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:


One-day Experiences 

  • The Power of Poop - Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018
    Join us for an interactive discussion with Ari Grinspan while he offers insight into microbial therapeutics and the use of fecal transplants.

College Readiness Experiences 

After School Courses

  • Visualizing Science Youth Team allows students to be a part of an exciting team learning to use digital tools to develop scientific inquiries and analyze, interpret, and share large data sets. 
  • Exploratory AMNH courses allow students to engage their diverse interests through in-depth, “elective-style” coursework. Exploratory AMNH allows our scientists, educators and students the chance to explore science in unique and surprising ways. Any New York City high school student may take one or more exploratory courses throughout the school year.
  • Research AMNH courses are intensive 6-week courses that introduce students to the fundamentals behind the science practiced at the Museum. Courses cover a variety of topics including anthropology, astrophysics, conservation science, and evolutionary biology and 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 three Research AMNH courses is a requirement for SRMP, but that completion of prerequisites does not guarantee acceptance into SRMP.

Summer Courses

  • Planetary Bootcamp - formerly Summer Science Institute                                                                                                          
    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                                                                                                          
    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
    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
    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 three After School Program Science Research courses offered at the museum.  These courses prepare students to gain the knowledge and skills necessary for doing science research.
  • Brown Scholars Program - Application OPEN!
    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).

Upcoming Offerings

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College Readiness Information Sessions

The American Museum of Natural History is offering a series of information sessions and workshops focused on making informed choices about preparing for, applying to and paying for college, and learning to manage your own money in the process.  Online pre-registration is requested, and links will be available approximately one month before each information session.

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Teen SciCafe

January 3, 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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Visualizing Science Youth Team

January 22, 2018 - May 30, 2018

Take part in uncovering what remarkable discoveries occur when data meets technology. Working with scientists across the Museum, you can be a part of an exciting team learning to use digital tools to develop scientific inquiries and analyze, interpret, and share large data sets. Track hominid movement with biological anthropologists. Look deep inside the skulls of bats to make these night fliers less mysterious. Use the Museum’s imaging and microscopy lab to see how scientists ask new questions every day by uncovering details about the natural world that are invisible to the human eye. As part of a Visualizing Science Team, work with Museum experts to develop projects that will help inform the design of a new science visualization learning lab.  

This program will last five months, including a related four-day Regents Week experience. Participants must be able to attend all sessions, barring excused absences. Applications include a short essay. 

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Evaluating and Negotiating Financial Aid Offers - Information Session

March 17, 2018

Join us for a FREE info session that will help you make the big decision about where you should spend the next 4 years! Financial aid and admissions experts will present information to assist you in choosing the best school for you in terms of how it fits your goals and personality, and how it fits your family budget.

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The Secrets to NOT Being a Broke College Student - Information Session

April 21, 2018

Have you ever thought about how you will manage your money when you are in college and on your own?  Financial experts will present this workshop designed especially for youth, where you will learn what you need to know to avoid eating nothing but breakfast cereal for four years.

Past Offerings

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Paying for College - Information Session

November 18, 2017

Join us for an information session providing a comprehensive overview of what you need to do to be considered for financial aid, the types programs available, and how families can tackle paying for college.

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Preparing Strong College Applications Information Session

October 14, 2017

Join us for an info session about what colleges look for in successful applications, tips for writing a winning admissions essay and avoiding common pitfalls, and how to craft an application that gets noticed for all the right reasons.

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Flock Together: Helping Urban Birds

June 17, 2017

In this one-day workshop, learn the actions you can take to make a difference for New York City’s threatened birds. Use conservation biology tools to choose target species, construct your own nest boxes and feeders, and encounter real rescued birds of prey.

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Faces from the Past

April 17, 2017

Build your own detailed reconstruction of a hominid ancestor using forensic science and fossil casts. In this one day workshop, we will examine fossil skull casts from human relatives to sculpt facial reconstructions on 3D-printed skulls.