Every semester, approximately 15 organizations offer unpaid internships to select NYU Prague students. Past NYU Prague students have worked as research assistants for the former Czech minister of foreign affairs, written investigative articles published in Czech magazines, and run "Olympics" events for refugee children. If you apply and are chosen for one of these positions, you'll be exposed to new perspectives on the Czech Republic and the region. You'll have the opportunity to meet leaders in the arts, politics, NGOs, economics, and media. It will be a meaningful experience guaranteeing countless stories to tell.
Many students also become involved in volunteerism during their time in Prague. Each semester interested students have spent time with children in a local orphanage, taught English in elementary schools and donated their time to the human rights organization Amnesty International.
The Prague Institute for Democracy, Economy and Culture (PIDEC) serves as an institutional roof for a large variety of extracurricular educational and research activities. The main objective of all of these activities is to give our students opportunities to learn more than what the official curriculum requires of them. Another objective is to establish NYU Prague as an intellectual hub that attracts a variety of people from the English-speaking public in Prague and Central Europe: non-NYU students, scholars, diplomats, business and community leaders and politicians.
NYU Prague students have the opportunity to attend major global conferences hosted by the city of Prague. For example, Forum 2000, an annual conference organized under the auspices of former president Václav Havel, brings together prominent personalities—from world leaders to philosophers— from around the world. Other conferences have included the 2004 International Olympic Committee Session, the 2002 NATO Summit, and the 2000 International Monetary Fund, the World Bank Summit and the annual Prague International Music Festival.
"When I read Jeffery Eugenides’ novel "Middlesex," I never thought that I would meet the author - let alone that I would celebrate winning the Pulitzer Prize for the book with him in Prague. Being an intern for “The Prague Writer’s Festival” I found myself befriending world-renowned authors in the most surprising of circumstances."
- Eric Murdoch, NYU Prague student