Interns talking together in a meeting

Have you ever wondered 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 a Presidential Intern.

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 2022 and who have a commitment to exploring their professional futures and gaining real-world, high-level work experience in a higher education setting. 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 commitment as well as a keen interest in exploring 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 participating students, including those from under-represented backgrounds and identities in their exploration of the multiple career paths to top tier positions in higher education administration.
  • Any rising junior in good academic standing is eligible to apply for the cohort beginning in the fall; we encourage applications from first-generation college students and other under-represented groups in our community.

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

  • Academic Affairs;
  • Campus Safety;
  • 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.

Photo: NYU student interns working together


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 expected to participate in the program for a second consecutive academic year.

Presidential Interns will meet as a cohort in a learning environment to develop and strengthen professional skills and competencies as well as converse  with senior administrators as they hear about various career opportunities within university administration. The program helps 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 paid professional development activities like seminars and events with senior university leaders. These professional development activities are an integral part of the Presidential Internship Program and will be tailored to the specific needs and interests of the Presidential Interns.

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Eligibility Requirements


Rising juniors in good academic standing are eligible to apply for the cohort beginning in the  fall; we encourage applications from first-generation college students and other under-represented groups in our community. 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 extracurricular 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 2023-2024 Academic Year.  

Date Details

March 29, 2023

   12:30 - 1:00 p,

   6:00 - 6:30 pm

Drop-in Questions & Answer Sessions via Zoom Link here (no registration required)  

April 17, 2023                  

April 21, 2023

Closing Date: Interested students must submit an online application by midnight Eastern Time


April 24, 2023                                       The Selection Committee will notify student finalists.

April 24, -

May 3, 2023             

Student finalists will interview with members of the Project Committee (via Zoom, exact time to be determined).  
May 19, 2023 Project Committee will notify the selected cohort of Presidential Interns.

Photo: student and faculty working together