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JULY 2003

Summer Internships and Study
Compiled by Katarzyna Kozanecka and Rob Luchow

Each summer, New York City students of all ages can choose from countless work or study opportunities. These range from science research internships to creative writing classes. Many are free, but some require applications, so be sure to check for deadlines. Education Update has compiled a list of these programs. For more ideas, students may consult The New York City Youth Guide to Summer Fun 2003 at www.nyc.gov, or call the Summer Youth Employment Program at 212-442-2029.

Classes in the Galleries of the Met:
Rika Burnham and Randolph Williams teach free classes for students in grades 6 through 12 in the galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The History of Art (Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 15—August 7, 1 P.M.—3 P.M.) surveys masterpieces of Western art. Looking and Drawing in the Galleries (Tuesday—Friday, August 5—8, 1 P.M.—3 P.M.) teaches students that studying the fundamentals of drawing leads to understanding works of art. Walking on the Roof (August 13, 10 A.M.—1 P.M.) takes students to the Museum’s roof garden to sketch and discuss six sculptures by pop artist Roy Lichtenstein. For a complete schedule of classes, call 212-570-3961.

Rockefeller Science Outreach Program:
Each summer, over 50 high school students participate in the Rockefeller Science Outreach program. Collaborating with a mentor, students become immersed in scientific research at the Rockefeller University where they get to use actual laboratories. Best of all: it’s free.

“We offer the highest quality one-on-one mentored research experience,” said Dr. Bonnie Kaiser, director of the program. The program is open to all students and boasts a diverse population of students from public, private, and parochial schools. They actively engage in learning research skills in various science departments including human genetics, biochemistry, physics, and computer sciences. With over 80 graduate-level laboratories, the program offers to students the latest and most advanced research facilities along with a skilled mentor.

“What most people don’t understand is that these students are doing real research,” Kaiser said. “This program has given me insight to the life of a scientist,” said Adrian Ross, a senior at Horace Mann High School who is working on gene and cell research at the program. “I have been placed in to a fabulous lab that both challenges me intellectually and appreciates my contribution to the scientific process.”

Because of the free tuition, availability to the program is limited and does require an application. According to the program’s website, about one in five is accepted. For more information visit the Rockefeller Science Outreach Program at www.rockefeller.edu/outreach.

Summer Playwriting Institute:
Young Playwrights, Inc.
and the Brooklyn Public Library are co-sponsoring summer courses for students between the ages of 13 and 18. Focusing on such facets as character, setting, and conflict, students will learn how to develop their own work and revise work already in-progress. The Summer Playwriting Institute offers weekend intensive courses for $75 and weeklong courses for $125. Students can take advantage of a work-study program, which allows them to work in the Young Playwrights’ office in exchange for participating in the class. The classes are held either in Brooklyn’s Central Library at Grand Army Plaza or in the YPI office, 306 West 38th Street, suite 300. For more info: visit www.youngplaywrights.org.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center welcomes volunteers of any age to escort patients, deliver flowers, staff the library, and act as couriers. Students are expected to make a commitment to participate for one summer or semester. A minimum of six hours of service are required each month. Bilingual volunteers are especially needed. For more information, call the Department of Volunteer Resources at 212.639.5980.

Camp Haverim and Camp Dream Street: For students interested in counselor experience combined with volunteerism, the JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly, NJ offers two camps where counselors can play an important role in children’s lives. Camp Haverim runs for two weeks from August 14 to 22 and provides a day camp experience for children with autism. Ages four to 12, these children participate in academic and social skills training along with activities like athletics, art, dance, and cooking. With a teacher-student ratio of one to one, the assistant teachers work closely with the campers.

Camp Dream Street is a one-week camping experience for children ages four to 14 with cancer and other blood disorders. Established by the Dream Street Foundation along with sponsorships by four New York area hospitals, the camp offers these children a fun and enjoyable experience. The camp runs from August 18 to August 22.

Volunteer and paid positions are available. For Camp Haverim, contact Cheryl Edelstein at 201-569-7900 ext. 302. For Camp Dream Street call Lisa Robins at 201-569-79200 ext. 381. For more information, visit www.jcconthepalisades.org.

NASA Research in New York City: This summer, a new program from NASA and the Goddard Institute for Space Studies offers high school students an opportunity to study outer space. As part of the New York City Metropolitan Area Research Initiative, this program allows students to assist NASA scientists and researchers in different scientific arenas from space vehicle architecture to the effects of the human body in space.

The program originated in 1980 as the Summer High School Apprenticeship Research Program (SHARP). Initiated by a presidential directive, it aimed to open up research and laboratories to students traditionally underrepresented in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering. However, the program is open students of all backgrounds and encourages all students to apply. Students involved in the program will be assigned to a research team. Over the course of the summer, the student partakes in hands-on research and learns how to understand and present data. The program accepts 400 students annually. It boasts that 90 percent of their students graduate from college and some continue their work as NASA scientists. For more info: visit www.nasasharp.com.#




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