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Summer Opportunities 2024

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Mrs. Joanne LewisPVHS College & Career Center logo
Director, College & Career Center
310-378-8471 Ext. 43618
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Mrs. Teresa Hoffman
Scholarship & Financial Aid Coordinator
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SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES 2024... It's time to plan for SUMMERTIME!


Summertime is the perfect time to decompress, relax, reflect, explore and discover!  Students have the luxury of TIME during the summer to break from the traditional school year routine and  try something new they haven't yet had the opportunity to experience, or dive deeper into a passion project or course of study they're interested in. Many students simply spend time with family and friends enjoying the beautiful nature and environment here on the Palos Verdes Peninsula and get a head start on the upcoming school year by taking a summer class through the Palos Verdes Peninsula Summer Sessions.  


There are also FREE community colleges classes available during the summer for high school students that should be discussed with a students' counselor, as well as amazing topics students can explore through the rich resources provided by MOOC's (Massive Open Online Classes... see below)!


Many students find and start their first part-time job during summer break... others find or create opportunities to volunteer and get involved or give back to our community or the greater Los Angeles community. 

There are also many formal programs for students to learn more about an area of study or about a particular college or simply experience life on a college campus with students from around the nation or from around the world . Summer programs are not required, specifically recommended or endorsed by the PVPUSD or PVHS
There are many lists of programs and opportunities that have been shared with the PVHSCCC that we share here with our Sea King community. Some of these programs have a highly competitive application process and some don’t… some are quite expensive while some are quite reasonable or completely free!
These opportunities do not imply endorsement of admission from the hosting university and should be fully investigated and vetted by interested families. The PVHSCCC will add programs, volunteer opportunities or internships as they are shared with us... please check back every week or two for new information.  Deadlines and eligibility vary, so please check details carefully
Please check out our PVHSCCC Summertime 2024 Letter to Parents & Students, the 2024 SUMMER PROGRAMS GUIDEBOOK below, as well as some of the TOP SUMMER PROGRAMS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS IN CALIFORNIA to get started investigating summer opportunities! There's also a host of links to summer experiences and opportunities that will be updated as time allows... remember, this is not a complete list by any means, but is meant to jumpstart your own investigation...  Happy Summertime!

Visit the Pre-College Summer Program websites that you'll find in the link below to find more information about course options, program eligibility, start and end dates, required materials, housing, additional activities, and more.


College Greenlight list of FREE & Low Cost Pre-College Summer Programs


How to Use This List

View the full list in this window or click ‘view larger version’ in the bottom right corner of the table for an expanded view. The list can be filtered, sorted, or grouped based on the following characteristics:


  • Host institution
  • Location
  • In-person, hybrid or virtual format
  • Month when program occurs
  • Duration of program
  • Month when the application opens
  • Program cost
  • Academic focus
  • Grade level
  • Residential component
  • College credit offered

Summer MatchPoint Activity Directory: This is a directory of more than 1,300 opportunities for students to become more involved in activities that connect with their aptitudes and interests is now updated.


The list includes courses, programs, research options, and service opportunities available this spring and summer, with options for in-person, online, and hybrid activities.

Here's the direct link for the directory:


AAJA’s JCamp is a national multicultural journalism program for high school students.


The six-day training camp brings together culturally diverse students from across the nation to learn from veteran journalists and leading media executives. JCamp participants will receive hands-on training and produce multi-platform news packages for the program’s news site, JCamp Live. Since 2001, over 700 high school students have graduated from JCamp. Every year, AAJA receives hundreds of applications from all regions of the country.  AAJA’s JCamp is a national multicultural journalism program for high school students. The six-day training camp brings together culturally diverse students from across the nation to learn from veteran journalists and leading media executives. JCamp participants will receive hands-on training and produce multiplatform news packages for the program’s news site, JCamp Live.

JCamp’s goal is to develop the next generation of journalists. This six-day training camp brings together a multicultural group of high school students from across the nation to sharpen their journalism skills and work together in a unique learning environment. The curriculum consists of interactive workshops, hands-on training and field trips.


