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

Black History Month Contest 2020
Submission Deadline: February 1, 2020
The National Action Network (NAN) Black History Month Contest invites students to create a presentation on the history of the civil rights movement, and what it means to them and their education now. Presentations should detail the rich history and struggle of African Americans, portray how this history paved a way for current success, and show the student’s personal commitment to the civil rights movement and continued protection of civil rights. The presentation can take form in writing (essay, speech, poetry, or story), movement (initiating and hosting a forum, march, or workshops during Black History Month), or art expression (painting, drawing, dance, or song). The winner(s) will be awarded and recognized with their work showcased on the last Saturday in February at the Morning Rally at House of Justice with Rev. Al Sharpton. Applications should be submitted to, including the student’s full name, school, grade, email address, and phone number.

Green Team Mini-Grants
Application Deadline: February 14, 2020
The NYC Department of Sanitation and Citizens Committee for NYC is offering green teams mini-grants for up to $1,000. Grants must be used for green team expenses such as recycling and garden projects, t-shirts/uniforms, school sustainability events, and eco-friendly giveaways. Spring 2020 recycling projects will receive material support and all other projects will receive cash grants up to $1,000. All NYC schools are invited to apply and can only receive one Green Team Grant per year. In order to apply, all applicants must create a Zero Waste Schools (ZWS) account. Please email if you have any questions about creating a ZWS account or for your DSNY School Security Code. Learn more and apply.

NYC Department of Environmental Protection’s 34th Annual Water Resources Art & Poetry Contest
Submission Deadline: March 6, 2020
The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is excited to announce the launch of the 34th Annual Water Resources Art & Poetry Contest. New York City students in grades 2-12 are invited to create original art and compose poetry that reflects an appreciation for our shared water resources. The five central themes of the contest are: Water, a Precious Resource; NYC’s Drinking Water; NYC’s Wastewater Treatment; Harbor Water Quality and Healthy Marine Ecosystems; and Water Stewardship and Climate Change. Learn more and apply.

Middle and High Schools

Apply for the Summer Arts Institute – Free Arts Training for Middle and High School Students
Application Deadline: February 2, 2020
Program Dates: July 6-July 31, 2020
Summer Arts Institute is a free, four-week intensive arts training program for NYCDOE students entering grades 8-12 in September 2020. 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 in building a portfolio or audition skills for their next level of study: an arts-focused high school, college/university or conservatory. The program will be held at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens. E-mail for additional information and apply today.

High Schools

Second Annual Youth Climate Summit
Event Date: February 4, 2020
Contact: Nichelle Hudlin/718-349-5487
The NYC DOE Office of Sustainability in partnership with The Wild Center is hosting the second annual NYC Youth Climate Summit. Through a series of keynote speakers, workshops, and a career expo, participating students will develop leadership and problem-solving skills, gain climate action knowledge, learn about future career pathways, and build peer networks to expand sustainability in their schools and communities. This event is designed for teams/groups of one staff member and up to four students per high school. Learn more and have your teacher reserve seats today.

Register to Participate in the Hamilton Education Program
Registration Deadline: Ongoing
The DOE, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, invites all Title I high schools to participate in the Hamilton Education program and to integrate the lessons, Alexander Hamilton and the Founding Era, into American History and ELA classroom studies. The Hamilton Education Program culminates in a full-day event for grade 11 students and their teachers featuring student performances, a question and answer session with the Hamilton cast, and a matinee performance of Hamilton on Broadway. Only Title I schools are eligible to participate. While priority is given to schools that have not attended a previous performance, schools that have attended before are also encouraged to apply. Learn more and register.

SchoolFood Summer Apprenticeship Program
Application Deadline: February 14, 2020
Program Dates: July 1-August 25, 2020
Contact: Marc T. Mills/718-707-4383 or Carmella Christian/718-707-4387
The NYC DOE 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 ($15 per hour). 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. Learn more and apply.

Princeton Summer Journalism Program
Deadline: February 17, 2020
Event: July 31-August 10, 2020
The Princeton Summer Journalism Program (PSJP) is a free residential journalism and college preparatory program for current juniors from low-income backgrounds. Students must have a minimum 3.5 unweighted GPA and an interest in journalism to be considered. Participating students will live on campus at Princeton University and learn reporting skills from professional journalists and attend lectures on liberal arts topics led by Princeton professors. Participants will hold a press conference, produce a short documentary, report on a professional sporting event from the press box, attend a play or theatrical production, visit 3-4 major news outlets, and interview subjects for their feature stories in the Princeton Summer Journal. After the program, students will be paired with a volunteer college adviser and professional journalist to help them through the college application process. Learn more and apply.
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