum (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires), where you can find some of Latin America's best contemporary art and La Casa Rosada (the Pink House); the Presidential Palace located in the famous Plaza de Mayo, site of many of Argentina's key historical events. Journalism students visited the editorial offices of Argentina's largest daily newspaper, Clarín, and listened to lectures given by government officials as well as the children of the "desaparecidos," activists who were abducted or killed during the Dirty War. Music students attended a number of performances by well-known Latin American musicians in and out of the classroom. In the courses Tango and Mass Culture, students visited a milonga and toured the neighborhoods of San Telmo and La Boca where the Tango was born.
"My highlights include sunbathing in February...wandering the cobblestone streets of Palermo, stumbling across hidden courtyards, dreaming of who lives behind the long, shuttered windows...sipping coffee at an open-air cafe while the waitress check over my Spanish homework..."
-Rebecca Geraghty, NYU Buenos Aires student