New York City High Schoolers: Summer Resources for You

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High School Internships and Resources

American Museum of Natural History


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The Science Research Mentoring Program (SRMP) offers high school students the opportunity to join ongoing research projects lead by AMNH scientists. Students interested in getting accepted for this science research experience must first take three After School Program Science Research courses offered at the museum. These courses prepare students to gain the knowledge and skills necessary for doing science research.

Students who are accepted to conduct science research at AMNH must commit to:

A three-week summer institute (last three weeks of August.)
At least 4 hours/week working in the science lab during the school year.
Monthly advisory meetings usually held on a Friday afternoon.

Benefits of SRMP:

Science Research Courses

Learning lab skills and methods used by AMNH scientists
Opportunity to learn and discuss issues in science
Exposure to the work of scientists at AMNH

Science Mentorship Component

Opportunity to contribute to authentic science research
Develop a professional relationship with scientists at the museum
Opportunity to compete for AMNH’s Science Scholars Award, a prestigious scholarship to partially support college studies of SRMP Alumni
College prep opportunities, including free Kaplan test prep courses, visits to college campuses, and college application support

Students can choose between two concentration areas: Physical or Life Sciences. Each concentration area has its own scientific disciplines. Follow the links for each concentration to explore more about AMNH department involved, former and current SRMP research projects, and requirements to apply for one-year mentorship.

Physical Sciences

Earth and Planetary Sciences

Life Sciences

Biodiversity and Systematics
Conservation Biology
Genetics and Genomics


Support for this program is generously provided by 
the Pinkerton Foundation, 
the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, 
the Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation,
 the Solon E. Summerfield Foundation, Inc., 
the Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation, 
and the Charles and Mildred Schnurmacher Foundation.

Brooklyn Community Board 14

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Central Park Conservancy

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The Summer Internship provides full-time, paid summer jobs with the Central Park Conservancy for approximately 25 high school students. Interns support the horticulture, visitor services and public programs departments.

Summer interns work five days a week with individual schedules varying depending on the position and are paid a competitive hourly wage. Every Friday all interns work together as a group to complete special projects in Central Park, or to go on trips to other parks and environmental organizations to learn about current environmental issues, meet other teens in similar internship programs and challenge themselves in new situations.

Acceptance into the internship program is through a competitive application process. While all high schools students 16 years and up are eligible to apply, preference is given to students who have participated in one of the ROOTS programs or the Visitor Experience Apprentice Program. Applicants must be at least 16 years old by June 1. Applications are available in March.

• Months: July and August
• Days: 5 days a week
• Hours: 36 or 38 hours a week depending on position
• Location: Park-wide
• Age: High school students at least 16 years old by June 1
• Application Deadline: April 30

For more information or to request an application, e-mail

Karen Jemmott|Director, Community Affairs
The Brooklyn Hospital Center
121 Dekalb Avenue


The GO Project


High School Students- we are looking for you to join our GO Getters Summer Internship!

Are you passionate about issues of educational equity?

Do you believe that all students should have access to the academic opportunities that they need to succeed?

Are you committed to having in depth, change-making conversations with your peers?

Do you want to spend a summer giving back to your community?

If you replied yes, apply for the GO Getter Summer Internship

Internship Description

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 1st -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 Echoing Green’s book, Work on Purpose, will be used to help them discover and enhance their passions (HEART) and their talents (HEAD) to become change-making leaders in their community (HUSTLE). A strong social justice-centered curriculum and required readings will form the core framework for the internship. At the end of the summer, interns will have completed a portfolio with work from daily classroom and professional development sessions, co-led a professional development session, gained leadership skills, and developed a culminating project that they will showcase for other GO Project interns, staff members, board members, and community supporters.

