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GOALS (Greater Opportunities Advancing Leadership and Science) for Girls aims to increase the presence of women in science, technology, engineering and math.

The year-round program includes a six-week Summer Intensive, weekend science forums and internships. These opportunities offer various pathways for girls to explore STEM topics and connect with women with careers in STEM fields. The program aims to increase girls’ confidence in learning STEM and equips them with the skills and resources they need for academic and professional success.

  • GOALS Forums

    Weekend programs throughout the year provide teen girls with the opportunity to delve deeply into science concepts, network with peers, speak with influential women in the sciences and increase college readiness. These programs are recommended for girls in grades 6–12 and their families and friends. (All individuals under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.)

    These events are FREE. Advance registration is required.

    GOALS Informational Session
    December 10, 2017

    Speak with GOALS experts to learn about the Summer Intensive and become familiar with the application process. REGISTER NOW

    *If you have 15 or more students who are interested in applying for the Summer Intensive, we can hold a GOALS Informational Session at your school or organization. Contact goalsforgirls@intrepidmuseum.org to schedule a visit. All visits must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance

    GOALS Forum: Math?! Of Course Math Can Be Fun!
    February 3, 2018

    See math differently! Play with seemingly complex equations, and discover that we are all “good at math.” Hear from influential female mathematicians and experts, and engage in hands-on math workshops incorporating science and the arts.

    Girls in Science and Engineering Day
    March 10, 2018

    Celebrate Women’s History Month! Educational organizations, students and professionals from all over NYC will offer hands-on activities, demonstrations and engaging discussions about science, technology, engineering, art and math. REGISTER NOW

    GOALS Forum: Mentorship Day
    March 24, 2018

    Join us for a day of mentorship, empowerment and leadership. Meet and establish connections with women in STEAM fields, from the corporate world to academia. REGISTER NOW

    GOALS Forum: College Fair
    April 18, 2018

    Learn about the college application process in an intimate and unique setting, speak with representatives from colleges and universities to explore your higher education options, and participate in workshops to connect with professors, students and your peers. For upper middle school and high school students. REGISTER NOW

  • GOALS for Girls Summer Intensive

    The GOALS 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 in July and August of 2018. Eligible students must fill out an application for consideration.

    The Summer Intensive exposes girls to a variety of skill-building experiences including:

    • Engaging in unique STEM experiments and projects at the Museum
    • Sharpening public-speaking skills by presenting to fellow students
    • Collaborating with peers from across New York City
    • Visiting various STEM organizations in the five boroughs
    • Learning 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
    • Invitations to attend GOALS Forums 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 Info

    • To be considered for the Summer Intensive, students must meet the following criteria:

      • Identify as a female
      • Attend a school located in New York City
      • Live in one of the five boroughs
      • Be in eighth or ninth grade
      • Submit a completed application, school transcripts and a teacher recommendation
      • Attend an interview with a staff member of the Intrepid Museum
      • Commit to the full six weeks of the program

    Students can apply online or mail in a paper application. The online application may take 45–60 minutes to complete. Feel free to download the paper copy to formulate your answers before filling out the online application.

    Mail paper applications or teacher recommendations to this address:

    Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
    Attn: Shay Saleem
    Pier 86
    West 46th Street and 12th Avenue
    New York, NY 10036

    Applications for the next Summer Intensive will open in January 2018. Please contact goalsforgirls@intrepidmuseum.org for more information. 

    *If you have 15 or more students who are interested in applying for the Summer Intensive, we can hold a GOALS Informational Session at your school or organization. Contact goalsforgirls@intrepidmuseum.org to schedule a visit. All visits must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.

  • 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 women. We welcome women who are established in their careers, emerging professionals, and women pursuing graduate studies in a STEM field.

    To be a mentor in the program, please contact goalsforgirls@intrepidmuseum.org.


  • FAQs

    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). The program takes place at the Intrepid Museum or at other venues in the city. The Summer Intensive meets Monday through Friday, from approximately 9:00am to 3:00pm each day.

    Do girls need to apply to attend the GOALS Forums 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 GOALS Forums.

    Do the girls who attend the GOALS Forums need to be accompanied by a chaperone?
    Adult chaperones must accompany any girls under the age of 16 to the GOALS Forums. 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 provided to the girls participating in the Summer Intensive?
    Students will receive MetroCards for traveling to the Intrepid Museum and to off-site venues; lunch options on the days that the Intensive takes place at the Museum; and two GOALS T-shirts, which participants are required to wear on their off-site trips.

    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.

    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.

    I know a student who is very intrigued by science, but her grades do not reflect her enthusiasm. Should I encourage her to apply to the Summer Intensive?
    YES! We choose girls with a range of skill levels, qualities and experience for the Summer Intensive. If she has a growth mindset and is excited about science, this program is for her! Each year we have girls who are quiet, girls who are social butterflies, girls who encourage their peers, girls who are very mature and girls who are working on their situational awareness. These differences allow for the most interesting collaborations, discussions and completed work projects.


Call: 646-381-5020
Email: education@intrepidmuseum.org