Selected students demonstrate a keen interest in broadcasting, newspaper, magazine, photojournalism or online media. This program is not limited to Asian American students, but to all high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. There is no fee to apply and all costs are covered  — including airfare, lodging and meals. Students stay in university housing during the camp week.


JCamp strives to confront the lack of diversity in journalism, in regards to race, socio-economics, geography, religion, sexual orientation and identity. The camp strives to ensure excellence in the profession for decades to come. Through this culture of excellence and diversification, JCamp cultivates the voices and views of our future media leaders on government, human interest, entertainment, recreation, science, medicine, and national and international news.The curriculum focuses on teaching and ingraining the following core principles: 


The Value of Cross-Cultural Communication Skills
This heightened awareness comes from interactions with peers and mentors from completely different environments and backgrounds, along with training in the basics of effective interpersonal skills and the importance of creating inclusive environments as colleagues and journalists.

The Fundamentals of Leadership

Faculty work with students on persuasive communication skills, teamwork, professionalism, project management, developing a personal identity and accountability.

The Importance of Diversity in the Newsroom and in Media Coverage
JCamp fosters an appreciation for diverse viewpoints and reporting in diverse communities. Students also learn why it is important that media outlets reflect the communities they cover.


Strong Ethics in Journalism Practice
Students gain an understanding of the universal ethics of good journalism and the responsibilities of the media to cover communities with sensitivity and high standards.


The Value of Networking & Career Mapping
Regardless of a student’s eventual career choice, each will go home with an understanding of how to pursue a profession and an appreciation for the importance of networking and building relationships with mentors and peers


Application Information: Application now open...deadline to apply March 1, 2024   Apply HERE

High school freshmen, sophomores and juniors with a strong interest in broadcasting, newspapers, magazines, photojournalism or online media are encouraged to apply. 

Students selected have all costs covered including airfare, campus housing and meals.


If you’re the kind of student who’d like to spend your summer learning as much hands-on math, science, and engineering as you can, you might be a good fit for MIT!


So here is an (incomplete) list of summer programs that MIT students have found enriching and fun. We have prioritized selective summer programs, at MIT and elsewhere, that offer compelling intellectual content and a rigorous educational approach, a great community of like-minded peers to make friends with, and that are either free to attend or, like MIT, offer generous need-based financial aid.


MIT summer programs

MIT does not offer open-enrollment summer programs where any high school student can come to campus to take courses and live in the residence halls. However, several partner organizations run small, specialized programs on campus. If studying the human genome, building a robot, or scoping out the stars sound like a fun way to spend your summer, then you might try one of these:

MITES Summer

MITES Summer is an intensive six-week residential academic enrichment program for about 80 promising high school juniors who intend to pursue careers in science, engineering, and entrepreneurship, especially those from minority backgrounds and other underrepresented segments of the population. The program is free of charge to participating students, not including transportation.


Research Science Institute (RSI) brings together about 70 high school students each summer for six stimulating weeks at MIT. This rigorous academic program stresses advanced theory and research in mathematics, science, and engineering. Participants attend college-level classes taught by distinguished faculty members and complete hands-on research. Open to high school juniors, the program is free of charge for those selected.


Women’s Technology Program (WTP) is a four-week summer academic and residential experience where 60 female high school students explore engineering through hands-on classes (taught by female MIT graduate students), labs, and team-based projects in the summer after their junior year. Students at WTP focus on either Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) or Mechanical Engineering (ME).


While the Summer Science Program (SSP) is not on campus, MIT co-sponsors this residential program, and many MIT students are among the program’s alumni. The curriculum is organized around a central research project in either Astrophysics, Biochemistry, or Genomics. In the Astrophysics program, each team of three students determines the orbit of a near-earth asteroid (minor planet) from direct astronomical observations. In the Biochemistry program, each team designs a small molecule to inhibit an enzyme from a fungal crop pathogen. In the Genomics program, each team builds a bioreactor to stimulate evolution of antibiotic resistance in E. coli, then analyzes its DNA for mutations. The programs are six weeks long and offered at locations in Colorado, New Mexico, and Indiana.

