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

Guided Programs and Arts Workshops
Registration Deadline: Ongoing
The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine is the largest cathedral in the world. In this gothic revival structure, students can learn about STEM subjects, geometry, social justice, symbolism, and contemporary art. Guided tours and arts workshops using progressive approaches aim to enhance classroom curricula. Staff create unique experiences for students with diverse needs and abilities. One-hour programs are $4 per student and two-hour programs are $6 per student. The Cathedral is located at 1047 Amsterdam Avenue and field trips are available Monday through Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm. Learn more and register.

Middle and High Schools

Apply for the Summer Arts Institute – Free Arts Training for Middle and High School Students
Application Deadline: February 2, 2020
Program Dates: July 6-July 31, 2020
Summer Arts Institute is a free, four-week intensive arts training program for NYCDOE students entering grades 8-12 in September 2020. Students will explore all aspects of being an artist and specialize in one art form - dance, film, vocal music, instrumental music, orchestral strings, theater or visual arts. The program is designed for students at an intermediate or advanced level of study in their chosen art form. Summer Arts Institute offers a unique opportunity for students to work with DOE arts specialists, cultural organizations, and guest artists. This experienced team will guide students in building a portfolio or audition skills for their next level of study: an arts-focused high school, college/university or conservatory. The program will be held at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens. E-mail for additional information and apply today.

Register for National History Day Q&A Conference Calls with the Jackie Robinson Museum
Registration Deadline: January 2, 2020
Event: January 6, 2020
The 2019-20 National History Day theme is breaking barriers and to do a successful National History Day project, it’s crucial to complete thorough research to explore all facets of your subject matter. The Jackie Robinson Museum is available to answer any question on Jackie Robinson’s life and legacy to support History Day projects. Robinson’s complex life and legacy connect deeply to the fabric of American society not only through his career as the baseball player who integrated Major League Baseball, but also through his impact in entrepreneurship, economic justice, fair housing, quality education, voting rights, equitable job opportunities, and more. To complement students’ research about Jackie Robinson, the Jackie Robinson Museum will host special call-in sessions to answer questions from students. This event will take place by telephone but you must register in advance to get the call-in information.

High Schools

STEM Saturday
Application Deadline: December 20, 2019
Event: January-April 2020
STEM Saturdays invites students in grades 9-12 with interest in design and creative problem solving to explore how to use engineering to design and build solutions to real world challenges. During the 11 week program, students will learn to use design methods, fabrication tools (including 3D printing), laser cutting and hand tools, electronics, and coding as they work in teams to create a product. The program meets on Saturdays from 10:00am-4:00pm and is free. MetroCards and lunch are provided. Priority is given to students with no prior experience in engineering. Learn more and apply.

Scene 1: A Free Theatre Program for High School Students
Registration Deadline: January 2, 2020
Event: January 30-May 28, 2020
Contact: Jamie Lazan/347-569-4799
Scene 1 is The New Group’s innovative theater education program serving NYC public high school students. Prioritizing ensemble building and character development, students learn advanced acting, playwriting, and movement skills with seasoned professionals, including Master Classes with New Group artists. The goals of Scene 1 are to develop students’ voices as emerging artists through the creation of original work that connects to their lives, to provide students with courses in acting and writing, and to create an ensemble of young artists who understand what it means to be part of a community. The program meets on Thursdays from 4:00-6:00pm. Interested students and families can learn more and reach out to with questions.

Application for the 2019-20 Puerto Rican Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute
Application Deadline: January 6, 2019
Event: January 11-March 9, 2020
Contact: Lisa Pineda
The application period for the 2019-20 Angelo del Toro Puerto Rican Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute (HYLI) program is now open. The institute is open to students of Hispanic heritage in grades 10 through 12. The program provides students with the opportunity to learn how a bill is passed in the State Assembly, develop writing skills, learn the art of debating, and build leadership skills. The institute begins on January 11, 2020 and culminates in a weekend trip to Albany for students in grades 11 and 12 March 7-9, 2020. To apply, students must submit a 525-750 word essay online.

Lucille Lortel Theatre’s High School Playwriting Fellowship
Application Deadline: January 6, 2020
Event: January 15-March 2020
The Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation, Inc. is launching a new playwriting fellowship to support and encourage the next generation of diverse young high school writers and to create an awareness of playwriting as a career. Students must submit an original one-act play approximately 10 minutes in length. Seven Fellows will be selected, one from each of the five New York City boroughs plus one from District 75 and one from District 79 schools. Each Fellow will receive a professional staged reading of their play at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, publication of the Fellow’s play, an invitation to a “Special Evening on Broadway” that will include a dinner, tickets to a Broadway show, a post-show special event, and complimentary theatre tickets to the Lucille Lortel Theatre for one season. Learn more and apply.

Register to Participate in the Hamilton Education Program
Registration Deadline: Ongoing
The DOE, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, invites all Title I high schools to participate in the Hamilton Education program and to integrate the lessons, Alexander Hamilton and the Founding Era, into American History and ELA classroom studies. The Hamilton Education Program culminates in a full-day event for grade 11 students and their teachers featuring student performances, a question and answer session with the Hamilton cast, and a matinee performance of Hamilton on Broadway. Only Title I schools are eligible to participate. While priority is given to schools that have not attended a previous performance, schools that have attended before are also encouraged to apply. Learn more and register.
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