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Profile of a Wasserman Center Internship Grant Recipient

Aidai Tursunbekova is a Wagner School of Public Services student interning in the United Nations Office of High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS). As a past recipient of the Wasserman Center Internship Grant, she shares some insight into the value of applying for the Grant, and offers some tips to further your candidacy.

Best part of winning the WCIG: The Wasserman Center Internship Grant helped me to be more focused on my internship and feel less stressed about paying my bills.

Most challenging or rewarding part of your internship: UN-OHRLLS works to promote the interests of lesser developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing states. I was on the team for landlocked developing countries, and our goal was to promote trade facilitation and infrastructure development for these countries. My main area of interest is economic development, and this internship in the UN-OHRLLS gave me an opportunity to work in that field, because trade is crucial for economic development. 

Good advice for others applying for the WCIG: I would suggest that they show their interest and passion about what they do. Additionally, they should try to build good relationships with all colleagues. It is important not only for a good internship experience, but also for networking. 

Non-paying internship survival 101 tip: Think of your internship not as a work, but  as a good opportunity to learn more about your area of interest and what you want to do after graduation. Maybe you will find what you want to do for the rest of your life, or understand that it’s simply not for you. In any case, it’s an important experience!

Are you interning this semester? Whether or not you are getting paid, take Aidai’s advice on using your internship as an opportunity to learn more about your career interests. If your internship is non-paying, and at a not-for-profit organization or within an industry that does not typically pay interns (arts, entertainment, media, education), apply now for the Wasserman Center Internship Grant. Apply by Sep 30th at 11:59pm: NYU CareerNet Job ID #927342.

Profile of a Wasserman Center Internship Grant Recipient

Julie Yoon is a Steinhardt student working as a Multimedia Intern at the Clinton Foundation. As a past recipient of the Wasserman Center Internship Grant, she shares some insight into the value of applying for the Grant, and offers some tips to further your candidacy.

Best part of winning the WCIG: Because my internship was full-time, I knew that it would be difficult to secure a paying job. As we all know, living in NYC is very expensive and the Wasserman Center Internship Grant eased my overall stress and allowed me to focus on my internship.

Most challenging or rewarding part of your internship: Interning at the Clinton Foundation allowed me to continue my commitment to mission-driven media making. One of the most rewarding parts of my internship was working with people who are driven by the same mission that I firmly believe in. It motivated and inspired me everyday while I practiced my editing and visual storytelling skills.

Good advice for others applying for the WCIG: To those who are applying for the Wasserman Center Internship Grant, I would advise to form candid relationships with their mentors or supervisors. Let them know that you are passionate about your internship and that you are there to learn. This will not only show in your application but also in the supervisor’s recommendation.

Non-paying internship survival 101 tip: Live in the moment. Yes, you won’t get paid, but you will learn a lot and discover something new about yourself. Make your experience invaluable!

Are you interning this semester? Whether or not you are getting paid, take Julie’s advice on forming relationships with mentors and supervisors. If your internship is non-paying, and at a not-for-profit organization or within an industry that does not typically pay interns (arts, entertainment, media, education), apply now for the Wasserman Center Internship Grant. Apply here by Sep 30th at 11:59pm: NYU CareerNet Job ID #927342.

Wasserman Center Internship Grant Student Profile

Anna Claybaugh is a M.S.W. student at the Silver School of Social Work. As a past recipient of the Wasserman Center Internship Grant, she shares some insight into the value of applying for the Grant, and offers some tips to further your candidacy.

What was your Summer Internship position and organization?

M.S.W. Intern/Case Manager at Williamsburg Preparatory High School’s Y-Scholars Program through the Greenpoint YMCA

What was the best part of winning the Wasserman Center Internship Grant?

The best part of winning the Wasserman Center Internship Grant is having the ability to practice self-care more often. With this grant, I will now be able to afford occasional yoga classes. Additionally, this grant will be used to pay for my textbooks next year. Having this scholarship put aside for both academic and personal reasons has reduced my overall stress and given me the opportunity to engage in activities that I could otherwise not afford. This scholarship grant has made my experience at Y-Scholars even more valuable because it has provided me with a stronger sense of security, an ability to fund my expenses with greater ease, and an overall decrease in stress.

What was the most challenging or rewarding aspects of your internship experience?

One of the most rewarding parts of my internship is forming relationships with the students that I work with. I have the pleasure of having the ability to support them throughout the various arenas of life. I am very grateful that my internship allows me the opportunity to develop connections with such amazing individuals. It has led me to grow in unimaginable ways.

What advice would you offer those who are applying for the Wasserman Center Internship Grant?

To those who are applying for the Wasserman Center Internship Grant, I would advise to begin by choosing an internship that you are passionate about. I found that my enthusiasm about my internship significantly helped me complete the application process. Additionally, I think it is important to inform your supervisor in advance that you will be applying for a grant. By doing this, the supervisor will have enough time to consider your recommendation.

