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Getting to know New York City

“The city is like poetry; it compresses all life, all races and breeds, into a small island and adds music and the accompaniment of internal engines.” ― E.B. White

New York City is a place of opportunity. There’s no better city for an ambitious young professional. Living abroad in New York City will provide an eager young professional with the chance to improve workplace skills, gain vital industry knowledge and network in one of the most exciting and competitive cities in the world. Getting to know New York City properly is just one of the perks for an intern abroad. Learn more about what this bustling American metropolis has to offer you.


City stats:

Population size – 8.4 million

Major universities – Columbia University, New York University, City University of New York, The New School

Claim to fame – “The City That Never Sleeps”

Cuisine – Pizza/Italian, International

Famous locals – Franklin D. Roosevelt, Woody Allen, Sonia Sotomayor, Judd Apatow, Robert De Niro, Nora Ephron and Lady Gaga to name a few.


Getting to know New York


The bucket list:

1. Check out the dinosaur skeletons at the Museum of Natural History.
2. Walk through Highline Park for a unique view of Manhattan.
3. Take a picture on the famous Brooklyn Bridge and enjoy a snack at Brooklyn Bridge park.
4. Laugh at all the ridiculous dressed-up characters in Times Square.
5. Imagine yourself as a flapper or gangster of the 1920s and explore the Museum of the American Gangster.
6. Grab some friends and enjoy an afternoon picnic in Central Park.
7. For a breathtaking view of the city, venture to the top of the Empire State Building.


Getting to know New York


Did you know?

  • Of all US residents, 1 in 38 are living in New York City.
  • New York City was actually the US’ first capital – for one year back in 1789.
  • Over 26,000 people are living in any given square mile in New York City.
  • A hot dog stand permit in Central Park will put you back nearly $300,000 a year.
  • The beloved New York parks, Madison Square Park, Union Square Park, Washington Square Park, and Bryant Park were all cemeteries at one time.
  • The largest Puerto Rican population of any city in the world is in New York City.
  • Nearly half of all New Yorkers over the age of five speak a language besides English in their homes.



Does getting to know New York City sound interesting to you? Apply now to explore New York and boost your career at the same time!



Photo 1. based on Old New York, by August Brill, CC-by-2.0

Photo 2. based on New York City Transit Sign Shop, by Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York, CC-by-2.0

Photo 3. based on 1786 Sheepshead Bay Rd, Brooklyn – New York City, by Marcela, CC-by-2.0

Photos and blog by Elizabeth Trovall

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