Ellen Schall Experience Fund

Supporting students in unpaid internships

The Ellen Schall Experience Fund provides much-needed support to NYU Wagner students who undertake unpaid summer public service internships. The Experience Fund ensures that students can explore professional opportunities to help them achieve their career goals and make a positive impact—regardless of compensation or financial need.

Internships are a vital piece of the NYU Wagner education because they allow students to put classroom learning into practice, yet too many are unfunded. In fact, over 50% of our students' internships are unpaid, and this adds significantly to their financial burden. We annually award one quarter million dollars—in the form of $5,000 stipends—to 50 students who have taken on degree-relevant, career-advancing, unpaid summer internships in the field of public service.

The Fund was named after Ellen Schall, NYU Wagner’s dean from 2002-2012, who launched it to support and promote career opportunities for future public service leaders.

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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