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Class Eligibility:
2-Junior and Above
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All courses in English
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Elon Core Curriculum
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Program Advisor/Manager:
Cindy Sweeney
Program Leader 1:
Steve Braye
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ELR Unit: 2 units
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Elon in New York City

About the Location

Elon in New York City summer program is a nine-week opportunity for students to experience the Big Apple. The program is open to ALL majors. Students will earn 6 hours of credit while onsite in New York City. Four of those credits satisfy the upper level CORE Capstone requirement and two complete an internship requirement.


New for summer 2017  COR 418:  New York City: Living in the Global Community is open to all majors. This course uses New York City and your internship to understand the diversity and complexity of global humanity, and your role in the global community as you begin your journey as a global citizen. We will explore the diversity of values that New Yorkers hold and examine important social, political and religious issues at play throughout the city, in order to analyze how these ideas can help us better understand our global community and our role within it.

Opportunities for internships exist across broad areas, including, but not limited to, companies and businesses that support all aspects of the arts, such as casting, marketing, public relations, advertising, finance, investments, banking, as well as news and entertainment journalism. We have contacts from decades of successful internship experiences. Hundreds of alumni and Elon parents in Manhattan provide critical networking and professional advice to students.

You will work with a career counselor from your school (Love School of Business, School of Communications, College of Arts & Sciences-SPDC) who will help you with your internship search. You will register your internship with your internship instructor according to your school. You will earn two credits for your internship coursework and fulfill an ELR.

Students will attend the Elon in NYC program Alumni Meet & Greet where you will be connected with an alumni mentor living and working in NYC. You also will have the opportunity to network with other Elon alumni working in the city. Our Sunday Series, panel discussions with alumni, will provide informal opportunities for you to learn from alumni about life after graduation.

Summer students are required to take 6 credit hours as part of the summer program.  Students will be enrolled in COR 418, New York City:  Living in the Global Community (4 credits) and one of the following:

  • COM 381 Communications Internship (2 credits)
  • BUS 381 Business Internship (2 credits)
  • COE 381 Co-op Work Experience (2 credits)
Grades count toward an Elon GPA. 

Study USA courses may NOT be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.


The internship experience in the NYC program is required. Students will be guided through the steps of their internship search while still on campus through both group and individual sessions. Elon in NYC does not place students in internships, but we guide students and keep them on task through assignments before they arrive in NYC. Searching for internships is the closest way, in an academic program, to train students on the steps necessary to look for a job.

Students must complete a minimum of 160 hours of internship time while on the ground in NYC. This two-credit experience counts toward the ELR requirement on their degree audit. Students may earn internship hours from Communications, Business, or the Career Center (Co-op Work Experience) depending on their major. Students may be paid for their internships but usually only a small number of students will be offered paid positions.

Program Activities

Elon in NYC program will include site visits to a variety of experiences including a Broadway show, Ellis Island, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 9/11 Museum, the United Nations, CNN, Credit Suisse, the Federal Reserve, Rockefeller Center, the Tenement Museum, Museum of Natural History, the Museum of the City of New York.

General Program Dates

Summer 2017 - Saturday, June 3, 2017 - Saturday, August 5, 2017


The program fee for summer 2017 is $8,300. This fee includes Elon tuition for 6 credits, housing, programing and an unlimited ride subway pass for 2 months to get around the city. The program DOES NOT include transportation to/from the city, food, or entertainment expenses. The fee will be billed to your Elon account and is due May 1. Full program cost is non-refundable two weeks prior to the program start date.

Transportation to and from the city and food costs are NOT included.

Scholarships/Travel Grants

GEC Access Scholarships are designed to help provide access for all undergraduate students to participate in an Elon-approved Global Engagement (study abroad or Study USA) program. The application for a GEC Access Scholarship is a questionnaire embedded in the outgoing program application--there is no external application. Please see the GEC Access Scholarship brochure for information on eligibility, conditions, and notification. 

For additional information on scholarships or other funding for global engagement, see the Financial Planning for Global Study page.

Students can apply for summer financial aid through Elon University in person in the Office of Financial Planning in the spring semester.  Summer financial aid applications are due May 1.  

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your global engagement program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.


All summer students participating in the Elon in NYC summer program will be required to live in The New School’s Loeb Hall residence at 135 E. 12th Street in Manhattan. Loeb Hall is a student residence hall, with 24-hour security personnel. Students will be issued a swipe card to gain access to the building and their rooms. Each suite includes two bedrooms with twin beds, desk, chair, dresser, and wardrobe per student.  There is a shared bath in each suite and a kitchen with stove, refrigerator, dining table and chairs. Suites have Ethernet connections so bring a cable! This facility has meeting rooms, exercise equipment, coin operated laundry and a recreation area in the basement.

Students are responsible for their travel to and from New York City. Summer students must arrive at Loeb Hall on Saturday, June 3, 2017 between 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM. A representative from Elon will be there to assist with the check-in process. 


The primary source of local transportation within New York City is through the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Subway and Bus System. A monthly unlimited ride subway pass will be provided to each student for June and July.

Students are not permitted to have cars in New York City.


Applications for Summer 2017 open on September 13, 2016 and close February 2, 2017. You must apply by November 17 to be considered for the GEC Access Scholarship. You are encouraged to complete your application as soon as possible, a completed application includes a $400 deposit that is applied towards your program fee. Please contact Cindy Sweeney if you have questions about the deposit. Once your application is complete, you will be contacted for an interview and notified within a week of your interview about your status. Applicants will be accepted on a rolling admissions basis until the program is full at 30-35 students. Acceptance during the fall semester allows you to begin your internship search process so you do not miss any opportunities.


Students will participate in a series of MANDATORY orientations during the semester prior to participating in a Study USA experience. These orientations will address issues of academic, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety.

Additional Information and Links

Connect with the GEC, global engagement alumni, and prospective students on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And keep in touch with us using #ElonGlobal! 

Contact Global Ambassadors to learn more from global engagement alumni. Global Ambassadors are GEC student representatives that have participated in one or more study abroad or Study USA programs and have been trained to help you prepare for your own global engagement. They are looking forward to hearing from you!

Interested? Check out our student blog from years past.

Questions? Contact Cindy Sweeney at or Professor Steve Braye at

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 02/18/2016
Rolling Admission 05/28/2016 07/30/2016
Summer 2017 11/17/2016 ** Rolling Admission 06/03/2017 08/05/2017
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program. All completed applications are reviewed on a rolling and space-available basis.

Open Period: Sept. 13 to 11:59 p.m., Nov. 17.

Rolling Period: Nov. 18 to 11:59 p.m., Feb. 2.

Please view the Payment and Cancellation Policies page for important deadlines.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status within two weeks of submission.

Indicates that deadline has passed