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

Conservation Day at the American Museum of Natural History
Registration Deadline: May 3, 2019
Event: May 3, 2019 
Contact: Olivia Owre-Bell/212-769-5200
Conservation Day activities will focus on how students can contribute to local, national, and global efforts in conserving wildlife, plants, soil, and water. Student will also learn about the benefits of conservation for present and future generations. The event will take place from 10:00am-12:00pm. Learn more and call to register. 

Toby Nussbaum Jewish Heritage-NY2019 Writing Contest
Submission Deadline: May 8, 2019
Event: June 5, 2019
Contact: Marcy Fishman/212-983-4800 ext. 142
Students are invited to write a poem or essay relating the theme Machloket L’shem Shamayim: Constructive Conflicts to their personal histories, as well as the experiences of Jews and other groups in America. This annual contest is open to all NYC public school students in grades 4-12. First place winners will receive $500, second place winners will receive $300, and third place winners will receive $150. Hon. Marco Carrion, Commissioner of the NYC Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit, will host the award ceremony for the winning students at City Hall. Student’s families, teachers, and principals are invited to attend the event. Read stories from past contests, learn more, and apply.

Attend the Third Annual Sustainability Showcase
Registration Deadline: May 15, 2019
Event: May 22, 2019
Join the DOE Office of Sustainability in celebrating 10 years of sustainability at the Third Annual Sustainability Showcase. Come learn and become inspired by the extraordinary things the DOE community and partner organizations are working on to pave the way to make DOE schools sustainable! The event takes place at the Brooklyn Expo Center located at 72 Noble Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Learn more and register.

International Museum Day at the American Museum of Natural History
Registration Deadline: May 17, 2019
Event: May 17, 2019
Contact: Olivia Owre-Bell/212-769-5200 
In celebration of the Museum’s rich scientific and cultural content, this special event brings together a sampling of the best that we have to offer in Earth and Planetary Sciences, Paleontology, Global Studies and the Living Environment. Hands-on activities feature everything from anthropology to zoology. The event takes place from 10:00am-12:00pm and reservations are required. Learn more and register

Middle Schools

2019 Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp Application
Application Deadline: April 29, 2019
Event: August 5-16, 2019
Contact: Ellen Mauser/917-521-3762
Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp is a free, two-week program to help middle school students prepare for admittance to screened NYC DOE high school arts programs. Students who are enrolled in a Title I school, entering grade 8 in September 2019, and are interested in auditioning for screened high school arts programs are welcome to apply. This is an intensive ten-session, half-day program for up to 350 students. This intensive program is administered by the NYC DOE Office of Arts and Special Projects and will be held at Lincoln Center Education in Manhattan. Admission is by online application and audition. Students may apply and audition for only one studio. Auditions will be held on May 4 and May 5, 2019. Learn more and apply.

Submit your essay for The Harvard Library in New York Third Annual Young Readers Prize
Submission Deadline: May 1, 2019
The Young Readers Prize is open to NYC public school students in grade 8 who show a deep love of reading for its own sake – irrespective of academic or testing performance – and show thoughtfulness about what they read and how it impacts them. Essays should be personal reflections and bring in students’ own life narratives and self-understanding with specific examples. Student submissions should be between 250-500 words and respond to one of the following quotes: “We read to know we’re not alone.” by William Nicholson, “The more that you read the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” by Dr. Seuss, “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” by Stephen King, and “Think before you speak. Read before you think.” by Fran Lebowitz. The Harvard Library of New York will recognize three students at an intimate reception held at the Harvard Library. Email questions and your submission to

Middle and High Schools

DNA Learning Center NYC Weekly Summer Camps at City Tech Application 
Registration Deadline: Ongoing
Event: July 8-August 23, 2019
Since summer 1985, our lab classrooms have filled with young scientists eager to get hands-on with DNA. Beginning with students entering grade 6 and continuing through high school, campers use sophisticated laboratory and computer equipment to perform experiments several grade levels ahead of their peers. Register today for week-long science camps offered in our new DNA Learning Center (DNALC) site at New York City College of Technology (City Tech) in Downtown Brooklyn. The Learning Center is easily accessible from Brooklyn, Queens, lower Manhattan and central New Jersey. This is our pilot summer in Brooklyn—be the first to attend DNALC NYC summer camps at City Tech! Tuition ranges from $520-600 per week.

High Schools

Participate in the Sixth Annual Literacy Unbound Summer Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University
Registration Deadline: April 26, 2019
Event: July 29-August 9, 2019
The Center for the Professional Education of Teachers (CPET) at Teachers College offers a two-week program called Literacy Unbound. The program brings together 12 high school students and 12 teachers from around NYC to create an original multimodal performance piece inspired by Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. The program is free for those students selected. Learn more and apply.

