mcc media & Diversity scholarship

NYU at Weber Shandwick Residency

The NYU at Weber Shandwick Masters in Residence program is designed for select MA students in the NYU Steinhardt Department of Media, Culture, and Communication. This unique-to-the-field diversity scholarship combines academic rigor and professional application to redefine the media and communications industry for the 21st century. It helps eliminate barriers to graduate education for historically underrepresented applicants, while offering students professional pathways to succeed in a dynamically changing media landscape.

Partnering with global communications and engagement agency Weber Shandwick, this NYU program aims to cultivate early professionals primed to enter the media and communications sectors, prepare them to be versatile analysts of global media, facilitate their advancement to positions of leadership, and address the clear need for diverse voices in the media industry.

What Our Media Diversity Scholarship Offers

  • Funded tuition in the NYU MCC MA degree program (the scholarship covers the 36 credits required for graduation, plus annual registration fees). View total cost of attendance.

  • Personalized academic mentoring from a designated NYU faculty member.

  • A part-time paid position during Fall and Spring semesters at Weber Shandwick. Scholars are assigned to different creative units and work alongside company employees. They receive professional training from senior executives and an advisor for a creative cumulative project driven by the student. 

  • Summer employment after students’ first year in one of Weber Shandwick’s global offices.

  • Please note: Weber Shandwick Scholars have the same program requirements as other students enrolled in the MA program. All incoming MA students work closely with academic advisors to shape their preferred curricular pathway within the field of media studies.

Who Should Apply?

  • The program seeks curious, resourceful, and imaginative candidates who will be catalytic to the professional world around them. 

  • We welcome applicants from all backgrounds to apply for this program. Both Weber Shandwick and NYU are committed to fostering diversity, inclusivity, and equity throughout the media industry and academia, and we especially encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups (race, gender, economic) to apply.

  • Prior experience in PR is not necessary, but the successful applicant must have a desire to take risks and reinvent media and communications for a new generation of users and makers.

  • Due to work requirements, the scholarship program is only available to applicants with prior work authorization or U.S. citizens.

Application Process

  • All MCC MA applicants are invited to apply for this program. To be considered, prospective students will be prompted during the Steinhardt online application process to complete the additional required materials.

  • For questions, please email