Ellen Schall Experience Fund (ESEF)

Each year, NYU Wagner awards up to 50 students with $5,000 stipends to take on unpaid public service summer internships. This allows them to explore professional opportunities to achieve their career goals, regardless of compensation or financial need.

Past ESEF recipients have interned at public, nonprofit, and private organizations all over the world, working in many different fields and industries. Through these positions, more than 95% were able to clarify their career goals, expand their professional networks, gain important skills, and apply classroom learnings to the real world. What might ESEF help you accomplish?

Eligibility Requirements

The Ellen Schall Experience Fund provides financial support for students who have secured an unpaid summer internship in the field of public service. NYU Wagner students, including international students in lawful F-1 or J-1 status sponsored by NYU, must be all of the following to apply: 

  1. Currently enrolled (and taking classes) in an MPA, MUP or Executive MPA program at Wagner
  2. A continuing student who has completed at least six (6) Wagner credits prior to applying for the ESEF EMPA students can apply in their first semester at Wagner
  3. In good academic standing at Wagner with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  4. Confirmed to work in an unpaid, degree relevant full-time (35+ hrs/wk) summer internship for at least 10 weeks between May 2016 and September 2016 Students who are taking international summer courses can intern for a minimum of 8 weeks

     The ESEF is not open to:

  1. Students graduating before or in May 2016
  2. BA/MPA and BA/MUP students who have not yet matriculated into Wagner
  3. Students receiving compensation exceeding $500 (including travel/food stipends) for any Summer 2016 internship

Application Instructions

The ESEF application is open. Upon completing the online application, students will receive a link and instructions for the employer verification process.

Deadlines - Late materials will not be accepted

  • ESEF Application Deadline: 11:59pm, Monday, May 2 
  • Employer Verification Form Deadline: 5pm, Tuesday, May 3
  • ESEF Award Announcement: Monday, May 9 


FINANCIAL AID: The ESEF is processed as a financial aid stipend and thus, can have an impact on recipients’ summer financial aid package. Students who intend to take summer classes and apply for summer financial aid (including loans) must note this in the appropriate fields within the ESEF application. If selected for the ESEF, these students may be required to attend an info session on ESEF Financial Aid Procedures prior to receiving their ESEF stipend.

STUDENTS LOOKING AT INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIPS: All students who are looking to intern in a non-US location must be in compliance with NYU policies and go through a travel safety vetting process in order to receive funding. If you have questions or need more information, please contact surabhi.lal@nyu.edu.

View Past Internships

Past ESEF Internships

Previous ESEF Fellows received funding for unpaid internships at:

Action Against Hunger
Association of German Educational Organizations
Blueprint Health
Cause Strategy Partners LLC.
CHABHA (Children Affected By HIV/AIDS)
China Arts Foundation International
Clinton Foundation
Community Empowerment Lab
Concern Worldwide US
Groundswell Organization
Innovations for Poverty Action
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
J Street
Kingdom Trails Association
Korea Real Estate Investment Trust Co.
Mentari Human Trafficking Survivor Empowerment Program, Inc. & Amnesty for Women
Mount Sinai Health Partners
Mount Sinai Hospital
NYC Department of City Planning
NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development
NYC Human Resources Administration
NYC Mayor's Office of Center for Economic Opportunity
NYC Mayor's Office of Contract Services
NYU Department of Population Health, Center for Healthful Behavior Change
Office of New York State Assemblymember Aravella Simotas
Que Funciona para el Desarrollo
Taproot Foundation
TD+Partners, LLC
Uganda Village Project
UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
UN Women
United Nations Development Programme
United Nations Global Compact
US Board of Standards and Appeals
US Department of Health and Human Services
US Department of State
Vera Institute of Justice
White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans
YWCA of the City of New York

Philanthropic Partners

The Ellen Schall Experience Fund is made possible by generous contributions from the following donors to the endowment: 

  • Allen and Company, LLC
  • The David Bohnett Foundation
  • Daniel J. Brodsky
  • Richard Cotton
  • Deerbrook Charitable Trust
  • Dr. Alden N. Haffner
  • Katharine Hinton
  • Megan Johnston
  • Estate of Edward M. Kresky
  • Nicole Kushner Meyer, Seryl and Charles Kushner Family Foundation
  • Professor Paul Light
  • Howard Newman Memorial Fund
  • Mark O' Donnell
  • Dean Emeritus Ellen Schall
  • Chandrika Tandan, Krishnamurthy Tandon Foundation
  • Carolyn Tenney
  • Heather Weston
  • Gary Wexler
  • Joanne Witty

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