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

STEM Field Trips to the Community of Microbes Exhibit at The Cooper Union
Event: October 28-November 22, 2019
The Community of Microbes exhibition explores the home environments of populations of bacteria, yeast, and fungi too small to see by the eye alone through an augmented reality interactive pop-up. Artist Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya, in partnership with microbiologist Ann Madden, creates a series of eight environments through sculpture and technology that illuminates the complex, unseen world of microorganisms. The word microbe often conjures images of scary or unsettling things, but this pop-up was designed to educate visitors on how these tiny organisms may in fact be helpful. Middle and high school groups can also add a tour of The Cooper Union College of Art, Architecture and Engineering onto their visit to the exhibit. Field trips are available Monday through Saturday, 10:00am-6:00pm. Learn more and book your trip.

Grant Funded Field Trips Available at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum
Event: Ongoing
Reservations for school field trips to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum are now open. Programs are differentiated by theme and grade level. Reservations for guided school programs are made using our education booking portal. Returning users can look up their account information and new users can request a portal account to begin planning their visit. Guided school programs are free for New York City schools. For questions about program content, contact For questions regarding your booking, contact

Elementary Schools

Apply to Launch a Kids Action Team
Application Deadline: October 28, 2019
Event: December 10, 2019-May 28, 2020
Service in Schools invites elementary school teachers to apply to launch a Service in Schools Kids Action Team at their school and lead students in making a positive change in their community. Teachers participating in the Service in Schools Kids Action Team Program receive professional learning, resources, and support to complete a service-learning project with students. Session topics include the foundations of service-learning and media-based approaches to investigating and taking action on issues. Professional learning sessions will take place in midtown Manhattan on December 10, 2019 and January 28, 2020. The program culminates in the Celebration of Service on May 28, 2020 where students will share out their service accomplishments. Learn more and apply.

Elementary and Middle Schools

Register for the Daily News Spelling Bee Competition
Application Deadline: November 1, 2019
Event: November 22, 2019
Schools are invited to register to participate in the Daily News New York City Spelling Bee Competition. Please note that the extended deadline on the website does not apply to New York City schools. Registrations submitted after the November 1 deadline will not be accepted. During registration, teachers 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 that 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 22. The registration fee is $165 per school.

Middle Schools

Apply now to the 2019-2020 NYC Junior Ambassadors Program
Application Deadline: October 25, 2019
Contact: Christie Saint-Vil/212-319-9300
The NYC Mayor’s Office for International Affairs is accepting applications for the 2019-20 NYC Junior Ambassadors Program, an initiative empowering students in grade 7 in all five boroughs to become actively engaged with the United Nations and its mission of addressing the most pressing challenges in the world. Program benefits include a curated tour of the United Nations headquarters, a classroom visit from a United Nations diplomat, a private year-end event celebration, and a program certificate. Educators are required to include the United Nations in the classroom curriculum. Learn more and apply.

Middle and High Schools

Saturday Academy at the Museum of the City of New York
Application Deadline: October 18, 2019
Event: November-December 2019
Contact: Pilar Jefferson/917-492-3387
Students in grades 8-12 can apply for our free, award-winning Saturday Academy program. Students will spend six Saturdays at the Museum preparing for the SAT and learning about American history and culture. There’s no homework, free breakfast, and all course materials are provided. This opportunity is great for college or high school preparation. Learn more and apply.

Apply for the Race Against Waste Program
Application Deadline: November 4, 2019
Event: December 12, 2019-April 29, 2020
Teams of two middle or high school teachers are invited to apply for the Race Against Waste program and create a Green Team at their school. The program will support teachers in leading students through an investigation of waste in their community and developing a service-learning project that focuses on reducing and reusing. The Race Against Waste program is structured as an after-school program and can be used to launch a new Race Against Waste Green Team or extend the work of an existing Green Team. Participating teacher teams receive resources, professional development, and support to lead Green Team members in a service-learning project on reducing and reusing. Professional learning sessions will be held on December 12, January 15, March 3, and April 29 from 8:30am-3:00pm in Manhattan. Participating teacher teams must attend all four days of professional learning. Learn more and apply.