Beaver Works Summer Institute

Beaver Works Summer Institute (BWSI) is an intensive four-week program in July where high school juniors can get a taste of the MIT experience, while working on college-level curriculum with other students from around the country. BWSI is free to students, especially those who may be the first person in their family to attend college. They offer a range of courses—from Autonomous Underwater Vehicles to Quantum Software and to Serious Game Design with AI—with concentrations in programming autonomous systems and more! While this program is only open to high school juniors, there are also online programs offered for younger high school students.

Other summer programs at MIT

Do you want to spend part of your summer at MIT? In addition to the programs listed above, MIT also hosts the following programs:


Other selective summer programs

Most summer programs admit all or most students who can pay the (often high) tuition. However, a number of competitive-admission summer programs select only the best students on the basis of merit and are often free or comparatively affordable. MIT offers four of our own (above), and here are a few more from other organizations:

Science and research programs



Math summer programs

The American Mathematical Society maintains a large list of youth summer enrichment programs in math. Some summer math programs that our applicants seem to like include:


State Governor’s Schools

The following catalog features approximately 280 biomedical research internships offered nationwide for high school,
undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, graduate, and first-year medical students. This catalog is organized by academic
level and discipline and the programs are alphabetized according to the name of the sponsoring institution or
organization. For more information about a specific internship, please refer to the program’s website or contact the
respective administrator

The distinguishing characteristic of the Clark Scholar Program is that it is open to students in almost all areas of academia—from mathematics to music and everything in between. Coming from across the globe to Texas Tech University, participants are afforded the unique opportunity to gain hands-on research experience in their field while working one on one with faculty over the program’s seven intense weeks. Many of these students use their experience as Clark Scholars to shape their future college and career goals.


The Clark Scholar Program is free for chosen applicants—the only cost students are responsible for is their transportation to and from the program. This program is extremely selective; only 12 students are chosen each summer.and selected students must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.


2024 Summer Program Dates

June 16, 2024 to August 1, 2024
The 2024 Application will open on January 2, 2024 and will close on February 15, 2024.
For application details click here


Think you have what it takes to be one of the next 12 Clark Scholars? Check out this article from Forbes, Texas Tech Dean Gives Insider Advice How To Get Accepted To The Competitive Clark Scholars Program.



What is SIP?

The Science Internship Program (SIP) offers high school students the opportunity to spend their summer working on authentic open-ended research projects in science, engineering, social sciences, humanities, and art under the mentorship of UCSC researchers.


SIP 2024 will be a 9-week program. 2 virtual research prep weeks and 7 weeks of in-person active research. 

Intern Information

Interested in being a SIP intern, click here to sign up for our 2024 mailing list to learn more and receive updates.

The SIP 2024 application opens on Friday, March 1, 2024

The application deadline is Sunday, March 31, 2024, at 11:59 PM PDT.


Learn how to apply on our Application Process Page.

Mentor Information

The mentor application for SIP 2024 will open in January 2024! Click here to sign up for our 2024 mailing list to learn more and receive updates.

For more information about becoming a SIP mentor, visit our Mentor FAQ page.




Preparing the next generation of STEM leaders


COSMOS is Limited to California High-School Students Only 

** COSMOS is a full residential and in-person program. In case of sudden circumstances that prevent in-person instruction of the planned curriculum, COSMOS may temporarily change the instructional format or the remaining program duration to, e.g., remote instruction to complete the program for the affected students. **


COSMOS is an intensive four-week summer residential Pre-College Program for high school students who have demonstrated an aptitude for academic and professional careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects. Talented and motivated students completing grades 8-12 have the opportunity to work with renowned faculty, researchers, and scientists in state-of-the-art facilities while exploring advanced STEM topics far beyond the courses usually offered in California high schools. COSMOS fosters its students’ interests, skills, and awareness of educational and career options in STEM fields through challenging curricula that are both hands-on and lab-intensive.

