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Fact Sheet:
I am interested in: Experience, Intern Level: Undergraduate
Languages spoken in country: English Language Proficiency Required?: No
Housing Type: No Accommodations Ideal Program Length: 8 Weeks
Internships Available?: Yes Scholarships/Financial Aid Available?: Yes
Scholarships Available: Study Away Scholarships
Program Description:


New York CityNew York City has consistently emerged as the sole metropolis in North America, and one of a few in the world to be considered truly global in its impact. Few other cities can parallel its collection of art, cultural experiences and history. Scarce American communicative, mediated and social developments or movements occurred outside of the purview and subsequent impact of New York City. Clearly, New York has emerged as more than merely a metropolitan area. Instead, it has become an icon of modern civic life.

This program investigates the communicative components of New York City by focusing on its neighborhoods, organizations and institutions. Students take two courses on these topics, as well having the option to take an additional course, for variable credit, as a self-directed independent study or internship. Students explore the city as a group each Saturday, and should expect to spend at least one additional day in New York City to complete course assignments.  Time spent on the optional independent study or internship is scheduled individually by the student.  As part of the New York City student experience, students will attend regular events and excursions. This program is also a commuter program. 
  • Term available: summer
  • Tentative 2018 Dates: Saturdays, May 19th - July 9th, 2018
  • Internship: optional through New York City Experience/Internship course
  • Courses (6–10 credits): Communication and Social Influence
  • Klein faculty program leader - Dr. Scott Gratson
  • Student life: Students have the opportunity to live in New York City, or they can commute each week to class.
  • Application deadline: Feb. 15, 2018


This program views New York City as a text to be investigated. Students in the Communities & Organizations in NYC: The Study of a Modern Metropolis Program meet in a classroom at Manhattan Marymount College each Saturday, and after some classroom time, are led by a faculty director to continue class in significant cultural and social places throughout New York. 

Students explore communities and institutions, visit numerous museums as part of the study of the city, and examine the history of institutions and their impact. New York City as an entity is a major focus of the program, as is creative, cultural, personal and professional exploration. 

Each student in the program should expect to spend at least one additional day per week in New York City (or about six additional hours per week) in order to complete required course assignments. Students participating in the optional 1-4 credit course will intern or complete an independent study on their own time. The program comprises two required, three-credit courses and one optional applied course (1-4 credits).

Special Topics: New York City Communities, CSI 4212 (3 sh) - This course is taught during the first half of the summer, preceding NYC Institutions. Registration is simultaneous and the courses are co-requisites as students must take both courses during one summer semester.  

Nowhere do such diverse ideas, perspectives, cultures, rhythms and movements converge than in New York City.  Whether it’s retracing one’s heritage, or sporting the latest fashions, few in the United States and beyond remain untouched by its influence.  This course is designed to demonstrate how the city functions to this end and help students understand the actions, events and context which led to this event.  Students will examine constructs from mediated communication to urban infrastructure in both a localized and global framework to understand New York’s role.

The goal of this course is to create a tri-tiered community: The macro community of New York City will be explored by detailing the discourse of its micro-municipal, neighborhood communities. The students, forming peer groups and a scholarly community of their own, will complete this pedagogical trifecta. Students will also be discussing the changing role of and even identity of a “community” in a mediated, information age. By considering such elements through a communications lens, students will investigate the means through which a community establishes and portrays itself. Students will be collaborating not only in the classroom as part of their ongoing discussions and projects, most specifically project two, but will also be working as a team while in New York City. While there, they will be assisting each other as they experience this urban environment, creating peer relations that will help them understand and appreciate a world city.

Special Topics: New York City Institutions, CSI 4213 (3 sh) - This course is taught during the second half of the summer, immediately following NYC Communities. Registration is simultaneous and the courses are co-requisites as students must take both courses during one summer semester.  

Whether it’s an advocacy group, municipal office or global corporation, New York is home to just about any type of organization one could imagine.  This course is designed to expose students to different types of organizations, the role they play and how they function in context of other organizations.  Students will examine partnerships between different groups and offices to accomplish shared goals.

This class will be an extension of the information that you have learned in New York City I, Communities. While the former class focused on the creation of identity within public spaces such as neighborhoods and municipal districts, this course will be an investigation into a series of public institutions. Each of these organizations has had and will continue to have an impact on the culture and ethos of New York City. Beyond that fact, however, this course will allow you to bolster your knowledge of field research as you began in New York City I. It is the hope that you will increase your acumen not only of New York City and its environs but also the important impact that organizations have on the surrounding community.

OPTIONAL: New York City Applied Experience CSI 4289 (1-4 sh) - Students may complete an independent study project or independently seek out an internship or field experience at an institution, organization or company related to their field of study.  The course allows students to gain and reflect on experience with New York City-based organizations.

Students may undertake a summer-long internship or independent study experience that directly furthers their practical knowledge of public communication, public relations or organizational leadership. They will be supervised and graded by the Communities & Organizations in NYC faculty program leader. 

NOTE: If you participate in the applied experience, you must get Academic Advisor approval for enrollment in any credits beyond 8 - which is the max for any summer term. 

