Ulrich-Stewart Family Funded Internship Award

Application period: January 7th - February 3rd, 2020

Tisch Office of Career Development is proud to present the Ulrich-Stewart Family Funded Internship Award, a resource exclusively for Tisch students completing summer internships at nonprofits and other organizations that typically offer unpaid internships.

This award will be offered to up to fourteen students ($2,500 each) to assist them in gaining valuable experiential learning and professional development. The awardees will also receive internship application coaching from the TOCD staff, including cover letter/resume writing feedback and interview practice, so that they gain valuable career skills.

The Tisch Funded Internship Award is a one-time stipend that is awarded directly to the recipient. It is not affiliated with Federal Work Study or Financial Aid packages.*


In order to be considered for the Ulrich-Stewart Family Funded Internship Award, you must: 

  • Be enrolled full-time in an Undergraduate or Graduate degree-granting program in a department at NYU Tisch School of the Arts during Spring 2020, with the intent to continue full-time enrollment in Fall 2020. You do not need to be taking classes during the 2020 summer session to apply. December 2019 and May 2020 graduates, as well as visiting students at Tisch and NYU students with Tisch minors are not eligible.
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Plan to obtain an unpaid summer internship at a nonprofit organization or other organization that typically has unpaid interns. (Academic credit for the internship is optional.) Internships that provide compensation equal to minimum wage or more are not eligible. International internship placement programs, in which third-party organizations connect students with internships occuring outside of the U.S., are also not eligible.
  • Plan to intern with a U.S.-based organization for at least 20 hours per week for at least 8 weeks between May 11 and August 21, 2020. Additional funds may be available for awardees who intern for more than a total of 300 hours.

Tisch students with F-1 visas are welcome to apply if they meet all the above criteria. However, they should be aware that they will be taxed at the time of the check disbursement. F-1 visa holders must also be aware of CPT/OPT filing procedures.

Tisch students who are studying abroad during the spring semester are welcome to apply. If they're selected for the award, the internship application coaching will occur via Skype/Google Video and email.

If you've applied for the Ulrich-Stewart Family Funded Internship Award in the past, you are welcome to re-apply. However, if you have already received the Award, you are no longer eligible.

We encourage you to also apply to other internship funds as you make arrangements for your summer. (This includes the Wasserman Center Internship Grant.) Recipients of the 2020 Ulrich-Stewart Family Funded Internship Award are not eligible for the 2020 Summer Wasserman Center Internship Grant; if their internship continues into the fall semester, they are also not eligible for the 2020 Fall Wasserman Center Internship Grant. 


  • Applications open on Tuesday, January 7th, 2020, at 10am EST and will be accepted on a rolling basis until Monday, February 3rd at 9am EST. Only the first 100 complete applications will be considered - if the 100-application limit is reached before February 3rd, the application period will close at that time.  
  • Recipients of the award will be notified during the week of February 17th, 2020.
  • Awardees will be required to turn in tax paperwork (W-9) to receive funds in a timely manner.
  • Awards will be disbursed in two payments: 1) during the first week of July 2020 or after 80 hours of work at the awardee's internship (whichever is later), and 2) upon completion of the internship. 
  • International students will be taxed at time of check disbursement. All other student recipients will receive tax documents from NYU in January of the following year.

Please note that awardees who do not obtain unpaid internships by May 1, 2020 will forfeit their grant. (Due to funding restrictions, awardees who accept internships that provide compensation of minimum wage or more must also forfeit the grant.) Awardees who do not successfully complete their internships may also forfeit a portion of their grant.



  • Application Essays (see below)
  • Resume
  • Sample cover letter, based on a current internship listing. Please be sure to include the listing for reference by copy/pasting it into a word doc and submitting that with your cover letter sample. Cover letters that are not accompanied by an internship listing will not be considered complete.
  • Documentation showing your current student loan balance, scholarship award letter, or other indication of financial aid/need. This can consist of a screenshot of the info on your financial aid award tab in your Albert account. 
  • Please note that a recommendation letter will not be required, nor will it be considered as part of your application.

The resume, sample cover letter, and financial documentation must be uploaded to Google Drive and then shared with both nyu277@nyu.edu and LH77@nyu.edu. The application form will include a place for you to list the share links for these documents. Please do not send the shared links directly to nyu277@nyu.edu and/or LH77@nyu.edu without filling out the application form - if you do, it will not be considered an official submission.

The essay portion of the application is one of the most important components of the review process. Please note there are no word limits or minimums for the essays, and that each prompt should be answered separately.

  • Please list at least three internships that you plan to apply for, including the company/employer name, specific department/title if applicable (e.g. "Literary Intern at the Public Theater"), and a brief description of the internship. If available, please include links to the internship listing(s). The purpose of this list is to demonstrate that you've already begun to research potential internships and have identified specific opportunities relevant to your career goals. You can list as many internships as you would like but your focus should be on relevance and not quantity. Please also note that if you are selected for the Funded Internship Award, this list will serve as the basis for your internship application coaching and can be amended as needed.
  • If you obtain one of the internships that you apply for, how will it further your overall artistic and professional growth? (If you're interested in several types of internships, please note how each type would benefit you.)
  • How will the grant help your financial need? 
  • What will you do if you're hired as an unpaid intern but don't receive this grant?
  • What will you do this summer if you don't get an internship at all?

To apply to the Ulrich-Stewart Family Funded Internship Award, follow these steps:

  • Click on the link at the bottom of this page to fill out the application. This application link will appear below on Tuesday morning, January 7th, 2020. If you do not see a link to the form at the bottom of this page, it means that the submission period has either not begun yet or has already ended.
  • The application form will have fields for you to paste in your essay answers, as well as the Google Drive share links for your resume, sample cover letter, and financial documentation.
  • Applications will not be considered complete and counted towards the 100-application pool until we have verified your eligiblity. Once we have finished processing your application, you will receive an acknowledgment from our office in 3-5 business days.

Please contact tisch.career@nyu.edu with any questions regarding the award or application process.

The decisions of the selection committee are final. Neither the selection committee, nor the TOCD staff, will release justification for recipient selections or provide feedback on applications. Incomplete applications or applicants who do not meet eligibility guidelines will not be considered. 

The applications for the 2020 Ulrich-Stewart Family Funded Internship will be accepted on a rolling basis until Monday, February 3rd at 9am EST. Only the first 100 complete applications will be considered - if the 100-application limit is reached before February 3rd, the application period will close at that time.  

Applications for the 2020 Ulrich-Stewart Family Funded Internship are now closed.

If you submitted a complete application but did not receive an email acknowledgment confirming you were included in the eligible candidate pool within 5 business days, please contact TOCD at tisch.career@nyu.edu.