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. 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 internship options. Once students have secured a position, they also enroll in the Internship Seminar and Fieldwork course, which is designed to complement their professional development and help them think critically about their experiences in order to refine their personal and career goals. 

Interning in DC: a New York Senator

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 Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, 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.

NYU Washington DC: Day in the Life

Interning in DC: the Nonprofit BUILD

For Harry Wang, an NYU Shanghai Economics and Data Science major, Washington, DC, afforded him the chance to learn how to 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. He plans to pursue a graduate degree in business so he can put those skills to use for the greater good.

Additional DC Internship Opportunities

Through NYU Washington, DC, you can intern at:

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

Since joining NYU’s University Relations and Public Affairs Office of Marketing Communications, Nathan has been integral in helping the university strengthen its brand and share its value with the world. He enjoys uncovering and sharing the stories that hit audiences on a deeper level and guiding partners across the university toward more engaging and informative brand and storytelling experiences. Nathan has also worked as a teacher and academic counselor. He earned a BA in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh and an MA in Professional Writing from Carnegie Mellon University.