NYC Media Lab Consortium to Provide Students, Faculty with New Opportunities

The collaboration will include internships, research and funding for entrepreneurial endeavors.

23rd street subway entrance going uptownBeing located in the media capital of the world has its perks.

Manhattan College is proud to announce it has joined NYC Media Lab, a consortium that facilitates collaboration between the city's institutions of higher education, corporate members and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and NYCEDC.

"Manhattan College's partnership with NYC Media Lab represents a wide range of extraordinary new opportunities for our students and faculty – internship programs, collaborative research with students and faculty at other colleges and universities in the city, funding for entrepreneurial endeavors and much more,” said Maeve Adams, Ph.D., associate professor of English and director of the Digital Arts and Humanities program at Manhattan College.

Adams will serve as a liaison between Manhattan College and NYC Media Lab, helping students and faculty to identify programs and opportunities that will benefit them. The consortium will enable any student or faculty member, regardless of academic discipline, to apply for the many programs sponsored or hosted by NYC Media Lab. 

“The sky's the limit in terms of what we might achieve through this partnership – one that is likely to be genuinely transformative for faculty and students in their research, studies and future prospects,” Adams explained. “The relationships fostered with other academic institutions and for-profit enterprises are likely to open all kinds of doors for students after graduation while deepening Manhattan College's bonds to other key players in higher education as well as media and technology industries."

The NYC Media Lab is dedicated to driving innovation and ultimately job growth in media and technology by facilitating collaboration between the City’s universities and its companies. Comprised of a consortium that also includes New York City Economic Development Corporation, School of Visual Arts, New York University, Columbia University, The New School, CUNY, and Pratt Institute, NYC Media Lab's goals are to generate research and development, knowledge transfer, and talent across all of the city’s campuses.

“We’re excited about having Manhattan College join NYC Media Lab” said Steven Rosenbaum, the Managing Director of the lab. “We find that students bring a fresh and exciting hunger for new ideas and innovation, often looking and projects and prototypes in a way that differs from school to school. This openness to diversity straightens our thinking, and provides our member companies with new and innovative ideas."

NYC Media Lab is built on corporate membership. Current member companies include A+E Networks, AMC Networks, Associated Press, Audible, Bertelsmann, Bloomberg LP, Estée Lauder, Hakuhodo, Havas, Hearst Corporation, NBCUniversal, Publicis Groupe, Shutterstock, Spectrum, Tenfore Holdings, The New York Times, Universal Music Group, Verizon, and Viacom.

Member companies participate in roundtable events on technology issues; connect with one another and with faculty, students, and other university resources; and direct projects on areas of interest to them.

By Pete McHugh