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What is GOALS for Girls?


GOALS (Greater Opportunities Advancing Leadership and Science) for Girls is a FREE five-week summer intensive all about STEM. Spend five weeks at the Intrepid Museum diving deep into topics such as aviation, space science, technology, engineering and more. Engage in hands-on activities, explore the city and beyond through field trips, and learn about career paths in STEM by meeting incredible women actively working in STEM jobs.


  • A girl of any experience that is interested in STEM… even a little bit?
  • Considering a STEM major in college or a STEM career?
  • A student in 8th or 9th grade in New York City?
    …then GOALS for Girls is for YOU and we welcome you to apply!

This FREE program is for 8th and 9th grade girls of all experiences who are New York City residents or attend a school in the five boroughs.


As a GOALS girl, what do YOU receive?
  • Five weeks of STEM – activities, field trips, guest speakers and more!
  • FREE MetroCards to cover the cost of travel during the program
  • FREE lunch every day that we are at the Museum
  • GOALS t-shirt
  • Overnight experience to celebrate the end of the program
  • A chance to make friends and meet mentors during the summer of a lifetime!
  How do YOU become a GOALS girl?
  • Applications open in December before the summer program
You will need to…
  • Fill out the application form
  • Provide your most recent report card
  • Submit either a written essay OR video essay
  • Get a letter of recommendation from an adult

What GOALS girls have to say about the program

  • The GOALS for Girls summer program fueled my curiosity, helped me grow as a scientist, and taught me what it takes to be a strong female in today’s society…I am more confident, excited to share my ideas, and ready to make sure that my voice is heard. Together, girls are infinitely powerful!Dania, 9th grade

    Over the course of the past 6 weeks, I am more aware of many jobs in the field of STEM. It has broadened my spectrum of things to pursue in the future and has helped me make many new friends.Habibatou, 9th grade

    Along with being hardworking teammates, the friends I’ve met at GOALS for Girls are so unique. It has been inspirational meeting other people with similar interests and dreams. Additionally, many mentors and guest speakers have shown us that our career does not necessarily have to follow a straight path; they’ve taught us to be unafraid of being inquisitive. Peggie, 9th grade

    “Coming into week 1 I was a bit suspicious because I wasn’t interested in aviation and learning about the Intrepid. However, once we started digging deep into the history of Intrepid I realized how amazing the ship is and how important its history is to our country.”Amaia, 9th grade

Informational Sessions

    Want to learn more? Attend one of our upcoming virtual informational sessions – Register here to attend an informational session and receive a link to the application.

  • Saturday, January 7 at 10:30 AM
  • Saturday, February 4 at 10:30 AM
  • Saturday, March 4 at 10:30 AM


Application and Submission

    Ready to apply? Application can be found here.

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

Become a Mentor

    GOALS for Girls is always interested in involving women of all experiences who want to share their knowledge and expertise with the next generation of teens and youth. We welcome women who are established in their careers, emerging professionals, and women pursuing graduate studies in a STEM field.
    For more information on GOALS mentorship opportunities please contact

Health and Safety

    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.


  • FAQ

    • I really like science, but my grades aren’t the best. Can I still apply to GOALS for Girls?
    • Yes, absolutely! While grades are important, we want girls who are interested in STEM (even a little bit). Having different types of girls with different interest levels and abilities will make the whole group more vibrant and enable participants to learn from each other.
    • What subjects does GOALS for Girls cover?
    • We cover such topics as aviation, aerospace, engineering, marine science, technology, computer coding, and more!
    • What is a typical day like?
    • Each day is different, but every session includes hands-on activities, group projects, exploring the Museum and potentially guest speakers. Typically, the program takes place at the Intrepid Museum, but there will also be field trips to other locations throughout the summer.
    • Where do we go for field trips?
    • Each summer varies, but past field trips have included Columbia University, Hudson River Park Wet Lab, Bryn Mawr College, American Museum of Natural History, Brooklyn Navy Yard and kayaking at Pier 84.
    • How many girls will be accepted to GOALS for Girls?
    • Fifty girls will be accepted. We also create a waitlist in case any accepted students are unable to join us for the program.
    • I am a boy who really likes science. Can I apply to GOALS?
    • While we love your enthusiasm for STEM, we only accept girls into the GOALS program. We do invite you to join us for our Teen Events, which are open to all teens and youth. More information on upcoming Teen Events can be found here.
    • I have another question that is not listed here!




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