Student Opportunities

Learn about programs, events, internships, scholarships, and much more for students your age. Find out how to get opportunities posted on this page.

All Schools

Biodiversity Day at the American Museum of Natural History
Registration Deadline: February 8, 2019
Event: February 8, 2019
Biodiversity Day allows students to explore the importance of biodiversity and celebrate the beauty and abundance of all species and the interconnections between them. Activities will be focused on ecosystems, threats to species, and how we can help protect the diversity of life on earth. The event will take place from 10:00am-12:00pm and reservations are required. Learn more on the American Museum of Natural History website.

NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest
Submission Deadline: March 1, 2019
Students in grades 2-12 are invited to create original artwork and/or compose poetry that reflects an appreciation for our shared water resources. Entries should address one of the five central themes of the contest: Water—A Precious Resource, NYC’s Water Supply System, NYC’s Wastewater Treatment System, Harbor Water Quality and Healthy Marine Ecosystems, or Water Stewardship and Climate Change. Teachers should first register their students for the contest then they will be sent a link to submit student entries. Learn more about the contest.

Student Workshops on Guns and Violence Prevention
Event: Ongoing
Contact: Kareem Nelson/917-564-2897
Wheelchairs Against Guns (WAG) is a non-profit organization with a mission to protect children from bullying, gangs, and gun violence. WAG workshops offer students practical alternatives by strengthening critical thinking skills, empowering conflict resolution strategies, and imploring community involvement. The goal of WAG workshops is to help guide students away from violence and drugs and provide them with lasting skills to nurture and expand foundations with family, community, and beyond. Visit the WAG website for more information and to bring a WAG workshop to your school. 

Middle and High Schools

Summer Arts Institute – Free Arts Training for Middle and High School Students
Application Deadline: February 1, 2019
Event: July 8-August 2, 2019
Summer Arts Institute is a free, four-week intensive arts training program for students entering grades 8-12 in September 2019. Students will explore all aspects of being an artist and specialize in one art form; dance, film, vocal music, instrumental music, orchestral strings, theater, or visual arts. The program is designed for students at an intermediate or advanced level of study in their chosen art form. Summer Arts Institute offers a unique opportunity for students to work with DOE arts specialists, cultural organizations, and guest artists. This experienced team will guide students through building a portfolio or audition skills for their next level of study. The Institute will be held at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens. Learn more and apply.

ArtsConnection Student Art Program Call for Art
Submission Deadline: February 8, 2019
Event: Spring 2019
Contact: Amanda Guest/212-302-7433, ext. 472
ArtsConnection Student Art Program is seeking art submissions from students in grades 6-12. Art in any medium that can be framed will be accepted into the competition. The Student Art Program curates and mounts student exhibitions in corporate spaces in New York City. There is an opening reception for artists, teachers, and their guests for each show. Learn more and apply

Have a Grandchild of a Holocaust Survivor Visit Your Classroom
Event: Ongoing
Contact: Ben Sherak
3GNY’s We Educate program trains grandchildren of Holocaust survivors to tell their family’s story to NYC public school students. Since the program began in 2010, speakers have presented in more than 80 schools across the city. Students studying the Holocaust and genocide especially will gain invaluable, connected, personalized history that is hard for textbooks to replicate. Speakers are coordinated to fit into your classroom’s schedule. Learn more and request a speaker

High Schools

New York On Tech- TECH360 Squad Program
Application Deadline: January 20, 2019
Event: February-April 2019
The TECH360 Squad Program is a free after-school program for New York City high school students in grades 10 and 11 . Students learn the fundamentals of web design and development from technology professionals at a technology company. The benefits of the program include extra-curriculars to enhance college admissions credentials, access to opportunities through the New York On Tech network, and meeting a new group of peers from different high schools across the city. Visit the Tech360 website for more information and to apply.

Project DOT Paid Civic Leadership Internship
Application Deadline: January 21, 2019
Event: January 29-May 7, 2019
Contact: Christina Ortiz 
Project DOT(Dream.Own.Tell) is a youth-centered program designed to coach emerging young leaders in an array of professional and community development skills while providing vital education on sexual and dating violence prevention, healthy relationships, as well as consensual dating and sexual hook-up practices. Project DOT is currently accepting applications from young Muslim women ages 15-20 for the Spring 2019 Civic Leadership Internship Program. Internship benefits include: increasing your social media following by participating in radio shows and print media opportunities, exploring and building leadership skills, expanding self-confidence, improving communication and public speaking skills, and gaining skills in media campaign development and project planning. Participating students will earn a $200 stipend upon program completion. Learn more and apply

Spring 2019 Internship at YCteen Magazine
Application Deadline: February 1, 2019
Event: Ongoing
Contact: Holly St. Lifer/212-279-0708 ext. 116
Students between the ages of 15-20 with a passion for writing are invited to apply for the spring writing internship at the award-winning YCteen magazine. YCteen writers get to be a voice for other teens, have their work published, and are mentored by a professional editor to learn memoir-writing and journalism skills. The YCteen office is located in midtown Manhattan and is open to YCteen writers Mondays-Thursdays from 1:00-6:00pm. Within that time frame, writers must commit to writing at the office for a minimum of two hours per day for two days a week. Writers must commit to participating in the internship for a minimum of three months. Learn more and submit an online application.