Time Commitment

o Attend mandatory orientation on Saturday, June 21st, 2014 from 10am-4pm and 3 days of training . June 30th-July 2nd, 10am-2pm.
o Commitment to the entire summer session is required.
o July 7th-August 8th, Monday-Friday, either the morning academic session (8:30am-2pm) or the afternoon enrichment session (12pm-6pm).
o Daily participation in professional development sessions.


o Avenues-the World School (259 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10001); or
o Friends Seminary (222 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003); or
o Grace Church School (86 Fourth Avenue, New York, NY 10003);

Location and internship schedule will be assigned upon hire.


o Assist teachers and work one-to-one or in small groups with students who are in need of academic intervention.
o Actively engage with the students, teachers, fellow interns, and other program staff.
o Enthusiastically participate in daily professional development sessions.
o Attend all sessions punctually and consistently.
o Co-lead one professional development session during the summer.
o Contribute regularly to the volunteer blog.
o Read all assigned materials.
o Meet all internship deadlines.


o Personal gratification through enhancing the lives of young learners.
o Development of leadership skills.
o Ongoing personal and professional development opportunities.
o Continual onsite support from GO Project staff.
o Portfolio for support with college and career selection.
o Completion of a service learning project which will have a larger impact on the community.
o Potential participation in the year-round GO Getters leadership program.

o High school students in good academic standing (rising 10th to recent high school grads).
o Commitment to and belief in all children’s ability to succeed and thrive.
o Commitment to social justice through education equality.
o Ability to work collaboratively on a team.
o Strong or emerging leadership skills.
o Punctuality and professionalism.

Application Process
o Complete online application form.
o Submit a personal statement explaining why you want to intern with the GO Project and reflecting on a social justice issue which you consider the most important.
o Submit a copy of your most recent school transcript.
o Provide one written letter of recommendation and one phone reference. (The written and phone references must be different. References can only be teachers, employers, school administrators, supervisors
o Attend an interview as part of the initial screening process

The Young Leadership Council

The GO Project’s Young Leadership Council (YLC) is a dynamic group of young professionals committed to promoting and bringing awareness to the GO Project mission. Young Leadership Council members increase the visibility of the GO Project by acting as ambassadors for the organization, and raise critical funds to support programming through fundraising initiatives and events. The YLC is led by an Executive Committee that works to set the strategic direction of the group.

We are currently seeking motivated young professionals to participate in the planning and coordination of fundraising, donation, volunteer and social events to benefit the GO Project. YLC Members must:

·Display leadership qualities and exhibit a strong commitment to closing the achievement gap for NYC school children.
·Have a passion for and commitment to the GO Project’s mission and approach.
·Have the confidence to advocate and fundraise on the behalf of the GO Project.
·Are willing to devote time to the duties of the YLC.

This diverse philanthropic group is a forum for young people from all sectors to network with one another while utilizing their skills, connections and ideas to work towards a worthy cause.

If you are interested in joining YLC please email Liz Trout, Development Manager at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Karen Jemmott|Director, Community Affairs
The Brooklyn Hospital Center
121 Dekalb Avenue

The New York City Science and Engineering Fair and College Now Summer Research


The New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF) and College Now Summer Research Program is an eight -week summer research internship program for high school students. The goal of the program is to give rising high school juniors an introduction to scientific research under the guidance of CUNY research faculty and enhance in scientific reading, writing and communication. This summer program is sponsored by CUNY College Now, the Office of the Chancellor, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.

NYC Summer Debate Camp

Summer Debate Camp

Welcome to the New York City Summer Debate Camps for all ages! Thank you for choosing to spend part of your summer with us! Our debate camps are for all levels and for all ages! Debate is the best sport for the mind! You will learn every skill – public speaking, rhetoric, reading, writing, researching, listening, notetaking, refutation and so many other skills! You will learn every content area from public policy to philosophy to economics! Debate is one of the best ways to prepare for success in high school, college, career, community, and leadership! But most of all debate is fun! You have the opportunity to voice your opinions about the world, create policies to change the world, discuss your ideas with others, win trophies, travel to tournaments across the country, and so many other activities! Indeed, debate is one of the most rigorous academic programs since Ancient Greece. Our mission is that all students and adults should have access to the best debate educational opportunities!

