Student Opportunities

Learn about programs, events, internships, scholarships, and much more for students your age. Find out how to get opportunities on the student opportunities page.

All Schools 

DSNY'S Clean and Green Schools Awards

Deadline: May 10, 2023
The NYC Department of Sanitation is excited to announce the return of the annual Clean and Green Schools Awards (formerly known as the Zero Waste Schools Awards). Your public school’s sustainability project could be an award winner. Win cash prizes of up to $1,500, giveaways, and recognition for your school. Schools can enter the following contests: GrowNYC ZWS’s Super Recyclers, awarding excellent school recycling programs in accordance with DSNY regulations; MFTA’s Reduce & Reuse Challenge, acknowledges creative reuse projects; and Team Up to Clean Up, rewards schools that conceive, design, and implement effective cleanup and beautification projects, including school gardens. Create an account and log in to the Zero Waste Schools Webpage to enter a contest today.

High School

Innovation Research College Prep Program

Deadline: May 18, 2023
Event: June 7 through August 11, 2023
The Innovative Research Fellowship offers a simulation through which young women of color will have the opportunity to run a hospital with peers, see themselves in various health professional roles, and learn how hospitals can better work with communities. Learn more and apply on the Seeds of Fortune webpage.

Girls Start-Up Business Plan Competition

Deadline: May 18, 2023
Event: July 25 through July 26, 2023
The Girls Start-Up Business Plan Competition, provided by Seeds of Fortune Inc., assists participants in setting up social enterprise business ideas and a professional website that will impact the communities in which they live. Finalists will be flown to Miami (all expenses paid) to pitch their ideas for the opportunity to win up to $10,000! Learn more and apply on the Girls Start Up webpage

Literacy Unbound Summer Institute

Deadline: May 15, 2023
Event dates: July 10 through July 21, 2023
Contact: Adele Bruni Ashley
Inquisitive students will find an outlet for their creativity and curiosity at this unique institute, which will pair them with professional artists and teachers from around the world for an exclusive collaboration at Teachers College, Columbia University. At the 2023 Literacy Unbound Summer institute, participants will tap into their reading, writing, performance, and multimedia abilities as they remix this year's selected text—The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson—and co-create an original performance that will debut at Teachers College, Columbia University. There is a $200 registration fee for participants; a limited number of needs-based scholarships are available. Learn more and apply on the Literacy Unbound Summer Institute webpage

Free Virtual Field Trips Exploring New York City’s LGBTQ+ Site Based History

Deadline: OngoingContact: info@nyclgbtsites.orgConnect with fun and informative virtual field trips, viewed on a computer or smart phone, that will allow you to explore queer historic sites throughout the city. Learn about sites associated with such events and people as the Stonewall Uprising, author James Baldwin, and playwright Lorraine Hansberry. The virtual field trips include Stonewall & Greenwich Village LGBTQ History Tour, Transgender & Gender-Variant History, 1970s Lesbian Activism & Community, and more. Your teachers can access these free tools by visiting NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project webpage.