Student Opportunities

A list of internships, trainings and events for students. 

Updated bi-weekly on Mondays

How To Use This Site 

The Student Opportunities page is a collection of internships, enrichment programs, events and additional opportunities that students can apply to and participate in outside of school time. 
Suggested Ways to Use the Page: 
  1. Highlight a few opportunities that are of interest to your students and encourage students to apply or attend. You can select opportunities based on the location or type of experience. 
  2.  Target a group of students to apply for specific opportunities based on their interest areas. For example, working with students who are interested in writing to apply for opportunities that are writing contests or writing internships. 
  3.  Host application drop-in hours for students to get support in applying for opportunities. This ensures that students are completing all parts of the application and have a greater chance of being selected for the program. 

If you need additional support or guidance in preparing students for WBL opportunities, please see the resources section below or contact Jackie McKinney at

Opportunities From NV Partner Orgs- 

These opportunities are from organizations and companies who are current or former NV partners. Students can mention that they attend a school in the NV network and they learned about the opportunity from this page. However, being a part of the NV network does not guarantee an interview or placement into the internship or program.

NY Explorers Program (Architecture, Engineering, Law, Finance, Healthcare) - Dates Vary

Eligibility: Youth Ages 13 and up 

Register Here

Students may register for any of the programs listed below using the registration form at which will now serve as the required youth application. Interested students must complete the registration form for the program(s) of their choice to be successfully registered for their program of interest. This registration allows us to email students with the login information for the program(s) they are interested in.

Check the Program Calendar for More Details

* Afterschool Program for self-identified femmes, girls, and gender nonconforming young people - Applications Open

Eligibility:  All of our programs are open to self-identified femmes, girls, and gender nonconforming young people, ages 14 - 21. 

For nearly twenty years, GGE has run holistic youth-centered programs rooted in social justice, activism and advocacy for self and community.

We see programs as an essential entry point to creating change: by meeting young people where they are and providing enriching and educational programming, we can impact their lives immediately, raise their awareness of civic engagement, and train them to organize around changing the systems that bring them to us in the first place. 

GGE currently runs four youth programs: Young Women’s Advisory Council, JustUs, Sisters in Strength, and the Youth Speakers Bureau.

Click Here for A List of Programs

Questions? Contact Paige, Director of Programs, (

Teens: Writing Contest - January 12, 2024

Eligibility: Youth Ages 14 and 19

Youth Communication is sponsoring a writing contest for young people. Every three months, we will highlight five recent articles and ask readers to write a response to the author of a story. Tell them how you related to their story, what lessons you learned, or other ways the story impacted you. We will choose three winners with prizes of $150 (1st prize), $75 (2nd prize), and $50 (3rd prize.)

Contest Rules:

• You must be between the ages of 14 and 19.

• Letters should be no more than 300 words.

• You may respond to only one story.

• If you win, your letter will be published on our website. Tell us if you want it to be printed anonymously—but you should still type in your full name and complete address so we know where to mail your check if you win.

• Current and former YouthComm or Represent writers may not enter the writing contest.

• Previous winners may not enter the writing contest.

• Letters may be edited by Youth Communication editors for brevity and clarity. All entries become property of Youth Communication.

Click Here For More Information


These are confirmed opportunities from organizations and companies who are recruiting students for their programs. The opportunities are sourced from community newsletters,  job boards and websites. Please reach out to the contact listed directly, if applicable, for more information about the program. 

Garden Apprentices Program  (Paid) (Brooklyn)- Deadline December 8, 2023 

Eligibility:  Students in grades 8–11

Apply Here 

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is now recruiting students in grades 8–11 for the 2024 Garden Apprentice Program (GAP) at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. GAP is a great way for teens to get paid to learn about urban agriculture, science, and the environment while working in one of the most exciting public gardens in the world!

BBG Garden Apprentices:

·    Earn a monetary award at the end of the apprenticeship (Tier 1: $600, Tier 2: $700, Tier 3: $800).

·    Work their way up the program to become paid staff as a Tier 4.

·    Learn about botany and environmentalism through hands-on lessons.

·    Grow and harvest fruits, vegetables, and herbs in the Children’s Garden.

·    Facilitate lessons to teach children about plants.

·    Explore Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s amazing plant collections.

·    Develop job skills, including teamwork, communication, and leadership.

Apprentices make a nine-month commitment to GAP, from March to November, which includes spring training, summer programming, and a weekly commitment after school or on weekends throughout the academic year. 

