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  • Locations: New York City, United States
  • Program Terms: Fall
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  • Budget Sheets: Fall
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

SUNY Global Engagement Program in New York City


Application Process

To begin the application, please click on the "Apply Now" box in the top right-hand side of this page, or the very bottom of the page.  You will be asked to login (New Paltz students) or create an account profile (Non-New Paltz students).  Please follow the instructions to be taken to your personal application checklist. 

  • Admissions are rolling
  • Applications will be considered when they are complete
  • This program is limited to 25 participants at the maximum, once this limit is reached, the application cycle will close and you will no longer have access to the online application
  • Early applications are encouraged

Program Dates

The Global Engagement Program application deadline has been extended to April 9, 2021- though it is rolling admission. It is highly encouraged to submit your application early as interviews will take place on a rolling basis.

*Subject to change with updated housing costs

Location Description

New York is the most populous city in the United States and the center of the New York Metropolitan Area, one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world. The city is referred to as New York City or The City of New York to distinguish it from the State of New York, of which it is a part. A global power city, New York exerts a significant impact upon commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment. The home of the United Nations Headquarters, New York is an important center for international diplomacy and has been described as the cultural capital of the world.

Academic Program

The program is designed to provide students with interests in global issues with field experience through unpaid internships along with a rigorous academic program. The program will be carried out at the SUNY Global Center in NYC every Fall starting in 2013 and it will be coordinated by SUNY New Paltz. 

New York City offers a wealth of opportunity for students to gain hands on experience in the world of international affairs.  The presence of the United Nations Secretariat and offices of all UN related organizations will provide openings for students in many fields of study related to global affairs including education, the arts, the social and natural sciences, and business.   

The semester long program will carry a course load of 12-15 credit hours.  With assistance from the Program Director, students are expected to secure an internship of 20-25 hours per week.  The internships are expected to be relevant to international affairs in organizations that foster global engagement.  In addition, students are expected to participate in a weekly seminar on international affairs at the SUNY Global Center.  The course will integrate academic works related to international governmental organizations and non-governmental organizations as well as international relations between states and regional dynamics.  Students will work in a colloquium setting to develop, execute, and present their independent research projects under the guidance of the Program Director.  Through the colloquium process, students are expected to write a full length academic paper on their research related to the topic of their internship.

Course Description

Students obtain a globally engaged and internationally focused unpaid internship in New York City, attend weekly seminar and colloquium and conduct a major research project. The goal of this course is to gain field experience in international affairs. Students will be able to demonstrate multicultural and interpersonal communication skills and become fluent in the current state of international relations including UN and affiliated organizations as well as international non-governmental organizations.

Semester credit hours break down: 12-15
  1. 6-9 credits hours for internship program (20-25 hours of internship per week)
  2. 3 credits lecture seminar
  3. 3 credits research colloquium

Language of Instruction

The language of instruction is English. 


The semester long program will carry course load of 12-15 credit hours.


Students who have completed at least 45 credits hours of college work and have a minimum of 3.0 GPA may apply.


New York City is a large, cosmopolitan and diverse city. As such, short-term housing tends to be rather expensive. The SUNY Global Engagement program makes arrangements for student housing at 92Y.  Our goal is to provide students with safe, clean, and conveniently located housing while in New York. Your room will be clean, safe and accessible by public transportation. Students are welcome to make their own arrangements for housing.

  • Each room has one standard twin-size bed, a desk, chair, dresser and a closet which locks. Double rooms have two of each, except for small double rooms which only have one closet.
  • Every floor has a large communal bathroom with semi-private or private showers, sinks and toilets.
  • Bed linen, pillows, blankets and bedspread are supplied. Students should bring their own towels.
  • There is a kitchen/dining area on each floor with all appliances, including a microwave; however, cooking and eating supplies are not provided.

See the Program Costs section above for a breakdown of costs.  See the FAQ Section of the 92Y website for more information about the accommodations.

Faculty Director

S. Ilgü Özler is an Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at SUNY New Paltz. Özler received her Ph.D. in Political Science from University of California, Los Angeles (2003). Her research is on the relationship between political institutions and civil society. She focuses on political parties, non-governmental organizations and social movements. She has done research on the urban slums and squatter areas in Turkey, Mexico and Chile. Her recent work has been on Turkish civil society organizations and the Justice and Development Party in Turkey. Her teaching covers the fields of comparative politics and international relations. For the past 9 years, she has been taking students to the United Nations for briefings every Friday for 10 weeks during the Spring semester. She has also taken students to Turkey on a study mission as a part of the SUNY Model European Union exercises in 2008. She teaches courses on intergovernmental organizations, global civil society, Middle Eastern politics and Latin American politics. She has been a legislative volunteer for Amnesty USA since 2008. She is the founder and coordinator to the Mid Hudson Valley Amnesty Club as well as the faculty advisor to the campus Amnesty group. She is the chair of the campus Advisory Board for the Dual Diploma Degree Program between the Turkish universities and SUNY. She serves on the Board of the World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley.


There are countless opportunities around the United Nations headquarters for globally related internships. We will provide a list of possible internship opportunities to students. While ultimately the responsibility to secure the internship lies with the applicant. The program director will assist accepted students individually in securing internships.

Students have secured internships with organizations such as, Doctors without Borders, The Clinton Global Initiative, Foreign Policy Association and more.  CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF INTERNSHIP PLACEMENTS FROM THE FIRST SESSION OF THE GEP


SUNY - State University of New York

SUNY is the nation's largest and most comprehensive state university system which includes 64 colleges and universities geographically dispersed all over New York State. With a total enrollment of over 467,000, nearly 40% of New York State high school graduates choose SUNY. SUNY attracts the best and brightest scholars, scientists, artists and professionals and boasts nationally and internationally recognized faculty in all major disciplines. Faculty are regular recipients of prestigious awards and honors. The State University of New York is committed to providing quality education at an affordable price to New Yorkers and students from across the country and the world.

SUNY Global is responsible for strategic planning, policy development, coordination and incubation of system-wide global initiatives. SUNY Global is profoundly focused on access and, in particular, the affordability of study abroad opportunities for all students. SUNY Global is headquartered at the SUNY Global Center in the heart of Manhattan, on East 55th Street between Lexington and Park Avenues. SUNY Global also maintains offices and staff in Albany, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ankara and Mexico City.

SUNY New Paltz has a strong international relations program, and our faculty and staff have experience in creating and administering several SUNY wide and campus based initiatives related to global education. For nearly twenty years, the Department of Political Science and International Relations at New Paltz has offered a six-credit United Nations semester course during which students visit the United Nations for weekly briefings from UN officials, country missions as well as non-governmental organizations that work with the United Nations. SUNY New Paltz is also the current home to the SUNY Model European Union program, which has been hosting transatlantic collegiate simulations of the EU for over 25 years.

Have Questions?

Contact SUNY New Paltz Study Abroad Advisor Catherine Collado.


This program is currently not accepting applications.