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

Astronomy Day
Registration Deadline: December 19, 2018
Event: December 19, 2018
Contact: 212-769-5200

The American Museum of Natural History is hosting a special event to celebrate the Earth and Planetary collections. Astronomy Day will engage students in learning about the cosmos, the nature of stars, and how scientists continue to explore our solar system and beyond. Attendees must register as a regular school group by calling Monday-Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm. The event will take place from 10:00am-12:00pm. Visit the American Museum of Natural History website for more information.

Cultural Halls Day
Registration Deadline: January 15, 2019
Event: January 15, 2019
Contact: 212-769-5200
In celebration of the American Museum of Natural History’s collection of cultural artifacts, this event presents students with a panorama of the traditional cultures of Asia, Africa, North and South America, and the Pacific. Activities provide students with opportunities to engage in hands-on explorations of clothing, tools, textiles, and other artifacts while learning about the importance of cultural legacy. The event will be held from 10:00am-12:00pm. More information can be found on the American Museum of Natural History website


Elementary Schools

Free Marine Ecology Field Trips for Students in Grade 4
Registration Deadline: Ongoing
Event: April 1-June 14, 2019
Contact: Maddie Taylor
NYC H2O in partnership with the National Park Service is offering free marine ecology field trips to Plumb Beach in Brooklyn and Great Kills in Staten Island for students in grade 4. Students will get the opportunity to explore marine ecology, salt water wetlands, and discover the crucial role these environments play in supporting harbor ecology and mitigating storm surges. Field trips take place from 10:30am-12:30pm. Register for trips on the NYC H20 website.  

Middle Schools

Art History Club for Middle School Students
Registration Deadline: Ongoing 
Event: December 15, 2018, January 12, February 16, and March 23, 2019
Come experience the Old Masters through fresh eyes! Guided by museum educators, middle school students in The Frick Collection’s Art History Club will contemplate artworks, explore historical connections, and expand their understanding of the visual arts through conversations in the galleries. This opportunity is free with online registration. Visit The Frick Collection’s website to learn more and to register. The club will meet on selected Saturdays from 11:00am-12:00pm.

Middle and High Schools

School Scanning Poster Contest
Submission Deadline: January 8, 2019
The DOE in partnership with the NYPD School Safety Division is hoping to enlist the participation of middle and high school students in creating posters to help students through the scanning process. This poster contest will require students to use their imagination in displaying instructions to inform their peers about what to do during the scanning process. Visit the DOE website to see scanning directions, an explanation of the scoring rubric, and an explanation of the selection criteria. Submitted posters will be reviewed with the NYPD and the winning poster to be displayed citywide. Please mail the posters to 52 Chambers Street, Room 218, New York, NY 10007 Attn: Serge St. Leger, Jr.  

Summer Arts Institute – Free Arts Training for Middle and High School Students
Application Deadline: February 1, 2019
Event: July 8-August 2, 2019
Summer Arts Institute is a free, four-week intensive arts training program for students entering grades 8-12 in September 2019. 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 through building a portfolio or audition skills for their next level of study. The Institute will be held at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens. Learn more and apply.  

Holocaust Education: Have a Grandchild of a Holocaust Survivor Visit your Classroom
Event: Ongoing
Contact: Ben Sherak
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 80 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. For more information visit the 3GNY website. 


High Schools

Nominate a High School Student for RockEDU Science Outreach's LAB Jumpstart Program
Nomination Deadline: December 21, 2018 
Event: March-August 2019
Contact: Nica Rabinowitz/212-327-7436
The nomination period is now open to science-minded public school students to participate in the LAB Jumpstart program part of RockEDU Science Outreach at the Rockefeller University. The LAB Jumpstart supports 16 high school students in a combined after-school and summer science research experience that includes initial small-group training, followed by an immersive mentored research experience in a Rockefeller University laboratory. We are looking for students from schools that don’t have access to advanced science programming and laboratory space, but are passionate about science. This program aims to jumpstart the development of research skills and exposure to laboratory culture. Students must be nominated by a teacher in order to apply.

Frick Forum for High School Students
Application Deadline: January 10, 2019
Event: January-May 2019
Contact: Rachel Himes/212-547-0704
Calling all inquiring minds! Frick Forum for High School Students is an after school program that promotes close looking and the free exchange of ideas. Forum members study great works of art from the Frick's permanent collection and special exhibitions. Frick Forum will run from 4:30-6:00pm on eight selected Fridays from January through May 2019. A final schedule will be shared with accepted students in January 2019. Frick Forum is free but students must apply. Learn more on the Frick Forum website.

Application for the 2019 Angelo del Toro Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute
Application Deadline: January 11, 2019
Event: January 19, 2019
The application for the 2019 Angelo del Toro Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute program is now available. The Institute is open to students of Hispanic heritage in grades 10 through 12. Students will have the opportunity to learn how a bill is passed in the State Assembly while developing skills in writing, debating, and leadership. The institute starts on January 19, 2019 and culminates in a weekend trip to Albany. Interested student must apply and submit a 500-word essay in English or Spanish in response to a prompt. 

NYC Urban Ambassadors Program
Application Deadline: February 1, 2019
Event: Ongoing
NYC Urban Ambassadors is a program that provides young men with purpose, leadership and distinction by cultivating a brotherhood that serves students throughout their journey from high school to college. NYC Urban Ambassadors facilitators design experiences that promote positive interactions and brotherly support throughout regular weekly sessions, leadership opportunities, and SAT Prep. Young men from all five boroughs who are currently in grade 10 are encouraged to apply. Learn more and apply

Attend the First DOE NYC Youth Climate Summit
Registration Deadline: Ongoing
Event: January 18, 2019
Contact: Eliza Brenman/718-349-5712
Join the Office of Sustainability for the first-ever DOE NYC Youth Climate Summit, a daylong sustainability event for traditional public and charter high school students. Through a series of keynote speakers, workshops, and expos, students will develop critical leadership and problem-solving skills through experiential learning. Participants will gain climate action knowledge and build peer networks to support the expansion of sustainability in their schools and communities. This event is for teams of up to five students and one adult chaperone. The event will be held from 9:00am-3:00pm at 52 Broadway in Manhattan. Learn more about the DOE NYC Youth Climate Summit and register today. 

NYC GREAT! Program
Application Deadline: February 1, 2019
Event: Ongoing
NYC GREAT! (Girls Reaching Every Apex Together) provides experiences that support the development of leadership and communication skills in young women. The program aims to help young women find their voice, articulate their purpose, and become architects of their own future in college and career. Young women from all five boroughs who are currently in grade 10 are encouraged to apply. Learn more and apply.

Apply to be a Design Scholar at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Application Deadline: Ongoing
Event: February 12-May 14, 2019
Contact: Meagan Mahaffy/212-849-8353
Do you have a knack for design? Cooper Hewitt’s Design Scholars is a free program that features hands-on workshops with professional designers, design studio visits, and college tours during the school year. In Spring 2019, the program will feature fashion, graphic, product, and interaction design. The program will take place on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:30pm. Interested students can learn more and apply on the Cooper Hewitt website. 

Apply to the Bank of America Student Leaders Program
Application Deadline: February 1, 2019
Event: Summer 2019
The Bank of America Student Leaders Program helps students gain a greater understanding of how nonprofits create impact in the community. It aims to help students develop into the next generation of community leaders by participating in an eight-week summer paid internship with a nonprofit organization and a week-long, all-expenses paid Student Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. from July 8-13, 2019. Learn more and apply
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