Click Here For More Information 

 *NEW* STEM Saturdays Winter Program at Cooper Union (Manhattan)- Deadline December 13, 2023 

Eligibility:  Live in New York City;

Are currently in 9th, 10th, or 11th grade;

Are low or moderate income (See 2023 NYC Area Median Income)

Apply Here 

Apply to The Cooper Union  STEM Outreach Program

The STEM Saturday Program challenges New York City high school students to invent "tech for good."  Students work in teams while they develop engineering, entrepreneurship, project management, design, and presentation skills.. This special winter session meets four times.  In each class, students learn design thinking and skills needed to complete projects.  

Redesigning Plastic Recyling: Create design for new products using recycled plastic and learn Computer-Aided Design (CAD) plus 3D printing.

Intro Robotics with Python: Program a microcontroller using Python and create algorithms to make a robot move and interact with its environment.

Musical Instrument Design: Explore the science of musical instrument design and learn Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and laser cutting to create a stringed instrument.

Classes meet Saturdays, January 20, January 27,  February 3 and February 10, 2024 at 41 Cooper Square.  All classes start at 10 am  and end at 4 pm.


Click Here For More Information 

New York Botanical Garden Explainers Internship (Bronx) - December 15 by 11:59pm 

Eligibility: High School Student

Apply Here 

Explainers are high school students who have been accepted into a competitive internship program and work as volunteer educators in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. Explainers learn about nature and plant science in order to become environmental educators for children and families by exploring the Garden. They commit to a minimum of 125 training and volunteer hours. The Onsite Internship takes place at the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. This is a unique, 12-acre outdoor/indoor museum at The New York Botanical Garden (in Bronx, NY). In this innovative space children discover plant science through fun and engaging educational programs. Playful elements such as topiaries and mazes capture children’s imaginations and create an atmosphere of exploration and fun.

Internship Interview Dates:

Held in the Green School in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at 11 a.m. Candidates are invited to attend one of the interview dates listed below:

Saturday, January 6, 2024

Sunday, January 7, 2024

Spring 2024 Intern Orientation:

Wednesday, February 13, 2024; 7 p.m.

Mandatory Intern Training (Attendance required to all training days):

Saturday AND Sunday: March 9, 10, 16, and 17, 2024; 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Spring 2024 Weekend Internship:

March–June 2024

Saturday, November 11, 2023; 11 a.m.–12 p.m. at the Clay Picnic Pavilion

Send RSVP to by November 8, 2023   

Click Here For More Information 

*New* Science and Technology Spring Program @ Baruch College - January 1, 2023

Eligibility: Middle and High School Student

The Baruch College STEP (Science and Technology Entry Program) Academy is a New York State Education Department-funded pre-college program for middle and high school students interested in pursuing careers in the STEM professions. The program invites eligible students to participate in workshops and enrichment courses in math, science, SAT, and college preparatory workshops.

Programs Include: 

Meet on 11 Saturdays from January 27th – April 13th.

Application found here. 

Meet on 11 Saturdays from January 27th – April 13th.

Application found here. 

Kaplan Intensive Online SAT Preparation Course | 9 sessions | Grades 10 & 11 | $175 fee. March 11 – April 15, 2024

Application found here. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Click Here For More Information 

*New* Summer Social Justice Program - Deadline January 3, 2024 by 11:59pm

Eligibility: Sophomores and Juniors  (“rising juniors” and “rising seniors”)

Apply Here for TASS CBS

Apply Here for TASS AOS

The Telluride Association Summer Seminar (TASS) is a free, six-week summer educational experience for high school sophomores and juniors. TASS prepares and inspires promising young students to lead and serve through transformative educational experiences rooted in critical thinking and democratic community. Telluride Association covers all program costs for every student, including tuition, books, room and board, field trips, and facilities fees.

We offer two programs:

TASS-AOS (Anti-Oppressive Studies) offers seminars in Humanities and Social Studies using anti-oppressive and anti-racist frameworks. These courses examine topics in literature, history, art, and other disciplines to investigate how white supremacy and other forms of power shape social structures.

TASS-CBS (Critical Black Studies) was one of the first summer programs in the country to offer seminars in Critical Black Studies to high school students. These college-level, discussion-based courses explore topics within history, politics, literature, art, and other intellectual and cultural contributions from people of African descent.

We cover all of the program costs—tuition, books, room and board, and field trips—for every student. If you need, we can help pay for all or part of your travel costs to and from the program. We understand that you may normally spend time in the summer working at a job, taking care of family members, or supporting your family in other ways. If this is the situation for you, we can provide additional financial aid to help replace earnings from your summer job. Financial aid decisions are made separately from decisions about program admission, so needing financial aid won’t affect whether you are accepted to the program.