Students apply to ONE of the five University of California’s COSMOS campuses — UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Los Angeles, UC San Diego, and UC Santa Cruz. While each campus employs the best practices in STEM education, each program's curriculum builds on its faculty and host campus's unique teaching and research expertise. Each campus can only accommodate about 160-200 participants. The selection is competitive. A typical COSMOS student has a GPA of 3.5 or above. In addition, students must have achieved academic excellence.


The world’s only online research program with U.S. college credit for high school students.                                                                                       
Are you a high school student committed to pursuing your own, undergraduate-level academic research and ready to succeed in Pioneer’s highly respected academic system?

Pioneer’s rigorous academic system and accreditation qualifies us to grant college credit through collaboration with Oberlin College.

Attending an online information session is the best way for prospective students to learn more about the Pioneer Research Program. Fill out this form to register.


Registration requires Pioneer’s confirmation, and we will send you the instructions to attend once we confirm your spot in the session. In order to make sure you receive the instructions, please be sure to check your email in the next few days (including your spam folder).


With more students from around the world applying every year and with each research concentration taking only up to 6 students, a priority deadline gives a significant edge in the admissions process. 


If you are not a student but would like to know more about the program, send us an email at [email protected]

The Michigan State University High School Honors Science/Engineering/Mathematics Program (HSHSP) is a seven-week, intensive summer research program designed for motivated students from across the United States who wish to gain more experience conducting research while living on the campus of a major research-intensive university.


History and Tradition

The HSHSP is the oldest, continuously running program of its kind in the U.S., having been established in 1958 as a hands-on science enrichment program for local high school students and, over time, developing into a national, highly selective residential program offering research apprenticeships in the life sciences. Since 1989, the HSHSP has offered research opportunities in all areas of science, engineering, and mathematics.


Program Goals

The HSHSP provides its participants with a unique opportunity to “live and breathe” research in a university environment. Its goals are not only to educate individuals about the research process but to provide the right kind of social context for such knowledge and expertise to flourish. Our goal is not to produce award-winning projects (which often happens, I am pleased to note), but to provide opportunities to enrich one’s knowledge about intellectual work in science and mathematics and to make new and, hopefully, lasting friendships.

Application information

Join us for the sixty-first annual High School Honors Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Program at Michigan State University (HSHSP). HSHSP gives students the opportunity to engage in intensive research work over a seven-week period and to interact with peers who come from diverse backgrounds but who share a love of science, engineering and/or mathematics.




For more information, visit our application page ›

Economics for Leaders (EFL) is a selective summer program that teaches student leaders how to integrate economics into the process of decision-making in an interactive learning environment.

The goal of EFL is to give promising students the skills to be more effective leaders and to teach them how to employ economic analysis when considering difficult public policy choices. This course focuses on the introduction and application of economic concepts and economic reasoning skills and introduces students to leadership theory. Given the difficult public policy choices facing governments and their citizens around the globe, teaching these skills and knowledge to the next generation of leaders is one of the most important actions we can take now to ensure our future prosperity.


EFL is an unparalleled learning and growing opportunity. 90% of the students who attended the program in 2022 said they would recommend the program to their friends. This week-long program occurring at colleges and universities across the country gives future leaders hands-on experience using economics in the decision-making process. EFL seeks to make budding leaders more effective by showing them how to use economic analysis when considering public policy choices while also creating a deeper understanding of leadership and building leadership skills. This program is extremely competitive, with two applicants for every available space.



Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC)

SUMaC is a residential program at Stanford University for high-achieving students seeking to be challenged in mathematics and with a desire to learn about the latest in mathematical research and the application of mathematics across scientific fields. Throughout the camp’s four weeks, participants will learn about advanced mathematics through lectures, guided research, and group problem solving. SUMaC culminates in a research project where participants present their projects to their peers—gaining valuable experience in the communication of mathematics to a group.

