A Sampling of Programs

Please note: This listing is for information purposes only and does not imply an endorsement or recommendation.

Outdoor/Adventure Programs

Campus Kids offers students ages 7-15 camps in Minisink (NY) and New Jersey. Holiday programs focus on topics such as astrophysics, human body, and wildlife. Students 6 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Mountain Workshop is an outdoor adventure organization which holds overnight programs for youth ages 8-17. Programs are offered in the Adirondacks, the Berkshires, and a handful of other locations across the country.

Summer Fuel, in partnership with FC Barcelona offers students ages 12-18 years a chance to travel to Barcelona Spain and receive specialized soccer training with a real soccer team and its expert coaches. Students participate in workshops and enjoy cultural tours and visits during the summer months.

Performing and Visual Arts

Banson NYC Fashion Summer Camp offers students entering 9th-12th grades who are interested in the fashion industry, a week of educational and “real life” experience. Campers meet professionals, visit style exhibits, attend educational shopping trips, learn basic retail math in creating and managing budgets, discuss various careers in the industry, and stay in brand-new LIM College dormitories on the Upper East Side.

Calhoun Performing Arts Summer Institute Jazz Workshop offers a one-week intensive jazz course at the introductory and immersion level for students entering 9th-12th grades. Students will learn the fundamentals of music theory and learn jazz improvisation, explore the history of jazz and experience music-making with other students. The workshop is open to students with the ability to play any instrument.

Cooper Union High School Outreach Program is a complement to the school's tuition free Saturday Outreach program for high school students in grades 9-12.

Esra is a French private film school that offers programs in Paris and New York for students 16+ in filmmaking, screenwriting, video editing, sound design, and history of the French cinema.

FashionCampNYC offers a five-day intensive day camp where students ages 12-18 learn how to design and market clothing. From resources on where to seek internships, working on individual projects, and attending lectures, to visiting stores and showrooms, the educational activities are designed to motivate and inspire campers to pursue their dreams in the fashion industry.

Guggenheim Museum offers a multi-session program during half a dozen evenings (5:30-7) during August titled, "Responding to Art Through Creative Writing" that provides students with the unique opportunity to sketch, discuss and write about art from the museum's collection.

The International Center of Photography has a teen summer program that offers photography classes to high school students that accommodate every skill level. The curriculum includes darkroom time, slide lectures, assignments, field trips, and guest artist visits.

Modeling Camp offers girls (ages 13-18) 3-day camp , introducing them to the world of modeling through workshops, photo shoots, and more.

Parsons, The New School for Design offers students grades 4-12 summer sessions for many visual arts fields, including animation design, digital photography, drawing, and much more.

Prospect Theater, offers a Music Theater Summer Intensive Program where selected students ages 12-17 have the opportunity to work with a professional director and music director on original songs written specially for teens. The intensive also includes a variety of workshops and sessions to strengthen vocal and acting techniques. Participants work towards building overall confidence and performing a musical at the end. Auditions begin in February.

The Public Theater-Shakespeare in the Park offers offers, A Midsummer Day's Camp, a diverse acting program where teens ages 14-18 explore and study Shakespeare's texts to gain a fuller and deeper understanding of them. The camp fosters a supportive environment where young actors can work on their voice, movement, stage combat, creativity and culminates in a public performance on the Public Theater's stage.

Rhode Island School of Design offers teens various programs in visual arts.

School of Creative & Performing Arts offers a range of camps for teens ages 13-19 in New York City, Los Angeles, Vermont, and Costa Rica. NYC options, located in Manhattan and Brooklyn, offer intensive classes that focus on filmmaking, acting, dance, or digital photography while also providing students the opportunity to enjoy a unique camp experience in the city. College credit may be available.

Summer Arts Institute is a tuition-free, intensive arts arts program for New York City public school students entering grades 8-12, held at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School in Astoria, Queens. Designed for students at an intermediate or advanced level of study in their chosen discipline. Students can major in dance, theater, instrumental music (band), vocal music, film, photography or visual arts. Information is available on-line, email summerarts@schools.nyc.gov, or phone 212.356.8573.

Tisch School of the Arts at New York University offers high school students four-week programs in Drama, Film, etc. in New York, Dublin, or Singapore.

Pre-College/Academic Programs

American Museum of Natural History sponsors two programs for high school students including the High School Summer Science Institute for students entering 9, 10, & 11 grades and the Saltz Internship Program for students 16 and older. Students in 7th & 8th grade can apply for one of three summer institutes available through the category, "Adventures in Science". Institute topics include anthropolgy, evolution, computer modeling of prehistoric creatures.

