Summer is here!

Minion on a beach running towards the ocean

As we celebrate the end of the 2019–2020 school year with virtual farewells and ceremonies, we want to take a moment to acknowledge all of our students’ hard work throughout a year that has been unlike any other. Between all the uncertainties we faced, and the challenges of remote learning, we are extremely proud of all of you!

For students beginning to look towards the next school year, and whatever the future may hold, we are still here to support you all!

So while you begin to make summer plans with family and friends (don’t forget to maintain social distancing), take a moment to check out some of the various opportunities below—both onsite or virtual—now available to City students for summer and beyond!


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The Wave Hill ACES internship allows students to be part of a team that supports artmaking for families while fostering connections to nature. (Photo Credit: Wave Hill)

Metis Associates High School Summer Internship

For current juniors and graduating seniors 

Metis Associates, a national research and evaluation organization, is looking for three paid summer high school interns. The internship position will primarily be remote, beginning July 13 – September 4. Learn more about the opportunity on their website, and apply by Monday, July 6!

Renew Democracy Initiative High School Essay Contest

For all high school students

Join the Renew Democracy Initiative (RDI) essay writing contest, and share your thoughts on how we can protect the promises of democracy during crises of public health and racial inequality. Submit your essay by July 13, and get a chance to win $250 and a virtual lunch with an RDI board member.

New York City Bar’s Thurgood Marshall Professional Development Series

For all high school students 

Are you interested in a career in the legal field? Register for the Thurgood Marshall Professional Development Series, a series of eight virtual workshops covering a variety of topics including, “Interview 101,” “Networking and Career Success 101,” and “Making an Impact: Public Policy and Government 101.” Workshops will be held every Thursday, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. from July 9 – August 27.

New-York Historical Society Tech Scholars Program

For all high school students who self-identify as girls

The Tech Scholars Online Program will be taking place in July and August, based on whichever course you choose to attend. Register for online coding classes, receive mentoring from a wide range of women leaders in technology, and learn about career options in the digital field. The online programs are offered on a pay-what-you-want basis, and is accessible to all girls.

Students who complete two or more of the Tech Scholars online courses are eligible to apply for a paid, year-long internship at the New-York Historical Society’s Student Historian Internship Program!

Student interns working in front of tablet computers with NY-HS staff around them

Get inspired by women who impacted American society throughout history, and then learn JavaScript and design your own app to make history of your own! (Photo Credit: New-York Historical Society)

Wave Hill Art, Community and Environmental Stewards Internship

For ages 15 – 20

The Art, Community and Environmental Stewards (ACES) internship is a paid, year-long internship. The program allows youth to explore the connections between community engagement and nature-informed arts education. Applicants must prepare a cover letter and resume, and submit their applications by Monday, July 13.

U.S. Department of State Virtual Student Federal Students

For all graduating seniors enrolled as a student in a college level or above degree or certificate program

Serve as a e-Intern for the Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS), an eight-month remote internship program for students who would like to gain work experience at the United States Department of State and other federal government agencies in the U.S. and around the world by email, phone, or video chat. VSFS has something for everyone, with projects helping counter violent extremism, strengthening human rights monitoring, developing virtual programs, engaging in digital communications, mapping, economic and political reporting, data analysis, graphic design, app building, and more. These unpaid internships run from September – May of each year.

Applications are open July 1 – 31, so start browsing the VSFS portal for the service of your choice and apply today!


For more opportunities like these and more, bookmark our Student Opportunities page; it’s updated often!

On behalf of the DOE, we wish everyone success as they apply to these programs, and we hope everyone has a safe and relaxing summer!

The Morning Bell

Official blog for the NYC Department of Education, home of over 1.1 million students across 1,800+ schools

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