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There are new training, learning, and career opportunities available for NYC students this season!

Over the next couple of months, companies, agencies, community organizations, and cultural institutions across the City are providing NYC students with outstanding learning and work opportunities, including design classes, virtual camps, STEM workshops, judicial internships, and more! Thanks to organizations like The Cooper Union, STEM Matters NYC, and Cooper Hewitt, students in grades K–12 now have access to a range of extracurricular learning experiences that can help them explore their interests, discover new fields or subjects, and possibly even put a little money in their pockets!

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

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Opportunities for Students in January and February 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 embedded links in each entry.

Apply for the Sonia and Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship

For students in grade 11
Internship Dates: July 3–July 28, 2023
Contact: hsapplications@scsjip.org

Application deadline: February 1, 2023

High school juniors who are interested in pursuing law careers can apply to participate in the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship program, which provides select students with judicial internships in state and federal courts as well as educational and professional development workshops.

Students from diverse and underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply. All applicants under 18 years of age must submit student working papers as well as official student transcripts, resumes, statements of interest, and teacher recommendations. Learn more from the internship program’s application page, and submit your application by February 1, 2023.

AIA New York’s Design Discovery: Urban Planning Workshop

For students in grades 9–12
Workshop to be held at the Center for Architecture in Manhattan
February 4, 2023; 10 a.m.—3 p.m.
Program Cost: $100 (Need-Based Scholarships Are Also Available)

Registration deadline: February 3, 2023

Through this workshop organized and hosted by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), participating students will be introduced to the design thinking and decision-making used in urban planning, focusing on fundamental architectural design skills and exploring the architecture of New York City. Working with a set of planning and zoning guidelines students will collaborate to design a model of an ideal urban neighborhood, from the overall layout of the area, to the design of individual buildings and open spaces.

Program cost is $100, but need-based scholarships are available.

To learn more, visit the Design Discovery: Urban Planning webpage.

Use VR to Build Worlds During STEM Saturdays

For students in grades 9–11
Every Saturday, from March 25–April 29, 2023
Contact: stem@cooper.edu

Apply by February 8, 2023

Develop design, engineering, and entrepreneurial skills every Saturday this spring from March 25–April 29 at the Cooper Union. Participating students will work on world building in virtual reality (VR) to solve a current or emerging problem/opportunity for their communities.

Apply through Cooper Union’s online application by February 8, 2023—first time users should create a new Cooper Union account.

Get FREE STEM Enrichment Programs Throughout Spring Recess

For students in grades K–8
Program Dates: April 10–14, 2023
Contact: STEMMattersNYC@schools.nyc.gov

Application deadline: February 10, 2023

This upcoming Spring Recess (April 10–14, 2023), STEM Matters NYC is offering a range of exciting and hands-on experiential science and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Some of the programs available to students include animal science, ecology, marine biology, wildlife conservation, and more!

Programs will run from Monday, April 10 through Friday, April 14 from 9:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.

Don’t miss out; spots are limited! Apply online by Friday, February 10, 2023.

Design the Next Great High School

The 2023 National High School Design Competition challenges high school students from around the country to use design and data to support their communities. The data may come from official sources, or you can collect information by talking to people and observing the world around you. Be ambitious, innovative, and bold!

To learn more about entering, visit Cooper Hewitt’s “How to Enter” webpage, and check out these suggested resources for tips to help support your project ideas.

Receive Free Music Instruction through the Salute to Music Program

For students in grades 4–8 with at least one year of prior orchestral or choral instruction
Music program takes place on Saturdays
Students must audition in person or virtually

Registration deadline: March 1, 2023

The Salute to Music Program provides opportunities for NYC public school students to receive FREE Saturday morning musical instruction along with peers within their boroughs. Ensembles include borough-based concert bands (Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island), orchestras (Bronx, Queens), choruses (Brooklyn, Queens) and a citywide Jazz ensemble that meets in Brooklyn. Each ensemble site will prepare and present a culminating concert in spring 2023.

Auditions are open to all DOE public school students in grades 4–8 who have completed at least one year of instrumental or choral instruction and are recommended by their instrumental or choral music teacher, principal, or guidance counselor to participate. Students who demonstrate proficient skill will be accepted into an appropriate borough-wide ensemble. Participation in a Junior Ensemble may be available for students who have completed at least one year of instrumental study and show promise of acquiring the skills necessary for advancement.

Learn more and register by completing the 2022–23 Salute to Music Registration Form by 11:00 a.m. on March 1, 2023.

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Do you have an opportunity that you would like to share with City students and families? Consider submitting your info to us online!


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