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

Native American Cultures Day
Registration Deadline: Ongoing
Event: November 29, 2018
Contact: 212-769-5200
In celebration of Native American Cultures Day, the American Museum of Natural History will be hosting a school group drop-in event that explores the environments and cultures of the indigenous peoples of North America. Activities include hands-on explorations of artifacts, natural resources, and much more in the Halls of Eastern Woodlands, Plains, and Northwest Coast Indians. The event will take place from 10:00am-12:00pm and reservations are required. Visit the American Museum of Natural History’s website for more information. 

Elementary Schools

Apply to Launch a Wave of Action After-School Club
Application Deadline: November 19, 2018
Event: December 1, 2018, January 5 and 18, 2019, and February 1, 2019
Contact: GESC@schools.nyc.gov/718-444-6560
Elementary teachers can apply now to launch a Wave of Action after-school club at their schools. Teacher-pairs—a classroom teacher paired with either the school librarian or media specialist—will participate in four full-day professional learning sessions led by the Genovesi Environmental Study Center (GESC), the Paley Center for Media, and NYC water conservation groups. Participating schools will create a weekly after-school club to investigate NYC water consumption and conservation efforts while diving into environmental science concepts and meeting experts in the field. Clubs will take a field trip to GESC to support their culminating project—a public-service announcement to educate the community about the ripples we all can create to set a wave of action. Learn more about GESC and apply to participate.

Middle and High Schools

Garden Apprentice Program at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Application Deadline: November 28, 2018
Event: March-November 2019
Contact: Ruth Ballenzweig and Eric Au/718-623-7252
The Garden Apprentice Program (GAP) at Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a great way for teens to learn about urban agriculture and the environment while working in exciting public gardens. Apprentices can work their way up the four-tier program, potentially earning a paid position as a Tier 4 Apprentice. The apprenticeship is a nine-month commitment and includes spring training, summer programming, and a weekly commitment throughout the spring and fall. Learn more and apply on the Brooklyn Botanic Garden website. To register for the information session on November 3, 2018 held from 2:00-4:00pm, email gap@bbg.org.

Apply for the Race Against Waste Program
Application Deadline: November 30, 2018
Event: January-May 2019
Race Against Waste is an after-school program led by a team of two middle or high school teachers and is a collaboration between Service in Schools and the Office of Sustainability. Teachers will attend four professional learning sessions to support their efforts in leading students through an investigation of waste in their community and developing a service-learning project that focuses on reducing or reusing. Teachers participating in the Race Against Waste program receive free professional development, opportunities to work with partners from non-profits leading waste reduction initiatives in NYC, and resources and support to complete a service-learning project with students on reducing or reusing. Teachers can launch a new Race Against Waste Green Team or extend the work of an existing Green Team. Professional learning sessions will be held on January 8, January 31, March 20 and April 16 from 8:30am-3:00pm in Manhattan and teacher teams must attend all four days. Learn more about this opportunity, and apply to participate in this program.  

Holocaust Education: 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. For more information visit the 3GNY website. 


High Schools

Attend Cooper Hewitt’s Free DesignPrep Workshop: Explore Ink Techniques to Design a Wallpaper
Registration Deadline: November 28, 2018 
Event: November 28, 2018
Contact: Maggie Lisman/212-849-8353
In this workshop, high school and college-level students will explore new techniques using ink on water to design a collaborative wallpaper pattern with Calico Wallpaper. The workshop will be held from 4:30-6:30pm at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum located at 2 East 91 Street, New York, NY 10128 between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue. Registration is on a first come, first served basis and the event is free. To register, visit Cooper Hewitt’s registration website.

Get Nominated for the Student Voice Committee
Application Deadline: November 30, 2018
Event: Ongoing
Contact: Emmanuella Murat 
Are you a high school student interested in health and wellness? The Office of School Wellness Programs is accepting nominations for the 2018-19 Student Voice Committee (SVC). The SVC is an arm of the DOE District Wellness Advisory Council and is comprised of DOE high school students who work collaboratively on health promotion campaigns and share their perspectives on what health, physical education, and other wellness initiatives should look like in NYC public schools. If you are interested in participating, share this nomination form with your teacher, guidance counselor, extracurricular activity staff member, or other school staff member to fill out and submit for consideration.

Apply Now to Become a Member of the Brooklyn Historical Society Teen Council
Application Deadline: December 3, 2018
Event: February 4-May 30, 2019
Brooklyn Historical Society is seeking dedicated, enthusiastic, creative teens to join the Teen Council for the spring 2019 semester. The Teen Council will curate an exhibition for Brooklyn Historical Society’s landmark building at 128 Pierrepont Street in Brooklyn Heights. This year's exhibition will be based on the public and oral history project, Muslims in Brooklyn. Students will receive a stipend and learn about careers in the arts and museum fields. The Council will meet on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:00-6:00pm. More information and a link to the application can be found on the Brooklyn Historical Society website

Serve as a Member of the Citywide Council for Special Education
Application Deadline: Ongoing
Event: Ongoing
Students interested in policy, government, education, or community affairs are encouraged to apply to join the Citywide Council for Special Education (CCSE). The CCSE is an advisory body concerned with the education of students with disabilities. The CCSE is responsible for advising and commenting on the establishment of committees/subcommittees on special education in community school districts. Members also contribute to an annual report on how effectively students with disabilities are served by the Department of Education and make recommendations for improvements. The CCSE must hold at least one public meeting per month during which the public may discuss issues facing students with disabilities. The student member will serve on the committee for one year as a non-voting member. To be eligible, students must be a high school senior with an IEP. All students must apply for this opportunity. 

Join the New York City High School Debate Club
Registration Deadline: Ongoing
Event: Ongoing 
Contact: info@debate.nyc/917-455-1079
Join the New York City High School Debate Club to learn how to debate! The Debate Club offers drop-in debate practice for students in grades 9-12. Students in this program have won local, city, regional, and national tournaments. All Debate Club students are eligible to compete at NYC Urban Debate League Saturday tournaments and other year-round programming. Classes include current events, public speaking, and practice debates. Debate Club is open to beginner to advanced students. The Club meets on Saturdays from 12:00-2:00pm during the fall and spring semesters at the Teach for America offices located at 25 Broadway, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10004. For more information and to register, visit the Debate Club’s website.
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