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Public Service Scholar Program (PSSP) 

The Public Service Scholar Program (PSSP) is a year-long internship and academic program for students interested in exploring careers in public service. The program seeks to raise the representation of women, POC, and immigrants in leadership positions.

Participants receive:

  • A year-long internship (from September to May) at a wide range of public and nonprofit agencies. PSSP also provides at least one (1) high level environmental internship
  • A $2,000 stipend (*additional funding available for those who demonstrate financial need)
  • Two weekly seminars on public policy, advocacy work, and social and political matters important to New York City
  • 12 academic credits in Urban Studies toward an undergraduate degree

To be eligible you must:

  • Be an undergraduate student (any major)
  • Be within 45 credits of graduation (upper junior or lower senior)
  • Have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Complete the application and interview process

Applications are available at

The deadline for submitting the application is Monday, March 14, 2022.

Want to learn more?

We encourage students to attend our Information Session on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 1:10-2:40pm, in Roosevelt House. To attend, please RSVP here. Current Public Service Scholars and program staff will provide more detailed information on the program, application process, and answer your questions. 

Drop-in visitors and virtual appointments are welcome from 3-5pm, Mondays and 11am-1pm Wednesdays. The PSSP desk is located on the 5th Floor of Roosevelt House. Please feel free to email with any questions or concerns.