Location: TBD 

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*New* NYU  Online Spring Classes for Screenwriters and Filmmakers- January 18, 2024 

Eligibility:  current freshman, sophomore, or junior in high school

Applications Fee: $75 

Apply Here 

Tisch School of the Arts offers in-person and online classes in a variety of artistic disciplines. Come to New York City or study away with us in Los Angeles or at one of our eight international locations. Professional hands-on training and scholarly study of the arts is offered to NYU and visiting undergraduate and graduate students, high school students, as well as adults looking to grow their professional skillset or explore a new career. 

This program requires a 14-week commitment on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET (hours vary by department but will fall within this time) from Saturday, February 3 - Saturday, May 11, 2024. You must agree to be available on those dates and times for the entire duration of the program. Students who miss class for any reason may be dismissed from the program.

Click Here For More Information 

Music Industry Career Exploration Program (Stipend) (Manhattan) - Deadline January 4 

Eligibility: High School Student

Apply Here 

The B-Side is a program for young people that provides an introduction to different career opportunities in the music industry. Whether participants are aspiring artists or future music-industry leaders, this program will provide essential industry-related skills, along with the opportunity to make connections with performing artists, music-industry executives, accomplished producers, songwriters, and more.

The B-Side curriculum, designed by Carnegie Hall teaching artists and music industry professionals, is supported by guest-speaker panels, field trips, networking events, and more.

Click Here For More Information 

Biorocket Research Internship (Stipend) - January 10, 2024 

Eligibility:  Attend a NYC High School or NYC Charter High School; 16 years or older

Apply Here 

The Biorocket Research Internship Program is a 6-month science research internship experience for New York City public and charter high school students age 16 and up. 

The program provides students with the opportunity to learn the latest advances in genetic engineering and biology laboratory skills, along with the science communication skills necessary to communicate about these topics with a variety of audiences. By participating in the program, students have access to scientific mentors, behind-the-scenes lab tours and field trips, and improv training for science communication skills. 

We strongly encourage students from groups historically excluded in the sciences to apply. We define these groups expansively — including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, people with disabilities, first-generation college students, and people from low income families.   

Participants will:

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This section features enrichment events and programs that students can attend on their own time and contests that students can apply to directly .

*New Dates* Volunteer with Older Adults through DOROT   - November 8, November 15, December 6th

Orientation Dates (Pick One): November 8, November 15th, December 6th 

Time: 5pm

If you’re a student looking to have a meaningful impact, DOROT would love to hear from you. We offer summer and semester-long internships for high school and college students interested in making a difference in the lives of older adults, learning about non-profit management, and much more. Students consistently report appreciating their experiences and benefiting from our programs’ high expectations.

Teens and older adults meet weekly over Zoom in small groups to talk and participate in activities ranging from creative writing, chess, art, current events and so much more, leading to the discovery of new and shared perspectives. Volunteer today and experience the rewards of intergenerational friendship! 

Register Here

Thrive Scholars College Prep Program - Deadline December 15, 2023

Thrive Scholars provides high-achieving students of color from economically under-resourced communities the opportunities they need to thrive at top colleges and in meaningful careers. They are currently accepting applications for three program offerings; Thrive's 6-year program, Thrive Academy, and the OnRamp program.

OnRamp is a pre-college program for 10th-grade Black/Generational African-American males from across the country. If you are interested in applying to OnRamp, please click here.

Our new Thrive Academies Program is a two-year college preparation program for 11th graders, currently offered to students based in Los Angeles and New York City. Scholars will participate in two six-week commuter Thrive Academy summer sessions hosted on a local college campus in the summers of 2024 and 2025. Apply Here

Our 6-Year Program is a hybrid college and career success program for 11th graders from across the country designed to support Scholars on their journey from high school into high-trajectory careers. During their first two summers, Scholars will participate in 6-week residential Summer Academy sessions at Amherst College and The University of Chicago. Apply Here

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Funding for Community Project - December 31, 2023

In celebration of the 5th year of this grant, we are awarding some lucky applicants who are creating the biggest impact in their communities with extra funds to help take their projects to the next level with the biggest and brightest ideas having the chance to recieve increased fundings from $250 to $500, along with five additional $1000 grants! Do you think your project is a difference-maker? Tell us why and you could be highlighted!

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Resources for WBL Staff 

This section features resources for staff members who work to find work based learning opportunities for students which includes jobs for graduation seniors. 

Contact Me!

Jackie McKinney