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Interning in 5 Easy Steps

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There are 100s of opportunities ranging from government agencies to nonprofits to private businesses that rely on interns in Washington, DC.  NYU Washington, DC is routinely offered positions for our students.  These special relationships, as well as information pertaining to internships can be found on our DC HUB.

Be sure to reflect on your options when considering internship placements.  How will each placement move you towards your career goals?  What placement would best build your network?  What do you want to take away from your internship?

Consider time management!  How many hours will your commitment be? What are your learning outcomes, professional networking opportunities, etc? NYU Washington, DC recommends that students pursue 20 hours/week of work in their internships while pursuing full-time coursework. 

*Students are permitted to work longer hours, but are encouraged to speak with an advisor prior to committing at their placement.

Be sure you're using our form to keep you on track. Part 1 is to work with Wasserman to help polish your resume.

See the Wasserman website for resume and cover letter workshops, tips, etc.  Wasserman staff is accessible and helpful to NYU students preparing for the application process.  You are encouraged to visit with them in NYC or virtually through skype and their website.

NYU Washington, DC has also created a forms and resource page to help you through this process.  Do not hesitate to contact site staff for further assistance. 

Washington, DC has a different professional environment than New York City. Be sure that you are presenting yourself congruently to the expectations of the organization with which you are interviewing. Prior to your departure, take advantage of the Wasserman Center's interview resources and workshops/ events.

*Remember: You do not need to be on the Square to access the resources of Wasserman!  NYU Wasserman is available to students at all of our global sites!

  • Utilize NYU Washington, DC support services.
  • Send thank-you emails and cards to your interviewers.
  • Confirm your acceptance of the internship and be responsive from the beginning of your commitment.
  • Be clear about your expectations and availability.
  • If the internship does not meet your goals and expectations as defined during the interview process, be prepared to respectfully decline the offer. There are other, better fits out there!


While participating in an internship at NYU Washington, DC, take advantage of the programs open to you!  The Wasserman Center is committed to supporting students as they pursue limitless opportunities. The purpose of this $1,000 award is to provide financial assistance to students pursuing unpaid internships in the arts, education, public service and other not-for-profits. This year, the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development is thrilled to announce the launch of the Summer Funded Internship Award!

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