Share with us a non-paying internship survival tip.

Although it may be more difficult with schoolwork and an internship, make sure to take time to take care of yourself! It is so easy to get bogged down and stressed out about your responsibilities. When you are in this state, however, you will not be able to give your best at school and at work. Thus, I find it very important to carve out some self-care time in your weekly activities. I have found that this can help rejuvenate you and leave you feeling ready to conquer the week ahead.

WASSERMAN NOTES:

Are you interning this semester? Whether or not you are getting paid, take Anna’s advice on self-care and make some time to enjoy the summer months. If your internship is non-paying, and at a not-for-profit organization or within an industry that does not typically pay interns (arts, entertainment, media, education), apply now for the Wasserman Center Internship Grant. Apply at NYU CareerNet Job ID #927929.

Wasserman Center Internship Grant: Deadline Monday, February 24th at Midnight

The deadline to apply for the $1,000 Wasserman Center Internship Grant is Monday, February 24th at midnight. Want an insider’s advice as you work on your application? Here’s what Evan, a Performance Studies MA student in Tisch, and one of our Fall semester recipients of the Wasserman Center Internship Grant, had to say about his non-paying internship and advice for applying to the Wasserman Center Internship Grant:

What was the best part of winning the WCIG? I got to spend the winter not trying to cram as many tutoring sessions into my schedule as possible. And I surprised my kids with candy.

What was the most challenging or rewarding part of the internship? Every day is a learning experience for me. I’m the teacher but my kids teach me things every time we meet. I’m constantly learning to check my assumptions at the door, not to mention how to better manage a classroom of thirty rambunctious teens in windowless classroom half the size I need to fit them all, how to present material in ways that are engaging for my kids, and how I can better build a relationship of mutual trust and support between myself and my students.

What is some advice for others applying for the WCIG? Be honest about what you need and why you need it and write from the heart. Hopefully you’re doing something that is important to you and it will come through when you write about it.

More information about the Wasserman Center Internship Grant:

The Wasserman Center Internship Grant was established to provide financial assistance to students pursuing non-paying internships within not-for-profits*, the arts, education, public service and other industries that do not traditionally pay their interns. The Wasserman Center is able to offer approximately 100-120 $1,000 grants during the fall, spring, and summer terms. This number is subject to change based on available funds. Applications are reviewed by the Wasserman Center Internship Grant Committee and representatives from various NYU academic departments. Additional details, eligibility criteria, applications, and important deadlines are available on NYU CareerNet under Job ID# 910197. Please keep in mind this is a competitive process.

*Not-for-profit organizations are defined as organizations not conducted or maintained for profit, whose net earnings are devoted exclusively to charitable, educational, or recreational purposes. Includes associations, community and arts groups, non-government organizations, and political campaigns.

Wasserman Center Internship Grant Student Profile

Calixta Lee is a sophomore at Stern. As a past recipient of the Wasserman Center Internship Grant, she shares some insight into the value of applying for the Grant, and how her internship helped guide her career goals.

What was your Summer Internship position and organization? Program Management Intern, Fire Department of New York – Bureau of Technology Development and Systems

What was the best part of winning the Wasserman Center Internship Grant? When I accepted my offer from the Fire Department, I knew that my summer would be split between interning and summer classes and that my limited schedule would make it difficult for me to secure a paying job. Despite my fear of incurring debt, I knew that the experiences I’d gain would ultimately overshadow the monetary risks and I was happy with my decision. Winning the Wasserman Center Internship Grant was a welcomed surprise that made my internship even more valuable to me and helped alleviate some of my daily expenses.

What is the most important lesson you learned from your internship? As an intern at the Fire Department, I gained exposure to the operational and technical side of one of the largest public safety organizations in the world. My responsibilities put me at the forefront of projects that directly affected civilians and FDNY personnel and allowed me to gain a better understanding of how technology systems are optimized for public safety protocols. The lessons I learned from my internship have made me even more excited about a career in managing safety and intelligence systems.

Why should other students apply for the Wasserman Center Internship Grant? You really don’t get that many chances in life to pursue something outside of your comfort zone that truly fascinates you. As an intern, you’re able to experience a functioning environment and learn from professionals who are passionate about their work. While it’s important to always be wary of budgetary concerns, you shouldn’t let an opportunity go just for fear of debt. You’ll have the rest of your life to make a living but only a limited time where you’ll have so much freedom to explore different career paths. The Wasserman Center Internship Grant can help defray some of the costs of an un-paid internship and make your dream internship a reality.

WASSERMAN NOTES:

Are you interning this semester? Whether or not you are getting paid, take Calixta’s advice on how to make the most of your internship by going above and beyond your role. If your internship is non-paying, and at a not-for-profit organization or within an industry that does not typically pay interns (arts, entertainment, media, education), apply now for the Wasserman Center Internship Grant. Apply through NYU CareerNet, Job ID 899698.