Program Director's Statement
I am thrilled that you will join us to live and learn in this magnificent capital city. Our site is an integral part of NYU’s global network of academic centers and serves as a first class facility for students exploring the many cultural and intellectual opportunities in Washington, D.C.. The recently constructed building includes modern student apartments, state‐of‐the‐art classrooms and several public spaces. We've hosted a variety of events at the site with well‐known speakers such as Kathleen Sebelius, Eric Cantor, Martin Scorsese and Alice Rivlin, and our 125‐seat auditorium has been a venue for the Environmental Film Festival and the DC Film Festival. We share our space with NYU graduate students conducting research, the John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress, the Brennan Center for Justice and NYU's Director of Government Relations.
Once you step outside your door, you’ll be just a few blocks from the White House, the World Bank, many monuments and memorials and the Smithsonian museums. This is a very accessible city, with an extensive metro system and a world‐class bike share program. Of course, there’s always your own two feet to take you to our most famous neighborhoods, including Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle, Georgetown, and Foggy Bottom.
A wide array of performance and exhibit spaces in Washington, D.C. support a vibrant cultural community. You can discover artists displaying, playing and performing their work in unique and interesting spaces such as the Kennedy Center or the Howard Theater where the careers of Ella Fitzgerald and the Supremes were launched. Be sure to take in one of the many cultural festivals and parades on the National Mall or explore Maryland and Virginia to see autumn leaves on a mountain hike, go rafting down a scenic river, or visit historic sites like colonial Williamsburg. Perhaps you’ll tutor a child after school or volunteer at a homeless shelter. If you join a kickball, soccer or flag football team – or maybe a crew team that sees the sunrise over the Potomac each Saturday morning ‐ you’re sure to meet new friends with their own great ideas for what’s fun and fabulous. Whatever you choose, I hope you’ll do your part to be both in and of the city!
Most students enroll in one of the transformative internships in Washington, D.C. at non‐profits, government agencies, financial institutions, professional associations, international organizations, media outlets, think tanks, and corporations. We collaborate closely with the Wasserman Center for Career Development and the NYU Abu Dhabi Career Development Center to help students connect their past and present experiences with future professional plans. Other exciting courses in economics, politics, history, journalism, art history, business and environmental studies utilize the rich resources of the city to complement your classroom experience and often include guest speakers from the wide variety of institutions and organizations based in the city. We also have a mentor program that helps students connect with the large number of NYU alumni who are happy to assist with career exploration.
If there is anything I can do to help you prepare for your fall semester, please feel free to contact me at Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions.
Welcome to NYU Washington, DC!
Michael Ulrich, Ph.D.