Summer Opportunities Internships & Pre-College Programs (located at bottom of page)
February Deadlines to Apply
The NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) STEAM Deadline: February 16, 2018 Education initiative, in conjunction with the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and the NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), is accepting applications for its upcoming summer internship programs. The agency will select 30 students from public and private high schools across the five boroughs to participate in a six-week paid summer internship program that will provide students an opportunity to explore careers in the fields of architecture, engineering, construction, design, law, business administration, and finance from the perspective of the public sector.
ieSProject TRUE — Citywide Ages: 11th graders Application due: Sunday, February 18, 2018 Project TRUE interns work at either the Bronx, Central Park or Prospect Park Zoo while spearheading their own research project to encompass experimental design, research methods and data analysis, with the help of Fordham University graduate students and Wildlife Conservation Society educators. Some weekend workdays are required, and unexcused absences will result in dismissal. (Teens can also pay to participate as part of a different Teen Intern program, or volunteer as a Discovery Guide.) A $599 stipend and MetroCard are provided.
Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program - Summer Internship Law Firm Must be at least 16 years old Applications due: February 23, 2018 The Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program is an intensive paid program which places high-achieving inner-city high school students with legal employers for the summer, and provides them with additional programming before, during, and after the summer designed to help them prepare for a legal career. Students are selected to participate in the Program based upon personal interviews and demonstrated academic excellence. They are first nominated by their schools and then interviewed at the New York City Bar; this process consists of face-to-face meetings with the students and a written test that is administered to determine comfort with challenges common in an office environment. Job assignments in firms vary depending on the needs of the employer, but typically include assisting paralegals, filing, record keeping, assisting library and back-office personnel, data entry and document and exhibit organization.
New York Historical Society Entering grades 10, 11, or 12 or freshman year of college in Fall 2017. Deadline: February 26, 2018 The Student Historian High School Internship Program is designed for students in grades 10, 11, and 12 in the tri-state area. The Student Historian Program is a comprehensive internship and youth development program that provides students with vocational and academic training, public speaking and leadership skills, and an increased understanding of American art and history. Through object- and inquiry-based learning, students broaden their academic perspective, increase their confidence in professional settings, and enhance their knowledge of fulfilling careers in the museum world.Paid internships may be offered to interns who are eligible for free or reduced lunch at school; otherwise, internship is unpaid.
March Deadlines to Apply
School Construction Authority (SCA) Internships in the fields of Public Administration, Business, Architecture, Engineering, Construction Building Trades and/ or Information Technology. Please come to the college office for an application to this paid summer internship program. Eligibility: New York City public high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with a grade point average of eighty (80) or higher that are eligible to work in the United States and available for the program’s duration. Applications due: March 9, 2018
NASA Summer Internships at Goddard Institute for Space Studies (5 Different Internships, Follow link to see opportunities) Deadline: March 1, 2018 NASA Internships are educational hands-on opportunities that provide unique NASA-related research and operational experiences for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students as well as educators. These internships integrate participants with career professionals emphasizing mentor-directed, degree-related, real-time world task completion. During the internship participants engage in scientific or engineering research, development, and operations activities. In addition, there are non-technical internship opportunities to engage in professional activities which support NASA business and administrative processes. Through these internships, participants leverage NASA's unique mission activities and mentorship to enhance and increase their professional capabilities and clarify their long-term career goals.
Summer STEM Program at The Cooper Union — East Village Ages: 10th to 11th graders Application due: Friday, March 9, 2018 Once known as the Summer Research Internship, the renamed, expanded program offers qualified students six weeks of hands-on engineering, design and problem-solving alongside faculty and teaching assistants from the departments of civil, chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineering. There is a tuition charge of $3,250 plus a $50 application fee but need-based scholarships of up to 100% are available.
West Side YMCA Teen Career Connection — Upper West Side Ages: 10th to 12th graders Application due: Sunday, March 12, 2018 Created 17 years ago because of the difficulty teenagers have finding summer jobs, the Career Connection spends two weeks teaching interns skills like conflict resolution, dressing for success and public speaking. The rest of the program is spent mentoring students through six weeks of work at multiple locations, followed by a Portfolio Night where each presents about their experiences. Interns receive a $1,500 stipend, $300 clothing stipend, and two monthly MetroCards.
