CUSP Experiential Scholars

Accelerate your career while giving back.

A collective of students striving to build better cities.

Starting in 2024, CUSP will award a select number of master’s students with scholarship funds to cover the tuition cost of a 3-credit summer internship or guided research. Our goal is to encourage and enable students to utilize their urban science skills in professional roles and consider how they can contribute to a city’s development in their future careers. Experiential learning also allows students to take what they have learned in the classroom and apply it to the real world, potentially even seeing the results of their efforts in their own communities.  

Benefits of Experiential Learning


Expand Your Network

Meeting other urban science practitioners in the field is a great way to get your foot in the door when searching for jobs later on in your career. Developing contacts is one of the most important things you can do as an early-stage professional.


Demonstrate Your Skills

Having professional experience on your resume shows that not only do you excel in the classroom, you also add value to a business or organization in concrete ways.


Explore your options

Short-term internships allow you to try on different types of roles with a lower commitment level. If you’re curious about a certain department or function within a city, this is a great time to see how you fit.

Opportunities in NYC & Beyond

CUSP Experiential Scholars will be responsible for securing their own internships or research positions. Depending on a student’s personal goals, opportunities can be found at NYC agencies, nonprofits, niche consulting firms, startups, within NYU, and more. We also welcome students to take advantage of opportunities outside New York City upon approval from the CUSP Education Team. 

Reach towards your professional aspirations in areas such as:

Criminal Justice
Emergency Response
and more!

2024 Eligibility Requirements

The CUSP Experiential Scholarship provides financial support for students who have secured a for-credit summer internship or guided research position related to urban science. NYU CUSP students, including international students in lawful F-1 or J-1 status sponsored by NYU, must meet all of the criteria to be eligible: 

  1. Currently enrolled and taking classes in the MS in Applied Urban Science & Informatics program at NYU CUSP.
  2. A continuing student who has successfully completed at least 18 NYU CUSP credits prior to April 2024.
  3. In good academic standing at NYU CUSP with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  4. During the summer, internships must be at least 8 weeks long. Additionally, the work experience must be a minimum of 240 hours. Start and end dates need not coincide with the first and last day of the semester, but must fit within the semester in order to ensure that final reports may be submitted and grades may be submitted in a timely manner. 
  5. Not having an incomplete grade (I) in any course from a prior semester and not having received a Time Extension for their current degree program. 
  6. International students who want to take an internship must obtain Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization, which includes registering for an internship course.

Opportunities must be demonstrably related to topics covered in the MS in Applied Urban Science & Informatics degree, to the scholarship committee’s discretion. 

F-1 international students are required to complete at least two semesters of full-time study in the United States (U.S.) to be eligible for internship authorization (for internships outside of NYU). This may include time spent studying at another U.S. institution, including completion of a bachelor’s degree immediately prior to studying at NYU. Please contact the Office of Global Services for details on F-1 internship eligibility.

Students are responsible for abiding by the Tandon Graduate Academic Bulletin regarding Internship Policies and Guidelines.

How to Apply

Students interested in the CUSP Experiential Scholarship will have to secure an internship or research position on their own first. Once the position is granted, students will fill out a formal application, including a written essay about their responsibilities and future goals, and how it relates to their current master’s degree. Students will be asked to disclose if the internship offers compensation and if so, to what extent. A committee of CUSP faculty and staff will review the applications and evaluate based on prior academic performance and the quality of the internship itself. Award recipients will be announced before summer tuition is due so students may plan accordingly. 

2024 Application Dates

To be announced once the NYU Academic Calendar and NYU Bursar’s Office dates have been released.