Communities & Organizations in NYC: Student Life

Where to live? Because of its proximity to Philadelphia and classes that meet all day on Saturday for the duration of the summer, the NYC program allows for a great deal of flexibility for students to choose where they want to live and whether or not they would like to complete an Internship/Experience. Many students are interested in a traditional internship and will expect to intern, on a part-time basis as is permitted by the program, in an industry that matches their academic and/or personal interests.  Other students would prefer the flexibility and opportunity to research an aspect of life in New York City by completing an independent project pertaining to their academic or personal interests and would take the Experience path of the optional course.  Still others will choose not to arrange a part-time internship or independent project.

If you decide to complete an internship: It should be noted that internships in New York City are extremely competitive, especially during the summer months when it seems that the best and brightest from around the world convene in the city that never sleeps in order to pursue their internship dreams.  It is recommended that you apply to internships as early as possible if you are eager to confirm a part-time placement. Tips on finding and securing an internship can be found on our Experience/Internships page, however, this list is by no means comprehensive, and will work to find an internship on their own.  This process should include consultation with the Center for Student Professional Development for career advising.


All students, regardless if they elect to complete the Internship/Field Experience, will be expected to experience the city beyond internship and classroom responsibilities.  Occasional organized activities such as neighborhood bike tours and group excursions will be arranged by program staff.  New York City is filled with free events throughout the summer season in all five boroughs.

For more information, students can consult the following links:

Housing and Transportation

Students are responsible for all housing and transportation costs. Students will be responsible for arranging their own housing and many use NYU’s housing. The NYU Summer housing application is typically available in late February and they recommend that students visit their housing site regularly, in order to be kept updated on informational events and the application process.  There are a number of other organizations that cater to summer interns in New York City and you can find properties located throughout Manhattan and nearby Brooklyn, none of which are more than a direct, thirty-five minute subway ride away from the Program’s base at the Manhattan Marymount College. Students may also opt to secure their own housing or commute into New York City from nearby locales, including Philadelphia.Study Away can connect interested students with other applicants during the process as well as program alumni to consult on the arrangements they made in previous years.

Visits and Excursions

Throughout the Communities & Organizations in NYC program, students will be able to explore New York City through several different field trips led by faculty director Scott Gratson, introducing them to the city and culture that surrounds them. Past trips have included:

Students at the Museum of the City of New York, 2015

Central Park
Washington Square Park
The Brooklyn Bridge
Battery Park City
Museum of the City of New York
Union Square
Brooklyn Art Museum
Museum of Modern Art
South Street Seaport
The New York Public Library
Grand Central Terminal
Library Walk
Caffe Reggio
Christopher Street
The Stonewall Inn
Chelsea Piers

Students will also typically have the opportunity to bike between Manhattan and Brooklyn, attend a sporting event and enjoy a special farewell meal.

To find out about even more events occurring throughout your stay in New York City, visit the public calendar.

Student Reflections and Initiatives

Below are links to blogs made by our Summer 2013 students:

Stephanie DeLorenzo, a summer ’13 student, created The High Line, a slideshow about the modern aerial park.

Anna Ryan, a summer ’13 student, executed an informational neighborhood project about Central Park (PDF) and what she discovered there.

NYC summer ’13 program student Victoria Miniscalco produced a 28-minute documentary about narratives in the LGBT community.