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 

Free Trees for School Arbor Day
Deadline: March 29, 2019
Event: May 3, 2019
Contact: Nancy Wolf/347-277-8373 
Free trees for planting on School Arbor Day are available from John Bowne High School nursery. The trees will be delivered by Parks Department foresters during the week of April 29, 2019. The trees will be in five-gallon containers and will be easy for students and teachers to plant in schoolyards or nearby sites, such as parks or community centers. Contact Nancy Wolf for list of trees and planting instructions.

Enter the Disability Pride Parade Visual Art Contest
Submission Deadline: March 29, 2019
Event: Ongoing
The NYC DOE is proud to announce the second year of the Disability Pride Parade Visual Art Contest. Students are asked to develop visual representations of what the phrase, Disability Rights are Civil Rights, means to them. Contest finalists will be invited to a special reception and their artwork will be used on promotional materials for the Disability Pride Parade. Learn more and apply.

Poetry Month Programming   
Registration Deadline: April 1, 2019 
Poetry month is quickly approaching! Reach out to Teachers and Writers Collaborative to design a poetry program for your students. Poetry helps students know each other better and build community by allowing students to use language to paint sketches of their lives. Poetry can be easily scaffolded for ELLs since all students can find ways of expressing their voices while being limited in their vocabulary. Poetry builds resilience in kids and adults and it fosters social and emotional learning. Learn more and call or email to bring a workshop to your school. 

Free Family Genealogy Day at the Center for Jewish History
Registration Deadline: April 7, 2019
Event: April 7, 2019
Contact: Moriah Amit/917-606-8217
Find out how family photos can help you discover and document your family’s history through a variety of hands-on activities for the whole family. Search for informative clues within your family photos, create a portrait collage of your family, color historical fashions that your ancestors may have worn, learn preservation tips, and more. Participants of all ages, abilities, and ethnic/religious backgrounds are welcome. While this program is free, registration is required. Interested students should choose if they would like to attend session one from 11:00am-12:30pm or session two from 1:30-3:00pm. The Center for Jewish History is located at 15 West 16 Street, New York, NY 10011. Learn more and apply online or call 800-838-3006.

PreK and Elementary Schools

Attend the ABA Bootcamp for Special Education Professionals Two-Day Workshop 
Registration Deadline: March 20, 2019
Event: March 21-22, 2019
Contact: Megan Harris/212-787-9700 ext. 336
This workshop is geared towards beginner special education professionals who want to gain a practical introduction to ABA. Participants will learn how to use ABA principles and practice techniques to overcome common obstacles in teaching young children with Autism and other developmental delays/disorders. Participants will also learn how to develop a positive working relationship with the children and families they serve to increase engagement in learning. Participants are eligible to receive up to 12 CTLE credits upon completion of this workshop. The two-day workshop will be held from 8:30am-4:30pm at 535 Eighth Avenue, Second Floor, New York, NY 10018. Learn more and register

Elementary and Middle Schools

Free Environmental Education Programs Spring 2019
Application Deadline: Ongoing
Event: April-June 2019
Contact: Nina Salzman/212-333-2552
New York Restoration Project offers free hands-on environmental education and garden education programs to students in grades K-8. In the Nature in My Neighborhood program, students will focus on the urban forest, garden, and aquatic ecology at Sherman Creek Park in northern Manhattan to learn about the importance of greening their communities through hands-on investigations of the Harlem River and woodland plants and animals. In the Garden Growers program, students participate in a series of guided lessons that take place in one of the City’s community gardens located in the Bronx, Brooklyn, or Manhattan raising vegetables from seed to plate to learn about environmental science and stewardship in an experiential way. Learn more about these programs and apply

Middle Schools

2019 Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp Application
Application Deadline: April 17, 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.

Middle and High Schools

GOALS for Girls Summer Intensive
Application Deadline: March 18, 2019
Event: July 8-August 16, 2019 
The Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum is now accepting applications for the GOALS Summer Intensive STEM program. The program is free and open to female students in grades 8 and 9 who reside in New York City, have an interest in STEM, possess a growth mindset, and are able to commit to the full six-week summer program. The program takes place at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and includes off-site trips and workshops. Learn more and apply.

