Supporting the 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 and add significantly to their financial burden. Each year, NYU Wagner awards up to 25 students with 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.

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.


My Summer Internship Experience: Frank Stiefel

The Ellen Schall Experience Fund gave Frank Stiefel (MPA-PNP) the chance to spend his summer working for the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition and to continue to pursue his passion for criminal justice reform in America.

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
  • Peter Grace
  • 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 Tandon, Krishnamurthy Tandon Foundation
  • Carolyn Tenney
  • Heather Weston
  • Gary Wexler
  • Joanne Witty

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