The New York Semester Program is a highly competitive, semester-long program offered in New York City through Holy Cross. Students work and study in New York City, integrating the lessons they have learned in the classroom with their experiences in the greatest city in the world.
The program welcomes students from all disciplines to connect their academic learning with direct, professional experience in their major fields, providing them with dynamic opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth and development. Through the New York Semester Program, students have the opportunity to work with cutting-edge firms in the areas of finance, marketing, the arts, and politics; engage in a collaborative capstone project with their peers; study principles of leadership; and live in the exciting environment of New York.
The program is made up of three major, integrated components: a weekly seminar on leadership; an internship chosen from a vast range of fields; and a collaborative capstone project designed to engage students with real world problems. Students receive a full semester’s academic credit for the program. Through this selective program, third- or fourth-year students integrate past and current academic study with practical experience. Holy Cross students return to campus as independent learners and researchers, with a host of leadership and professional skills. Learn more in our program handout!
The application date for the 2020-2021 Washington Semester Program will be announced in Fall 2019.
Each student is required to spend four days per week working in a New York-based firm, agency, or cultural institution. Drawing on Holy Cross’ extensive alumni network in the area, we have been able to place students in desirable locations in a variety of fields. Through consistent oversight and evaluation of all of our internship sites we ensure that students are offered a substantive learning experience at their chosen placements. These positions require of the student a great deal of initiative and responsibility.
A research project integrating seminar readings, the internship, and colloquia experiences, the capstone is supervised and graded by the program director with assistance of a mentor in the field and a grading committee.
Each student selects an issue directly related to his or her area of interest, work and study. The project considers the issue in a larger context, surveys the debates surrounding the issue, and includes recommendations and suggestions for further reading. It requires both a written analytical component and a formal boardroom presentation. Where possible, the student is strongly encouraged to pursue a topic within his or her major discipline.
The seminar, which has no prerequisites, meets one evening a week and deals with issues related to leadership. The readings and class discussions will address several basic questions: What is leadership and what are its elements? How do context and organizational structure affect the nature of leadership? How might we understand the moral purposes of leadership? These central questions are designed to isolate the basic premises of leadership, which will in turn enable students to apply theory to contemporary leadership issues and challenges.
Students receive exposure to the Holy Cross alumni network and other industry leaders by participating in a series of colloquia meetings throughout the semester. Over lunch, dinner or during private tours, students are able to learn more about industries outside of those they might be interning in and learn more about key issues of the day. Previous meetings have included:
- Learning about advertising sales at Google headquarters
- Tours of NBC Universal with Holy Cross alums in the NBC page program
- Overview of media and marketing at Music Choice, Viacom, and 21st Century Fox
- An overview of careers in private equity, real estate, mergers and acquisitions, and hedge funds
- Working in non-profits to solve issues such as homelessness
- How to break into digital marketing
- Deep dives on tech and entrepreneurship
Recent Internship Placements
- Auburn Theological Seminary
- BMF Media
- Cambridge Insurance Advisors
- Cosmopolitan Magazine
- The Harry Connick Jr. Show
- Loeffler Randall
- Marie Claire Magazine
- Steiner Studios
- Stunt Company
- Teneo Holdings