New York University students interning in Washington can now continue to take official classes, conduct research with District-based faculty members, and live in dorms that likely qualify for student loan funding (and are easier to secure than short-term rentals via Craigslist).
The Constance Milstein and Family Global Academic Center, located near Thomas Circle in Northwest D.C., officially opened on Monday evening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The new 75,000-square-foot facility is branded as a “study abroad”or “study away” site. There are classrooms, faculty offices, research space, a 140-seat auditorium and enough dorm rooms to ultimately house 120 students. The curriculum will chiefly focus on government, politics, public administration and journalism.
Washington is already home to several university satellite campuses. These centers make it easier and safer for students to move to a strange new city for an internship, especially an unpaid one. Stanford University started its ”Stanford in Washington” program in 1988. The University of California, Washington Center, is housed in an 11-story building near the White House and has room for more than 270 students. Boston University has a 23,000-square-foot campus in Georgetown that focuses on digital arts. Syracuse University runs the Greenberg House near the Woodley Park metro stop. And there are also non-profit and for-profit companies that offer similar services.
And it’s not just D.C. Schools are setting up base in other cities popular with interns. For example, Emerson College of Boston recently opened a residential campus in Los Angeles for juniors, seniors or graduate students who are doing entertainment industry internships.
The NYU Washington shop is built on donated land and funded with multi-million dollar donations from alumni and others. D.C. has one of the highest concentrations of NYU graduates, and the new building will also be used for alumni events.
NYU is one of the country’s largest private universities and each year with a booming international student population and high-rate of students who study abroad. The NYU global empire now includes three degree-granting research campuses in New York City, Abu Dhabi and (soon-to-open) Shanghai, and 11 “study abroad” sites in Washington, Accra, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Florence, London, Madrid, Paris, Prague, Sydney, and Tel Aviv.
University officials said in a statement that they aim to give students access to the “world’s great national capitals, capitals of commerce, and capitals of ideas.”