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Capital Gains

The Washington monument

The nation’s capital is a center for the arts, nonprofit work, international relations, journalism, and, of course, politics. It’s an ideal place to get professional experience in almost any field, which is why NYU Washington, DC, has one of the most extensive for-credit internship programs in NYU’s global network. The NYU staff help students navigate hundreds of internships options, and once students have secured a position, they also enroll in the Internship Seminar—a course designed to complement their professional development and help them think critically about their experiences in order to refine their personal and career goals.

Paola Martinez Parente Beristain, a Politics and Art History major, started dreaming about interning on Capitol Hill when she was in high school. After landing a legislative internship with New York Senator Chuck Schumer, she’s never been more confident in her path forward. “Now, more than ever, I’m committed to my major and my studies,” she shares. Follow along with Paola as she embarks on a typical day as a student at NYU Washington, DC.


While most people think of politics and government when someone mentions Washington, DC, NYU students learn firsthand how many opportunities the city provides outside the political sphere.

“I was drawn to the Kennedy Center because it was the first time I had come across a place that offered at least one performance a day that is free of charge for the general public,” says Warda Malik, a Social Research and Public Policy major at NYU Abu Dhabi who interned at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. “I wanted to see how a cultural center, which was traditionally for the nation’s elite, was redefining itself to be more inclusive and accessible in its programming,” she continues.

Harry Wang interning at BUILD

For Harry Wang, an Economics and Data Science major at NYU Shanghai, Washington, DC afforded the chance to learn how he can best use his skills to give back to society. He interned with BUILD, a nonprofit focused on empowering under-resourced high school students through entrepreneurship education. “I assisted with fundraising and also visited schools to see how BUILD works for local students. I learned that business skills are especially crucial in the nonprofit world, because your work is affecting people’s lives,” says Harry, who plans to pursue a graduate degree in business so he can put those skills to use for the greater good.

Additional internship opportunities—ranging from journalism to research and education to finance—through NYU Washington, DC, include:

  • African American History and Culture Museum
  • Brookings Institute
  • Center for Economic Policy and Research
  • Department of Justice
  • Library of Congress
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Pew Research Center
  • Urban Institute
  • The Washington Post
  • White House
  • Women for Women International
  • World Resources Institute