Presidential Internship Program

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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 inaugural 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 2017 and who have demonstrated strong academic performance to apply for the inaugural cohort of 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;
  • Public 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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Intern Eligibility Requirements

Undergraduate students in good academic standing who are completing their sophomore year in Spring 2017 are eligible to apply; we encourage applications from first-generation college students.  Presidential Interns begin the program in their junior year in Fall 2017. 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. 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 Unit Eligibility Requirements

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 inaugural 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

Date Details
May 12, 2017
Interested students and potential host units must submit an online application via the website by noon ET.
May 17, 2017
The Planning Committee will notify potential Host Units to let them know if their applications pass the initial round of consideration.
May 19, 2017
The Selection Committee will notify student finalists.
May 23, 2017
Student finalists will interview with members of the Selection Committee (either in person or via Skype, exact time to be determined)
Monday, June 12, 2017 Selection Committee will notify the selected inaugural cohort of Presidential Interns and Host Units

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