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We launched a crowdfunding campaign—GOALS Girls Under the Stars—in support of the Intrepid GOALS for Girls program and spearheaded by our talented GOALS alumnae! You can learn more about the campaign, here.
  • The GOALS (Greater Opportunities Advancing Leadership and Science) for Girls program aims to promote the awareness of science, technology, engineering, and math and nurture leadership and social skills for middle and high school girls in New York City. Along with the summer program, it also includes opportunities for GOALS alum to participate in a paid internship-mentorship program. In an effort to include more teens, youth and the wider community, free events are offered throughout the school year, with themes ranging from STEM, humanities, history, and college-career development.

    For updates to COVID-19 Policy please click here.

  • The GOALS for Girls Summer Intensive is a free STEM program for girls in eighth or ninth grade who are New York City residents and attend a school in the five boroughs. The program runs for six weeks, from July 11, 2022 to August 19, 2022. We are planning to deliver an in-person GOALS for Girls Summer program for accepted students.

  • All accepted students must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 before the beginning of the summer intensive program. All Museum staff, volunteers and vendors are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Additional information about health and safety measures will be sent to all accepted GOALS students and families ahead of time.

Throughout the six week summer program GOALS students:
  • Engage in unique STEM experiments and projects at the Museum
  • Sharpen public-speaking skills by presenting to fellow students, staff, and invited guests
  • Collaborate with peers from across New York City
  • Visit various STEM organizations in the five boroughs
  • Learn about careers in STEM fields from women who will share their personal professional journeys


  Girls who complete the Summer Intensive will receive recognition and continued support with:
  • A certificate of completion
  • Join the larger GOALS for Girls alumni network
  • Invitations to attend Teen Events throughout the school year
  • A network of like-minded young women who are interested in STEM careers and support one another’s pursuits
  • Recommendations to participate in other STEM programs in the city
  • An opportunity to take the next step in their college and career path by applying for an internship at the Museum
Application Information
To be considered for the Summer Intensive, students must meet the following criteria:
  • Identify as a female
  • Live and attend school in one of the five boroughs of New York City
  • Be in eighth or ninth grade
  • Submit a completed application, copy of COVID-19 vaccination status, school transcripts, and student showcase selection
  • Attend a virtual or in-person interview with a staff member of the Intrepid Museum
  • Commit to the full six weeks of the program
  Student Application includes:
  • Copies of official transcripts
  • Copy of COVID-19 vaccination status
  • Sample of student work showcasing their abilities through written or video submission
  • Recommendation from an adult (optional)
  • The Intrepid Museum's GOALS for Girls Summer application is now closed. We are now in the process of assessing and reviewing all complete applications and supplemental materials.

    Eligible and interested students, parents, teachers and/or school administrators who are interested in the process or have additional questions contact us at


Become a Mentor
  • GOALS for Girls is always interested in involving women who want to share their knowledge and expertise with the next generation of teens and youth through events and programs. We welcome women who are established in their careers, emerging professionals, and women pursuing graduate studies in a STEM field. Voluntary and paid opportunities are offered throughout the year.

    For more information on GOALS Mentorship opportunities please contact


What are the benefits of being a GOALS girl?

Girls who successfully complete the GOALS Summer Intensive become part of a network of high school, college and young professional women who have also benefited from the six-week intensive. GOALS staff stay in touch with the girls to offer them opportunities to be involved in other programs at the Intrepid Museum and beyond. GOALS alum are encouraged to apply and participate in the GOALS Internship-Mentorship paid,school-year long program. One such program series is the Teen Events that take place at the Museum periodically throughout the school year. Students wanting to make a commitment to progress in their experiences at the Museum can become part of our career ladder initiative.

I know a student who is/
My daughter is very intrigued
by science, but her grades
do not reflect her enthusiasm.
Should I encourage her to
apply to the Summer Intensive?

Yes, absolutely! Having many different types of girls in our program brings the most interesting team and individual projects to fruition. Please tell us anything we should know that will help her have a more engaging experience in GOALS for Girls if she is accepted to the program.

How long has GOALS existed?

GOALS for Girls began in 2007 as an in-school program in partnership with the Young Women’s Leadership Schools in New York City. To combat summer learning loss, the program evolved into a summer intensive program for middle and high school girls in the summer of 2009. Today the program includes the Summer Intensive, science and youth development forums during the school year and internship opportunities for girls who successfully complete the Summer Intensive.

What subjects does
GOALS cover?

GOALS covers topics in aerospace, astronomy, Earth and marine science, engineering and technology, as part of the Museum’s mission to promote the awareness and understanding of history, science and service.

What is a typical day like?

Each day is different, but every session focuses on the main themes of the program (science experimentation, mentorship, leadership, public speaking and college/career readiness). Typically the program takes place at the Intrepid Museum or at other venues in the city. For the 2022 Summer Intensive, girls will meet in-person, Monday through Friday, from approximately 9:00am to 3:00pm.

Do girls need to apply to
attend the Teen Events
during the school year?

No, but advance registration is required.

I have a son who likes
science. Is he allowed to go
to any of the GOALS for
Girls programming?

He would not be eligible to apply to the Summer Intensive, but he is welcome to attend the Teen Events offered throughout the school year.

Do the girls who attend the
Teen Events need to be
accompanied by a chaperone?

Adult chaperones must accompany any youth/teens under the age of 16 to the Teen Events. The ratio of student to chaperone must be 10:1. For the Summer Intensive, girls arrive and depart on their own.

When will the applications
for the Summer Intensive
be available?

Applications for the Summer Intensive typically open in January for the upcoming summer.

What is typically provided to the girls participating in the Summer Intensive?

Students accepted to the program will receive a Metrocard for use during the length of the program, free lunch for all on-site programming, two GOALS t-shirts for off-site fieldtrips and workshops. All students who complete the program will receive a certificate of completion.

Where will the girls go
for off-site trips in the city?

Each summer varies, but past field trips have included St. John’s University, South Street Seaport Museum, American Museum of Natural History, Museum of the Moving Image and Brooklyn Navy Yard. This year trips might be limited to the Intrepid Museum or will not happen depending on COVID-19 restrictions. 

How many days of the
Summer Intensive can a
participant student miss?

Three absences are allowed for the duration of the program. Three instances of lateness is the equivalent of one absence.

How many students will
be accepted into the
Summer Intensive?

Fifty girls will be accepted. We also create a waitlist in case any accepted students are unable to commit to the six-week program. No girls will be accepted to the program after the second week of the Summer Intensive.

What neighborhoods do the girls who attend the Summer Intensive come from?

We aim to pick girls from neighborhoods throughout the city. We especially encourage the participation of students from high-need, low-income neighborhoods who attend New York City schools, particularly those that are designated Title I.

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