NYCUP SIP is a residential program that uses New York City as a classroom to provide leadership, vocational clarity, and practical steps towards whole-life stewardship. Our staff work with students to identify full-time internships that connect their area of interest or demonstrated capacity with NYC non-profits, businesses and traditional discipleship ministries with a focus on restorative biblical justice; as well as those interested in entering fashion, business, medicine or another sector of the marketplace. See application here

Our past partners have included Nomi Network, Restore NYC, Rogison Institute at Cornell-Weill Medical School, and professionals in video and photography. For example, students desiring to see redemption of sex-trafficking victims but were also entrepreneurial were partnered with NYCUP alumni who started Nomi Network. Or those interested in careers in education invested efforts at Operation Exodus. Our internships this year will include but are not limited to:

  • LoGOFF Movement: students to create a cookbook and budgeting resources for leaders wishing to move from consumers to stewards in their every day purchases.
  • Good Journey: students interested in business, media, fashion, and entrepreneurship will work with this start-up to educate, compel and celebrate consumers and businesses fighting exploitation of people and the planet. 
  • "Those People" Media Project: students interested in reconciliation work around race, gender, class, and political differences will work with Jonathan Walton and other leaders to create resources to develop leaders able to seek shalom and justice. 
  • NYC Relief, Nomi Network, Restore NYC: Students interested in working with non-profits in different social sectors could be placed in these organizations that feed the homeless and fight labor and sexual exploitation. 
  • InterVarsity NYC: students who are discerning IV-staff will work alongside IV staff to develop resources that will build and plant witnessing communities in NY/NJ. 

We also work and serve alongside members of Christ-centered ethnically and economically diverse churches including Calvary Baptist, Redeemer Presbyterian, Christ Crucified Fellowship, Christian Cultural Center, Overseas Chinese Mission Church and others to provide a fuller picture of the body of Christ of which we are a part. 

At NYCUP SIP, we aim to commission leaders with (a) key leadership competencies, (b) a heart for ministry engagement, (c) vocational discernment, and (d) spiritual formation and discipline. Students will be oriented towards pursuing mission in the marketplace and serving in traditional discipleship ministry, whether full time or part-time. The program will culminate with an invitation to opportunities such as InterVarsity Staff, overseas and domestic ministry opportunities, seminary studies or to fashion, business, media or another discerned field.  

Cost: The cost of our leadership program is $3300. This covers all room, board, travel, food, honoraria, staff and resource costs for this program. The full amount must be raised for participation. A fundraising website will be created upon your acceptance into the program as well as training provided. 

Click here to download the application. Applications will be accepted from October 15, 2015-January 25, 2016 (by 5:00 PM). 


When is NYCUP SIP?

NYCUP Summer dates are June 5 - July 24. Students will arrive by 12pm for a welcome lunch and leave the morning of the last day. There will be options for students to continue to stay in NYC to continue to serve if other arrangements are made. And also, attendees may come earlier to start their internships prior to our start date if arrangements are made. NOTE* We've extended the deadline to February 7! 

When is the application due?

January 25, 2017 by 5:00pm. 

How many students will you be accepting?

We will be taking 10-20 leaders. 

Do I have to stay on-site with everyone?

Yes. Students and volunteers will be required to spend each night at NYCUP Housing.  The goal of NYCUP is for you to build your relationship with God, with the community and with one another.

Do I have to be a part of InterVarsity to come?

No, but you must be of college age to attend, 18-29. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. All applicants will need to provide references. 

Can my church/school help pay for the trip?

Yes! You may ask your student government, church and other groups to co-sponsor to send your group to NYCUP! The gifts ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

Are there discounts or scholarships?

No, there are no scholarships or discounts. 

Does registration cover travel?

No, you are responsible for your own travel expenses to reach NYCUP. Once you arrive, all program expenses are covered by NYCUP.

When should I do SIP?

The best time to do SLIP is between your junior and senior year, but all applications will be considered. 

Please contact us at with any questions.

New York City and this world are in dire of need of a gospel narrative that is not centered on selfish ambition and personal prosperity. Our identities must be unbound from performance and accomplishments, and rooted in being children of God; and we must no longer worship the idols of power, money, sex, and success and see Jesus as Lord and Savior. This will only occur if we provide biblical teaching, mentoring and model practical steps for integrating the Gospel into every piece of our lives for the next generation of ministers, moms, professionals, and politicians.