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

Take a Virtual Field Trip to the Morgan Library and Museum

Deadline: Ongoing
Event: Ongoing
Contact: Jessica Pastore
Virtual field trips at The Morgan Library and Museum offer direct observation of primary sources, such as Mesopotamian seals and tablets, medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, rare printed books, master drawings, and period architecture. Upon booking, the museum will provide a secure Zoom link to join the live, interactive, virtual program. Kindly book your trip at least two weeks before your desired visit date. Learn more on the Morgan Library and Museum page and schedule your trip today.

Creative Writing Workshops 

Deadline: Ongoing 
Event: Ongoing 
Contact: Danielle Sheeler/212-222-4088
Writopia Lab, a non-profit creative writing program in New York City whose mission is to foster joy, literacy, and critical thinking in children and teens of all backgrounds, offers year-round multi-genre creative writing, essay writing, and college essay workshops online and in person. Reluctant and enthusiastic writers, as well as writers with learning differences, thrive at Writopia. Interested participants can choose from an honor-based sliding scale fee system or apply for full financial aid. Learn more and apply on the Writopia website. 

Middle School

Irondale Junior Company Theater Classes

Deadline: October 10, 2021
Event: October 12-December 14, 2021 
Contact: Rima Dodd 
Junior Company is a free, yearlong acting ensemble with two performance opportunities. Students will explore improvisation, poetry, monologues, and scenes. Junior 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 Tuesdays from 4:00-6:00pm. Learn more on the Irondale Junior Company page and register on the Irondale website.

Tech Scholars ONLINE: Web Design Middle School

Deadline: October 1, 2021
Dates: October 13-November 17, 2021
Contact: Maria Betancur 
Where are all the women in history textbooks? Explore important contributions by underrepresented women in history then code and create a website to amplify a woman’s story while learning HTML and CSS. Participation is FREE for girls in grade 8 nationwide. This virtual program will take place on Wednesdays from 4:15-6:45pm on Zoom. Learn more on the New-York Historical Society Tech Scholar page and register on the N-YHS website.

Middle and High School

Register for Virtual Tours of the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

Deadline: Ongoing
Event: Ongoing
Contact: Molly DePippo
The Museum of Jewish Heritage has created two virtual tours led by gallery educators for students. Meeting Hate with Humanity: Life During the Holocaust explores the impact of World War II and the Nazi genocide on Jewish lives and communities in Europe. Participants will explore issues of cultural identity, responsibility to community, and decision-making, as well as ways in which individuals and nations responded, or failed to respond, to the crisis. Love Thy Neighbor: Immigration and the U.S. Experience features artifacts from the Museum’s collection and teaches about the Jewish immigrant experience. Through explorations of language, work, community, and social activism, this tour encourages students to draw connections to other immigrant community experiences. Kindly schedule your trip at least three weeks in advance and all tours are conducted over Zoom. Learn more and register on the MJH website

WORD Workouts — Move and Reflect to Work Out Your Emotions

Deadline: Ongoing
Event: Ongoing
Contact: wordworkouts@nalinikids.org
As you return to school this year, you’re likely feeling a mix of emotions. What you’re feeling today may be different than yesterday and might be different from your peers. WORD Workouts is a free lesson library to help you reflect on the words in your life. Pick a word and see how that particular emotion manifests in your body through physical movement; strength, stretching, breathing, and cardio exercises. Then, answer the reflection questions to see how that emotion appears in all areas of your life — at home, at school, and in your community. You can explore on your own, with a friend, or with your entire class. What word will you work out today? Learn more and start working out your word.

High School

Irondale Young Company Theater Ensemble

Deadline: October 2, 2021
Event: October 2, 2021-June 18, 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 Irondale Classes page and register on the Irondale website.

Join the NYC DOE Sustainability Youth Leadership Council

Deadline: October 12, 2021
Event dates: November 2021-June 2022
Contact: Eliza Brenman 
Are you interested in climate change and sustainability and want to make a difference? If so, join the DOE Office of Sustainability Youth Leadership Council (YLC). YLC Members will develop leadership and teamwork skills; learn about student advocacy, sustainability, and climate change; gain skills and knowledge to empower action within their school and local communities; and build youth networks within the YLC and across the DOE. Learn more and apply on the NYC DOE website.

Student Historian Internship

Deadline: September 26, 2021
Dates: October 20, 2021-June 15, 2022
Contact: Maria Betancur 
Use the resources of the New-York Historical Society to conduct teen-led research on undertold yet highly relevant histories on topics you care about. Learn about the history of activists and social movements and discuss how knowledge of history can inform change-making in the present. Work with historian mentors and take trips (virtually or in-person as permitted) to history archives around the city to help support your work. Develop leadership skills as you lead gallery tours and produce creative digital projects that cover culturally representative stories that aren’t well represented in our history books today. Applicants must be in grades 10, 11, or 12. Learn more on the New-York Historical Society Student Historian Program page and register on the Student Historian 2021-2022 Application page..

