College & Career Lab

Summer 2020

NYU's College and Career Lab — led by faculty at NYU's School of LawStern School of BusinessTisch School of the ArtsSteinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human DevelopmentTandon School of EngineeringThe College of Global Public Health, Rory Meyers College of Nursing, The College of Dentistry, The Office of Sustainability, academic programs for The College of Arts and Science, and NYU University Life Offices — will expose students to introductory courses within each featured academic schools. Each student will be paired in a group with an NYU student advisor to provide mentorship and guidance for the duration of the Lab.

The College and Career Lab is designed to serve economically disadvantaged, first-generation college going, and historically underrepresented students residing full-time in the NYC metro area. The goal of the Lab is to prepare, support, and inspire students to think about various career paths while exposing students to a college campus. The Lab allows students to gain valuable skills that prepare them with opportunities to thrive.

Program Details

NYU’s College and Career Lab is an intensive, free, non-credit summer program for rising 8th and 9th graders in the NYC Metro area. Students can expect to meet at NYU’s Washington Square Campus for the duration of the program and will participate in classes, workshops, and field trips on weekdays. The program schedule will be provided to students and families during acceptance to the program.

*Housing is not provided for this program.

Program Criteria and Eligibility

  • Must be a rising 8th or 9th grader.

  • Should attend an NYC metro area public, charter, or home school.

  • The program is meant to serve economically disadvantaged, first-generation college going, and historically underrepresented students.

*All applications will be reviewed for admittance to the program

Application Process

Applications will be available beginning January 2020.

Course Descriptions

This is a sample of the program from Summer 2019.

Introduction to the Arts (Track 1)

The Tisch School of the Arts will enable students to experience a range of artistic disciplines that support the fundamental premise, that studying the arts is central to becoming an educated citizen of the world.

Introduction to Health Sciences (Track 2)

The health sciences week will be an introduction to medicine and nursing. Students will hear from faculty and professionals in the field about what it takes to enter into one of these career tracks.

Introduction to Business (Track 1)

This week - taught by NYU Stern faculty and doctoral students - will introduce students to the foundations of business development and how different types of businesses operate. Students will delve into the basics of money, finance, and develop their own business plans.

Introduction to Global Public Health (Track 2)

Students are exposed to the global nature of public health, emphasizing the ways in which populations and environments interact across the globe to shape health outcomes. Students are introduced to key approaches and current issues in the field of public health, both in the United States and throughout the world.

Introduction to Law (Track 1)

Students will take classes with New York University School of Law professors and learn about important and timely issues that affect New Yorkers. Students will attend lectures and participate in small group discussions and exercises related to topics such as free speech, criminal law, and immigration.

Introduction to College of Arts and Science and University Life (Track 2)

Students will learn about the various academic studies that are part of NYU’s largest undergraduate college, take leadership development courses, and be exposed to university life offices to get a full view of NYU.

Introduction to Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development (Track 1)

Students will take classes with NYU Steinhardt faculty that introduces them to the variety of academic programs and career paths Steinhardt has to offer. From learning about careers in applied psychology, higher education, media studies, music, and music professions, and food studies - students will combine inquiry in the liberal arts and sciences with hands-on activities.

Introduction to Dentistry (Track 2)

Students will be introduced to careers in dentistry that include key thinking behind providing the best oral health care, engaging in research, scholarship, and creative endeavors to improve the health of the highly diverse populations in New York City and around the world.

Tandon: Creativity in Engineering, Science & Technology (Track 1)

Creativity in Engineering, Science, and Technology (CrEST) teaches students about circuitry, electronics, design, 3D printing and mechanical systems and how to use skills and knowledge in these areas to create interactive devices.

Introduction to Sustainability (Track 2)

Students will learn about environmental issues and become empowered citizens who can advocate for their interests and the environment. Students will participate in site visits, educational workshops, and meetings about pro-environmental advocacy.  

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When will more information and applications become available?
    Detailed information and applications will be available beginning in January 2020.
  • My student does not live in the NYC Metro area, is my student still eligible to apply?
    Although the program is tailored to students from New York City, all applications will be reviewed.
  • How do I apply?
    The NYU College & Career Lab application will be available online in January 2020.
  • Will my student receive college credit upon completion of the program?
    NYU College & Career Lab is a non-credit program. Students will gain invaluable college classroom experience, meet with industry professionals in various fields, and attend field trips around the city, utilizing NYU’s location to the fullest extent, and using New York City as their campus.
  • What is the program cost?
    NYU’s College & Career Lab is a free, intensive, non-credit, summer program.
  • Where is the program?
    Students can expect to meet at NYU’s Washington Square Park campus to start the day. Trips and classroom locations vary based on programming for the week. Upon acceptance to the program a full schedule will be provided.
  • Is housing available?
    Housing is not available for this program. However, MetroCards will be provided for students to travel to and from campus.
  • Are meals provided?
    Yes. Every student receives a free meal voucher for the day.
  • Is attendance required?
    Yes, attendance is mandatory to continue participation in the program. Students are expected to be on time and fully engaged. Absence from the Lab is prohibited without prior written notice.
  • Is there a dress code?
    The dress code for the program is "appropriately casual." Sneakers and jeans are ok, but NO revealing or torn attire. You will be meeting with professors and professionals in various career fields and want to give your best first impression each day.

Program Contact

Alexandria Meier
NYU College & Career Lab