NYC District Attorney's Internship Program Deadline: March 12, 2018 Each intern is assigned to a unit within the Office and helps Assistant District Attorneys and other staff members with their work. Interns also attend presentations and trips and participate in a mock trial competition. Eligibility:
Applicants must live in Manhattan or attend school in Manhattan (no exceptions will be made)
Applicants must be sophomores, juniors or seniors in high school at the time they apply(current freshmen may not apply)
Applicants must commit to attend the entire program from July 5, 2017 - August 11, 2017,Monday - Friday from 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (students will not be permitted to start after July 5 or leave before August 11)
Application Requirements Applications will be accepted online only starting February 15, 2017 through March 12, 2018. Applicants will be required to attach the following:
A one-page resume
A 500-word essay discussing why you want to intern at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office or describing your interest in criminal justice
Saltz Internship Program at American Museum of Natural History — Upper West Side Ages: 15-18-year-old NYC students Application due: March 18, 2018 Saltz interns learn about the museum and its exhibits so they can then share their knowledge with visitors, especially children. Interns receive MetroCard and uniform for the duration of the program, and a stipend upon completion.
Girls Who Code: Free Summer Immersion Program Current female students in grades 10-11 are invited to apply for the Girls Who Code's Summer Immersion Program. In this free seven-week program, participants will build websites and games, and learn how to program robots. They will also learn computer science, get exposure to tech jobs, and join a supportive sisterhood of thousands of girls across the US. No prior tech experience necessary. Click here to apply. Deadline: March 16, 2018
NYC Ladders for Leaders Deadline: Check website for updated deadline The NYC Ladders for Leaders program, a component of the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), provides professional internships to NYC youth between the ages of 16 to 22. This competitive process differs from the traditional SYEP model in that it requires applicants to submit an application to one of several community-based organizations (CBO) serving the five boroughs. Applications are evaluated based on academic performance, response to an essay question, and resume. Once participants have been selected, they are engaged in 30-hours of pre-employment training designed to teach essential workplace readiness skills and business etiquette. Interviews for summer internships are scheduled by our partnering CBO’s in a variety of industries from the public and private sectors. Final selections for the six-week internship are made by our partnering employers. Brochure HERE Summer Health Internship Program (SHIP) Application Deadline: March 16, 2018 (PRIORITY) Who should Apply: High school sophomores, juniors, seniors & college freshmen in good standing and on track for promotion in June.Programming includes:
Six-week internship placements in hospitals and community-based health centers and organizations
Weekly didactic sessions with health professionals and field trips
Exposure to health careers and community health issues
Student must be between 16-22 years of age at start of program
Student must attend school or live in Manhattan or Staten Island
Student must be a United States Citizen or have Permanent Resident Status
Student must be interested in a career in the health field
Summer Youth Employment Program At least 14 years old by July 1, 2018 Deadline: March 16, 2018 The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) provides New York City youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with paid summer employment for up to six weeks in July and August. Participants work in entry-level jobs in a variety of industries including:
Arts and Recreation, Educational Services, Financial Services, Healthcare/Medical, Hospitality/Tourism, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Marketing/Public Relations, Media/Entertainment, Real Estate/Property, Retail
SYEP also provides workshops on job readiness, career exploration, financial literacy, and opportunities to continue education and social growth. Programs are located in community-based organizations in all five boroughs of New York City. Youth can apply for the program online or at a community-based organization during the application period. Participants are selected by lottery for the program.
Forest Project at Wave Hill —Bronx Ages: 10th to 12th graders Application due: Sunday, March 16, 2018 This rigorous, five-day a week, two month physical and academic internship teaches kids about ecology in an urban setting via interns building and maintaining woodland trails, removing invasive plant species, shoring up eroded slopes and helping restore disturbed woodland toward a more balanced state. $9/hour for first-year interns, $9.50/hour for second-years.
Sonia and Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program Application Deadline: March 20, 2018 Event: July 5-August 3, 2018 The Sonia and Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program is now accepting applications from current high school juniors (rising seniors) for its summer 2018 internship program. Students from underserved communities will be exposed to careers in law through an internship with a judge in state or federal courts throughout New York City. The program will also consist of weekly seminars, including sessions on college preparation, essay writing, professional skills, legal research and writing, and exploring different legal career options. Click here for more information.
