Washington, DC Tidal Basin in the evening

NYU Washington, DC, in addition to the center’s academic and event programming, offers unique opportunities to enrich the student experience for those who choose to study in Washington, DC. In collaboration with Centers and Departments at NYU and other universities, students participate in leadership retreats, special internships, and events that introduce them to individuals from the upper echelons of politics and business. Some of these programs are illustrated on this page.  

Student writing on chalkboard

Catherine B Reynolds speaking to a seated audience

Camera and microphone sitting on a notepad

Steny Hoyer with Students sitting at a table

Each semester a select cohort of NYU undergraduates participate in the Global Leadership Program at NYU Washington, DC. This highly competitive program, which is open to current or rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors from all three of NYU’s degree-granting campuses—in New York City, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai—fosters the practice of ethical and inclusive leadership and prepares students to assume leadership roles in the public and private sectors.

By taking an intensive leadership course and participating in experiential learning opportunities, students in the program develop a stronger sense of self-awareness and purpose, practice creating change with their peers, and learn how to collaborate with others to achieve results. Students may enroll in courses in business, economics, journalism, politics, public policy, or other subjects related to their major while maintaining a full-time course load.

Mentoring, professional networking, and special cocurricular events enrich their academic experience. Through these activities, as well as their course work, students discover the meaning of global leadership in the 21st century.

Through the generosity of the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation, NYU Washington, DC is able to provide a minimum of two students each semester with a $2,000 stipend. This merit-based award considers student achievement as well as financial hardship. Students will be evaluated based on short answer responses, academic standing, and their internship and volunteer experiences. Finalists will be invited to be interviewed by a designee of Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation.

The Robert O. Owens and Eve Klein Foundation has established an award for students pursuing a career in investigative reporting. The award will be granted to a deserving student participating in a Washington, DC-based internship, with a strong preference for placement of the student in the investigative unit of a print, online or broadcast outlet.  This opportunity is open for all undergraduate students who spend at least one semester at NYU Washington, DC. 

The Brademas Center sponsors a competitive opportunity for New York University undergraduate and graduate students to live and work in Washington, DC. During the 8 to 10 week program, participants will be placed in an office of a Member of Congress (or an approved organization or agency) where they will gain political and policy-making skills at the federal level. Students develop an advanced understanding of how Congress works to enact our nation's laws and will work on research projects under the supervision of faculty and fellows affiliated with the Center.

The Young Leaders Network is an initiative of the John Brademas Center and the Edward Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The program unites Congressionally focused centers of former Members to create programming for DC-based interns. These events take place on Capitol Hill and are free to all student interns. This program includes a 3-day retreat at the Edward Kennedy Institute in Boston each summer, bringing together students from diverse areas of the country. This year, the program will include students of the NYU Veterans Initiative, who will be interning for Vets who are Members of Congress and at the Department of Defense.  

The Office of the Provost supports Global Research Initiatives (GRI) fellows for short-term and long-term research during the academic semesters at the NYU Washington, DC center. Such fellows receive shared office spaces with iMacs providing Windows and Mac environments, printing access, and NYURoam wireless service. Fellows are invited to participate in the many public events at the center and are encouraged to present research as they see fit.  

Group photo of students with Hill internships