Teens Can Apply Now for Summer Internships in NYC

DOROT's Manhattan Teen Internship Program will operate on-site only if people are able to gather indoors, masked but without social distancing in June 2021.
DOROT's Manhattan Teen Internship Program will operate on-site only if people are able to gather indoors, masked but without social distancing in June 2021.

These days, colleges are becoming increasingly competitive and looking for more than good grades, great SAT scores, an outstanding essay, and a list of after-school activities; they also want to see some hands-on, real-world experience, preferably with a leadership component. These summer internships in NYC for teens can make your average, high-achieving, city kid really stand out from the rest of the equally high-achieving pack.

Fortunately, because not all kids have the same interests, NYC summer internships come in various formats, paid and unpaid, regular and intermittent, educational and creative, with some also offering school or volunteer credit. The primary thing summer internships in NYC for teens tend to have in common is the due dates to apply are usually before most teens have started thinking about their summer—or college—plans.

To make sure your teens don’t miss out on any opportunities, we've rounded up 12 great internships and summer programs for teens in NYC.

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Editor's Note: While we've confirmed information as of the publishing date, summer information for 2022 is changing daily. Please click the links to the individual internships below to confirm the details. 

Manhattan District Attorney’s High School Internship Program – Multiple Manhattan Locations

Ages: Current 10th to 12th graders who live in or attend school in Manhattan
Application due: TBD
Interns help out in one of three different district attorney’s offices and participate in special presentations and field trips while taking part in mock trial competitions. In 2021, the application opened in mid-February and the internships ran virtually in two, four-week sessions.

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Memorial Sloan Kettering offers a summer teen internship
The Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program is designed for high school students interested in biomedical science careers.

Summer Human Oncology & Pathogenesis Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center – Upper East Side

Ages: Rising 10th to 12th graders
Application due: Friday, February 11, 2022
This eight-week program gives motivated, self-directed students a chance to conduct their research in a state-of-the-art lab under the guidance of a grad student, post-doc fellow, or research technician, and then publicly present their results. A stipend is awarded upon completion of the program.

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum – Upper East Side

Ages: Rising 10th to 12th graders or college freshmen
Application due: Thursday, March 31, 2022
This four-week program allows interns to deep-dive into the daily activities of a city historic site, including researching life and artifacts from the 19th century, supporting summer programming, exploring NYC history, and posting to social media accounts. The program may be in-person, virtual, or hybrid with a decision on its format coming nearer the Tuesday, July 5, start date. The program is unpaid, but school credit or community service hours may be earned.

Artslife at the Museum of Arts and Design – Columbus Circle

Ages: Rising 10th and 11th graders
Application due: Sunday, April 3, 2022
Interns are introduced to a range of museum careers, from behind-the-scenes to public-facing activities. Over six weeks, students engage in collaborative work with museum staff, local designers, and other arts professionals. Interns are paid $15 per hour and receive a MetroCard.​ Program dates for 2022 are Wednesday, July 6-Friday, August 12. The program runs Tuesdays-Fridays from 11am-3pm.

Go Getter – Citywide

Ages: Rising 10th to 12th graders
Application due: Applications will be available in spring 2022.
Interns work as teaching assistants in a K-4 classroom under the supervision of a head teacher. Interns may manage small groups or work with students one-on-one to help with academic skills and model good behavior. Interns also participate in professional development to hone community leadership skills. The internship is unpaid, but service learning credits are offered. Interns demonstrating financial need may apply for a stipend.

DOROT – Multiple Locations

Ages: Rising 10th to 12th graders
Application due: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until spots are filled.
During 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. The internship is unpaid but offers 100+ hours of community service credit, and stipends are available for travel costs. Manhattan, Riverdale and Brighton Beach programs available. 

Futures and Options – Multiple Locations

Ages: Rising 11th and 12th graders
Application due: Friday, February 11
The Futures and Options Internship Program provides New York City students with critical work-readiness training and the opportunity to gain first-hand experience as interns with a dynamic range of business partners. Futures and Options interns work in paid, mentored internships that best match their skills and interests. Interns must attend three orientations, five work readiness workshops, and one career exploration field trip, all of which will be online this summer. Summer interns are expected to work 25-30 hours per week.

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Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai teen internships
The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai offers a summer internship for science-minded teens.

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai – Upper East Side

Ages: High school students who attend a public or charter school
Application due: Opens February 2022; due date TBD
The Center for Excellence in Youth Education High School Summer Program offers courses for low-income and underrepresented minority students in the field of medicine and science. For the summer of 2021, the program offered courses in bioinformatics and medical and scientific exploration. The summer 2022 program details will be announced soon.

The Met Summer High School Internships – Upper East Side

Ages: Rising 11th or 12th grades
Application due: TBD
The Met High School Internship Program offers paid opportunities for students who either reside in or attend a high school or home school in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut. The program allows students to connect with arts, museum, and creative professionals as they develop professional skills, network, and gain work experience. Interns are paid a stipend. Programming usually runs mid-July through mid-August. Students attend Career Labs and have bi-weekly mentor check-ins.

NYU Tandon School of Engineering ARISE High School Program – Downtown Brooklyn

Ages: Rising 11th or 12th graders
Application due: Tuesday, March 1, 2022
The Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering (ARISE) program is free for academically motivated New York City students with a demonstrated interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. This seven-week program includes a high-level, five-week authentic research experience in participating NYU faculty labs, mentoring, $750 a stipend, and two weeks of workshops, college advisement, and other activities geared to help with the college application process. In the workshops, students are introduced to the field of scientific ethics, contemporary issues in scientific inquiry, data collection and analysis, research practices, lab safety, and more.

The Sotomayor Program – Multiple Locations

Ages: Rising 12th Graders
Application due: Friday, March 11, 2022
The High School Division of the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program encourages diverse and underrepresented high school students from communities among the five New York City boroughs to pursue careers in the law. A select group of high school students participates in four weeks of judicial internships in state and federal courts and takes educational workshops. Students intern with a state or federal judge located in one of the five New York City boroughs. Students also attend professional development workshops.

And now for something a little different...

The Pencil Fellows

This program prepares NYC students ages 16-21 for the future by teaching them various career-ready, hard and soft skills, then placing them in a paid, six-week internship in a local business. In conjunction with the 2022 Ladders for Leaders Program, and the application deadline is Sunday, February 20, 2022.

NASA also has various internships for high-school students, including one at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in NYC at Columbia University. The summer session deadline is TBD.

Unless otherwise noted, all photos courtesy of the organizations

This post is updated annually; Sonia Gonzalez contributed additional reporting.

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