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

Apply Now for Exciting STEM Summer Enrichment Programs

Deadline: April 26, 2023
Event: July 10 through August 18, 2023
STEM Matters NYC is offering FREE summer enrichment programs at DOE experiential learning centers and cultural institutions throughout the five boroughs. Students entering kindergarten through grade 9 in September 2023 can apply for weeklong camps and will be selected via lottery. Students entering grades 10-12 in September 2023 can apply for multi-week programs and will be selected by a review committee. All programs are application-based and high school programs require a teacher reference form. Learn more and apply to have fun, new STEM adventures this summer! Don’t miss out, spots are limited.

Elementary School

FREE Virtual Reading: Sneaky Sheep and Sasquatch and Squirrel with author Chris Monroe

Deadline: March 21, 2023
Event: March 21, 2023
Contact: Matt Malina
Join NYC H2O and author Chris Monroe for a LIVE virtual reading of Sneaky Sheep and Sasquatch and Squirrel. The two picture books explore what it means to be friends with someone who is different in all types of hilarious ways. The author will also show an illustration demo after the readings, and then finish with a Q&A. This FREE event will be held via Zoom at 1pm. Learn more and register on Eventbrite.

Middle and High School

Teen Writing Contest and Ned Vizzini Writing Prize

Deadline: March 31, 2023
Contact: Karen Keys
Brooklyn Public Library's Teen Writing Contest is a chance for local youth in grades 6-12 to showcase their work in a supportive environment. Top winners in poetry and prose will receive the new Ned Vizzini Teen Writing Prize with a cash award to honor Ned and his literary legacy. Submit your poetry and prose to be judged by a panel of Brooklyn Public Library’s young adult librarians for creativity, style, and voice. To learn more and register for the contest, visit the Brooklyn Public Library webpage

High School

Office of Food and Nutrition Services Summer Apprenticeship Program

Deadline: March 27, 2023
Event: Ongoing
Contact: Samillah Feliciano/ (718) 707-4398
Schools are encouraged to refer students for the Office of Food and Nutrition Services Summer Apprenticeship Program, a paid summer apprenticeship for high school students. Each student selected for the program will work close to where they reside, and if travel is required, they will be offered a MetroCard. The summer 2023 program will start in early July and end in late August. Each participant will gain an assortment of knowledge related to food and nutrition and valuable information that will support future work in the food service industry. Students from the Bronx, Staten Island, and Manhattan will be prioritized to serve these underserved boroughs, but students in all boroughs are welcome to apply. Only four reference letters per high school will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Learn more and apply on the NYC DOE Food Services webpage

Global Youth Economics Forum

Deadline: Ongoing
Event: Ongoing
The Global Youth Economics Forum (GYEF) is a program for high school students interested in economics, business, banking, consulting, finance, and related fields. GYEF organizes monthly events featuring professionals; professors; entrepreneurs; seasonal competitions including investing, essay writing, and quiz bowl with cash prizes; a free college mentorship program; and much more. Learn more and complete the Global Youth Economic Forum form to participate in this opportunity.

NYPD Youth Leadership Council

Deadline: Ongoing
Event: Ongoing until June 2023
Contact: John Park
Join your precinct's NYPD Youth Leadership Council (YLC) to build leadership skills and earn community service hours. You will work in partnership with Youth Coordination Officers to complete an action project to strengthen your community. Time and location for the weekly meetings depend on which precinct you reside in. Apply to join a NYPD YLC in three easy steps: (1) go to the 2022-23 YLC Youth Application webpage; (2) scroll down and select "NYPD" in the dropdown field; (3) input your information. An officer will follow-up via email to invite you to their YLC!

Register for Design Discovery: SoHo 

Deadline: March 31, 2023 
Event: April 1, 2023 
Contact: Mary Lib Schmidt /212-358-6133 
The Design Discovery Winter/Spring 2023 series will focus on fundamental architectural design skills and exploring the architecture of New York City. Join the Center for Architecture for a day of design exploration in SoHo, one of New York City’s hippest historic districts. This unique neighborhood is a fascinating mix of old and new, home to trendy boutiques, innovative new buildings, and the largest collection of 19th century cast-iron buildings in the world. After an introduction to key design elements, we’ll explore SoHo’s architectural treasures on foot, then return to the Center after a lunch break for a design workshop where you’ll create a new building to fit in this historic district. The program cost is $100; need-based scholarships are available. Learn more and register on the Design Discovery: SoHo program webpage.

Summer STEM @ The Cooper Union

Deadline: April 3, 2023
Event: July 10 through August 17, 2023 
The Cooper Union Summer STEM Program offers design and engineering classes for students currently in grade 9-11. Summer STEM is an opportunity to try engineering for the first time or to dive deeper into engineering teamwork. This selective program encourages all curious, compassionate, and college-interested students to apply regardless of prior experience. Financial Aid is available for low- and middle-income students, and low- and middle-income students applying to six-week classes can also apply for an internship with stipend. Learn more and apply on the Cooper Union Summer STEM webpage.

First Tech Fund High School Fellowship Program 

Deadline: April 1, 2023
Event: September 2023 through June 2024
First Tech Fund is recruiting students entering grades 10-12 for their FREE yearlong high school fellowship program. Fellows will participate in weekly virtual workshops around careers and foundational digital skills for the future, be eligible to receive free technology depending on their technology needs (laptop and/or WiFi hotspot), and can opt into mentorship with a young professional. Learn more and apply on the First Tech Fund Fellowship Program webpage

Student Historian Summer Internship Program at the New-York Historical Society

Deadline: April 9, 2023
Event: July 11 through August 17, 2023
Contact: Rachel Coons/212-873-3400ext361
The New-York Historical Society is now accepting applications for the Student Historian Internship Program. Student Historian Interns use the resources of New-York Historical to conduct exciting research and share their scholarship through creative digital projects. Interns meet with professional staff to learn about careers in the museum, library, and history fields; work collaboratively with fellow students to develop their public speaking and leadership skills; and engage in hands-on work to deepen their understanding of American history. The theme of the internship is, Our Composite Nation: Frederick Douglass’ America. Learn more and apply on the Student Historian Internship Program webpage.