Frequently Asked Questions

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The 2019 NYUSPS Summer Publishing Institute will run from June 3 to July 12, 2019.

The Summer Publishing Institute is for recent college graduates and young professionals who are just starting out in the field. Typically, SPI students range in age from 22 to 26, although every year we have a few career changers as well.

Additionaly, SPI is available to qualified undergraduate students who will have completed their junior year before entering the program. Please note that this option is only for those undergraduates entering their senior year in Fall 2019. For more information on requirements and how to apply, please see page 18 of our online brochure.

The program runs Monday through Friday from approximately 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with occasional networking events in the evenings and workshops on the weekends.

The tuition and approximate University fees for the 2019 Summer Publishing Institute are $5,800. Please note that NYU housing is optional, and there is no mandatory board fee or required meal plan. If you choose to stay in NYU summer housing, the additional cost is $256 (approximate) per week.

If you are accepted, you must submit a $500 tuition deposit to the Office of Admissions by no later than April 19, 2019 (or postmarked two weeks after receipt of the email acceptance letter for students on the waitlist). The final tuition balance is due on May 10, 2019. For more information about credit, tuition, and fees, please visit

To apply, complete the online application and submit it, accompanied by your résumé; a personal statement; official transcripts from all colleges attended; two letters of recommendation from professors, internship advisors, or employers; and a $50 nonrefundable application fee. International students also are required to submit TOEFL scores. Complete instructions can be found on the application form.

For application-related questions, please contact the Admissions Office at 212-998-7100 or For other questions, please email

The priority deadline for applications is February 1, 2019. Early application is encouraged and early acceptance is possible for exceptional students meeting priority deadlines. Applications from US citizens and permanent residents must be submitted online no later than March 18, 2019. The deadline for international applicants in March 1, 2019.

Complete applications are reviewed year-round, notably during the priority deadline period, and decisions rendered. For all complete applications submitted by the March 18th deadline, we will notify applicants of acceptances no later than the week of April 8, 2019.

A block of rooms is reserved each summer for SPI students; however, students are not required to live on campus during SPI. If you wish to live on campus, you must apply separately for housing; instructions on that application process will be sent to you once you are accepted to SPI. For more details about housing costs, please visit NYU Summer Housing.

NYU does not offer any scholarships for the Summer Publishing Institute. Due to the short length of the program, federally funded financial aid is not available. Many students do have success seeking private loans.

Career guidance is an integral part of SPI. Panelists and discussions focus on different types of publishing companies, entry-level positions, and career paths. Résumé reviews and practical training sessions on cover letter writing and interview strategies help to prepare students for careers in publishing. In addition, alumni and human resources experts provide invaluable advice on career advancement, particularly in New York City.

A highlight of SPI is the career fair, which provides students with the opportunity to meet and interview with representatives from book, magazine, and digital media companies. While students are not guaranteed jobs, our faculty members, career guidance services, professional workshops, and the career fair help them to begin the process of finding jobs, exploring and pursing leads, and seeking out networking opportunities in the industry. SPI also maintains a robust alumni community for future career networking opportunities.

We seek applicants who are interested in exploring the written word, the generation of new ideas and publishing practices, and the business and art of media and communication. It is helpful to have publishing experience that has been acquired through internships or summer jobs, work at libraries or bookstores, or involvement with local publications.

SPI is now available to qualified undergraduate students who will have completed their junior year before entering the program. Please not that this option for SPI 2019 is only open to undergraduates entering their senior year in Fall 2019.

Rising seniors who wish to attend SPI the summer before their senior year will be required to provide transcripts from all colleges attended, as well as a letter of reference from their undergraduate academic advisor stating that they are in good standing and are expected to graduate in Spring 2020.

Students who successfully complete SPI will earn six graduate credits, which may be counted toward the NYUSPS MS in Publishing: Digital and Print Media or an advanced degree elsewhere, if deemed appropriate by the degree-granting institution. Rising college seniors who successfully complete the program and are accepted into the MS in Publishing program upon graduation from their undergraduate institution may also apply these credits to their degree.

SPI is a very competitive program, and we do receive more applications than we can accept. We accept approximately 100 students each year.

We urge students to focus on submitting the best application possible, with a thoughtful personal statement that tells us your interest in publishing, your accomplishments in the world of media, and your short- and long-term goals.