Experiential Learning New York Career Intensive

Sunday, March 9 - Tuesday, March 11, 2025
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About the Trip

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Open: Friday, January 12, 2024 9:00am

Close: Tuesday, October 1, 2024 11:59PM ET.

The Career Center, School of Communication, and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations invite you to apply for and participate in the 2023 NY Career Intensive Program from Sunday, March 9 - Tuesday, March 11, 2025. 

This signature program is designed for career exploration and in-depth networking, the trip offers a select cohort of up to 20 students exposure to career paths and industry trends as well as exclusive access to AU alumni living and working in New York City.

Past Participating Employers: 

  • CNN
  • Edelman/United Entertainment Group (UEG)
  • MWW PR
  • Nickelodeon
  • The Wall Street Journal/ Dow Jones
  • NBC Universal

2023 NYC Career Intensive Recap

Check out some highlights from the 2023 New York City Career Intensive. Hear from students and alumni! 

2023 NYC Career Intensive Information

Learn more about the 2023 NYC Career Intensive from this informational session with Senior Director of Experiential Learning Sarah Menke-Fish and SOC Career Advisor Julia Beyer.

How to Apply

Eligibility Requirements

  • All current AU School of Communication undergraduate and graduate students who are majoring or minoring 
  • Students must be in good academic and judicial standing, and must be a current student in the spring.*
  •  2.5 GPA or higher
  • Only complete applications will be considered

*Submit all required application materials (application form, resume, and statement of purpose) * We will verify your GPA and academic standing via the AU Portal.

Interested students should complete the online application via Qualtrics and be prepared to submit their current resume and a statement of purpose. Applications for the 2024 intensive will close on October 1 at 11:59 PM ET.  Letters of acceptance will be sent via email no later than October 20, 2024

Application Materials: You MUST submit these two (2) documents for your application to be considered.

1. Resume

2. Statement of purpose in 600 words or less that: 

  • Lists your name and preferred e-mail address at the top.
  • Gives us an overview of what makes you tick, who you are, and where you're headed. 
  • Describes what you hope to get out of the program and your career goals. 
  • Describes what you have to offer that makes you stand out as someone who will make the most of the experience.
  • Is proof-read carefully. 

Applications will be evaluated on the quality of the application materials. Preference will be given to those who demonstrate a career focus and professionalism through the application process. Incomplete or late applications will not be reviewed. Space is limited on the trip, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program. 

There are some milestones that must be met before you can officially enroll. These include: 

  • Submitting a $100 non-refundable program fee (cash, credit, or debit). 
  • Attending the pre-departure orientation (to be held in February). 
  • If you wish to be included in the resume book, meet with an SOC Advisor to review your resume (career advisors are determined by major.) · Submit your approved resume by submission deadline, February 1, 2025. 
  • You must be a current student in the spring and must have clearance of all class registration restrictions, and be a student in good standing with AU.

More information will be provided to accepted students. All accepted students are responsible for making travel and lodging arrangements, as well as for all meals unless otherwise indicated in the final schedule.  

Questions? Contact the Career Center at careercenter@american.edu

The program fee is $200.

Due: December 6, 2024

Limited Scholarships Available

Students should plan to provide their own transportation, housing, and meals during the trip. AU faculty and staff are available to provide assistance finding accommodations near key sites.


Contact Sarah Menke-Fish, Assistant Dean of Experiential Learning at 202-885-2026 or smenke@american.edu.

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Meet the 2019 Cohort

Get the behind-the-scenes look at the New York Intensive from the student perspective.

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Meaningful Career Connections

Jackie Anyanwu

Public Relations and Strategic Communcation

These people were once in my same position, and to see where they are now gives me confidence that I could be there someday too.

Jackie applied for the New York Intensive trip because she wanted to get a first-hand look at companies and organizations in that market and get a taste of what life could be like working in New York.


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Bobbie's Success Story

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A Foot in the Door

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