Ellen Schall Experience Fund (ESEF)

Each year, NYU Wagner awards up to 30 students with $5,000 stipends - to students who have taken on degree relevant and career advancing unpaid summer internships!

Past ESEF recipients (Fellows) interned at public service organizations in all sectors and several industries around the world. Through these positions, more than 95% of the Fellows were able to clarify their career goals, expand their professional networks, gain important skills and apply classroom lessons in a professional context. What might the Ellen Schall Experience Fund 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 2015 and September 2015 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 2015
  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 2015 internship

Application Instructions

The ESEF application will open in early March. 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: May 1, 2015 at NOON
  • Employer Verification Form Deadline: May 4, 2015
  • ESEF Award Announcement: May 8, 2015

IMPORTANT NOTE: 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 will be required to attend a 1 hour info session on ESEF Financial Aid Procedures prior to receiving their ESEF stipend.

View Past Internships

Past ESEF Internships

Previous ESEF Fellows received funding for unpaid internships at:

10000 Girls
Accion International Asian
Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Americans for Equality
Baltimore Child Abuse Center
Bread for the World
Center for an Urban Future
Center for Study of Asian American Health
Children’s Defense Fund
China Sustainable Cities Program
Coalition for Asian American Children and Families
Coalition on the Environment & Jewish Life
Do Something
FEGS Health and Human Services
Fondation Enfant Jesus
From the Field Trading Company Inc.
Gay Lebsbian & Straight Education Network
Goods for Good
Human Rights Watch
Indego Africa
Innovations for Poverty Action
Institute for Transportation & Development Policy
Instituto Mexicano de Investigaciaon de Familia y Poblacion
International Justice Mission
International Rescue Committee
Jewish New Teacher Project
Jordan River Foundation
Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Madison Square Boys & Girls Club
Maimonides Medical Center
MAP Foundation
Morris Heights Medical Center
Municipal Arts Society
National Council for Research on Women
National Malaria Control Program
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
New York City Department of City Planning
New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development
New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
New York City Department of Transportation
New York City Mayor’s Office of Policy and Strategic Planning
New York State Assembly
Nomadic Green
North Shore - LIJ at Glen Cove Hospital
Nos Quedamos
Office of Citywide Health Insurance Access
Office of Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney
Office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Office of the New York City Deputy Mayor for Economic Development
Peking University Lincoln Institute Center for Urban Development and Land Policy
Potsdam Department of Urban Development and Transportation
Pygma Consulting
Sanigest Internacional
Science of Life Studies 24/7, Malaysia
Taproot Foundation
The Drug Policy Alliance
Tides Foundation
Transformation Development
Trickle Up
Tri-State Transportation Campaign
Tyler Clementi Foundation
UN Women
United Nations
United Nations Development Programme
United Nations Population Fund
United States Agency for International Development
United States Embassy in Manila
United States Office of Management and Budget
United States Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
Vera Institute of Justice
Vital Voices Global Partnership
William J. Clinton Foundation
Winthrop Hospital
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
Women's Earth Alliance
World Food Programme
World Health Organization


The Wagner Experience Fund is made possible by generous contributions and support of the following donors to the endowed fund: 

  • Allen and Company, LLC
  • The David Bohnett Foundation
  • Daniel J. Brodsky
  • Richard Cotton
  • Deerbrook Charitable Trust
  • Dr. Alden N. Haffner
  • Katharine Hinton
  • 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
  • Heather Weston
  • Gary Wexler
  • Joanne Witty

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