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:


Community Events

  • Teen Margaret Mead Festival - Welcome to the very first Teen Edition of the Margaret Mead Film Festival at the American Museum of Natural History! Step inside to explore the complexity and diversity of people and their cultures. Inspired by the legacy of anthropologist Margaret Mead, this year’s festival reflects stories of resilience, accounts of immense struggle, and the human ability to persist and thrive.The Mead aims to connect viewers to cultures and communities around the world while creating empathy and understanding through visual media. View, discuss, and engage in a teen-version of the festival where the arts meet science and culture. Please join us for the screening of the documentary Personal Statement. The evening will include a post-discussion with the filmmaker and protagonists of the film, light refreshments and hands-on art and science activities throughout the Museum.
  • Teen SciCafe - Join us for an interactive discussion with Tak-Sing Wong, Ph.D. as he shares about his research on carnivorous plants and how it has inspired a new material called "slippery liquid-infused porous surface" (SLIPS), that repels any type of liquid!

College Readiness Events

  • Join us for a free College Readiness workshop to learn how best to navigate the college application process and manage your money while doing so. A series of workshops will be offered throughout the 2018-19 academic year.
  • Come mingle with Admissions officers and alumni at our 16th Annual College Fair on October 19th, and find out what some of the best STEM schools in the country have to offer.

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.

Internships

  • Saltz Program - Application 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 - Application 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 - Application 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).

Upcoming Offerings

College Readiness Information Sessions

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.

Teen SciCafe

Teen SciCafe

November 7, 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!

Paying for College Information Session

Paying for College Information Session

November 17, 2018

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.

Evaluating and Negotiating Financial Aid Offers - Information Session

Evaluating and Negotiating Financial Aid Offers - Information Session

March 23, 2019

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.

Past Offerings

Margaret Mead Film Festival (Teens)

Margaret Mead Film Festival (Teens)

October 17, 2018

View, discuss, and engage in a teen-version of the festival where the arts meet science and culture. Please join us for the screening of the documentary Personal Statement. The evening will include a post-discussion with the filmmaker and protagonists of the film, light refreshments and hands-on art and science activities throughout the Museum.

Preparing Strong College Applications Information Session

Preparing Strong College Applications Information Session

October 13, 2018

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.

Visualizing Science

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.

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