Tech Scholars ONLINE: Web Design High School

Deadline: October 1, 2021
Dates: October 18-November 22, 2021
Contact: Maria Betancur 
Where are all the women in history textbooks? Explore important contributions by underrepresented women in history then code and create a website to amplify a woman’s story while learning HTML and CSS. Participation is FREE for high school girls nationwide. This virtual program will take place on Mondays from 4:15-6:45pm on Zoom. Learn more on the New-York Historical Society Tech Scholar page and register on the N-YHS website.

Join the BraiNY Bunch Journal Club

Deadline: Ongoing
Event: Ongoing
Contact: comebebrainy.nyc@gmail.com
BraiNY is looking for students to join the BraiNY Bunch. The BraiNY Bunch Journal Club is an open, virtual meeting to discuss scientific papers co-presented by two students (high school juniors or seniors) who are mentored by a graduate student, postdoc, or research staff. The BraiNY Bunch will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn about different areas of neuroscience through careful reading and discussion of scientific findings. Join our info session on Sept 26, 2021 to hear what we’re all about. Journal club events take place on the first Sunday of each month from 12:00-1:00pm starting with October 3, 2021. High school juniors and seniors can sign up to present at the sessions and high schoolers of all grades can sign up to attend. Learn more at the Come Be BraiNY site and register on the BraiNY Bunch registration form.

Design Career Fair: Pathways to Design

Deadline: October 12, 2021
Event: October 12, 2021
Contact: Cecilia Vidal and Kirsten McNally
Thinking about a career in design and wondering where to start? Join us for a free, student-led, virtual discussion with this year’s National Design Award winners on the many pathways to creative careers. From mentorship to education to the future of the field, no topic is off limits. Tune in live and steer the conversation by voting on the topics that matter most to you. Participating 2021 National Design Award winners include Behnaz Farahi (Digital Design Award), Cheryl D. Miller (Design Visionary Award), and Melinda Dietz (Product Design Award). Learn more on the Design Career Fair: Pathways To Design page and register on the Cooper Hewitt website.

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

Next Generation 2021-22 Civic Fellowship

Deadline: October 1, 2021
Dates: October 3, 2021-January 9, 2022
ContactSanda Balaban/ 917-543-8350
Are you interested in participating in conversations that emphasize multiple perspectives on key civic issues of our time with experts and civic-minded teens from schools across the city? Apply to the Next Gen Civic Fellowship to join a rising generation of leaders in building cross-partisan relationships and understanding in order to create collaborative civic solutions. Through monthly Civic Forums, you'll deliberate issues like, What would a just and equitable criminal justice system look like and how do we create it? Where is the line between free speech and hate speech? How do we ensure free and fair elections that enable all citizens to vote and have a voice? Orientation takes place on Sunday, October 3 from 10-4pm. Monthly Zoom meetings are on Sundays from 1-3:30pm. Learn more at the Next Generation’s Politics page and apply using this online form

YVote 2021-22 ChangeMaker Institute

Deadline: October 1, 2021
Dates: October 5, 2021-June 7, 2022
ContactSanda Balaban/ 917-543-8350
Are you interested in helping transform the political landscape and ensuring that the youth agenda is at the forefront? Apply to join YVote to be on the front lines of a youth social movement organized around creating change and holding elected officials accountable on criminal justice, climate, gender and LGBTQ+ rights, immigration, mental health, and racial justice. The Youth Organizing and Activism program meets Tuesdays from 5-7pm. Participants will attend monthly Zoom meetings through June. Learn more about this opportunity on the YVote website and apply using this online form.

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 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 and register on the Center for Architecture website. 

GuggTeens Collaborative at the Guggenheim Museum

Deadline: September 30, 2021
Event: November 2021-May 2022
Contact: teenprograms@guggenheim.org
The GuggTeens Collaborative is a paid program to amplify local teen voices at the Guggenheim Museum and beyond. Participating students will learn about museum operations across a variety of departments and from a variety of perspectives in a supportive and creative space while working in groups to explore how museums and contemporary art intersect with the topics most important today. Participants will produce new programming and resources for fellow teens while cultivating the personal and professional skills to help them prepare for their young adult lives. This is a hybrid program made up of remote meetings and independent work (75%), and in-person experiences at the museum (25%). There are no prerequisites for this program and all teens are encouraged to apply. Learn more and apply on the Guggenheim website.

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