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

Affordable Yoga, Dance, and Gymnastics Classes
Registration Deadline: March 1, 2020
Event: February 5-May 17, 2020
Contact: Paul Keoni Chun/212-643-9013
Do you want to reap the benefits of yoga, dance, and gymnastics but found the classes too expensive or inconvenient to get to? For students ages 3-12, we offer subsidized Yo-Dan-Nastic classes which combine yoga, dance, and gymnastics into one fun movement arts experience. For students ages 13 and up, we offer free Yoga Dance Flow classes. All classes are taught in midtown Manhattan locations. View the class schedule and register now.

Theater Festival Teen Artist Exchange
Registration Deadline: March 7, 2020
Event: March 7, 2020
Contact: Rima Dodd/718-488-9233 ext. 223
Join us for an hour-long workshop co-led by Irondale Young Company and the artists from Irondale’s On Women play festival as part of the 92nd street Y’s Teen Arts Week. Students will hear about the different productions performed in the festival and then collaborate to create a piece focusing on celebrating female voices and female artists. Students will get to meet members of the production team and creative staff as well as be invited to stay after the workshop for a panel discussion open to the public. The event is from 2:30-3:30pm at the Irondale Ensemble Project at 85 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 and is free to attend. Learn more and register.

Girls in Science and Engineering Day
Registration Deadline: March 11, 2020
Event: March 14, 2020
Contact: Shay Saleem
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s GOALS for Girls program invites students and families to celebrate science, technology, engineering, and math at the seventh annual Girls in Science and Engineering Day. Come enjoy hands-on experiences, exciting demonstrations, and engaging discussions facilitated by science-based organizations, college programs, and New York City public school students. The event is free and will be held at the Intrepid Museum’s Education Center located at Pier 86, West 46 Street and Twelfth Avenue New York, NY 10036. Learn more and register.

Enter the Disability Pride Parade Visual Art Contest
Submission Deadline: March 13, 2020
The DOE is proud to announce the third annual Disability Pride Parade Visual Art Contest. Students are encouraged to develop visual representations of what the phrase, Nothing About Us Without Us, means to them. Contest finalists will be invited to a special reception and have their artwork featured in a NYC art gallery and on promotional materials for the Disability Pride Parade. Interested teachers can learn more.


Middle and High Schools

Summer Travel Scholarships
Application Deadline: March 1, 2020
Event: Summer 2020
Contact: Stan Rosenberg/914-438-5834
Trip of a Lifetime is now accepting applications for its summer travel scholarships. Trip of a Lifetime has sent underserved students from New York City on teen tours and community service trips to various places in the United States, Ecuador, and Costa Rica. This opportunity is available to students currently in grades 7 through 11 who can demonstrate financial need. Learn more and apply.

STEM Field Trips to the Advanced Science Research Center
Event: January-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 Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:30am-12:30pm at 85 St. Nicholas Terrace New York, NY. Learn more and register.

Low Cost After School Dance Program
Registration Deadline: May 4, 2020
Event: January 27-June 8, 2020
Contact: Nancy Steele/917-689-9573 or Laci Chisholm/347-921-2404

Move Makers is designed for students in grades 7 through 10 to learn dance skills while strengthening their understanding of topics useful in life and in school. The first part of the year focuses on leadership and teamwork and teaches students how to use dance to create a toolbox of practical skills. While students are encouraged to stay for the full 16 week program, they also have the option to drop in for a week at a time. The program takes place at Fit4Dance located at 778 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11216. Students in grades 7 and 8 meet Mondays from 5:00-6:00pm, and students in grades 9 and 10 meet Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30pm. The cost of the program is $5 per class. Learn more and email or call to register.

High Schools

YVote Pizza and Politics Forums
Event: February 11-June 2, 2020
Contact: Sanda Balaban/917-543-8350
2020 is a big election year in America and 2021 will be a big municipal election year in NYC. YVote brings together students from high schools across the five boroughs to motivate and mobilize their peers around voting, civic education, and political action. YVote meets for Pizza and Politics Forums on Tuesdays from 5:00-7:00pm once or twice a month in midtown Manhattan throughout the semester. Stipends available for participation over the course of the semester. Learn more and apply.

Tech Scholars @ New-York Historical Society
Application Deadline: February 21, 2020
Event: February 27-May 28, 2020
Contact: Lena Sawyer/212-873-3400 ext. 356
Where are all the women in history textbooks? Students will explore important contributions by underrepresented women in history, and then while learning HTML and CSS, design and create a website to amplify a woman’s story . Students will research historical figures and events that continue to impact young people today; share scholarship through dynamic digital projects and learn to code; get mentored by museum professionals and influential women in the technology field; and get behind-the-scenes access to our Center for Women's History. This opportunity is open to students in grades 9 through 12 who self-identify as women. The program meets on Thursdays from 4:00-6:30pm at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024. Participation is $300 per student for members, or $350 per student for non-members. Full and partial scholarship opportunities are available to applicants who qualify. Learn more and apply.

