Wasserman Center Internship Grant
The Wasserman Center Internship Grant was established to provide financial assistance to students pursuing unpaid internships in qualifying industries that do not traditionally pay their interns. The Wasserman Center offers $1,200 grants during the fall and spring semesters, and $2,000 grants during the summer. Applications are reviewed by Wasserman Center staff and representatives from various NYU academic departments along with feedback from the Office of Financial Aid.
The Wasserman Center Internship Grant is for students currently attending class on the New York campus. This includes students in fully online programs.
The Wasserman Center Global Internship Grant is for students currently studying away at a non-New York NYU site or through an NYU exchange program. This grant is only offered during the fall and spring. During the summer all students should apply to the Wasserman Center Internship Grant.
Please keep in mind that the selection process is extremely competitive and grants are not guaranteed. When reviewing submissions, the selection committee considers: quality of responses (substance, content, and writing), substance of internship, and demonstrated financial need.
- Enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree-granting program at a qualifying NYU school.
- Note: Students receiving their degree at NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU Shanghai, and schools not listed at the link above are not eligible to apply.
- Minimum 3.0 GPA. If it is your first semester at NYU, you must submit a transcript from your last educational institution as well as your NYU transcript in order to verify your GPA.
- All students must be actively interning during the semester/summer when they are applying. Students must secure the internship prior to the application deadline.
- Students must be enrolled in classes or have maintenance of matriculation during the fall or spring semester to apply.
- Work a minimum of 10 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks at an unpaid internship in a qualifying industry. Cumulative hours will not be accepted.
- Summer session enrollment is not required.
- Work a minimum of 20 hours per week for a minimum of 8 weeks at an unpaid internship in a qualifying industry. Cumulative hours will not be accepted.
Global Grants (Fall/Spring)
- Students must be studying away during the semester that they’re interning in order to apply.
- Work at an unpaid internship in a qualifying industry.
- Students who have applied for the Wasserman Center Internship Grant in the past can apply again as long as they meet the eligibility criteria.
- Students may receive the Wasserman Center Internship Grant a maximum of two times per degree.
How To Apply
- Find the application on Handshake using the appropriate Job ID# below.
- Review application timelines.
- Download the WCIG Student Form from Handshake or make a copy of the Google Doc and fill in the requested information. Save as a PDF. Note: You must be logged into your NYU email in order to access the document.
- Click Apply Externally in the Handshake job posting.
- Respond to all survey questions.
- Upload PDF versions of your current resume, unofficial transcript, and student form.
Only complete submissions will be considered for the grant. Late submissions will not be reviewed.
Wasserman Center Internship Grant
- Application Deadline: June 22, 2023
- Apply on Handshake, Job ID #7802331
Wasserman Center Global Internship Grant
- Not available in Summer 2023.
Short Answer Questions
The Student Form asks you to respond to three short answer questions. The short answer portion is one of the most important portions of the review process, so make sure to be detailed and informed in your responses. Each answer should be no more than 200 words.
- What do you hope to learn from this experience? How does this position connect to your short and long-term career goals and/or allow you to explore a potential industry?
- Of the 10 Violet Ready Skills, what are 2 skills that you hope to build through this experience? Why did you select these skills and how will your responsibilities allow you to accomplish this?
- How would you benefit financially from receiving this grant? Are there any other financial considerations we should be aware of in considering your application?
- Regrettably, we cannot provide feedback on unsuccessful applications. All decisions of the selection committee are final.
- Incomplete applications or applicants who do not meet eligibility guidelines will not be considered.
- If you apply and are selected for an award, you cannot change internships and still retain your award. Award decisions are based on funding students for specific opportunities and cannot be transferred to new positions.
- Awardees who do not successfully complete their internships may forfeit their grant
- The Wasserman Center Internship Grant is awarded directly to the recipient. It is not affiliated with Federal Work Study or Financial Aid packages.
- Under Internal Revenue Service regulations, the University is not required to report scholarship or fellowship awards as income, except for foreign students who are covered under separate tax regulations. It is the student’s responsibility to report any taxable amounts on his or her tax return and maintain records to support expenditures for tuition, fees, books, and other course-related equipment or supplies.
- US citizens: You will not receive any tax related documentation at the end of the year. Please view this tax letter from the NYU Tax Director for more information on reporting your stipend.
- International students: Taxes will be taken on the stipend when it is issued. Learn more from the IRS (PDF).
Students attending NYU in F-1 or J-1 status are eligible to apply as long as they fulfill all other requirements for the grant and for maintaining their immigration status. Please contact OGS to learn more about authorization for unpaid internships and volunteer work.
What are the application timelines?
- Applications Open: August
- Application Deadline: Late September/Early October
- Application Deadline (Global): Early November
- Applications Open: December
- Application Deadline: Mid/Late February
- Application Deadline (Global): Late March/Early April
- Applications Open: May
- Application Deadline: Mid June
What are the decision and payment timelines?
Decisions are made approximately 4-6 weeks after the deadline, and all applicants are informed of decisions. Payment will be issued 3-4 weeks after decisions are made. For international students, it can take up to 4-5 weeks.
Can I apply with multiple internships?
You may apply with 1 or 2 internships in order to fulfill the minimum requirements. PLEASE NOTE: If one of your internships fulfill the grant requirements listed, you should submit the position most relevant to your career goals. If you must submit multiple internships to meet the minimum requirements you will also be required to submit short answer questions 1 & 2 for each internship.
Do I need to have secured the internship before applying for the grant?
Yes. However, if you are far along in the interviewing process for a position we encourage you to apply as well. If you do not ultimately accept the internship, please let us know ASAP.
Is it only for unpaid positions or underfunded positions as well?
Internships that provide compensation equal to minimum wage or more are not eligible. Therefore, if you are in a low-paying or low stipend internship, we encourage you to apply.
Does my internship have to be in New York City or at my global location?
No! Remote positions are acceptable.
Can an incoming student apply for the grant?
Students must be currently enrolled in courses. During the summer students must have been enrolled last semester or be enrolled in summer courses. Students starting in the fall aren’t eligible for the summer grant.