FACULTY PROGRAM LEADER - Dr. Scott Gratson is director of undergraduate studies and director of the Interdisciplinary Communications program. He advises nearly 600 students and coordinates several of Klein College's undergraduate, curricular and student affairs initiatives. Gratson teaches in the Department of Communication and Social Influence. His courses include Argumentation, Campaigns and Movements, Persuasion, and Public Speaking. He also originated a course titled New York as Text, which employs New York City as the backdrop of the classroom. In addition to his work in the School of Media and Communication, Gratson also works with Temple’s Trial Advocacy LLM Program. He earned his doctorate at the University of Denver while working as a full-time debate coach and instructor at the Metropolitan State College of Denver. 

Combining his love for New York City and history, Dr. Gratson has volunteered for years as a docent and had helped to coordinate the College Outreach Program for the New-York Historical Society (NYHS), where he also serves on the Friends of The NYHS Board.  He has also serves as the archivist for New York City’s Hetrick-Martin Institute, the home of the Harvey Milk High School and the nation’s oldest and largest LGBTQIA educational services organization. Gratson has been studying the history, culture and impact of New York City since 1988. He is an avid patron of the city’s museums, is proud of his family’s history in Brooklyn and enjoys being a Yankees fan.


The following costs are included in your bill from Temple:

Tuition for full-time undergraduate Klein students (6–10 credits):*
Pennsylvania residents: $4,332–7,220
Out-of-state residents: $7,278–12,130

Klein GO 2018 Program fee (tentative): $500
University Services fee: $170

The estimated totals of undergraduate billed expenses are:
*Pennsylvania residents: $5,002–7,890
Out-of-state residents: $7,948–12,800

NOTE: *The tuition rates listed above are simply an example of tuition rates for undergraduate students whose home school is the Klein College of Media and Communication. Students will be charged their home school tuition regardless of participation in a program offered through the Klein College of Media and Communication. Visit the Bursar’s website to calculate your tuition rate. Tuition rates are subject to change and are updated in July for the upcoming academic year.

The Klein GO Program fee includes excursions in and around New York City, to places including:
Battery Park City
Brooklyn Art Museum
Brooklyn Bridge
Central Park
Museum of the City of New York
Museum of Modern Art
South Street Seaport
Stonewall Inn
Washington Square Park
Union Square

The costs that are not billed to your Temple account are:
commuting to and from New York City for the duration of the program, including each Saturday the class is scheduled to meet
transportation in and around New York City
living in New York City**

NOTE: **Residency in New York City isn’t a requirement of the program, but students who decide to stay there are responsible for the costs of living throughout their stay.

Student Life

NYC Landscape
 Where to live? Because of its proximity to Philadelphia and classes that meet all day on Saturday for the duration of the summer, the NYC program allows for a great deal of flexibility for students to choose where they want to live and whether or not they would like to complete an Applied Experience. Many students are interested in a traditional internship and will expect to intern, on a part-time basis as is permitted by the program, in an industry that matches their academic and/or personal interests.  Other students would prefer the flexibility and opportunity to research an aspect of life in New York City by completing an independent project pertaining to their academic or personal interests and would take the Experience path of the optional course.  Still others will choose not to arrange a part-time internship or independent project.

If you decide to complete an internship: It should be noted that internships in New York City are extremely competitive, especially during the summer months when it seems that the best and brightest from around the world convene in the city that never sleeps in order to pursue their internship dreams.  It is recommended that you apply to internships as early as possible if you are eager to confirm a part-time placement. Tips on finding and securing an internship can be found on our Experience/Internships page, however, this list is by no means comprehensive, and will work to find an internship on their own.  This process should include consultation with the Center for Student Professional Development for career advising.ProgrammingAll students, regardless if they elect to complete the applied experience, will be expected to experience the city beyond classroom responsibilities.  Occasional organized activities such as neighborhood bike tours and group excursions will be arranged by program staff.  New York City is filled with free events throughout the summer season in all five boroughs.

For more information, students can consult the following links:

Housing and Transportation
Students are responsible for all housing and transportation costs. Students will be responsible for arranging their own housing and many use NYU’s housing. The NYU Summer housing application is typically available in late February and they recommend that students visit their housing site regularly, in order to be kept updated on informational events and the application process.  There are a number of other organizations that cater to summer interns in New York City and you can find properties located throughout Manhattan and nearby Brooklyn, none of which are more than a direct, thirty-five minute subway ride away from the Program’s base at the Manhattan Marymount College. Students may also opt to secure their own housing or commute into New York City from nearby locales, including Philadelphia.

Visits and Excursions
Throughout the Communities & Organizations in NYC program, students will be able to explore New York City through several different field trips led by the Faculty Program Leader, introducing them to the city and culture that surrounds them.

Past trips have included:
Central Park
Washington Square Park
The Brooklyn Bridge
Battery Park City
Museum of the City of New York
Union Square
Brooklyn Art Museum
Museum of Modern Art
South Street Seaport
The New York Public Library
Grand Central Terminal
Library Walk
Caffe Reggio
Christopher Street
The Stonewall Inn
Chelsea Piers

Students will also typically have the opportunity to bike between Manhattan and Brooklyn, attend a sporting event and enjoy a special farewell meal. To find out about even more events occurring throughout your stay in New York City, visit the public calendar.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer I 2018 02/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.