NBC News Summer Journalism Workshop 
Application Deadline: April 29, 2019 
Event: July 22-August 2, 2019
Contact: Vicky Levina
This workshop 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. All expenses associated with attendance including transportation and food will be covered. The workshop will take place at the NBC News headquarters in Manhattan. If you have any questions, would like to request an application, or would like to see a detailed description of the program, email Vicky Levina at

Make Music with Carnegie Hall’s Teen Ensemble
Application Deadline: April 30, 2019
Event: Ongoing
Contact: Margie Fortunato/212-903-9625 
Carnegie Hall’s Future Music Project Ensemble is looking for teen instrumentalists, vocalists, MCs, songwriters, and producers from all over NYC to create genre-bending music, record original songs, work with professional musicians, and perform. This is a free program open to students ages 14-19. Learn more and apply.

ARAS Pioneer Teens 
Application Deadline: May 1, 2019
Event: July 8-19, 2019
Contact: Kako Ueda/212-697-3480
The Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (ARAS) Pioneer Teens program is a free two-week summer program where students will discover the world through images. ARAS is a unique archive of mythological and symbolic images in art worldwide and human history. Students will learn how to conduct research and create their own artwork inspired by images from the Archive. Students will also explore museums and galleries and meet with working artists to further inspire and deepen their understanding of art and symbols. The program will end with an exhibition of student work. The program takes place Monday-Friday 10am-4pm at ARAS, located at 28 East 39 Street, Manhattan. Visit the ARAS Tumblr, learn more about ARAS and apply

Opportunities for Free High School Pilot Programs at Poster House
Registration Deadline: May 1, 2019
Event: May 15-June 7, 2019
Poster House is pleased to offer classes of high school students the unique opportunity to tour and sharing your ideas about NYC’s newest museum, Poster House, prior to our grand opening. Poster House is the first museum in the United States exclusively dedicated to posters. The ubiquity and accessibility of the poster makes it a relevant teaching tool for history, the art of communication, graphic design, and visual literacy. Space is limited and registration is required. Register and learn more.

United Nations 2019 Remember Slavery Student Video Conference: The Power of the Arts for Justice
Registration Deadline: Ongoing
Event: May 10, 2019
The United Nations Department of Global Communications is pleased to invite students from the New York metropolitan area to participate in the eleventh annual Remember Slavery Global Student Videoconference at United Nations Headquarters in New York. This year’s theme is the power of the arts for justice. Joining the videoconference will be students from Africa and the Caribbean. To prepare for the event, students will learn about the triumphs and struggles for freedom and equality of people of African descent, and the role that the arts has played in promoting justice. Students will research an artist or art form from Africa or the African Diaspora that embodies the struggle for freedom, equality, and/or social justice. Learn more about last year's event and register

Citytri Event Xperience - Athletic Event Production 2019 Work Experience Opportunities
Application Deadline: Ongoing
Event: May 5-December 7, 2019
Contact: George Reagan/347-276-7571
If you want the experience helping to develop an outdoor amateur athletic events that will serve hundreds of participants and have strong communication and customer service skills that can be used with participants and onlookers, then this is an opportunity for you. Learn the basic elements of the development of outdoor athletic events including customer service, crowd management, course development, staging, recognition ceremonies, marketing, and operations. All participants will receive a stipend and written recognition for their experience. Candidates need to be able to travel to event locations, participate on event days from 6:00am-12:00pm, and be available on five of the following dates: May 5, 12, June 2, 16, July 14, August 11, 25, September 8, 28, October 5, 20, November 10, December 1, 7. Learn more and apply.

Summer Tech Scholars II Program at the New-York Historical Society
Application Deadline: Ongoing
Event: August 19-23, 2019 
Contact: Lena Sawyer/212-873-3400 ext. 356
During this weeklong intensive program, high school girls will expand their CSS and web design skills as they curate and build an online collection. Throughout the program, scholars will gain behind-the-scenes insight by meeting with New-York Historical Society staff and influential women in technology fields while researching and writing about an artifact of their interest from the Museum’s collections. Scholars will leave the program with a collaboratively developed website and a deeper understanding of CSS and HTML design principles. Scholars entering the program should have foundational HTML and CSS skills. Participation is $350 per student and scholarships are available for applicants who have qualified for free- or reduced-price lunch in the past. Learn more and apply

Stonewall Scholars at the New-York Historical Society
Application Deadline: Ongoing
Event: July 20-August 24, 2019 
Contact: Lena Sawyer/212-873-3400 ext. 356
In commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, teens are invited to learn about the history and bravery of LGBTQ activists who helped pave the way for the freedoms we experience today, and about the injustices that remain. This program at the New-York Historical Society gives teens the unique opportunity to meet and hear the stories of LGBTQ activists from the 1980s to present today. Scholars will produce oral histories while gaining hands-on experience with state-of-the-art audio production equipment. Learn more and apply
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