Student Opportunities

As of the 2017-18 school year, our community service requirement is a minimum of 216 hours for incoming students, anywhere students feel comfortable. It is the student's responsibility to find places to volunteer and complete their community service hours.  

Please reach out to our High School Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Park, for necessary paperwork to track community service hours.

The following is an ongoing list of programs and opportunities our students can apply for.  Updated as of 3/28/2019

SYEP announcement stating,“Accepting applications now!” link application.nycsyep

SYEP applications for 2019 applications coming soon. Check back on the SYEP link for updates.

The 2019 Summer Youth Employment Program will run from July 8 through August 16, 2019.


  1. You must be at least 14 years old but not over 24 years old as of July 1, 2018.
  2. You must be a permanent resident within the five boroughs of NYC.
  3. If you are under the age of 18 as iof July 1, 2019, you must submit your most current working paper.  You can reach out to Ms. McLaughlin, in room 404G.
  4. If selected for an SYEP position, you will also be required to submit a current picture ID (ie: school ID, NYS ID).

SYEP participants will earn the NYS minimum wage of $13.00 an hour and may work up to 20-25 hours per week.  

If you have further questions about SYEP, contact NYC Youth Connect at (800) 246-4646.

DOROT’s Summer Teen Internship Program is for high school students who will be entering their sophomore, junior or senior year in September 2019. 
The program is for socially motivated students who want to make a difference in the community by working with older adults. Through a variety of hands-on experiences in the community and onsite at DOROT, interns work with peers, develop leadership skills and form meaningful intergenerational connections. Students will earn approximately 100+ hours of community service. The Riverdale program is located at the Riverdale Y and will be offered July 22 - August 15, Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. DOROT will help with transportation between the Riverdale Y and the #1 Train at 242nd & Broadway. 
Applications will be accepted through May 10, 2019 or until the program is full. To apply, visit 
Questions? Contact Quinn Lockwood at or 212-769-2850 

NASA has a variety of internships for high-school students, including one at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in NYC at Columbia University and beyond (topics vary by location), with the summer session deadline on Monday, April 1, 2019.

Go Project Summer Internship

Opportunity for High School Students, Application Deadline April 29, 2019

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 a K-5 classroom 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. Learn more and apply, and reach out to with any questions. 

NYU Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering (ARISE)

Deadline to apply: March 3, 2019

For additional information, email:

Alley Pond Environment Center's Field Biology Internship (FBI)

Internship for all high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in environmental studies.  This internship consists of hands-on, field-based science including water quality testing and biodiversity surveys, and STEM career-oriented presentations from local professionals. It’s a great way for high school students to experience real-world science, explore the natural spaces of Queens, and learn more about what it takes to succeed in environmental science-related fields!

Application Deadline: Wednesday, June 20th

Internship Dates for Summer 2018: July 11, 18, 25 Aug. 1, 8, 15

For more information call: 718.229.4000 or visit

NewYork Cares

Hours: Mon to Fri - 9 AM to 5 PM, Minimum Age to Volunteer: none (family projects available)

Since its inception in the late 1980s, NYCares has been committed to providing New Yorkers with opportunities to affect social change through volunteering.  With a focus on providing just right opportunities for everyone, commitments vary from consistent visits to one-time projects.  Students can join its Teen Service Team, which offers ongoing opportunities for the city's youth to get involved.  Volunteers from all over the city will clean up local parks, plant in community gardens and refurbish public spaces.

Green Teens New York City Department of Parks & Recreation

Hours: by project
Ages to Volunteer: 13 to 17

If your teen enjoys getting his or her hands dirty, then this project may be a just right fit. Part of the 2009 initiative by Mayor Bloomburg to strengthen communities and protect the environment, this youth-centered project focuses on cleaning up local parks. No green thumb required. It will energize, educate and empower teens as they work together to revitalize local parks. The Green Teen Program engages teens to become stewards of their local parks and recreation centers.  Green Teens learn how to make a "green" positive impact in their local community and encourage the public to recycle.  If you are interested in being a "Green Teen" please email, or for Queens: 718.520.5916.

Citymeals on Wheels

Hours: daily - 9 AM to 12 PM Minimum Age to Volunteer: None  Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

With a focus on providing meals and services to the city's elderly, this organization offers several opportunities targeted at engaging youth.  Kids and teens may help deliver and serve meals at one of the three city senior centers.  Teens are encouraged to help seniors write their memoirs or biographies, teach computer skills or lead a class in an area of special interest such as art, crafts, dance or exercise.