2024 Program Dates

SUMaC courses will be offered across two sessions this summer, with classes meeting Monday–Friday.
Session One: Online
June 17 – July 5, 2024*
3 Weeks
Session Two: Online
July 8 – 26, 2024
3 Weeks
Session One: Residential
June 23 – July 19, 2024*
4 Weeks

Arrival Day: June 23, 2024
Departure Day: July 19, 2024

*Due to the immersive nature of this program and limited duration of the program, class will meet as scheduled on July 4.
Session Two: Residential
No residential program offered in Session Two


Find more great summer math programs in our article How to Spend Your Summer As a Prospective Math Major (And Why Math is a Great Career Path).


The Summer High School Internship Program (SHIP) is a competitive, eight-week, full-time paid internship for students between 11th and 12th grade. The program is specifically designed for students from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical science. 


The internship begins with two weeks of hands-on training on laboratory safety techniques and skills in the Fred Hutch Training Labs.  For the remaining six weeks, interns are paired and immersed in mentored activities in a Fred Hutch research group in Seattle. Interns also participate in research seminars, attend professional development workshops focused on college and careers, and enjoy social activities with their teams and peers. The program culminates with presentations to the Fred Hutch community.


2024 program dates are Monday, June 24, through Friday, August 16. 


The 2024 application portal opens on February 1 and closes on March 31.


If you are looking for other opportunities, please check out the Catalog of Biomedical Research Internships. 


The 1-Week Medical Academy introduces you to the field of medicine and gives you a glimpse into the Georgetown University Medical Center, which includes the nationally ranked School of Medicine and School of Nursing & Health Studies, in addition to the world-renowned Lombardi Cancer Center.
Students explore topics ranging from human anatomy and physiology, microbiology, and infectious diseases to surgery, cancer, and biomedical ethics. You’ll participate in hands-on labs, use a patient simulator, and focus on some of today's pressing medical issues like COVID-19, preventative medicine, heart disease, and HIV.
In Georgetown's 3-Week Medical Academy, you'll register for one of three tracks (Anatomy & Physiology, Neuroscience, or Emergency Medicine), and get a snapshot of a first-year medical school curriculum while learning from Georgetown University School of Medicine faculty and medical students.
Throughout the program, you’ll investigate contemporary medical challenges facing society today, discuss the latest advances affecting the applied science of medicine, and interact with experts from the field to learn how to pursue a career in medicine. In each of the three tracks, you’ll delve into your chosen area of study, gaining a deeper understanding of the topic through classroom learning as well as hands-on projects, case studies, and, in most tracks, lab work. Reference the track descriptions for more information on what to expect.


Deadline Dates:

  • Early Bird Deadline Dates: January 31*
    *Application fee waived for all applications submitted by this date
  • Final Deadline: May 15
    Applications received after this date will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis

The 2024 INSIGHT High School Program is an exciting and interactive four-week program designed to introduce young scholars to public health, biomedical research, & medicine.

For 2024, the University of Washington’s INSIGHT High School Program will be virtual. Students will take a deep dive into injury and violence prevention research through various activities. The program is open to high school students entering grades 10-12 or recently graduated.


The INSIGHT High School Program offers one session option to attend. Accepted students are expected to attend the single four-week session in full.


For undergraduate, graduate and first-year medical students we offer an intensive, eight-week Summer Research Program (INSIGHT). INSIGHT provides paid research experience and mentorship for students who are interested in injury and violence prevention research. To learn more about this program, visit the INSIGHT page.


Dates: July 1 – July 26, 2024

Application open date: February 26 – May 20, 2024  

Location: Online

Tuition: $2,200*

For 2024, the INSIGHT High School Program will be virtual. Applications will open in February 2024.

The Mini-Med School at Tufts University is exactly what it sounds like: medical school in miniature. 

Any high school student considering a career as a doctor or healthcare professional can sample life at Tufts Medical School. Even better, the Mini-Med comes in two versions, virtual and in-person.


With the in-person option, students get the whole med school experience. They work in labs, sit in seminars, and collaborate with their fellow future medical students.


In the virtual option, students get to see the school from the comfort of their own homes. Distance learning technologies connect students to Tufts professors and classes and allow them to interact with professionals worldwide.


Whichever track they choose, students will learn from Tufts faculty about essential issues, including diversity in medicine, immunology, and infectious diseases.


