15 Best High School Internships in NYC

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The internship opportunities for high school students in NYC are plentiful, even at high-profile and prestigious institutions across all five boroughs. You may even earn money! 

 

Internships aren’t just a college application booster—they’re also an important way to learn about a field or area of interest, gain career skills, network with professionals in your prospective industry, and meet like-minded people. 

 

To that end, we’ve rounded up 15 of the top internships for high schools in New York.

 

15 Best High School Internships in NYC

 

1. American Museum of Natural History Saltz Internship Program

 

Science lovers will find plenty to fuel their passion through this internship, during which they’ll facilitate conversations with museum visitors about science, through models, artifacts, and other resources. They’ll also participate in college and career-readiness workshops, visit labs and collections, and meet scientists while learning about career opportunities in STEM.

 

Interns receive a $900 stipend for 100 hours of work from July-August, and get Metrocards for traveling to and from the program. They will also gain access to special exhibitions and free entry to other museums in NYC. Students must live or attend school in New York City, be a current freshman, sophomore, or junior, and be at least 14 by February 12th to apply.

 

2. Apollo Theater Academy Internship Program

 

At Apollo Theater Academy, students who are in their senior year of high school can explore non-performance administrative and managerial careers in the performing arts and entertainment industries. Interns work with Apollo employees in different departments, such as Marketing & Public Relationships or Community Outreach. Students must be in 11th grade at the time of their application and New York City residents to apply.

 

3. Brooklyn Botanic Garden Apprentice Program

 

Teenagers in grades 8-12 have the opportunity to learn about urban agriculture and experience the wonders of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden through the nine-month (per tier) Garden Apprentice Program. Activities include working with visitors and children, growing, harvesting, and cooking fruits and vegetables, and exploring the plant collections and greenhouses at BBG.

 

Participants work their way through tiers according to their grade and progress in the program, and have the opportunity to receive monetary awards for each tier they complete. In Tier 4, apprentices receive an hourly salary of $15. (Note that there is a one-time $50 fee, but need-based scholarships are available; also note that 12th-grade students may not apply as first-time, Tier 1 apprentices.)

 

4. Brooklyn Museum Apprentice Program

 

Learn about art and history at one of the city’s finest museums through this apprenticeship program. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet curators and create your own lessons based on the museum’s collections. Apprentices will also work with family programs, tours, and camp groups. Apprentices will earn $15/hour, and returning apprentices earn $16/hour. You must be at least 14 years old and a high school student to apply.

 

5. DOROT Teen Internship Program

 

DOROT is an organization dedicated to alleviating social isolation among the elderly and helping them live independently in the Jewish and wider community. The internship program has opportunities during the school year and in the summer. New York residents in 9th-12th grades are eligible to participate free of charge, volunteering in small groups through home visits, discussion groups, and creative arts programs. (Participants are responsible for covering transportation fees, but support is available for those who demonstrate need.)

 

6. Futures and Options Internship Program

 

New York City students will receive work-readiness training on skills like communicating clearly, giving effective presentations, navigating workplace etiquette. Through the program’s partner businesses, students will also gain internship experience (paid and mentored) in fields matching their skills and interests. 

 

After-school interns are expected to work 10-15/week, and summer interns are required to work 20-35/week during the summer. Students will also participate in career-readiness workshops and career exploration field trips. To be eligible, you must be 16 or older and a current 11th- or 12th-grade student living in the city.

 

7. Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program Memorial Sloan Kettering

 

Interested in working in the biomedical sciences field? HOPP gives you a taste of what the career is really like. You’ll complete real, independent research under the guidance of HOPP principal investigator who serves as a mentor. You will also present your findings, connect with like-minded students, and participate in extracurricular activities, training, tours, and luncheons outside of the lab. 

 

To participate you must have completed ninth grade (minimum) by June of the program year, be 14 years old by June 30th, and be eligible to work in the United States. You must also have at least a 3.5 GPA average in science subjects. Students from disadvantaged and underprivileged backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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8. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Summer High School Internships

 

Rising high school juniors and seniors who are interested in art and art history, and live or attend school in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut will have the opportunity to apply to these MoMA internships. Students will meet and be mentored by arts, creative, and museum professionals while working in departments aligned with their interests. Interns also participate in career labs and other activities. Students receive a stipend commensurate with New York’s minimum wage law.

 

9. NASA

 

NASA offers a variety of internships for high school students across four campuses, including New York City’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Internships cover a variety of individual topics, such as data and journalism. Students will work under the guidance of a mentor to conduct research or engage in experiential learning. Participants must be U.S. citizens who are current sophomores, juniors, or seniors and are at least 16. They must also have at least a 3.0 GPA. 

 

10. Ladders for Leaders

 

Through Ladders for Leaders, an initiative of the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, high school and college students between the ages of 16-21 have the opportunity to complete paid internships with businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies across New York City. Participants must be New York City residents who are legally allowed to work in the city, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and be currently enrolled in school, as well as have prior volunteer or paid work experience.

 

Examples of employers include Morgan Stanley, Bloomberg, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and NYC Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications.

 

11. New York District Attorney’s High School Internship Program

 

Through this internship program, students can learn about the criminal justice system from the inside, working in a unit within the District Attorney’s office with staff members. They will also watch presentations and participate in a mock trial. To be considered, students must live or attend school in Manhattan and be sophomores, juniors, or seniors at the time they apply. Interns will receive a $175 stipend each week. 

 

12. New-York Historical Society Student Historian Internship Program

 

History buffs can participate in this internship program to conduct research and create digital projects, while meeting NYHS staff and learning about American history and art. The internship is open to high school students entering grades 10, 11, or 12 and first-semester (fall) college students. There is no fee to participate, and interns with demonstrated financial need may receive a stipend. 

 

13. The Ranger Conservation Corps Internship

 

If you’re looking to explore nature and learn about environmental issues, this could be the internship for you. You’ll work with Urban Park Rangers on environmental restoration in natural areas across New York City’s flagship parks. You’ll also go on field trips, such as camping, canoeing, and more. The program is free of charge and may enable you to earn community service hours. 

 

14. Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program

 

Through this program, New York City’s diverse public high school students are placed with legal employers to learn about and prepare for careers in law. Their exact activities depend on the employer’s needs and may include assisting paralegals. Students will interview with employers after participating in a training program. They will also complete development workshops to learn career skills during the program. Students are paid at least minimum wage by their employers.

 

15. Zuckerman Institute Brain Research Apprenticeships in New York at Columbia

 

Through the BRAINYAC program, high school students are matched with and mentored by scientists at the neuroscience laboratories at one of the most prestigious research universities in the country. The program is open to 10th- and 11th-grade students from partner schools and programs in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx. They will complete a research project in a professional and academic environment, gaining a stronger understanding of the research process and discovery.

 

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Laura Berlinsky-Schine
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Laura Berlinsky-Schine is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, where she majored in Creative Writing and minored in History. She lives in Brooklyn, New York and works as a freelance writer specializing in education. She dreams of having a dog.