Cooper Union Summer Research Internship Program Cooper Union's Albert Nerken School of Engineering offers 6-week Summer Research Internship Programs for students completing their 10th or 11th grade year of high school. Students work on applied research projects in the fields of civil, chemical, electrical, mechanical, biomedical and environmental engineering, mathematics, chemistry, physics and astronomy. Research projects are complemented by classroom lectures and discussions, oral presentations, career choice, and college admissions.

Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum offers Camp G.O.A.L.S. for Girls 2011, a free six-week math and science camp for girls entering the 9th and 10th grade.

Liberty Science Center, located in Jersey City, NJ offers the Partners in Science, an intensive 8-week summer program for high school Juniors and Seniors. The program runs from the end of June to the end of August. Students receive a stiped upon completion of all program requirements.

New York Math Circle offers students in Grades 5-12 the opportunity to expand their knowledge of mathematics By solving unusual problems, develop reasoning and problem solving skills, and apply existing knowledge in fun situations that are both new and enjoyable.

NYU Summer offers a number of choices for high school students. The Pre-College program allows students to take college level classes and earn college credits. The Tisch School of the Arts and The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development both offer a number of programs that focus on art, dance, instrumental music, and acting.

Summer Discovery has pre-college enrichment programs on campus in different states and site abroad. Some courses qualify for college credit.

Summer Fuel offers students entering 11th and 12th grades with experiences on college campuses in the U.S and Europe. Students can choose from among four programs: Pre-college, Leadership, College Admissions, and Study Abroad. Students that don't want to leave NYC, can participate in a two-week residential workshop-based program at Columbia University where they will prepare for the SAT, refine their writing skills with an eye toward the college application essay, and master interviewing skills; college counselors will also be available to discuss college options. Scholarships are available.

Summer On Campus offers both commuter/residential programs across New York for various interests, ranging from engineering to SAT camp.

Teen Ink features a variety of programs , such as writing courses, guest speakers, and daily outings, is available for girls in grades 9-12.

Summer Internships

Bronx Zoo welcomes teens ages 13-17 who are interested in animal care and animal sciences to spend a month taking classes and gaining hands-on experience

Central Park offers a paid internship to high school students interested in working in various areas such as horticulture and administrative support. Interns work five days a week for 36-38 hours per week and take field trips to other parks or work on group projects on Fridays as part of the experience.

Children's Museum of Manhattan has a Junior Staff Summer Internship program for high school students. For ten weeks beginning in July, interns help with guided tours and educational activities for the young museum attendees.

Legal Bound Summer Internship program offered through the New York District Attorney's Office is an intensive six-week internship for Manhattan residents interested in law.

Natural History Museum runs the Saltz internship through which students will work with museum visitors as they explore museum exhibits. Students must attend high school in New York City to apply.

New Victory Theater offers the New 42 Apprentice Program which is for high school applicants at least 16 years of age with an interest in the arts and a drive to learn about operating a non-profit arts organization. Interns work between 18-20 hours a week, Monday-Thursday, for an hourly wage.

Rocking the Boat provides programs to high school students. In addition to the boatbuilding project at Philipsburg Manor, students learn about the Bronx River and give educational tours, as well as participate in other various programs.

Wave Hill offers several internship opportunities based on living in and taking care of the urban environment for students in New York City, especially the Bronx. Topics include tree and plant care, horticulture, and mapping and field work skills.


Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program, an 8-week program for 20 high school juniors, is an innovative approach to computer science. The program offers hands-on experience in a technology company or university setting from 9 a.m-5 p.m. daily. Intensive, daily classroom instruction totalling more than 300 hours in robotics, web design, and mobile development is paired with talks, demonstrations and workshops led by female entrepreneurs, CEOs, devleopers, designers, and computer science majors that serve as mentors and role models throughout the program.

Volunteer Opportunities

Teen Life includes a range of volunteer opportunities in New York as well as an on-line downloadable Guide to Community Service in New York.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden has various volunteer opportunities for the summer. Opportunities include administrative work, tour guiding, gardening, and many more.

Central Park Conservancy offers summer volunteer opportunities for youth. High school students can gain firsthand experience in many departments of the park, including the visitor center, the horticulture, public programs, etc.

Mount Sinai Hospital offers volunteer opportunities year-round for youth ages 16 and up. Volunteers can work in areas like office support, research, and patient care.

Environmental Internships and Volunteer Opportunities for NYC High School Students (PDF) this is a directory compiled by the NYU Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education offers guidance on how to find an internship and information on opportunities for environmental internships, volunteer opportunities, and more.

Idealist.org is a job search engine for positions in non-profit organizations. The website also includes internship opportunities.

Do Something is an organization that offers community service volunteer options, grants, and various programs to teens.

Still haven't found what you're looking for?

Review options and suggestions in Summer in the City for Teens, The NYC Guide of Programs and Internships by Amy Glaser, MD.