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 School

Check out the DOE’s New Student MetroCard Pamphlet

Deadline: Ongoing
Event: Ongoing 
Did you know that there are special program MetroCard types for students to participate in school-approved programs outside of normal school hours or at locations other than your regular school? Review the DOE’s new student MetroCard pamphlet to get an overview of the student MetroCard program. If you are interested in learning more about transportation eligibility or the various MetroCard types, speak to your school’s transportation coordinator or visit the DOE’s transportation eligibility page

Virtual Field Trips with the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Deadline: Ongoing
Event: Ongoing
Contact: Jonathan Milard
Welcome back aboard! The Intrepid Museum is pleased to offer engaging educational programs for school, homeschool, community, and youth groups both virtually and onsite at the Museum. All programs are interactive and adapted to the interest and learning goals of your group. Museum Educators will lead your group in an inquiry-based experience exploring the artifacts and historic spaces relevant to your program choice. Funding is available for NYC public schools. Learn more on the Intrepid website, and register for an in-person guided program by completing the Intrepid Museum on-site request form or for a virtual opportunity using this Virtual Education request form

The City that Drinks the Mountain Sky Virtual Theater Performance

Deadline: October 29, 2021 
Event: October 25-October 29, 2021
Contact: Helene Amato
Join NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center for a free pre-recorded performance of Arm of the Sea Theater's City that Drinks the Mountain Sky. Learn about the NYC water supply system through a 55-minute simmering tapestry of poetry, puppetry, and music. This free educational performance will premiere for one week onlyThis performance is appropriate for students in grades 2-12, but it is for all audiences to enjoy, including adults and families. To register and receive a link to this performance, complete this New! City that Drinks the Mountain Sky interest form. For more information about this performance, visit DEP's website.

Elementary and Middle School

Register for ScholarSkills STARS Bee Competition

Deadline: November 1, 2021
Contact: Bethany Schaid
You are invited to register your school to participate in the ScholarSkills STARS New York City Spelling Bee Competition by November 1. The registration fee is $175. Please note that the extended deadline on the website does not apply to New York City public and charter schools. Registrations submitted after the November 1 deadline will not be accepted. During registration, you will be asked to identify a spelling bee coordinator. In addition to other tasks that will be communicated after registration, your spelling bee coordinator will receive access to, which will provide your school with resources for your spelling bee program. Note that only students in grades 5-8 may participate, and you must hold your school’s spelling bee by November 19. Learn more on the Spelling Bee website, and register your school using the Spelling Bee Enrollment form.

Middle and High School

Holocaust Personal Stories - Bring Holocaust Lessons to Life with Guest Speakers' Personal Testimony through a Virtual Platform or In-person. 

Deadline: Ongoing
Event: Ongoing
Contact: Jesse Nelson
Build empathy, tolerance, and engagement in your students as grandchildren of Holocaust survivors compellingly share their family stories. 3GNY's WEDU program (WeEducate) trains grandchildren of Holocaust survivors to tell their family stories to NYC public school students. Since the program began in 2010, our speakers have spoken in more than 100 schools across the city—students studying the Holocaust and genocide gain invaluable, connected, personalized history that no textbook can replicate. Speakers are coordinated to fit into your classroom through video conferences or in-person if allowed. Each 30-40 minute session includes a 20-minute presentation, followed by 10-20 minutes for Q&A with students. For more information, visit 3GNY's website. To request a speaker, complete the Request a WEDU Speaker online form

Register for GrowNYC ZWS Cool Enough for Middle School: What Can Young People Do About Food Waste? 

Deadline: October 26, 2021
Event: October 26, 2021
Contact: Daneille Foster-Russell
What is the problem with food waste, and what can young people do about it? This lesson helps students take an in-depth look at the food waste problem in New York City. Students will learn about where their food waste ends up and the current and historical impacts of landfilling food waste. This interactive and fun lesson will spur students to think about simple daily actions to reduce food waste and address climate change. This student program features lessons and workshops for strengthening stewardship. Learn more and register by completing the 'Cool Enough for Middle School': What Can Young People Do About Food Waste? interest form.

High School

Design Career Fair: Portfolio Review

Deadline: October 26, 2021
Event: October 26, 2021
Contact: Cecilia Vidal and Kirsten McNally
Have you ever wondered what goes into a successful portfolio? From college admissions to job-seeking, designers at every stage think about how best to showcase their work and convey their passions. This virtual program will include tips and tricks for portfolio building followed by a live portfolio review with four students and National Design Award winners. Along the way, audience members will be invited to participate in the review process and share feedback. Participating 2021 National Design Award winners include Becca McCharen-Tran (Fashion Design Award), Doris Sung (Climate Action Award for InVert™ Self-Shading Window), Tosh Kodama (Communication Design Award), and Mia Lehrer (Landscape Architecture Award). Learn more on the Design Career Fair: Portfolio Review page and register on the Cooper Hewitt website

Register for Design Discovery: SoHo Architecture Program

Deadline: October 16, 2021
Event: October 16, 2021
Contact: Mary Lib Schmidt/212-358-6133
Join the Center for Architecture for a day of design exploration in SoHo, one of New York City’s hippest historic districts. SoHo is a neighborhood in Manhattan with a fascinating mix of old and new; home to trendy boutiques, innovative new buildings, and the largest collection of nineteenth century cast-iron buildings in the world. After an introduction to key design elements, students will explore SoHo’s architectural treasures on foot, then return to the Center after a lunch break for a design workshop where they’ll create a new building to fit in this historic district. The program costs $100 per student. Need based scholarships are available and applications must be submitted by October 2. The event will be held from 10:00am-4:00pm starting and ending at 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012. Learn more on the.Design Discovery: SoHo (Grades 9-12) – In-Person page and register on the Center for Architecture website.