Attend a New York City public or charter high school
Meet GPA requirements listed in each course description
Identify as an Underrepresented Minority (African American, Latino, Native American, or Alaskan American) or meet state-determined economic criteria below
Any additional requirements stated in individual course descriptions
Your family can document economic eligibility by providing proof of receipt of one of the following:
Reduced or free lunch in school (the preferred option)
Family Assistance Program Aid
Safety Net Assistance through the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance or a county Department of Social Services
Family day-care payments through the New York State Office of Children and Family Services Assistance, or a county Department of Social Services
Student ward of the state or county status
Single-parent family status, meeting income requirements below
Youth Insights Arts Introductions (English Language Learners) — Meatpacking District Ages: 10th to 12th graders Application due: April 6, 2018 Youth Insights Introductions is a free summer program for high school students who are English Language Learners. The program welcomes teens to the Whitney to explore, discover, and discuss American art, and to create original works of art and writing. Free MetroCards and all supplies provided.
Futures & Options Summer Internship Juniors & Seniors Where: Various businesses in all 5 boroughs Time: 25 hours/ week from July3- August 11 Pay: $11.00/ hour Final Deadline: ***Check for updated deadline
New York County District Attorney’s High School Internship Program — Citywide Ages: 10th to 12th graders Application due: Saturday, March 12, 2018 Interns help out in one of three different District Attorney’s offices, as well as attend special presentations and field trips, and take part in mock trial competitions. Interns receive a weekly stipend of $175.
STEM Matters NYC PreK through grade 12 students can apply now to attend exciting science and STEM programs being offered this summer at the NYC Department of Education’s Environmental Study Center and NYC Center for Space Science Education, the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Museum of the City of New York, New York Aquarium, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Botanical Garden, Queens County Farm Museum, Queens Zoo, Staten Island Museum, Staten Island Zoo, and SUNY Old Westbury. Programs feature 1-week camps, high school internships, and a 4-week college credit bearing course. All programs are free and students receive MetroCards for transportation if needed. STEM Matters NYC programs do not provide meals. Application Deadline: ***Check for updated deadline
Museum of Art & Design: Artslife Ages: Rising sophomores & juniors Deadline: March, 31, 2018 July 10 - August 24, 2018. Tuesdays – Fridays from 10 am to 4 pm. Artslife is a paid summer internship program for rising sophomores and juniors in high school that combines art and design with leadership training, museum studies, and community engagement. Participants are introduced to museum careers such as Curatorial, Education, Development, Public Relations and Marketing, Visitor Services, Security, and Registrar. During the initial week, participants get to know one another and meet museum staff. During the remaining six weeks, participants work on collaborative projects, with Museum staff, local designers, arts professionals who act as mentors. Students enjoy first-hand experience and the broadest possible exposure to ongoing museum activities, both public facing and behind-the-scenes.
Central Park Conservancy — Parkwide Ages: Must be 16 by June 1 Application due: Sunday, April 30, 2018 Interns work five days a week and some weekends on individual projects, then come together as a group on Fridays for field trips, or a group activity of in-depth study in the fields of horticulture or public programming. Paid internship; rates TBD.
Sustainable Societies Academy Deadline: April 30, 2018 Sustainability at Poly Prep Country Day School. Poly Prep cordially invites highly motivated rising high school students to join us this summer for the Sustainable Societies Academy™ (SSA), an intensive 5-day session from August 14-18, led by faculty and leading professionals from UPenn, Harvard, CUNY, and other universities. In our second year, students will learn the basic concepts and principles of sustainability through college-level presentations, small group discussion, interactive workshops, and site visits. By the end of the program, SSA students will be equipped to integrate their interests and concerns to develop solutions to social, economic, and environmental sustainability challenges in their own communities.
Complete an online application
Ask a teacher/mentor to submit a brief recommendation
Applications remain open with acceptance on a rolling basis. Click here for more information. Additionally, there is some financial aid available. Please email me if interested.
May Deadlines to Apply
GO Getter Internships - Lower Manhattan Grades 9-12 Deadline: ***Check for updated deadlines The GO Project summer internship is an opportunity for high school students to learn and develop leadership skills while working with GO Project students in academic and/or enrichment classes. During the 5-week GO Summer program, interns will be working as teaching assistants in one of our K-5th grade classrooms under the guidance of a Head Teacher or Enrichment Teacher. Interns will work in small groups or one-to-one within the classroom to help students complete projects, remain focused, and build confidence as learners. Interns will also be participating in rigorous daily professional development sessions where the Echoing Green book, Work on Purpose, will be used to help them discover and enhance their passions and talents to become change-making leaders in their community. Read more on the application process here. If you're interested in applying, please complete this online form.
ieSoSC (NYU Engineering Program) eSoSC will show through hands-on projects, instruction and activities how to take coding/computer science, engineering and technology skills to another level by applying those skills to advanced smart cities ideas. Participants will work with our graduate and undergraduate student-experts in increasingly sophisticated hands-on programming and engineering projects.
