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CitySTUDIO is our Spring program for young people over 18 who want a high level of independence, professional experience, and the challenge of an internship, with the same community, structure and mentoring support of our CityGAP program.

CitySTUDIO provides a meaningful semester of achievement and exploration for those in a transitional moment, launching participants on an even more satisfying college, career or life path. CitySTUDIO offers independence while supporting participants in life skills, reflection and skill building


The semester is 14 weeks long including:

  • 3 week orientation looking at NYC's social geography, architecture, neighborhoods, and institutions though our 5 Living City Lenses.

  • 10-12 week Internship which we arrange with our partners or you can choose to find on your own.

  • 10-12 week Independent Project where participants pursue a personal passion with our mentorship and guidance from our deep bench of partners. See Participant Work for examples.


Who Joins Our Programs?

The CityGAP program is designed for young people who are...

  • open-minded, self-aware, and curious

  • seeking a meaningful semester or full-year experience

  • eager to be outdoors and active in the city

  • looking for a social experience with a small, inclusive group

  • intellectually curious and open to new experiences

  • eager to master new life skills and become more independent

  • able to travel and navigate independently and safely

  • able to work and create both independently and in collaboration

  • eager to explore, understand, and contribute to NYC

  • able to care for their personal well-being and health and that of their peers

  • willing to take responsibility for the program rules and guidelines

  • able to communicate their ideas effectively and appropriately, both verbally and in writing

  • passionate about urbanism, public policy, history, architecture, art, writing, performing, music, politics, digital design...

  • prepared to engage with their environment, which may include walking, hiking, canoeing and biking in various weather conditions

Project Cycles and Themes


The Form of the City: How are cities designed and how do urban form and architecture shape our destinies?

Resilient City: How can cities build back better in response to both acute crises and chronic challenges? 

The Just City: What are the ingredients of a just, diverse and equitable society and how do we achieve it?

City of Memory: How do cities build and rebuild their civic imagination and establish their identity? 

The City of Creativity: How does NYC inspire art and culture; and how do art and culture define NYC? 

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