The American Museum of Natural History offers a variety of experiences and opportunities for teens. From internships and research opportunities to courses, workshops and special events, there are offerings to suit a range of interests. Explore the links below for information on individual programs.

Want to learn more about programs at AMNH? Check out this short video on how science is brought to life through the education programs at the American Museum of Natural History:


After School Courses

  • Explore AMNH courses engage students with diverse interests through in-depth, “elective-style” coursework. It’s a “deep dive” into topics across all fields of the museum. Explore AMNH is an opportunity for scientists, educators, and students to explore science in unique and surprising ways. Any New York City high school student in grades 9-12 may take one or more exploratory courses throughout the school year.
  • Research AMNH courses are intensive 5-week courses that introduce students to the fundamentals behind the science research practiced at the Museum. Courses are sorted by two categories: Life Science (anthropology, conservation science, and evolutionary biology) and Physical Science (astrophysics, earth science, astronomy). Classes focus on core scientific theories, concepts, and practices. Each Research AMNH course is co-taught by a Museum scientist and a Museum educator and are designed to prepare students for the possibility of conducting authentic scientific research through a partner program, the Science Research Mentoring Program (SRMP). Please note that completion of two Research AMNH courses is a requirement for SRMP, but that completion of prerequisites does not guarantee acceptance into SRMP. Any New York City high school student in grades 10-12 may take one or more exploratory courses throughout the school year.

Summer Courses

  • Planetary Bootcamp - formerly Summer Science Institute - Applications Closed
    Jumpstart your brain before the school year begins with Planetary Boot Camp—a one-week experience for high school students to explore AMNH! Participants will learn about geology and planetary sciences on display in the exhibit halls through interactive, hands-on activities and experiments.
  • Visualizing Science - Applications Closed
    In this brand-new week-long program, find out what science visualization is and why it’s so powerful, making museums more fun and giving scientists new insight into their research.

Internships

  • Saltz Program - Applications Closed
    Saltz Interns learn to use equipment and technologies to guide visitors of all ages in investigations of artifacts, specimens, and the laws of physics. Participating in the Saltz Internship Program is an opportunity for you to meet Museum personnel, explore scientific content, learn valuable skills for working with and teaching learners of all ages, and have an impact on the experiences of thousands of Museum visitors.
  • Science Research Mentoring Program - Applications Closed
    The Science Research Mentoring Program (SRMP) offers high school students the opportunity to join ongoing research projects lead by AMNH scientists. Students interested in getting accepted for this science research experience must first take two After School Program "Research AMNH" courses offered at the museum. These courses prepare students to gain the knowledge and skills necessary for doing science research.
  • Brown Scholars Program - Applications Closed
    BridgeUp: STEM is focused on the intersection of computer science and science. This program includes an intensive Brown Scholars program for high school girls. Girls will learn to code in Python, work on real scientific data sets, and learn how data science and data visualization are important tools for scientists in all fields. No experience necessary. For more information click here.
  • NYC Science Research Mentoring Consortium
    AMNH is a member of the NYC Science Research Mentoring Consortium, a group of New York City-based academic, research and cultural institutions committed to providing underserved, underrepresented, and underresourced NYC high school students with mentored, authentic research experiences in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields.  Visit the website to learn more about the different program offerings (note: links to external site).

Past Offerings

Harzardous Asteroids

Visualizing Science

July 9, 2018 - July 13, 2018

In this week-long program, find out what science visualization is and why it’s so powerful, making museums more fun and giving scientists new insight into their research.

Large group of teenagers sit in classroom with presentation boards and screens and listen avidly to a lecturer.

Teen SciCafe

June 6, 2018

Join us for interactive discussions with scientists from across the country to learn about their research and how it relates to the world we live in!

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