Cooper Next Scholars

Cooper Next Scholars is a paid internship program for 10th and 11th grade, low- or moderate-income students attending a public school in New York City. Participants will participate in a Summer STEM class, communication, leadership college and career readiness workshops, and meet STEM professionals.


  • Improve communication and leadership skills. 
  • Exposure to a variety of STEM careers.  
  • Develop a peer and professional STEM Network. 
  • $2000 Stipend when completing the program.


  • Participate in a Six Week Summer STEM Class 
  • Participate in communication and career workshops on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5 pm during Summer STEM 


  • Live in New York City and attend a public high school in New York City
  • A 10th or 11th grade student during the 2023-2024 school year
  • 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
  • Low and moderate income students receive priority.

Apply to Cooper Next Scholars:

  1. Complete the Summer STEM 2024 application
  2. Complete the Cooper Next Scholars supplemental 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.