NYC Urban Ambassadors Program
Application Deadline: February 1, 2019
Event: Ongoing
NYC Urban Ambassadors is a program that provides young men with purpose, leadership and distinction by cultivating a brotherhood that serves students throughout their journey from high school to college. NYC Urban Ambassadors facilitators design experiences that promote positive interactions and brotherly support throughout regular weekly sessions, leadership opportunities, and SAT Prep. Young men from all five boroughs who are currently in grade 10 are encouraged to apply. Learn more and apply.

Apply to the Bank of America Student Leaders Program
Application Deadline: February 1, 2019
Event: Summer 2019
The Bank of America Student Leaders Program helps students gain a greater understanding of how nonprofits create impact in the community. It aims to help students develop into the next generation of community leaders by participating in an eight-week summer paid internship with a nonprofit organization and a week-long, all-expenses paid Student Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. from July 8-13, 2019. Learn more and apply.

NYC GREAT! Program
Application Deadline: February 1, 2019
Event: Ongoing
Contact: LeslieAnn Dunn
NYC GREAT! (Girls Reaching Every Apex Together) provides experiences that support the development of leadership and communication skills in young women. The program aims to help young women find their voice, articulate their purpose, and become architects of their own future in college and career. Young women from all five boroughs who are currently in grade 10 are encouraged to apply. Learn more and apply.

Apply to the Experimental Study Program at the New Museum
Application Deadline: February 7, 2019
Event: February 28-May 2, 2019
Contact: Christina Chan/212-219-1222 ext. 231
Registration is now open for the New Museum’s Experimental Study Program (ESP) for Spring 2019. This free, semester-long program is open to young people ages 15-19 who are curious about contemporary art and enthusiastic about connecting with other teens. Participants will meet every Thursday from 4:00-6:00pm to learn about contemporary art, engage directly with artists, and participate in intimate, critical discussions about culture. This semester, students will focus on the theme of inheritance with artist Jeffrey Gibson and explore traditional Indigenous handcraft techniques and aesthetics. Learn more and apply.

Columbus Citizens Foundation College Scholarship 
Application Deadline: February 15, 2019
Event: Ongoing
Contact: 212-249-9923 ext. 232 
The Columbus Citizens Foundation provides scholarships to public or parochial high school students with Italian heritage. Recipients receive a four-year scholarship that helps underwrite the cost of their college tuition. Our scholarships, while generous, provide assistance towards tuition but will not cover payment for all school costs. In order to be eligible to apply, students must be 25% or more Italian, have a 3.0 GPA (85%) or higher, and demonstrate financial need (no more than $25,000 of income per person in the household). Learn more and apply.

Princeton University Summer Journalism Program
Application Deadline: February 15, 2019
Event: August 2-12, 2019
Contact: Tieisha M. Tift/609-258-0219
The Princeton Summer Journalism Program (PSJP) is a free journalism and college preparatory program for high school juniors from low-income backgrounds. During the intensive residential 10-day summer program, students will engage in workshops, lectures, and activities led by Princeton professors, professional journalists, and PSJP alumni. Activities culminate in the publication of the student-produced newspaper, the Princeton Summer Journal. During the students’ senior year of high school, they will be matched with a volunteer college counselor who is a professional journalist or program alum to help with the college application process. All expenses are paid for by the program. Learn more and apply

SchoolFood Summer Apprenticeship Program
Application Deadline: February 15, 2019
Event: July 1-August 27, 2019
Contact: Marc T. Mills/718-707-4383
The NYCDOE Office of Food and Nutrition Services is offering the Summer Apprenticeship Program for high school students to support the Summer Meals Programs. Participating students will acquire knowledge about culinary career paths, food service operations, and culinary arts related to preparing meals for the largest school system in the country. Participating students will earn minimum wage for the duration of the program. Please note, candidates must not be attending summer school during the day in order to be eligible for this position. A maximum of two entries per school will be accepted. Visit the SchoolFood website for more information.
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