Indeed, the hottest activity every summer is NYC Debate Camp! Every summer debaters from across the country travel to debate camps hosted by all the top colleges throughout the United States! New York is no exception – we host the state’s only summer debate institutes for all ages! But summer debate camp nor any summer academic program for that matter – is not just about fun – its about providing the best educational opportunities year round! One of the most critical problems in education is the loss of summer learning time.!brooklyn/c8k2

Beginner Debaters! Learn the fundamentals of debate, develop public speaking skills, try out your first debate tournament and more!
Advanced Debaters! Train on the upcoming 2014-2015 debate topics!! Learn from top college debaters and debate master teachers!
Teachers, Coaches and Judges! Learn everything about starting a debate team, all the debate formats, beginner and advanced debate coaching techniques, judging, team fundraising, team recruitment, best lesson plans and more!

All Debaters! Weeks of intense debate study by the top debate teachers and coaches! Coaches, classes, electives, debate supplies, breakfast, lunch, awards, scrimmages, law firm visits, mentors, tournaments and more!!

More Information….

Summer Debate Camp Website: or
Summer Debate Camp Tuition: free for all member schools and students of the New York City Urban Debate League. If not a member, please contact us at

Contact Information: Erik Fogel,, 917-455-1079

The New-York Historical Society


Interested in a unique, hands-on experience at the oldest museum in New York? The New-York Historical Society offers two sessions of the Student Historian Internship Program each year (Academic Year and Summer).

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.

We are now accepting applications for the SUMMER 2014 Student Historian Program! See below for more information and application materials.

Upcoming Dates to Know

Summer 2014 Program:

Deadline: April 23, 2014
Program dates: July 8–August 14, 2014, Tuesday–Thursday, 10 am–4 pm

Academic Year 2014-15 Program:

Application available: September 2014
Deadline: October 2014
Program dates: November 2014-June 2015, Wednesdays from 4 pm-6:30 pm, plus occasional Friday hours.

Please note: Applicants must be available every day of the program.

Participation includes:

Researching art, artifacts, and documents from New-York Historical’s collections to create resources for museum visitors and the New-York Historical Society website, with a particular focus on New York State U.S. History & Government Regents Exam review materials during the academic year.

Training to work with diverse audiences as facilitators in the museum galleries and the DiMenna Children’s History Museum.

Contributing to social media accounts at the New-York Historical Society, including the Student Historian blog.

Assisting with public programs, family programs, and other special events at the New-York Historical Society.

Meeting with experts from the museum and library departments to discuss both the museum’s collections and career options.

Visiting other museums and cultural institutions throughout New York City.

The New-York Historical Society Student Historian Program is open to students who meet ALL of the following qualifications:

You are currently enrolled in grades 10, 11, or 12 in a high school in the tri-state area.

You have the consent of your parent/guardian to apply for this program.
You have (or can obtain by the start of the program) valid working papers. For complete information about obtaining working papers, visit….

Paid internships may be offered to interns who are eligible for free or reduced lunch at school. All applicants attending NYC high schools will be considered for this opportunity. Please be sure to specify on your application if you are eligible for free or reduced lunch at your school. Unpaid internships will be provided for all other accepted students, with the option to receive community service hours or school credit.

Students offered paid internships must have all documents necessary to be employed in the United States for the duration of the internship (accepted applicants are responsible for the cost of procuring any documentation related to seeking employment in the United States before their first day). For more information on required documents for employment, please visit

Application Information

Note: The deadline for the 2014 Summer session is Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014.

To apply, the following must be submitted:

The application form should be typed by the applicant and saved as a Word document or .pdf file, named “your first name_your last name”. The document can be e-mailed to using the subject line “High School Internship Application.”

The recommendation form must be completed by at least ONE recommender and emailed to using the subject line “Recommendation for First Name Last Name.” One recommender must be a teacher; the other (optional) recommender may be a second teacher or another adult outside of your family who knows you well (supervisor, mentor, etc.). Please direct your recommenders to to download this recommendation form.

Deadline for all application materials: 5 pm on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014.