Register for Design Discovery: Building Bridge Challenge Architecture Program 

Deadline: November 6, 2021
Event: November 6, 2021
Contact: Mary Lib Schmidt/212-358-6133
Join the Center for Architecture to explore the many bridges that connect different parts of New York City. The City is dependent upon suspension, cable stayed, cantilever, retractile, vertical lift and many other types of bridges to move hundreds of thousands of people every day. Learn more about these fascinating structures and try your hand at designing a working bridge model. The program costs $100 per student. Need based scholarships are available and applications must be submitted by October 23. The event will be held in-person from 10:00am-4:00pm at 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012. Learn more on the Design Discovery: Bridge Building Challenge (Grades 9-12) – In-Person page and register on the Center for Architecture website

Learn more about design and engineering programs at The Cooper Union

Deadline: Ongoing
September 28 and December 2, 2021, February 9, 2022
Elizabeth Waters
Are you wondering what engineers do? Do you see a problem in your neighborhood that could be solved through engineering? Are you interested in trying engineering? Join The Cooper Union STEM Outreach Program for free STEM Days, virtual sessions on current challenges and opportunities in engineering. Upcoming programs and scholarships for high school students at The Cooper Union will also be discussed at the sessions. All three virtual program sessions will take place from 5:30-6:30pm. Learn more about this opportunity on the Cooper’s Union website, and register using the STEM Outreach @ Cooper Union Virtual Programs Registration form

MCC Theater Youth Company Auditions

Deadline: October 18, 2021
Event: October 19 and 21, 2021
Contact: Tricia Patrick
Have you ever wanted to take to the stage? Do you have a passion for writing? If you are looking to challenge yourself creatively while building a supportive community of peers and artists, audition for MCC Theater Youth Company. The MCC Theater Youth Company is a free after-school program for NYC high school students interested in developing their acting and dramatic writing skills. Auditions will be held for our Performance Lab and Playwriting Lab programs on October 19 and 21 from 4:30-6:30pm. You must attend both auditions to be eligible to join, and no previous experience is required. The auditions and the fall program will be conducted virtually. Learn more on the MCC Theater website, the Youth Company flyer, and register to audition using the Official Registration Form for MCC Youth Company Auditions 2021-22

The Lawyer Connection Club

Deadline: October 25, 2021
Event: Ongoing
Contact: Kayla Nicholas 
Join like-minded high school students in exploring new careers in law, government, and politics. The club meets once a week via Google Meet with guest speakers who have already established themselves in their respective careers. There will be opportunities to hear the life experiences of lawyers, judges, and court officials, ask questions, and receive advice on striving for similar success in the future. In the club, students will build their knowledge of higher education, job applications, interview skills, and the lifestyles of those in the professions they’re interested in. Participation in the club is free, and there are numerous leadership and engagement opportunities available. Learn more on the Lawyer Connection Club website, and complete the Lawyer Connection Club Application form to apply.

Youth Steering Committee Seeks High School Youth Interested in Advocating for Climate Education

Deadline: October 22, 2021
Event: Ongoing
Contact: Emily Fano/917-301-8830
Are you interested in advocating for climate education? Join the Youth Steering Committee of the Climate and Resilience Education Task Force. As part of the committee, participants will receive mentorship on taking concrete action to expand access to climate education in NYC’s public schools. In addition, they will work on a state-level climate policy campaign, provide input on the development of a climate justice education curriculum, and help build a network of youth dedicated to climate education across the city. Participants will also collaborate with educators, non-profit organizations, policymakers, and experts in climate education and advocacy. Meetings will be held via Zoom beginning this fall once all applications have been received. Learn more on the Climate and Resilience Education Task Force Website, and complete the Climate and Resilience Education Task Force Youth Steering Committee Application form to apply for this opportunity.

Join the in person return of Teen Open Studios at the Whitney Museum

Deadline: Ongoing
Event: October 15, November 12 and 19, and December 3, 2021
Contact: Midrene Lamy
Teens are invited to Teen Open Studios, a free art-making drop-in program on select Fridays in October, November, and December, from 4-6pm. This fall, we go back to basics to experiment, create, and learn fundamental techniques with art projects inspired by Whitney’s exhibitions and collection. Visit the Whitney Museum website to learn more and reserve your tickets in advance on the general admissions page. For additional information, contact Midrene Lamy.

Join GrowNYC ZWS Youth Leadership Council 

Deadline: October 22, 2021
Event: November 2021 - June 2022
Contact: Daneille Foster-Russell
Looking to boost your resume, build leadership skills, network with professional practitioners, all while gaining real-world experience in the field of sustainability? Apply to the GrowNYC Zero Waste Schools Youth Leadership Council. We offer high-school students opportunities to develop and strengthen their problem-solving, leadership, and collaboration skills through hands-on projects and real-world experiences. In addition, students get behind-the-scenes access to the waste and sustainability issues facing New York City and a chance to work with professionals and student leaders to develop and apply real solutions to these issues. Learn more and apply by visiting the Zero Waste Schools Youth Leadership Council’s website.

Irondale Young Company Theater Ensemble

Deadline: February 19, 2022
Event: October 2021-June 2022
Contact: Rima Dodd
Young Company is a free, year-long acting ensemble with multiple performance opportunities. Students will explore improvisation, devised, and scripted theater. Students will also attend 3-5 professional theater productions throughout the year and participate in workshops from professional guest artists. Young Company will be meeting in person but may move to a virtual platform in accordance with changing CDC guidelines and DOE policy. Irondale is located at 85 South Oxford Street in Fort Greene, Brooklyn and classes take place on Saturdays from 11:30am-2:00pm. Learn more on the Young Company Classes page and register on the Irondale website.

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