Intrepid Youth Summit
Application Deadline: February 24, 2020
Event: June 13, 2020
Contact: Shay Saleem
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is calling all interested youth ages 14-20 to apply to the Intrepid Museum’s first ever Youth Summit. The Intrepid Museum Youth Summit is a free conference that invites students to visit the Intrepid Museum for a day of inspiration and action. Participants will hear from highly motivated teens who have created projects that address issues in new or innovative ways. During the Intrepid Museum Youth Summit, students will have the opportunity to share and inspire each other to think differently and take positive action within their community. The event will take place at the Intrepid Museum in the Education Center at Pier 86 on West 46 Street and 12 Avenue, New York, NY 10036. Learn more and apply.

Bring a Guest Educator on NYC LGBT Place-Based History to Your Classroom
Application Deadline: February 28, 2020
Event: March-May 2020
Bring an educator to your school for a one-class-period presentation about New York City’s LGBT place-based history. The interactive presentation will cover information about NYC’s unique LGBT past emphasizing its importance and relevance while focusing on specific sites related to the arts, literature, and politics. NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project’s preservation efforts in documenting historic LGBT locations will also be covered. Once applications are evaluated, you will be contacted to schedule your presentation for a class size of no more than 34 students. Learn more and apply.

Apply Now for the Yankees-Stonewall Scholarship
Application Deadline: March 1, 2020
Contact: Eric Vaughan/212-374-6908
The DOE, in partnership with the Stonewall Inn and the New York Yankees, is offering a $10,000 scholarship to be awarded to five students, one from each borough. A student is eligible for the scholarship if they are a graduating senior planning to attend a two-year or four-year college, have at least a 2.5 GPA, exhibit a commitment to equality leadership in the area of LGBTQ support, and have made significant contributions to the LGBTQ community. Winners will be notified in May 2020 and participate in an on-field ceremony during a Yankees game. Learn more and apply.

Apply for the Service in Schools Leadership Institute during Spring Break
Application Deadline: March 2, 2020
Event: April 13-17, 2020 and May 22, 2020
High school students interested in becoming leaders while also serving the community can apply for the Service in Schools (SIS) Leadership Institute. The SIS Leadership Institute is an exciting opportunity for NYC public high school students in grades 10 through 12 to build their leadership skills over the course of a five-day institute during spring break. The SIS Leadership Institute culminates in the planning and implementation of a day-long Youth Service Summit for elementary school students on Friday, May 22, 2020. Learn more and apply today.

Serve as a Member of the Citywide Council for Special Education
Application Deadline: March 4, 2020
Students in grade 12 with an IEP interested in policy, government, education, or community affairs should consider applying to be a member of 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 as well as issuing an annual report on how effectively students with disabilities are being served by the DOE along with recommendations for improvements. The CCSE must hold at least one evening public meeting per month during which the public may discuss issues facing students with disabilities. The student member will serve on the committee for the 2019-20 school year as a non-voting member. Learn more and apply.

Teen Arts Week – Free Citywide Classes and Workshops
Event Dates: March 2-8, 2020
Contact: Maya Ward/212-699-7274
Teen Arts Week is a citywide celebration of the arts for teens and features free classes, performances, and workshops at dozens of cultural organizations in all five boroughs. Participating institutions include Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, and 92nd Street Y. Teens attending the event will have the chance to learn about summer arts programs and internships across the city. All events are free to students with a valid school ID and educators are invited to bring student groups. Learn more and register.

NBC News Summer Journalism Program
Application Deadline: March 30, 2020
Event: July 20-July 31, 2020
Contact: Vicky Levina
High school students can apply for the NBC News Young Leaders in Journalism program. This program exposes rising juniors and seniors interested in news to the inner workings of the journalism profession. Students will learn from experienced journalism instructors, meet distinguished reporters, receive mentoring, and visit Washington D.C. The program will take place at the NBC News headquarters in Manhattan. All expenses associated with attendance including transportation and food will be covered. Learn more and apply.

Free Tech Commons Drop-in Hours for Teens
Event: Ongoing
Contact: Lena Sawyer/212-873-3400 ext. 356
New-York Historical Society’s Tech Commons is a space where students can engage with the latest technologies, work with mentors, and be creative. Teens ages 13 through 19 are invited to use the Tech Commons for free to work on a project, experiment with digital tools, or learn new tech skills. Mentors are on hand to provide tech instruction and assistance when needed. Tech Commons is a place where students can design a video game, record and edit music or a podcast, 3D print an object, code an app or website, and more. Tech Commons is open Fridays-Sundays at select times. Learn more and complete an one-time registration form.
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