Mentorship Day at the Intrepid Museum
Registration Deadline: March 20, 2019
Event: March 23, 2019
Join us at the Intrepid Museum for a free day of mentorship, empowerment, and leadership for teen girls ages 14-18. Meet and establish one-on-one connections with women representing a variety of STEAM fields. Please note this program is specifically for girls. The event is located at the Intrepid Museum in the Education Center at Pier 86, West 46 Street and 12 Avenue, New York, NY 10036. Learn more and register

High Schools

Hk Maker Lab Summer Program in Engineering Design
Application Deadline: March 15, 2019
Event: July 15-August 22, 2019
Hk Maker Lab is a free six-week hands-on summer program in biomedical engineering design for students currently in grades 10 and 11. Students will work in groups of four to learn the engineering design process and apply it to solve a real-world health problem. Along the way, they will learn how to build electronic devices, write code, and use fabrication tools like 3D printers. The program takes place Monday-Thursday from 10:00am-4:00pm at Columbia School of Engineering, 500 West 120 Street in Manhattan. Learn more and apply.

New York Bioforce Biomedical Research Internship Program
Application Deadline: March 15, 2019
Event: April -August 2019
New York Bioforce is a comprehensive biomedical research internship program for students currently in grades 11 and 12. Participants will receive hands-on research training covering everything from mixing solutions to Python programming. Each intern will be matched with a research lab at Weill Cornell Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering, or Columbia University. Working under the mentorship of lab scientists, interns will conduct novel biomedical research and present their work at a poster session in August. Research training happens on select Saturdays in April-June, 2019 and the internship is from June-August, 2019. The application and program are both free, and participating students will receive a $1,000 stipend. Learn more and apply.  

ArtsConnection Teens Curate Teens 2019 Call for Artists
Submission Deadline: March 21, 2019
Event: Spring 2019
Contact: Amanda Guest/212-302-7433 ext. 472
High school artists are invited to submit artwork in response to the theme of gun violence to be part of a teen-curated art show at The Dedalus Foundation in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Learn more and apply

Institute for Environmental Journalism
Application Deadline: May 15, 2019
Event: July 1-12, 2019 or July 15-26, 2019
Contact: Katina Paron
At the Institute for Environmental Journalism, students will spend two weeks either in NYC or Maine immersing themselves in climate science, going off-site on reporting trips, hearing from guest speakers, and working with professional reporters to produce their own journalism piece. This opportunity is open to motivated and curious students entering grades 10-12 or recent graduates who are interested in the environment and/or journalism. Students have the choice to apply to the boarding program at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, ME or the day program at The New School in New York, NY. The cost for the boarding program is $3,850 and the day program is $2,800. Limited scholarships are available and the scholarship form is due April 15. Learn more and apply.

Attend the Inaugural United Nations Model UN Youth Summit
Registration Deadline: April 2, 2019
Event: April 12, 2018
Contact: Bo Li/212-963-4303
Model UN simulations are popular exercises for those interested in learning more about the United Nations. The first Model UN Youth Summit will feature workshops and plenaries led by student leaders and UN experts who will share ideas on how to transform Model UN into a community that could take real action to support the UN and the Sustainable Development Goals. Whether currently active in Model UN or interested in becoming involved, participants will leave with a toolkit of ideas, a network of support, and a new action-oriented vision for their Model UN clubs. The event is open to students between the ages of 15-24. Students under 18 must be accompanied by a chaperone. The event will be from 9:30am-4:00pm at the UN Headquarters in New York. Learn more and apply.

2019 Dedalus Foundation Art Scholarships for Graduating High School Seniors
Application Deadline: April 9, 2019
Contact: Karen Rosner/917-521-3716
Graduating high school seniors are invited to apply for the Dedalus Foundation Scholarships in Fine Arts. The Foundation will provide up to seven fine arts scholarships of $2,000 each to graduating seniors who intend to further their studies in fine arts or art history at an accredited college, university, or art school. Submissions must be delivered to the Museum of Modern Art, Cullman Education Building, 4 West 54 Street on April 9, 2019 between the hours of 3:30-5:30pm. Learn more and apply. 
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