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Summer Opportunities and Programs

What are you doing this summer?

We encourage you to pursue interests, passions and exploration activities over summer. Summer can be a way for you to explore, challenge yourself in an outside activity (academic or otherwise) and build a resume that you're proud of! Take a look at resources below and download the Summer Planning Guide (Collegewise Summer Planning Guide) for a helpful way to start. 

Bill of Rights Institute Constitutional Academy:  The annual summer program brings together high school students from across the country to Washington, D.C. for a week of deep discussions on critical issues and interaction with scholars, policy-makers, and national thought leaders. Participants also make new friends, tour the monuments and museums, and connect with professionals throughout the D.C. area.

California State Summer School for the Arts is a highly competitive admissions process for a rigorous, preprofessional, month-long training program in dance, music, theater, visual arts, creative writing, animation and film for talented artists of high school age.

Camp Cardiac and Camp Neuro:  A one-week summer program based in the Medical field, with various locations (including Los Angeles).

Chegg High School Student Internship Finder

City of Hope Summer Research Programs

College Transitions: Top Summer Programs for High School Students

Columbia University Summer Immersion Program: Columbia's summer program is for Grades 9 through 12 provides and is a rich and demanding academic experience on Columbia's  NYC campus. Students can choose from topics in the arts, humanities, social sciences, medicine and business.

Idyllwild Arts Summer Program: intensive practical instruction in all the visual arts and performing arts – sculpture, painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry, Native American arts, film & digital media, fashion design, dance, music, theatre and creative writing.

Junior State of America sponsored by the Junior Statesmen FoundationClick on the "Summer Programs" tab on the bar menu for all summer program options.

Junior State of America Young Women's Leadership Institute:  Engaging young women with a passion for politics and public life, we aim to support the emergence of a new generation of leaders in a variety of fields, with a specific focus on the opportunities and challenges that arise for women, as well as the value of building a supportive network of peers.

Loma Linda University Health: Teen Summer Volunteer Program

Operational Catapult: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) Program

Research Opportunities Search Engines:

Stanford: High School Summer College

Stanford: High School Medical Programs

Stanford: Office of Science Outreach Programs

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United States Senate Youth Program:  Qualified high school junior or seniors must show demonstrated leadership by serving in elected or appointed positions in which they are actively representing a constituency in organizations related to student government, education, public affairs and community service.  They must be actively serving in qualified leadership positions, enrolled in high school and living in the state (and for these purposes the District of Columbia) that they will represent for the entire academic year.

Wentworth University SummerFAB High School Architecture Program: In this four-week summer design-build program, high school participants experience phases of an architectural project, from initial design concepts to building a full-scale construction on a site on campus. And get college credit for successfully completing the program!

For students pursuing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields, the MIT admissions office graciously shares a list of Enrichment Opportunities and Summer Programs for interested students. Most programs mentioned on these websites are selective, meaning these programs require rigorous applications for admission. Please understand that participating in these programs does not guarantee admission to MIT or other highly selective colleges.