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: Fossils
Event: October 16, 2019
In celebration of National Fossil Day, the American Museum of Natural History is hosting a special event that will help students understand how studying fossils teaches us about the history of life, past climates, and ancient landscapes. Activities will explore fossil formation, extinction theories, fossil diversity, and much more. 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.

Elementary Schools

Apply to Participate in the Wave of Action Program
Application Deadline: September 25, 2019
Event: October 2019-May 2020
Grade 3-5 teacher-pairs are invited to apply for the Wave of Action Program. One teacher should be a classroom teacher and the other should be the school librarian or a media specialist. Participants will lead students in an after-school Wave of Action Team club to explore the value of a healthy watershed and water supply, the role we play in protecting the health of our water system, and how students can promote conservation. Participating teachers will take part in five days of professional learning with Genovesi Environmental Study Center and NYC/NYS water conservation groups to learn how to integrate experiential science with service-learning, guide students through research of NYC’s watersheds and water conservation efforts, and support students in developing and presenting a PSA about what they’ve learned. Learn more and apply.

Every Kid Outdoors Adventure Day
Event: October 6, 2019
Contact: Rick Jenkins rick/718-318-4340
Are you in grade 4? As part of the Every Kid Outdoors initiative, students in grade 4 can get a free entry pass for themselves and their family to visit all National Parks for the entire year. Come to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge from 11:00am-2:00pm to pick up your pass and join us for a day filled with adventure. Learn about the special changes taking place in the fall season at Jamaica Bay and enjoy nature hikes, face-painting, arts and craft activities, and much more! Learn more.


Elementary and Middle Schools

Register for the Daily News Spelling Bee Competition
Application Deadline: November 1, 2019
Event: November 22, 2019
Schools are invited to register to participate in the Daily News New York City Spelling Bee Competition. Please note that the extended deadline on the website does not apply to New York City schools. Registrations submitted after the November 1 deadline will not be accepted. During registration, teachers will be asked to identify a spelling bee coordinator. In addition to other tasks that will be communicated after registration, your spelling bee coordinator will receive access to www.spellingbee.com that will provide your school with resources for your spelling bee program. Note that only students in grades 5-8 may participate and you must hold your school’s spelling bee by November 22. The registration fee is $165 per school.


Middle Schools

Apply to Participate in the History by Design Program
Application Deadline: September 25, 2019
Event: October 2019-May 2020
Middle school teachers can apply now to participate in a year-long program called History by Design. Each participating school will create their own after-school club run by two teachers—one of whom must be a social studies teacher—for students in grades 6-8. The after-school club, or ‘Curator Crew,’ will engage students in learning about the humanities—including history, the arts, and culture—and go on trips to cultural institutions. Participating teachers will attend four full-day professional learning sessions at different cultural institutions to dive deeper into the social studies practices, learn how to leverage cultural institutions to complement their instruction, and how to guide students in creating their own exhibits. Teachers and their students will go on four field trips to cultural institutions to support their Curator Crew’s culminating project—designing an exhibit that the Curator Crew will present at the spring Culminating Exhibition. Get more information and apply today.

Apply now to the 2019-2020 NYC Junior Ambassadors Program
Application Deadline: October 4, 2019
Contact: Christie Saint-Vil/212-319-9300
The NYC Mayor’s Office for International Affairs is accepting applications for the 2019-20 NYC Junior Ambassadors Program, an initiative empowering students in grade 7 in all five boroughs to become actively engaged with the United Nations and its mission of addressing the most pressing challenges in the world. Program benefits include a curated tour of the United Nations headquarters, a classroom visit from a United Nations diplomat, a private year-end event celebration, and a program certificate. Educators are required to include the United Nations in the classroom curriculum. Learn more and apply.

Middle and High Schools

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
Submission Deadline: December 3, 2019
Contact: Barb Edwards/212-343-7700
Students in grades 7-12 who are ages 13 and up are invited to submit works to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards in 29 different categories of art and writing. The Scholastic Awards are the largest national recognition and scholarship program for teens. You will have the opportunity to be recognized in publications, exhibitions, and ceremonies at both the regional and national level. Scholarships are available. Learn more and submit.

STEM Field Trips to the Advanced Science Research Center
Event: October 2019-May 2020
Contact: Kendra Krueger/212-413-3309
At the IlluminationSpace located within the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) of The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, visitors will explore five exciting and interconnected areas of science — nanoscience, photonics, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sciences — in a fun and supportive environment to encourage a deeper understanding of how science shapes our everyday lives. Through interactive motion, touchscreen games, and engaging conversations with researchers, visitors will be inspired to search for science in the world around them. Field trips are available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Learn more and book your trip today.

High Schools

Fall 2019 Internship at YCteen Magazine
Application Deadline: September 27, 2019
Contact: Holly St. Lifer/212-279-0708 ext. 116
Are you a New York City high school student who loves to write personal stories? We invite you to apply for our fall writing internship at the award-winning YCteen magazine. YCteen writers are mentored by a professional editor as they learn memoir-writing and journalism skills. Our writers will have their work published in print and online. Our office is in midtown Manhattan and is open to writers from 1:00-6:00 pm Monday-Thursday. Writers must be between the ages of 15-20 and commit to participating for a minimum of three months. Learn more and apply.

Paid Civic Leadership Internship for Young Women of Color
Application Deadline: September 30, 2019
Event: October 1, 2019-January 14, 2020
Contact: Christina Ortiz
Project DOT(Dream.Own.Tell) is accepting applications for its Fall 2019 Civic Leadership Internship Program for Young Women of Color. The program is intended for young womxn who are ages 15-20 and identify as Black, Latina, Asian, Pacific Islander and/or as a young womxn of color. We know that young Black and brown girls often do not have a safe space to have open and honest conversations about healthy relationships, teen dating, and sexual violence. Internship benefits include increasing social media following through participation in radio shows and print media, exploring and building leadership skills and self-confidence, improving communication and public speaking skills, gaining skills in media campaign development and project planning. Participants will receive a $200 stipend. Learn more and apply.

Paid Civic Leadership Internship for Queer and TGNC SE Asian Youth
Application Deadline: September 30, 2019
Event: October 2, 2019-January 13, 2020
Contact: Christina Ortiz
Project DOT(Dream.Own.Tell) is accepting applications for its Fall 2019 Civic Leadership Internship Program for Queer and TGNC SE Asian Youth. The position is intended for young people who are ages 15-20 and identify as both South Asian and LGBTQ+. We know that this community often does not have a safe space to have open and honest conversations about healthy relationships, teen dating, and sexual violence. Internship benefits include increasing social media following through participation in radio shows and print media, exploring and building leadership skills and self-confidence, improving communication and public speaking skills, gaining skills in media campaign development and project planning. Participants will receive a $200 stipend. Learn more and apply.

Join the DOE Sustainability Youth Leadership Council
Application Deadline: October 7, 2019
Contact: Jaxie Friedman/718-349-5605
The NYC DOE Office of Sustainability’s Youth Leadership Council (YLC) mobilizes high school students to increase climate action in NYC schools. As a member of the YLC, you will gain professional leadership skills, assist in organizing the second annual NYC Youth Climate Summit, and help increase sustainability efforts across NYC schools. Monthly meetings will be held after school in Long Island City, Queens. YLC members will receive community service hours and a certificate of participation signed by the Mayor. Apply today.
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