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.

Students Can Apply Now for Exciting Summer STEM Enrichment Programs!
Application Deadline: April 5, 2019
Event: July 8-August 16, 2019
Students in preK-grade 11 can apply now to attend exciting summer STEM enrichment and experiential learning programs. A wide range of programs are offered at the NYC Department of Education’s Genovesi Environmental Study Center and NYC Center for Aerospace and Applied Mathematics; the Bronx Zoo; Central Park Zoo; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum; MakerSpace NYC Futureworks MakerSpace; Museum of the City of New York; New York Aquarium; New-York Historical Society; Prospect Park Zoo; Queens Botanical Garden; Queens County Farm Museum; Queens Zoo; Staten Island Museum; Staten Island Zoo; and Wave Hill. Preference is given to students who attend Title I schools. Download our flyer, learn more, and apply.

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.

Celebrate Earth Day at the American Museum of Natural History
Registration Deadline: April 17, 2019
Event: April 17, 2019 
Contact: Olivia Owre-Bell/212-769-5200
In celebration of Earth Day, students are invited to explore the American Museum of Natural History’s outstanding collection of geological specimens from around the world. Activities will help students discover how our planet works, peer into its depths, and understand the scientific methods used to study it. The event will be from 10:00am-12:00pm and reservations are required. Learn more and apply

Toby Nussbaum Jewish Heritage-NY2019 Writing Contest
Submission Deadline: April 30, 2019
Event: June 5, 2019
Contact: Marcy Fishman/212-983-4800 ext. 142
Students are invited to write a poem or essay relating the theme Machloket L’shem Shamayim: Constructive Conflicts to their personal histories, as well as the experiences of Jews and other groups in America. This annual contest is open to all NYC public school students in grades 4-12. First place winners will receive $500, second place winners will receive $300, and third place winners will receive $150. Hon. Marco Carrion, Commissioner of the NYC Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit, will host the award ceremony for the winning students at City Hall. Student’s families, teachers, and principals are invited to attend the event. Read stories from past contests, learn more, and apply.

Elementary Schools

Elementary School Educators Can Apply for the Youth Service Summit!
Application Deadline: April 8, 2019
Event: May 24, 2019
Contact: Service in Schools   
Are you interested in engaging your elementary school students in service? If so, apply for the Youth Service Summit! The Youth Service Summit will be an extraordinary day of service that will inspire, equip, and mobilize youth from schools across the city to become agents of change in communities near and far. Select NYC public school elementary students in grades 3-5 will participate in a variety of meaningful service projects led by local high school student leaders. Service activities will impact local and global issues including hunger, homelessness, the environment, health, and animal rescue. The event will culminate with a reflection session and call to action, in which students will be encouraged to devise projects that they can implement in their school or community. Share the flyer with colleagues, learn more, and apply.

Middle Schools

Submit your essay for The Harvard Library in New York Third Annual Young Readers Prize
Submission Deadline: April 15, 2019
The Young Readers Prize is open to NYC public school students in grade 8 who show a deep love of reading for its own sake – irrespective of academic or testing performance – and show thoughtfulness about what they read and how it impacts them. Essays should be personal reflections and bring in students’ own life narratives and self-understanding with specific examples. Student submissions should be between 250-500 words and respond to one of the following quotes: “We read to know we’re not alone.” by William Nicholson, “The more that you read the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” by Dr. Seuss, “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” by Stephen King, and “Think before you speak. Read before you think.” by Fran Lebowitz. The Harvard Library of New York will recognize three students at an intimate reception held at the Harvard Library. Email questions and your submission to

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.

High Schools

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. 

College Fair
Registration Deadline: April 17, 2019
Event: April 20, 2019
Join us for a free college fair at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum! Upper middle and high school students are invited to learn about the college application process in an intimate and unique setting, speak with college and university representatives, and participate in workshop sessions. The event will be held at the Intrepid Museum in the Education Center at Pier 86, West 46 Street and Twelfth Avenue, New York, NY 10036. Register and learn more

Apply to ArtsConnection Art2Art: Dear Evan Hansen
Application Deadline: April 21, 2019
Event: Spring 2019
Contact: Allison Whorton/212.302.7433 ext. 462
Art2Art: Dear Evan Hansen is a unique ArtsConnection teen program for visual artists from NYC public high schools to draw inspiration from the hit musical currently on Broadway. Teens will meet fellow teen artists, participate in an interactive workshop, and attend a performance of Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway. The performance will include a talkback with members of the cast/creative team. Teens will create a piece of art inspired by the musical to be displayed in an online gallery and select pieces will be displayed in the Music Box Theatre. Apply and learn more.

Participate in the Sixth Annual Literacy Unbound Summer Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University
Registration Deadline: April 26, 2019
Event: July 29-August 9, 2019
The Center for the Professional Education of Teachers (CPET) at Teachers College offers a two-week program called Literacy Unbound. The program brings together 12 high school students and 12 teachers from around NYC to create an original multimodal performance piece inspired by Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. The program is free for those students selected. Learn more and apply.

Opportunities for Free High School Pilot Programs at Poster House
Registration Deadline: May 1, 2019
Event: May 15-June 7, 2019
Poster House is pleased to offer classes of high school students the unique opportunity to tour and sharing your ideas about NYC’s newest museum, Poster House, prior to our grand opening. Poster House is the first museum in the United States exclusively dedicated to posters. The ubiquity and accessibility of the poster makes it a relevant teaching tool for history, the art of communication, graphic design, and visual literacy. Space is limited and registration is required. Register and learn more.
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