High Schools

Next Generation Politics Civic Forums
Event: October 2019-January 2020
Contact: Sanda Balaban/917-543-8350
Students interested in participating in conversations that emphasize multiple perspectives with civic-minded teens from schools across the city are encouraged to apply to become a Next Generation Politics Civic Fellow for the 2019-20 school year. Students will participate in a Sunday Civic Forum series from 11:00am-2:00pm and an optional cross-school Civic Action Internship in the spring. Learn more and apply.

Start an Educators Rising NYC Chapter at Your School
Event: October 2019-June 2020
Contact: Angel Winston
Educators Rising (Ed Rising) NYC is a program for students in grades 11 and 12 who have an interest in teaching. Chapters will participate in education-focused activities at your school and in monthly engagement opportunities hosted by NYC Men Teach. With the support of a teacher or school-based staff member at your school, learn about careers in education through teaching concepts, tools and pedagogy, and by becoming part of a network of students and teachers across NYC. Participants will also gain access to college resources and program-wide events such as movie screenings, panel discussions, field trips, paid summer opportunities, and more. Express interest and learn more.

YVote Pizza and Politics Forums
Event: Ongoing
Contact: Sanda Balaban/917-543-8350
Do you care about issues in and beyond your school and community? YVote brings together students from high schools across NYC to analyze pressing civic issues—criminal, climate, gender, and immigration justice—through the lens of the importance of voting. Students will explore activism, collective power, and electoral politics. Participants will build campaigns to pre-register 16 and 17 year olds to vote. YVote meets for Pizza and Politics Forums biweekly on Tuesdays from 5:00-7:00pm in midtown Manhattan. Learn more and apply.

Attend a Free Architecture and Design College Fair
Registration Deadline: November 1, 2019
Event: November 2, 2019
Contact: Mary Lib Schmidt/212-358-6133

Join the Center for Architecture for our annual free Architecture and Design College Fair. High school students from the Tri-State area are invited to learn more about applying to architecture school. Representatives from over 30 colleges, universities, and design programs nationwide will be on-hand at the Center for Architecture to meet with students and answer questions. Join art portfolio coach Linda Pollack for a free drop-in college portfolio workshop. Linda has been coaching students on their college art portfolio for over a decade. She covers visual arts, architecture, design, photography, fashion, film, curatorial studies, media studies, art theory, and history. Bring your portfolio questions and even a few sample pieces and discuss this important part of the application process. The event will be held from 11:00am-3:00pm at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place New York, NY 10012. Learn more and register.

High School Apprenticeship Program – Paid Summer Internship
Application Deadline: November 8, 2019
Event: February-August 2020
Contact: Joana Arruda/646-437-4273
The High School Apprenticeship Program at the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust offers NYC public high school students a challenging program of work and study as they learn about Jewish heritage, the Holocaust, and what goes on “behind-the–scenes” at a museum. From February through June, apprentices participate in 10 after-school seminars led by Museum professionals which explore 20th and 21st century Jewish history in the context of the Museum’s collection. Apprentices will hold a summer job at the Museum from the end of June through mid-August. The summer portion of the apprenticeship will include listening to survivor testimony, field trips, and leading tours for summer youth groups. Students of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Learn more and apply.

Headache and Arts: A Medicine and Visual Arts Program for High School Students
Event: Ongoing
Headache and Arts is a STEAM-based medicine and visual arts program. This one-week health education program for health and visual arts classes seeks to teach high school students about the brain, migraine, and concussion. We provide several structured materials for educators including adaptable curriculum and lesson plans. You can learn more about the program on our website. Health or visual arts teachers who are interested in running the program in their classroom should reach out by emailing
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