DOROT — Midtown West Ages: For high school students entering 10th grade through graduating seniors Application due date: Wednesday, May 10, 2018 (early applications are encouraged as spots often fill up before the deadline) During the course of two, separate, four-week sessions, summer interns visit, deliver meals, help with technology, shop for and play various games with homebound senior citizens. Summer interns are then expected to volunteer during the school year. Internship is unpaid.
Artslife Deadline: ***Check for updated deadline July 11 - August 25, 2017 Tuesdays – Fridays from 10 am to 4 pm Artslife is a paid summer internship program for rising sophomores and juniors in high school that combines art and design with leadership training, museum studies, and community engagement. Participants are introduced to museum careers such as Curatorial, Education, Development, Public Relations and Marketing, Visitor Services, Security, and Registrar. During the initial week, participants get to know one another and meet museum staff. During the remaining six weeks, participants work on collaborative projects, with Museum staff, local designers, arts professionals who act as mentors. Students enjoy first-hand experience and the broadest possible exposure to ongoing museum activities, both public facing and behind-the-scenes. Artslife interns will:
Learn about careers in the arts
Create artwork with local and visiting artists in the Artists’ Studios
Develop and teach peer-to-peer tours
Build and strengthen presentation, communication, and public speaking skills
Visit other cultural institutions in New York City
Interns are paid $11.00 an hour
Student Conservation Association Deadline: ***Check for updated deadline SCA’s 2017 Community Crew Programs will have crews of High School students aged 15-19, serving in various parks throughout New York City’s five boroughs. Program Dates: July 10th through August 18th. If accepted you must be available for the entirety of the program. As a member of NYC’s Community Crew Programs you will:
Earn $11.00 per hour!
Serve 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday (7:30 AM-4:00PM)
Members will meet at various National and City Park sites.
Work on crews of 10 High School crew members (with 1-2 adult crew leaders 21+)
Serve to give back and better your local communities, parks and natural areas.
Participate in weekly environmental education and recreational activities to include: kayaking, hiking, trips to organic farms, wastewater facilities and museums.
Please submit application by May 15th.
If you need any assistance please refer to the How to Apply section of our website.
Please email NYC Program Coordinator; John Donovan at email@example.com once you have completed the application or if you have any questions.
Go Getter-- Citywide Ages: High school students Application due: May 14, 2018 Interns work as teaching assistants in a K-5 classroom under the supervision of a head teacher, and in small groups or one-on-one to help with academic skills and model good behavior. Interns will also participate in professional development to hone community leadership skills. Internship is unpaid.
Most Colleges offer Summer Opportunity Programs. There are a number of schools who also offer financial aid/scholarships in order to reduce fees and make these programs more accessible to all. If there is a specific college you are interested in, attending and participating in a summer program there can open doors for you! You will have the opportunity to meet their staff, become familiarized with their campus, as well as build your resume! The age range varies from school to school, you can start as early as your freshman year to attend!
Helpful Websites on Summer Programs Summer On Campus : Useful tool for identifying Summer Programs at Colleges in New York Summerfuel: Personalized to help you find a pre-college program throughout the U.S and abroad! SummerDiscovery: Pre-College Enrichment and study abroad programs
Stella Adler Studio of Acting Free summer theatre Shakespeare program for students who are eligible for free and reduced lunch. Five week program, prior experience is not required. To schedule an interview, call 212-689-0087 M-F 11am to 1 pm, Sat. 11am- 1pm. Deadline to call: ***Check for updated deadline www.stellaadler.com
Barnard College Pre-College Programs Students from around the globe come to Barnard College to pursue their passions in a rigorous, academic setting. With five distinct programs to choose from, ranging from entrepreneurship to dance, you have the unique opportunity to explore an area of interest on a deeper level through both in-class discussions and city exploration. As part of the learning experience at Barnard, you will get a taste of both college life and the Big Apple! For more information, go to: www.barnard.edu/summer
Iona College Pre-Summer Program Dates: July 9- July 20 Courses available: Business, Psychology, Theatre, Web Design, Speech Language Pathology, and Broadcast Media & Sports Communication Deadline: ***Check for updated deadline www.iona.edu
Pratt Institute Summer Scholars invites High School Students who will be entering 10th, 11th, 12th grades in 2017-18 school year to register fir a two-week summer intensive program or studio classes and a college prep curriculum taking place on the Brooklyn campus in July. Classes such as Drawing the Object as well as Drawing the Figure (1 credit on completion of course). Dates: ***Check for updated dates www.pratt.edu/summerscholars
Weill Cornell Youth Scholars Program: For JUNIORS Deadline: ***Check for updated deadline https://diversity.weill.cornell.edu/opportunities/weill-cornell-youth-scholars-program This is a free, four-week summer program on the Upper East Side. During the program, Youth Scholars will participate in rigorous academic curriculum: lectures on physiology and anatomy, participate in anatomy labs, engage in problem-based learning objectives, interact with medical students and physicians, and many other facets of medicine. The curriculum consists of basic science lectures (primarily given by medical students, residents, and physicians), faculty spotlight sessions, Problem Based Learning sessions, mentor/mentee sessions, and visit to the anatomy lab. The topics discussing during the lectures included medial ethics, organ systems biology, nutrition, infectious disease, embryology, disease pathogenesis, immunology, and chronic conditions. The WCYSP starts on the first Monday of July and runs four days a week, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Either one recommendation from a science teacher or two recommendations from a non-science teacher, counselor, mentor, supervisor, coach, etc.
