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2020 GOALS for Girls

The application deadline for the 2021 Virtual GOALS Summer Intensive is now closed.

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, from July 6, 2021 to August 13, 2021.

We are planning to deliver a VIRTUAL summer 2021 program. If COVID-19 restrictions are lifted before or during the program, we will make informed decisions as to whether we will be able to bring small groups of girls to the Museum for special programming days. We had a very successful online GOALS Summer Intensive in 2020 and are excited to bring STEM programming to our girls in 2021!

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
  • 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
  • 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, 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
  Student Application includes:
  • Copies of official transcripts
  • Sample of student work showcasing their abilities through written or video submission
  • Recommendation from an adult
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


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. One such program series is the GOALS Forums 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.

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). Typicallythe program takes place at the Intrepid Museum or at other venues in the city. For the 2021 Summer Intensive, girls will meet virtually Monday through Friday, from approximately 10:30am to 3:00pm. remove this bit here: for the summer of 2021.

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 Forumsneedto 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 accepted to the program will receive varied materials that they will need for experiments and other activities during the program. Basic supplies located in the home (like pencils/paper/scissors/etc.) might need to be supplied by the student. All students who complete the program will receive a certificate of completion and a GOALS t-shirt.

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.

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.


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