Liberal Arts in New York City
St. Lawrence University students participating in the Liberal Arts in New York City Semester will have the opportunity to study and intern in one of the largest and most dynamic cities in the world. Students will spend four full days a week in an internship experience throughout the semester while taking classes in either finance or nonprofit/arts management. (Internships are aligned with the students’ interests or intended fields and are not limited to finance and arts.) Field trips, networking events/opportunities, and classes will round out the remainder of each week.
- Based in Manhattan
- Fall or Spring semester
- Pre-requisites: 3.0 GPA; open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
- Must demonstrate an interest in growing professional, networking, and career skills
- Required internship; students cannot participate in the semester without securing an internship
- Live in student residence hall
A semester in New York City gives St. Lawrence students the opportunity to experience all that the Big Apple has to offer. Students will have the opportunity to attend the plays and concerts, visit the museums and galleries, watch the games and parades for which the city is famous.
Students have the opportunity to participate in a dynamic semester-long internship program in New York City. Students will spend four full days a week in an internship experience throughout the semester while taking classes in either finance or nonprofit/arts management. Students will spend four full days each week gaining a deeper understanding of their field of interest through an internship experience. Field trips and classes will round out the remainder of each week.
New York: Cinema City (Director’s Course, 2022 - 2023) (1.5 units ND)
New York City is well known for its rich history of cinematic production, major film institutions, and enduring attraction as a subject and setting for motion pictures. Cinema is not only densely woven into the fabric of everyday life in New York. It has also long been a key medium and art form for documenting and exploring the city’s dynamic histories of immigration, urban transformation, and cultural diversity. In the director’s course, we will study how cinema has historically represented the diverse lives and spaces of New York from the early twentieth century to the present, with a critical eye to the political power of film to construct and foreground differing stories and images of collective and individual life in the city.
- Internship preparation & Excel course (0.5 unit)
- Internship Placement (1 unit)
Electives (choose 1): (1 unit)
- Special Topics: Finance - New York (ECON 4007), Prerequisite: Economics 252 (1 unit)
- Non-profit & Arts Management (PCA 304) (1 unit)
Students are expected to research organizations of interest and to develop a plan for obtaining an internship. Students will be given assistance with internship contacts, research techniques, resume reviews, interview workshops and individual mock interviews. Notifications of acceptance into the NYCS program are generally sent in mid-March for fall and spring semesters. Internship arrangements are finalized after these dates.
SLU has a diverse network of organizations interested in interviewing NYC Semester students for internships. A list of past program internship sites can be found here
Students live in single rooms or a single-sex double room at the 92YResidence, (92nd Street and Lexington, 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10128) which houses students and interns throughout the year. Students will be provided with a meal stipend to cover all meals while on the program. Cooking facilities are available on each floor at the 92YResidence. Other amenities include laundry rooms located throughout the residence, 24-hour security and free Wi-Fi with full use of all the 92Y facilities.
The 92Y is located in the historic Carnegie Hill section of Manhattan's Upper East Side and is just three blocks from Central Park and Museum Mile. The 92nd Street Y is one of New York's finest cultural and community centers with weekly events including concerts, lectures, art, music, dance, and language classes. SLU students get discounted entrance rates at lectures & events. Located in a residential area, there are numerous groceries, delicatessens, restaurants and other services in the immediate neighborhood. The facility includes a Health, Fitness & Sports Center, featuring a 75-foot swimming pool, gym, aerobics classes, steam room, and sauna.
The Fall semester typically begins in early September and ends in mid-December. The Spring semester typically begins in early/mid-January and ends in late April/early May.
Sunday, Sept. 4 – Move-In Day
Monday, Sept. 26 – Internships Begin
Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 23-27 – Thanksgiving Break
Thursday, Dec. 8 – Internships End
Friday, Dec. 16 – Last Day of Classes
Sunday, Dec. 18 – Move-Out
Sunday, Jan. 8- Move into 92 Y residence
Monday, Jan. 30- Internships Begin
Wednesday-Sunday Feb. 22-26- Mid-semester Break
Thursday, April 20- Internships end
Tuesday, April 25- Last Day of Classes
Wednesday, April 26- Move-out
Pre-departure: The CIIS office organizes in-depth orientation sessions on-campus prior to the student's participation in the program. This includes a program specific session(s) in which the students will learn more about the program, local culture, academic expectations, and any other important information. There is also an orientation session led by the CIIS office on culture shock, pre-departure preparation, as well as safety and security while abroad.
If you are interested in learning more about the New York City program please contact one of the following people:
CIIS Office: Caitlin Hatz, Director of Off-Campus Programs - Questions about eligibility, program logistics, and other off-campus opportunities.
Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Val Lehr, Associate Professor of English - Questions about program academics.