Cooper Next Scholars

Cooper Next Scholars is a career exploration and professional development internship program for 10th and 11th grade, low- or middle-income students attending a public school in New York City.  Participants will participate in communication, leadership college and career readiness workshops, and gain exposure to a variety of STEM careers. 


  • Improve communication and leadership skills. 
  • Exposure to a variety of STEM careers.  
  • Develop a peer and professional STEM Network. 
  • Receive a $800 stipend for attending all workshops. 


  • Participate in a Six Week Summer STEM Class from July 11 - August 18, 9 am to 3 pm. 
  • Participate in communication and career workshops on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5 pm. 


  • Live in New York City and attend a public high school in New York City.
  • A 10th or 11th grade student in June 2022.
  • Enrolled in a Six Week Summer STEM class. 
  • Motivated with a demonstrated interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), including experience in an out-of-school STEM program in middle or high school. 

To Apply to the Cooper Next Scholars Program 

  1. Complete the Summer STEM 2022 application 
  2. Complete the STEM Scholars application
  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.