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The odds of succeeding in the job market are better for students who leave NYU Wagner with relevant professional experience. To this end, NYU Wagner requires all MPA and MUP students to graduate with professional experience that is directly related to their degree program and field of interest. Students can fulfill this requirement in one of two ways:
All MPA and MUP students who enter NYU Wagner with less than two years of full-time, degree relevant experience are required to fulfill the PER. If you are required to fulfill the PER, your acceptance letter would have stated the following:
“After careful assessment of your application, the Admissions Review Committee has determined that you are required to fulfill the Professional Experience Requirement (PER) as a part of your degree program.”
You can also email email@example.com to confirm whether or not you need to fulfill this degree requirement.
To fulfill the PER, you must complete a minimum of 280 to 560 hours in a degree relevant job or internship while attending NYU Wagner and before enrollment in Capstone.
PLEASE NOTE: Students cannot fulfill the 280 to 560 hour requirement in the summer before their first semester at NYU Wagner. [up]
In order to fulfill the PER, a position must be directly relevant to your degree program and/or specialization. It must also provide you with opportunities to apply the skills and knowledge gained through your coursework while preparing you for employment in your field of interest.
You do not need to get approval from NYU Wagner before beginning a PER position. However, if you have any doubt that a job or internship will meet the aforementioned criteria, it is best to confirm its relevancy prior to starting the position. To do so, visit an Office of Career Services (OCS) advisor during walk-in-hours or contact OCS via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email, please include an overview of the position(s) you would like to have counted toward your PER as well as your degree program, specialization, and professional interests. [up]
Once you have completed at least 280 hours in your PER position, or at the conclusion of the position, you must submit a PER Fulfillment Verification Form. (Click on the link entitled “PER Fulfillment Verification Form” at the top right corner of this page) If you are using multiple positions to fulfill the 280 to 560 hour requirement, please submit a separate PER Fulfillment Verification Form for each position.
When you submit the form(s), you will receive a note indicating that your information is being processed. An OCS Advisor will contact you within 12 business days to confirm the status of your PER.
PLEASE NOTE: Students must document fulfillment of the PER prior to enrollment in Capstone. [up]
NYU Wagner’s OCS staff is available to advise you on strategies and resources for identifying degree relevant positions, submitting strong application materials, conducting successful interviews and other career development topics. Email email@example.com or visit http://wagner.nyu.edu/careers for more information about OCS resources.
PLEASE NOTE: NYU Wagner does not place students in jobs or internships for the PER. [up]
In order to fulfill the NYU Wagner experience requirement prior to enrollment, you must enter the program with at least two years of full-time, degree relevant professional experience. If you believe that your professional background meets this requirement, you can submit a PER Pre-Matriculation Fulfillment Form to have your PER status reviewed. This form is located at the top right corner of this page. NYU Wagner staff will review your request and contact you directly (within twelve business days) to update you on the status of your PER.
PLEASE NOTE: Students must submit Pre-Matriculation Completion Forms within their first semester at NYU Wagner. Requests submitted after the first semester will not be considered. Incomplete forms will substantially delay response time. [up]
As an international student, in lawful F-1 or J-1 status sponsored by NYU, you can apply to have a paid, off-campus job or internship counted toward your time allowance (280 to 560 hours) for Curricular Practical Training (CPT). Please note, in order to qualify for CPT, you must complete one full academic year before taking on a paid internship or job. For more information about CPT and other questions about working in the U.S., contact the Office of Global Services (OGS) at 212-998-4270 and visit the website. [up]