Study Away

New York Arts Program

The New York Arts Program is designed to provide those students seriously interested in the performing, visual, and media arts with an opportunity to serve as apprentices and to experience the world of the established professional artist. The cultural resources of New York City are well known. Less familiar is the artist’s milieu—that mix of people, places and events which constitutes the artist’s environment, world, and immediate audience.


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The New York Arts Program is designed to provide interested students in any major the opportunity to experience working in an arts-related field of their choice and earn up to 15 academic credits in the process.

Selected students spend a semester living in New York City and working as an intern/apprentice. Former students have interned with Saturday Night LiveGlamourTeen Vogue, NBC, MTV, VH1, Mary Zimmerman’s Arabian Nights, Strasburg Institute, Young People’s Chorus of NYC, and many others.

The opportunities provided through the New York Arts Program are priceless and can often lead to related post-graduate career opportunities. 


Step 1: You must have approval to study away. APPLY IN Via to study away

Step 2: Get started on your New York Arts Program application. APPLY to NYAP


Applications are reviewed as they are received, so it’s to your advantage to apply early. Final deadlines are:

Fall:  (SU) February 1st, (NYAP) February 26th

Spring: (SU) October 1st, (NYAP) October 22nd

Note:  There is no summer program available; however, program housing is available in the summers to those students who have completed the New York Arts Program.

Southwestern University students have previously interned with the following organizations:

  • Ensemble Studio Theatre
  • Tony Origlio Public Relations
  • Glamour Magazine
  • GOOD Music
  • Saturday Night Live Music
  • Art Studios of Sculptors
  • Charles Ross & Jill O’Brien
  • City Center Marketing and Development Department
  • Chicago City Limits
  • MTV, VH1
  • NBC, Entertainment Publicity
  • NBC Program Standards
  • Whitney Museum
  • Dixon Place Theatre
  • The Lee Strasberg Theatre  & Film Institute
  • Dodger Stage Holding Theatricals
  • Randy Carfagno, Puppeteer
  • House of Power Records
  • Rogers & Cowan
  • I Caramba Communications
  • Shaw Delany, Painter
  • Passport Recording
  • NBC Nightly News
  • Nancy Hoffman Gallery
  • W Magazine

There are new internship opportunities at:

  • Metropolitan Opera
  • Paul Taylor Dance Company
  • Thistle Dance Company
  • Ballet Hispanico
  • Mid-America Productions
  • Public Theater

For more information about the program, please contact Mary Claire Angle, Director of Academic Internships at or 512-863-1262.