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Have you ever wondered about how decisions are made and colleagues from different departments collaborate within a higher education environment? Here's your chance to experience higher education administration first-hand as part of the class of NYU Presidential Internship Program.

The NYU Presidential Internship Program seeks to identify up to five (5) full-time, undergraduate students who will begin their junior year of study at NYU in Fall 2021 and who have demonstrated strong academic performance to apply for the NYU Presidential Internship Program. Presidential Interns must be enrolled at NYU New York during the fall and spring semesters of their junior year. Study away is encouraged at other points throughout their time at NYU.

The NYU Presidential Internship Program aims to:

  • Award paid internships to NYU students who demonstrate academic excellence as well as high potential for success in a professional career in university administration;
  • Provide enriching career development and mentorship experiences through structured program content and real world experiences;
  • Introduce NYU students to NYU’s valued work behaviors, including: Adaptability, Collaboration, Interpersonal Skills, and Problem Solving & Decision Making; and
  • Support promising students from multiple backgrounds, races, ethnic groups, and other under-represented groups in the top tiers of higher education administration.

The program will introduce Presidential Interns to higher education careers in fields such as:

  • Academic Affairs;
  • Capital Projects and Facilities;
  • Enrollment Management;
  • Finance;
  • Human Resources;
  • Information Technology;
  • Campus Safety;
  • Student Affairs;
  • University Development and Alumni Relations; and
  • University Relations and Public Affairs.

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This structured program offers rising juniors meaningful work experience in an NYU Administrative Unit or School (Host Unit), structured leadership development opportunities, mentorship from a high-level NYU administrator, and a paid internship. Upon successful completion of the first program year, including positive performance in internship placement, participation in cohort activities, and maintaining good academic standing, Presidential Interns are eligible to participate in the program for a second consecutive academic year.

Presidential Interns will interact with each other and with senior administrators as they learn about various career opportunities within University Administration. In addition to developing professional skills and competencies, Presidential Interns will also have an opportunity to learn about a range of graduate school options. The program help prepare Presidential Interns who apply for employment opportunities or graduate school during their senior year.

In the first program year, Presidential Interns are expected to commit 15 hours per week to the program during the fall and spring academic semesters. First-year Presidential Interns will receive an hourly wage of $20. This 15-hour per week commitment includes both work in a Host Unit as well as professional development activities like seminars and events with senior university leaders. These professional development offerings are an integral part of the Presidential Internship Program and will be tailored to meet the specific needs of selected interns, their interests, and their future goals.

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Eligibility Requirements


Undergraduate students in good academic standing who are completing their sophomore year in the spring are eligible to apply for the cohort beginning that fall; we encourage applications from first-generation college students. Presidential Interns begin the program in the fall semester of their junior year. We expect Presidential Interns to make a two-year commitment, pending positive feedback from Host Units and the Program Administrator at the conclusion of the first year. In addition to working in their assigned Host Units, Presidential Interns must commit to attending all cohort sessions, which will be scheduled around classes, for a total expected commitment of 15 hours per week. Given these time demands, participation in the Presidential Internship Program should be each intern's primary commitment, aside from academic coursework (e.g., Presidential Interns should not have other jobs or participate in other internship programs). Presidential Interns must be enrolled at NYU New York during the fall and spring semesters of their junior year. Study away is encouraged at other points throughout their time at NYU.

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Host Units

Eligible Host Units are expected to provide challenging work and mentorship to their Presidential Interns for nine months from September through May. Work will consist of a combination of tasks within the Host Unit (13-15 hours per week) and participation in a robust set of program-related professional development activities (approximately 1-2 hours per week). The Internship Program will cover the costs of each Presidential Intern's wages. Units will apply for an initial one-year intern placement, and may be able to renew their participation in the internship program for subsequent years based on positive placement experience and student interest.

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Selection Process and Timeline

The Presidential Internship Program is currently recruiting applicants for the 2021 Academic Year.  

Date Details
April 12, 2021                   Interested students must submit an online application by 12 p.m. Eastern.
April 26, 2021                                             The Selection Committee will notify student finalists.
May 3-4, 2021                      Student finalists will interview with members of the Selection Committee (via Zoom, exact time to be determined).  
May 11, 2021 Selection Committee will notify the selected cohort of Presidential Interns.

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