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

School Group Drop-In Day: Eastern Woodlands
Event: November 21, 2019
In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, The Gottesman Center for Science Teaching and Learning at the American Museum of Natural History invites you to learn about the cultures and traditions of Native Americans from the Woodlands of Eastern North America. Students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of stations that showcase life from the early seventeenth century through the twentieth century and make connections to present day. This event will be from 10:00am-12:00pm and is free for NYC school groups. Advance reservations and tickets are required. Learn more and get tickets.

Middle Schools

Registration is now open for the 2019-20 Science Olympiad Competition
Registration Deadline: December 20, 2019
Event: March 7, 2020
Contact: Dr. Michael Cubbin/631-664-7885
Science Olympiad (SciOly) provides rigorous, standards-based science/academic challenges to nearly 8,000 teams in all 50 states and includes invitationals, regionals, and culminates in a national competition. Tournaments are held on high school and college campuses that showcase innovative science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) tournaments. Register a team and learn more.

Middle and High Schools

Teen Event, To the Moon
Event: November 23, 2019
Join us as we celebrate the Apollo 12 moon mission and the advances of space science as we once again look at traveling back to the Moon. New York Hall of Science and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum educators will engage participants in activities and discussions on the challenges of space exploration and the future of space travel. At the conclusion of the program, participants can enjoy the Museum for the remainder of the day. This free event is located at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on West 46 Street and Twelfth Avenue, New York, NY 10036, Pier 86. Learn more and register.

Garden Apprentice Program at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Application Deadline: December 4, 2019
Event: March-November, 2020
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 one of the most exciting public gardens in the world! Apprentices can work their way up the four-tier program, potentially earning a paid position as a Tier 4 apprentice. If you enjoy getting your hands dirty and want to work with other teens, GAP may be for you. Apprentices make a nine-month commitment to GAP from March to November, which includes spring training, summer programming, and a weekly commitment throughout the spring and fall. Learn more and apply.

Register for National History Day Q&A Conference Calls with the Jackie Robinson Museum
Registration Deadline: December 6, 2019
Event: December 10, 2019
The 2019-20 National History Day theme is breaking barriers and to do a successful National History Day project, it’s crucial to complete thorough research to explore all facets of your subject matter. The Jackie Robinson Museum is available to answer any question on Jackie Robinson’s life and legacy to support History Day projects. Robinson’s complex life and legacy connect deeply to the fabric of American society not only through his career as the baseball player who integrated Major League Baseball, but also through his impact in entrepreneurship, economic justice, fair housing, quality education, voting rights, equitable job opportunities, and more. To complement students’ research about Jackie Robinson, the Jackie Robinson Museum will host special call-in sessions to answer questions from students. This event will take place by telephone but you must register in advance to get the call-in information.

Informational Session on Teen Events and Programs at The Intrepid Museum Sea, Air & Space Museum
Registration Deadline: December 7, 2019
Event: December 7, 2019
Parents, teachers, school administrators, and teens from New York City are invited to learn more about The Intrepid Museum Sea, Air & Space Museum’s free teen leadership programs. Students currently in grades 8 and 9 are encouraged to attend an 11:00am session about the GOALS for Girls six-week summer intensive program that focuses on leadership and STEM. At 12:30pm, students currently in grades 9 through 11 of any gender are encouraged to attend a Youth Leadership Institute at Intrepid (YLI@Intrepid) info session. YLI@Intrepid focuses on civics, leadership, and social advocacy issues. Both teen programs provide college and career-readiness workshops and youth development opportunities. Attendees will receive application materials and updates before the application officially opens. Learn more and register.

rFUTURE: A sustainability songwriting workshop and performance
Application Deadline: December 13, 2019
Contact: Nichelle Hudlin/718-349-5487
Are you a student musician who is passionate about sustainability, climate change, and/or environmental justice? The DOE Office of Sustainability, in partnership with Clean Green Music Machine, is providing a unique opportunity for DOE music teachers and their students to work with a professional artist to write a song that inspires change. This experience will culminate in performing live alongside your Music Mentor at Lincoln Center on Earth Day 2020. Learn more and apply.

Have a Grandchild of a Holocaust Survivor Visit Your Classroom
Event: Ongoing
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 100 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 email us with requests for visits.

High Schools

NYC Emergency Management Commissioner for a Day Essay Contest
Submission Deadline: December 1, 2019
Event: March 2020
Contact: Greg Bowen
All NYC high school students are invited to participate in the inaugural Commissioner for a Day Essay Contest. The winner will be invited to the NYC Emergency Management headquarters for an award ceremony. Learn more and submit.

Application for the 2019-20 Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute
Application Deadline: December 19, 2019
Event: January 18-March 9, 2020
Contact: Lisa Pineda
The application period for the 2019-20 Angelo del Toro Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute (HYLI) program is now open. The institute is open to students of Hispanic heritage in grades 10 through 12. The program provides students with the opportunity to learn how a bill is passed in the State Assembly, develop writing skills, learn the art of debating, and build leadership skills. The institute begins on January 18, 2020 and culminates in a weekend trip to Albany for students in grades 11 and 12 March 7-9, 2020. To apply, students must submit a 525-750 word essay online.

Broadway Bridges: Ten Dollar Tickets to Broadway Shows for Students in Tenth Grade
Event: January 29-March 13, 2020
Contact: Robin Aronson/212-703-0234
Broadway Bridges, in partnership with the Office of Arts and Special Projects and the UFT, offers DOE high schools ten dollar tickets to select weeknight and matinee performances of participating shows including: Aladdin; Dear Evan Hansen; Frozen; The Lion King; Mean Girls; Moulin Rouge!; The Phantom of the Opera; and Wicked. Emails notifying registered school leaders and teachers that tickets are on sale will be sent at the end of November. Learn more and register.
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