Two completed 250-500 word essays
Essay 1: How will the Youth Scholars Program help you in your future endeavors? If you are not accepted into the Youth Scholars Program, how will this affect your future career goals?
AND Essay 2: Choose one of the five prompts. Have fun with the prompts and be creative with your responses!
(1) If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why? (2) Describe the world in the year 2050. (3) What is the “best” animal? Why? (4) What is your “earliest” memory as a child? (5) If you could time travel and change one moment in history, where would you go and why?
FREE OR REDUCED PRICE SUMMER PROGRAMS FOR MINORITY STUDENTS
Cornell Engineering scholarships available ***Check for updated Deadline http://www.engineering.cornell.edu/diversity/office-diversity-programs/summer-programs/highschool-programs/catalyst/index.cfm
RPI In Troy, NY Engineering/Science, ***Check for updated deadline http://doso.rpi.edu/update.do?artcenterkey=658
Science - Various University of California Campuses, ***Check for summer 2019 deadline http://www.jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/cosmos/
Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota - Liberal Arts program including African American Culture Classes is FREE for African Americans only, Must be nominated by Counselor by April 1 http://apps.carleton.edu/summer/clae/
Math and science program at Sewanee College of the South in Tennessee. ***Check for updated deadline http://www.sewanee.edu/bridgeprogram/
Math, Science and Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute- ***Check for updated deadline http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/Diversity/K12/Strive/program.html
General Ed, Hispanics, ***Check for updated deadline http://www.calvin.edu/academic/entrada/
Miami U in Oxford Ohio, Interdisciplinary Service Based Learning, scholarships available. ***Check for updated deadline http://www.units.muohio.edu/lifelonglearning/btc/index.html
USC Summer Seminars: all races, scholarships available, ***Check for updated deadline - financial aid deadline, many subjects, live in or commute.
Columbia University: Double Discovery Program. For students who live or go to school in Manhattan. ***Check for updated deadline.
Variety of leadership and business programs, 100% tuition available on sliding scale, various campuses in Southern California http://goabl.org/ Additional College Programs to Explore Boston University: Summer Honors Program, Partial Financial Aid Available bu.edu/summer/highschool Application Deadline: April 18th, 2018
Fordham University: Pre-College Program, $882/ credit hour. From July 5- August 8. 26 classes to choose from between Lincoln Center Campus and Rose Hill Campus. https://www.fordham.edu/info/20187/pre-college_program Application Deadline: June 12, 2018
Broadreach: International courses in many locations such as Australia, France, Peru, Thailand.... www.gobroadreach.com The Cooper Union STEM Program: Aimed at giving students an experience in hands-on engineering design and problem-solving, thereby placing students on the right track for careers in technological innovation Eligibility: Current high school sophomore or junior, current transcript, personal essay, and letter of recommendation required Application Deadline: March 2, 2018
Penn Engineering: Need based financial aid available, for students interested in STEM esap.seas.upenn.edu Application Deadline:February 26th, 2018 (priority deadline) & April 6th,2018 (regular deadline)
Washington University in St.Louis: Open to Middle School and High School Students Application Deadline:February 15th, 2018 ( Early Bird Deadline) & April 1st, 2018 (regular deadline)
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