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What is the Ellen Schall Experience Fund and what are the eligibility requirements?

Each year NYU Wagner awards up to 25 students with $7,500 stipends to take on unpaid, full-time, public service summer internships.

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

Eligibility Requirements

ESEF Applicants must be NYU Wagner students (including international students in lawful F-1 or J-1 status sponsored by NYU) and meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Currently enrolled (and taking classes) in an MPA, MUP, or Executive MPA program at NYU Wagner.
  2. A continuing student who has completed at least six NYU Wagner credits prior to April 2020 (This credit requirement does not apply to EMPA students).
  3. In good academic standing at NYU 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 2020 and September 2020. 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 September 2020.
  2. Students working in internships for fewer than 35 hours per week.

  3. BA/MPA and BA/MUP students who have not yet matriculated into NYU Wagner.
  4. Students receiving compensation exceeding $500 (including travel/food stipends) for any summer 2020 internship.
  5. Students taking a gap year or leave of absence in academic year 2020-2021.

For more information about the Ellen Schall Experience Fund and for instructions on how to apply, please visit