INTERNSHIPS / COMMUNITY SERVICE / EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES FOR TEENS
Read on for opportunities for your child to rack up those volunteer hours, snag scholarships and gain valuable high school experience.
We’ve grouped them by type in order to help you find what you’re looking for!
Summer Programs – Arts-related
Summer Programs – CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
Summer Programs – STEM-related
Academic and Social Engagement /Year-round programs/internships
SUMMER ARTS AND PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAMS
Free Tennis Classes
The New York Junior Tennis & Learning (NYJTL) is offering FREE classes for youth ages 5-18. Receive free tennis instruction from trained coaches in schools and public parks in all 51 New York City council districts year-round. For more information, contact Ingrid Ramirez or visit the official NYJTL website
Urban Word NYC
First Draft (#UWFirstDraft) is a free, non-censored, open mic series. It is open to all teen poets, musicians, MCs, urban word alumni and mentors. They seek to provide a safe space for artistic expression, experimentation and development across all genres. Feel free to email Sergio if you have any questions.
Reel Works Productions is a youth-run production company specializing in high quality, low-cost media for real clients — while training tomorrow’s storytellers. Led by award-winning young filmmakers under the guidance of professional filmmaker-mentors, Reel Works Productions has created original documentaries, educational shorts, corporate media and fundraising videos. Recent clients include American Express, Microsoft, WNET Thirteen, Time Warner, Hasbro and many NYC nonprofits.
To become a youth producer, you must be a graduate of The Lab or comparable filmmaking program and be fluent in Premier Pro and video production. Applicants may be asked to submit samples of their work and references. Youth Producers are selected for Fall, Spring and Summer sessions.
Contact Reel Works Co-Founder & Artistic Director, Stephanie Williams at email@example.com or call (718) 768-9000, to find out about when and how to apply to become a Reel Works Youth Producer. Click here for more information.
CIVIC AND ACADEMIC ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMS
The Youth Police Academy (YPA)
The Youth Police Academy (YPA) is an annual six (6) week summer program that runs Monday – Friday and is offered to city resident youth ages 10-15. Breakfast and lunch are provided daily. More information is available here:
To apply, visit the website for more information.
2019 SUMMER PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAMS WITH FINANCIAL AID
There is no better way for college-bound students to get a feel for the future than participating in summer pre-college programs. Students gain valuable work experience, build relationships, and boost their admissions chances through these opportunities.
Not every program in the U.S. offers sufficient financial aid for under-resourced students, but here’s a list of programs that fix that problem.
Each entry includes a link to the program’s website, as well as information on program dates, application deadlines, and eligibility requirements.
Check list here:
CHALKBEAT 2019 SUMMER INTERNSHIP
Application Deadline: Rolling, but apply early for best opportunities
A growing nonprofit news organization telling the story of education in America, is seeking motivated undergraduate or graduate students to serve as summer reporting interns. Our reporting teams cover schools in seven places – Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, Newark, and New York City – and we have a national bureau covering education issues affecting schools across the country.
The 10-week paid internship from June to August 2019 will offer student journalists the opportunity to work alongside some of the nation’s top education journalists in a dynamic, rapidly growing organization. At a critical moment for an active independent press, join us as we build an organization working to sustain journalism that matters. Interns will work 40-hour weeks and will have the opportunity to undertake daily education news assignments, work on enterprise stories, and participate in the life of our reporting teams in every way.
Program information: https://jobs.chalkbeat.org/jobs/2019-summer-internship/
Stop the presses!
The Ditmas Examiner, a Brooklyn community paper produced by high school (and older middle school) students, needs reporters, artists, photographers, graphic designers and entrepreneurs to work on our next issue. No experience required – just energy and enthusiasm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or if you’d like to participate. We had a great first issue and are looking to involve more teen journalists for even better things in 2019. Be there!
NYC’S DYCD’S 2019 LADDERS FOR LEADERS PROGRAM
Ladders for Leaders is a nationally recognized program that offers high school and college students the opportunity to participate in paid professional summer internships with leading corporations, non-profit organizations and government agencies in New York City. The program is an initiative of the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and supported by the NYC Center for Youth Employment and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. Online application, available here.
SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM (SYEP)
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.
Here’s the website for more information
WHITE HOUSE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
The White House Internship Program is a public service leadership program that provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office, and prepare them for future public service opportunities. Visit here for information and to apply.
TEENS IN POLITICS
Helping Tomorrow’s Leaders Follow their Political Passions
A new organization founded in the spring of 2018 by James Kuntz, a 10th grade student at The Dalton School. The organization’s founding mission is to make political internship and volunteer opportunities more readily available for high school students.
High School students interested in a political internship can view the website.
All Star Code 2019 Summer Intensive
This is the first year All Star Code will be implementing monthly rolling admissions!
The Summer Intensive is All Star Code’s flagship program, a six-week coding experience featuring both technical web development skills as well as soft skills.
Using our three pillars: Dare Greatly, Celebrate Failure, and Tell Your Story, we give young men the skills, networks, and mindsets they need to succeed through technology.
The Summer Intensive is a FREE 6-week crash course in coding! Food, transportation, and a laptop are provided for every student of the program.
• Must be able to attend the entire program – July 8th to August 16th, Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
• No coding experience necessary to apply
• Identify as male
• Current high school sophomores & juniors
• Boys and Young Men of Color
American Museum of Natural History
Attention Teens, Parents, and Teachers –
Please click below for session 4 classes, Teen SciCafe and more!
If you are interested in apply to the Science Research Mentoring Program – applications are now open:
NYU Tandon School of Engineering K-12 Student Programs
Summer and academic year programs for local students that provide unique opportunities for in-depth STEM studies. Visit here for list of programs, eligibility and deadlines. Programs are FREE and very competitive.
High School Students: Learn, Teach, Get Paid Internships: Apply for Creativity in Engineering, Science and Technology (CrEST)
ACADEMIC AND SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT – YEAR ROUND PROGRAMS/INTERNSHIPS
Information about summer classes and programming offered at Hunter College and other CUNY schools across the five boroughs.
BROOKLYN MUSEUM EVENTS FOR TEENS
BkM Teens take over the Museum and plan, promote, and host a variety of free events for teens throughout the year! At Teen Nights you can see and make art, hear music, dance, win raffles, and meet new people. Connect online to learn more!
NY PUBLIC LIBRARY TEEN PROGRAMS
The New York Public Library offers an amazing variety of classes, meet-ups and programs for teens in branches all around NYC. To find out what’s going on in your area, visit the NYPL website.
STUDENT LOAN CALCULATOR
Calling all junior and senior parents: As you embark on the college application (and hopefully soon, acceptance) process, you can start planning your financial options and expenses by using this college loan calculator, as published in the New York Times.
Your LaGuardia student can download a FREE copy of the latest Microsoft Office software! Click here for details.
Parents and guardians of NYC public school kids can be eligible for FREE Wi-Fi at home through The New York Public Library’s Library HotSpot program, designed for patrons without home internet.
For more information, click here.