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

Free virtual coding classes: Blissful Coding Club 

Deadline: March 4, 2024
: March 4 through April 8, 2024
: Madison Guzman/312-810-6555
The Blissful Coding Club provides free coding classes to students in grades 2-12. Courses offered include Python, Scratch, app development, cybersecurity, and more. Courses meet twice a week for six weeks beginning. Blissful Coding Club is also looking for motivated high school students to volunteer as instructors. Learn more on the Blissful Coding Club webpage, complete the Student Signup form to participate, or fill out the Instructor Signup form to become an instructor.

Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest

Deadline: March 1, 2024
NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is excited to announce the 38th annual  Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest. Students in grades 2-12 in New York City, and the East and West of Hudson Watersheds, are invited to create original art and compose poetry that reflects an appreciation for our shared water resources. The five contest themes are: Water, a Precious Resource; NYC Drinking Water; NYC Wastewater Treatment; Harbor Water Quality and Healthy Marine Ecosystems; and Water Stewardship and Climate Change. For information and to submit entries, visit the  DEP’s Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest website. For questions, contact  

Register for Creative Workshops at Uptown Stories 

Deadline: March 9, 2024
March 4 through June 8, 2024
Dorkys Ramos /929-277-8679
Uptown Stories classic workshops are back and better than ever. This spring workshops include: Poetry Outside, Creating Otherworlds, and Advanced Fiction. In addition, Romance Romance Unleashed has transformed into a full-semester workshop. Register for a spring workshop on the Uptown Stories webpage to take your writing to new heights. 

Middle and High School

Summer Travel Scholarships 

Deadline: March 1, 2024
Event: Summer 2024
Contact: Stan Rosenberg/914-438-5834
Trip of a Lifetime  is now accepting applications for summer travel scholarships. Trip of a Lifetime is a non-profit organization that has sent over 225 underserved students from New York City on teen tour and community service trips to Ecuador, Costa Rica, and the west coast of the United States. Students in grades 7-11 are eligible to apply. Visit the Trip of a Lifetime website for more information and to apply.

Apply for the Summer Arts Institute

Deadline: February 23, 2024
July 8 through August 2, 2024
Summer Arts Institute is a FREE, four-week intensive arts training program, held at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens, for NYC public school students entering grades 8-12 in September 2024. Students 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, administered by the Office of Arts & Special Projects, 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 guides students in building a portfolio or audition skills for their next level of study: an arts-focused high school, college/university, or conservatory. Learn more and apply by completing the 2024 Summer Arts Institute form.

Teen Writing Contest at the Morgan Library & Museum

Deadline:  March 10, 2024
Contact: Nicole Leist
The Morgan Library & Museum is hosting a Teen Writing Contest inspired by the exhibition Medieval Money, Merchants, and Morality that explores how the widespread use of money in medieval life transformed society, often challenging and conflicting with the moral beliefs of the community. Choose an object from the selected images on the exhibition page and write a diary entry, no more than 3,000 characters, from the perspective of a character in the image. Who will you be? The devil or angel guiding to sin or salvation, the human with the power of the purse, the spectre of Death, or another creative choice? The winning entries will receive a $100 MasterCard gift card. The Teen Writing Contest is open to students ages 13-19. Visit the Teen Writing Contest at the Morgan Teen Writing Contest at the Morgan Library & Museum website to learn how to enter. 

High School

Register for Teen Workshop: Generation Green  

Deadline: March 1, 2024 
Event: March 2, 2024 
Contact: Mary Lib Schmidt/212-358-6133 
The winter/spring 2024 Teen Workshops will focus on developing fundamental architectural design skills and exploring the architecture of New York City. What can we learn from the past that will help us ensure a safe future for all living things on Earth? The buildings we live, work, and play in use a lot of energy and have added a significant amount of carbon dioxide to our atmosphere, warming our planet. Discover how architects today are exploring ways to live and build greener by reexamining the materials we use to make our lives comfortable. Taking inspiration from the Generation Proxima exhibition on view at the Center for Architecture, students will build a model of a green building using recycled and natural materials that may help to point us toward a healthier future. This program costs $125 and need-based scholarships are available. Learn more and register on the Center For Architecture webpage.

Free “Queering New York” Video Series Focused on Sites Connected to LGBTQ History 

Deadline: Ongoing
The new video series, “Queering New York,” provides a fun and informative way to learn about LGBTQ history connected to sites in New York City. This FREE series of 10 videos – each under seven minutes – can be viewed on your computer or smartphone. The series, focused on sites connected to a person, group, or event, includes the Bayard Rustin Educational Complex, Desi Dhamaka Protests, Eve’s Hangout, and more. The videos will allow you to explore queer historical sites throughout the city on topics related to classroom studies, including humanities and social studies. Teachers can access these free tools by visiting the NYC Historic Sites Project website

Apply for the Service in Schools Leadership Institute during Spring Break! 

Deadline: March 4, 2024Event: April 22-26, 2024 and a day in late May 2024Contact: Service in Schools 
High school students interested in becoming leaders while also serving the community can apply now for the Service in Schools Leadership Institute! The Leadership Institute is an exciting opportunity, powered by Service in Schools, for NYC public high school students in grades 10-12 to build their leadership skills and learn about issues affecting their community over the course of a five-day Institute during spring break, from Monday, April 22 through Friday, April 26, 2024, and an in-person after-school session in early May. The Leadership Institute culminates in the planning and implementation of a day-long Youth Service Summit for elementary school students in late May 2024. Participants will earn valuable service hours for their efforts. Learn more and apply today.