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Summer recess may be just around the corner, but there’s still time for NYC students to add exciting opportunities to their summer plans.

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Between now and the end of the 2022–23 school year, NYC public school students can participate in and apply for several work and learning opportunities that can help provide lasting lessons, experiences, and networking connections.

Local organizations, including nonprofits, government agencies, and cultural institutions, are seeking City students to participate in outstanding work and learning opportunities taking place this summer. Thanks to organizations like Let’s Get Ready and the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, City students have access to work, guidance, and learning experiences that can help them explore new interests, hone their talents and connections, and even make a little money on the side!

Below, you’ll find a list of opportunities available to City students throughout the rest of May and June 2023. Check out our list below, and click through the embedded links in each listing to learn more!

Opportunities for Students in May and June 2023

The opportunities listed below are ordered by their submission/registration deadline dates, with the most urgent deadlines listed first. For more information about any of these listings, please click on the links that are embedded in each entry.

Get FREE Support for the College Application Process

For current high school juniors (grade 11)
Program runs June 12–August 15, twice a week from 5–7 p.m.

Application closes May 22, 2023—First-come, first-served.

Are you a high school junior who’s already beginning to dread applying to college next year?

The Let’s Get Ready program is here to help! Through Let’s Get Ready, high school juniors will be paired with a trained college student mentor who they could reach out to for advice on applying to college. The mentorship is entirely text-based, meaning that it’s convenient, flexible, and there for students whenever they need it! Registered students can also sign up for Let’s Get Ready’s SAT Prep program, which will be held from June 12—August 15, twice a week (either Monday/ Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday from 5–7 p.m.

To learn more about the program, visit Let’s Get Ready’s website, and submit your application by May 22, 2023!

Learn from Professionals Through the CTE Industry Scholars Internship Program

For students in grades 9–12
Internships run July 10–August 18

Deadline to apply: May 30, 2023

Through the CTE Industry Scholars Program, City high school students can gain industry knowledge from professionals in work-based learning internships where they can get paid $15 an hour. Internships are available across eight industries, including automotive and transportation, business and finance, construction and engineering, culinary arts, healthcare, and more.

Internships will take place July 10—August 18, 2023. To apply, visit, and submit your application by May 30.

Be a Part of the Solution Through the NYPD Youth Leadership Council

For students in grades 9–12
Meetings take place weekly; dates/times vary by precinct
Contact: John Park

Registration closes June 2023

Join your local NYPD precinct’s Youth Leadership Council (YLC) and build up your leadership skills while earning community service hours. Once selected, you’ll be working in partnership with Youth Coordination Officers to complete an action project meant to strengthen your local community.

NYPD YLC meetings are held weekly, and the time and location for these gatherings ultimately depend on which precinct you reside in.

To apply and join an NYPD YLC, visit the 2022–23 YLC Youth Application webpage, scroll down and select “NYPD” in the dropdown field, and input your information—once done, an NYPD officer on behalf of your precinct will follow-up with you via email and formally invite you to their YLC!

Three students creating a pro-environmental poster together

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Learn How to Take Climate Action at the 2023 Youth Climate Career Expo

For students in grades 9-12
Thursday, June 22; 2–5 p.m. at the High School for Climate Justice

Online registration is recommended.

High school students: come meet like-minded peers from other schools and learn about careers and industries where you can take climate action!

On June 22, the High School for Climate Justice in Manhattan is hosting the 2023 Youth Climate Career Expo, where attendees will hear from industry professionals about working in climate careers, network with other students and climate organizations, and even help lead workshops on various topics, such as up-cycling and crafting effective climate communications at the school level.

Visit the Career Expo’s Eventbrite page to reserve your spot for the event, and register before Thursday, June 22!

Take a (Virtual) Tour of NYC’s Historical LGBTQ+ Sites

Tours for students in grades 9–12
Teacher registration required

Teachers must first register with the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project to receive content. We encourage interested students to speak to their teachers about registering.

Thanks to a collaboration between the NYC Department of Education and the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, City high school teachers can register and gain access to educator tools and content created to teach LGBTQ place-based history. From scores of instructional PDFs and other documentation, to 13 video segments that virtually explore historical sites and locations relevant to LGBTQ+ history, registered teachers can check out and download materials that they can use to teach students about important moments, time periods, and locations in LGBTQ history, including Stonewall and Greenwich Village, the Harlem Renaissance, and the AIDS Crisis.

To gain access to these LGBTQ-related resources and videos, teachers should register a new account online with the NYC LGBT Histoic Sites and Project. Once their initial registration is approved, registered teachers will then be able to download and share all of that content directly with their students. For more information, please email

Join the Global Youth Economics Forum

For students in grades 9–12
Meetings held monthly

Ongoing deadline—Register online to get started

Originally founded by an NYC public high school student in 2020, the Global Youth Economics Forum (GYEF) is a program for high school students interested in economics, business, banking, consulting, finance, and related fields. GYEF organizes monthly events featuring professionals, professors, entrepreneurs, seasonal competitions in investing, essay writing, and quizzes, a free college mentorship program, and much more.

Learn more and complete the GYEF application form online to start participating in this organization.


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On behalf of the NYC Department of Education, we wish all of our students a wonderful learning experience both inside and outside the classroom!

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