• The Schools of Public Engagement aims to create and support a learning community inspired to address real-world issues through interdisciplinary, boundary-crossing methods applied in a range of professional fields. Our graduate and adult undergraduate programs deliver an educational experience that is inclusive, forward looking, and highly relevant.

    Students and alumni of the Schools of Public Engagement share a desire to make a difference in the world and have the skills, creativity, resilience, and sense of purpose needed to effect that change. Empowered by their New School education, our students and alumni bring a spirit of entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship to the challenge of addressing complex problems on a systems level. Their methodology is inclusive and collaborative, their leadership aligned with the demands of the contemporary global economy.

    Partner With the Schools of Public Engagement

    The Schools of Public Engagement seeks broad-based and mutually beneficial partnerships with mission-driven organizations, including media and technology companies, nonprofits, community organizations, publishers, education providers, and more.

    Professional Development

    In accordance with its mission to expand access to higher education for New York City working professionals, the Schools of Public Engagement offers a suite of noncredit, undergraduate, and graduate programs and certificates. These customizable course offerings, some of which are available as part-time and online programs, can be scaled up to include robust college completion programs, pathways for graduate study, or professional certificate programs.

    Current curricular partners include GMHC, Human Rights Watch, Sanctuary for Families, the United Federation of Teachers, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts.

    Career Pipelines

    The Schools of Public Engagement is expanding partnerships designed to provide career and internship opportunities for our graduate and adult undergraduate students. Our alumni work in large media organizations including CBS, ESPN, Viacom, and Vice Media; technology companies like Apple, Comcast, and Samsung; publishing companies including Condé Nast, Scholastic, and TIME; and nonprofits and NGOs like City Harvest, the Equal Justice Initiative, Human Rights Watch, and the World Food Programme.

    Students and alumni of the Schools of Public Engagement have expertise in the following areas:

    • Digital equity and emerging technology
    • English as a second language
    • Environment and sustainability
    • Film and documentary media
    • Food systems and food justice
    • Innovation and entrepreneurship
    • International affairs
    • Language studies
    • Management and leadership
    • Media management and production
    • Public and urban policy
    • Scholar activism
    • Teaching English to speakers of other languages
    • Transmedia and digital storytelling
    • Urban studies
    • Writing

    Client-Based Initiatives

    The Schools of Public Engagement is home to a variety of ongoing client-based initiatives, including the Urban Policy Lab, the Community Development Finance Lab, the MA TESOL Outreach Program, and capstone projects in our Media Management programs.

    Under the direction of faculty experts, students work in teams advising clients in the government and nonprofit sectors and the tech and media industries on pressing policy, systems, access, and management issues.

    Recent clients include the New York City Department of Education, the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, the New York Immigrant Coalition, and Con Edison.

    Public Program & Event Partnerships

    The Schools of Public Engagement maintains event partnerships with leading New York City cultural institutions that offer our academic community, as well as the general public, access to leading experts in our many areas of study. 

    Located just steps from Union Square, in the heart of Greenwich Village, The New School is home to world-class venue spaces, from large auditoriums seating up to 800 to smaller conference and meeting spaces. Events presented in partnership with the Schools of Public Engagement draw on our faculty expertise, engaged student and alumni community, and 100-year history as a progressive cultural institution in downtown New York City.

    Current event partners include the New York Times, the Strand Bookstore, PEN America, the National Book Foundation, McNally Jackson Books, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, and others.

  • Contact Us

    Fabiola Berdiel
    Vice Dean of Strategy and Administration
    [email protected]

  • As the host and co-sponsor of The Nation’s National Student Journalism Conference, The New School offers programming insights, faculty speakers, superb space, masterful logistical support, and peerless technical assistance.

    Peter Rothberg, Associate Publisher, Special Projects, The Nation

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