The American Red Cross

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 13

Known for providing help to those in need, the New York Red Cross offers a long list of voluneteer opportunities for kids ages 13 and older.  Red Cross always needs help with mailings and fundraising events from project development to helping out at planned events.  The Red Cross offers training and support for teens interested in starting a club at their high school.

Food Bank for New York City

Age to Volunteer: no minimum in general; some projects have age restrictions
Click here to coordinate a volunteer visit

The Food Bank for New York City is one of the country’s largest food banks, and it couldn’t run as efficiently as it does without a troop of trusty of volunteers. Volunteer choices include working in the Warehouse Repack Program, the community kitchen and helping out in the food pantry. Make this activity a family affair to get the whole family together without bickering over which movie to watch, and just enjoy serving your community.

TeenLife Community Service Volunteer Opportunities

Life-changing experience for high school students looking to build their resume and skillset.  Click the link for volunteer programs in New York.

Central Park Conservancy — Parkwide
Ages: Must be 16 by June 1
Application due: Friday, May 10, 2019During two separate four-week sessions, summer interns work together to give back to the community by volunteering with older adults, delivering meals, helping with technology, and socializing with homebound senior citizens. Internship is unpaid, but offers a minimum of 92 hours of community service, and stipends are available for travel costs.

DOROT — Midtown West
Ages: For high school students entering 10th grade through graduating seniors
Application due: Thursday, 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 groceries, and play various games with homebound senior citizens. Summer interns are then expected to volunteer during the school year. Internship is unpaid, but a stipend is available to help cover transportation costs.

Saltz Internship Program at American Museum of Natural History — Upper West Side
Ages: 14-18-year-old NYC high school students
Application due: Sunday, March 18, 2019
Saltz interns learn about the museum and its exhibits, so they can then share their knowledge with visitors, especially children. Interns receive a MetroCard and uniform for the duration of the program, and a stipend upon completion.

Go Getter — Citywide
Ages: High school students
Application due: Monday, April 29, 2019
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.

Artslife at the Museum of Arts and Design — Columbus Circle
Ages: Entering 10th and 11th graders
Application due: Sunday, March 31, 2019
Interns are introduced to a range of museum careers, from behind-the-scenes to public-facing activities. Over a six-week period, students engage in collaborative work with museum staff, local designers, and other arts professionals. Interns are paid $15 per hour.


The deadline to submit SYEP applications is March 16, 2018.


  1. You must be at least 14 years old but not over 24 years old as of July 1, 2018.
  2. You must be a permanent resident within the five boroughs of NYC.
  3. If you are under the age of 18 as iof July 1, 2018, you must submit your most current working paper.  You can reach out to Ms. Schnall, Parent Coordinator in room 423.
  4. If selected for an SYEP position, you will also be required to submit a current picture ID (ie: school ID, NYS ID).

SYEP participants will earn the NYS minimum wage of $13.00 an hour and may work up to 20-25 hours per week.  

If you have further questions about SYEP, contact NYC Youth Connect at (800) 246-4646.

boy in suit smiling with written text reading NYC Ladders for Leaders accepting applications now

The deadline to apply to Ladders for Leaders is Friday, March 16, 2018

NYC 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 NYC.

Students interested in applying to this program MUST complete an SYEP application to be directed to the Ladders for Leaders application page.

Please click here to find more information about Ladders for Leaders.

Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program


  1. Current 11th graders (Rising seniors in the Summer of 2018) have the opportunity to participate in judicial internships in state and federal courts, educational workshops, and mentorship opportunities.
  2. Reside in and attend school in NYC.
  3. Minimum GPA of 82%
  4. Application, transcript, essay, teacher recommendation, and resume (which inlcudes a list of extracurricular activities)
  5. Available to attend an in-person Program Orientation on May 19, 2018

Please click here for a downloadable version of the 2018 application.

If you have any questions, please contact

Free Summer Program for HS English Language Learners

Apply here for Youth Insights Introducations at the Whitney.

Applications are due Friday, April 6, 2018

Program runs from July 9 through August 2

Mondays through Thursdays from 10 am to 1 pm.

Questions? Contact Teen Programs at (646) 680-6248 or

Apply Now for Exciting Science and STEM Programs this Spring Break 2018!

All camps run from Monday, April 2, 2018 - April 6, 2018, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Application deadline is Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

Click here for more information and here to apply.

Summer 2018 student oppportunity. or contact 877.494.7665.

Useful links: NYC Department of Youth and Community Development

Click here to view 2016-17 past opportunities for students.

Click here to view 2015-16 past opportunities for students.