Applications that are not complete and submitted by 5 pm on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 will not be accepted. If you do not have a computer at home, please plan ahead to use one at school or at your local public library. Applicants being considered for the internship will be contacted for a group interview in the few weeks following the deadline. Thank you for your application!

If you have any questions about high school internships, please e-mail us at

Karen Jemmott|Director, Community Affairs
The Brooklyn Hospital Center
121 Dekalb Avenue

NYPD Summer Youth Academy


The New York City Police Department seeks to provide innovative and effective programs for the City’s young people. The Community Affairs Bureau’s, Youth Police Academy, is such a program. It is designed to establish a positive relationship between the Police Department and the City’s youth.

New York City residents, attending school, between the ages of 10 and 16 are eligible to attend. The Youth Police Academy will provide those participating in the program with lunch and uniform shirts.

The goals of the academy are:

• To enhance responsible citizenship.
• To provide positive interaction with police officers and to educate young people about the challenges and responsibility of police work.
• To encourage young people to take part in other youth programs offered by the Police Department such as: the Law Enforcement Explorers, Police Cadet Corps and the Police Athletic League.

The 2014 Youth Police Academy is a six (6) week program that will hold sessions five (5) days a week. The Academy will open at 8:30 am in the morning and dismissal will be 2:00 pm in the afternoon. Students will attend classroom sessions with lectures, role-plays and topical demonstrations by police officers in the areas of law, behavioral science, drug prevention and gang resistance. Field trips are also part of the curriculum. Transportation to and from the field trips will be provided. Each site is accessible by public transportation.

The Academy will begin on Monday, July 7th and end on Friday August 15th


To apply for this year’s Youth Police Academy, complete the application and mail it to the address below.


You will be contacted if your child is accepted.
Preference will be given to youngsters who have not previously attended.

•NO application will be accepted BEFORE: Friday, April 18, 2014.
•NO application will be accepted AFTER: Friday, June 27, 2014.
•Mail to: N.Y.P.D. Youth Services Section, YPA 2014, 189 Montague Street, Brooklyn NY 11201

NYU’s Urban Journalism Workhop

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Application deadline: May 1, 2014

At the Urban Journalism Workshop, you will learn to report and write stories and then turn those stories into pieces. You will shoot photos and create lively slideshows. Below is a list of what to expect at the Urban Journalism Workshop:

Experience life away from home by living in the East Village in one of the NYU dorms.

Get expert, insider college and career advice to help you pursue your dreams.

When you’re finished with the program you will have created your own multimedia website, and print paper The Spectrum.

NYU faculty and visiting professionals will put you through the rigorous paces and get you on your way to producing cutting edge journalism. Alumni of the program, now in its 24th year, work at major newspapers, magazines, online publications and in TV and radio.

Students must be 16 years of age and live in the New York City metropolitan area to be eligible. Applications for 2014 are being accepted. Click here to apply online for NYU’s Urban Journalism Workshop.

The application deadline is May 1, 2014. Students who are accepted into the program will be notified by May 15, 2014.

The Summer Lab

The Summer Lab is an intensive, 4 week, workshop offered to NYC Middle and High School students. Each summer, we select 12 aspiring filmmakers who know they have an amazing story that they can’t wait to tell the world!!

Each summer, we partner with a writing mentor from Urban Word NYC to bring your words to life with support of a peer mentor.
The Summer Lab is a free, four-week writing and filmmaking intensive workshop for teens aged 13-20.
Summer LabStudents work with a writing mentor to create original spoken-word poetry and then turn their poems into original short films.
During the course of four intense, exciting weeks, you will have the opportunity to explore the worlds of poetry/spoken word, video production and editing. Combining these elements, the final product will be unique to your own voice and vision – this is your chance to experiment and think outside the box!

The Summer Lab is open to teens aged 13-20. No film making experience is required.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11am-4pm, for four weeks starting July 8th, 2014.
June 10th, 2014

Karen Jemmott|Director, Community Affairs
The Brooklyn Hospital Center
121 Dekalb Avenue