Application Deadline: May 1, 2024


Prepare to make a positive impact through medicine.

Interested in donning the white coat, but not sure what being a healthcare professional is really like? Gain hands-on experience in the medical field and insight into the many career opportunities available within the various disciplines of medicine. You’ll visit healthcare facilities in Winston-Salem, participate in simulations and labs, and learn basic skills like taking blood pressure and suturing.

Topics Covered:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Pulmonology
  • Neurology
  • Ultrasound 
  • Cancer Care
  • Global Health


Hands-On Experiences:

  • On-site visits to healthcare facilities in Winston-Salem, NC
  • Tour the Wake Forest School of Medicine and participate in simulation labs
  • Explore technology and the latest in medical advances within the hospital including the rehab center and cardiac cath lab
  • Practice taking blood pressure, listening to the heart and lungs, interviewing standardized patients, working in a suture lab, and conducting an ultrasound
  • Interact, network, and engage with medical school students

*Hands-on experiences are subject to change.


Please refer to the website for application deadlines as some weeks are already waitlisted!

Spend four weeks at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine intensive summer program designed for rising high school juniors and seniors interested in the medical field. Modeled after actual first year Penn Med classes, you’ll gain exposure to the basics of medical training including practical experiences, simulations and live demonstrations. Plus, you’ll live the life of a college student on Penn’s campus, located in University City in Philadelphia, PA.  Experience dorm life, campus living, attend incredible hands-on sessions, lectures and classes, and make life-long friends!


The high-tech, jaw-dropping learning spaces at Penn Medicine are every medical student’s dream. You’ll learn from highly accredited doctors and faculty at Penn Medicine who are involved throughout the program. Students often get to observe a live surgery. This is a highlight, but cannot be guaranteed. If the live surgery is not possible, a doctor will walk the students through a recorded surgery step by step, explaining exactly what is being done at every interval. As the doctors share their stories, the paths they took to settle into their field, and highlight the many diverse opportunities in medicine, this program will certainly highlight just how rewarding it is when you chase your dream, follow after your passion, and do what you love.




A medical field immersion

  • Ages 16-18  
  • June 30-July 26
  • Summer tuition:$10,495

UC Irvine Summer Surgery Program  

Like Penn’s Bold Summer Program, the Summer Surgery Program at UC Irvine gives students access to the surgical process, but because it’s designed for those who plan to become surgeons, UC Irvine goes one step further and lets students participate.


The program begins with teaching students surgical center protocols involving safety and cleanliness. Students gain experience working with state-of-the-art technologies, including the school’s new da Vinci robot.


Finally, students participate in small group workshops supervised by faculty mentors. Students learn about anatomy and techniques in these situations, including ultrasound training.


Learn more and how to apply HERE

Deadline to apply February 1, 2024!



Camp CHLA is a program offered by the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, open to current high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors living in Los Angeles county. 


To participate in this program, students must have a teacher or school counselor submit a letter of recommendation to the camp on their behalf. 


During the five-day camp, participants observe and interact with healthcare professionals at work. Students also engage in hands-on skill labs using materials kits, which the camp sends to students ahead of time. 

Through this immersive experience, campers get to experience a day in the life working in a hospital setting, offering invaluable first-hand knowledge of what the career is like. 


There is no cost for attending Camp CHLA, thanks to funding from grants, generous donations, and the support of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles staff.


Session Dates

Camp #1

  • June 24th – June 28th, 2024 

Camp #2

  • August 5th – August 9th, 2024


  • Only current freshmen, sophomores, or juniors in high school who live in Los Angeles County are eligible to apply
  • If you have attended Camp CHLA before, you are not eligible to apply
  • You must be able to attend all 5 days of the session (approx. 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
  • On your online application, you will have the option of providing your first and second choice for sessions
    • If you do not have a preference, you will be able to choose “No Preference”
    • If you are unavailable for one of the sessions, you will be able to choose “Not Available”

Important Dates & Deadlines

The Camp CHLA 2024 Application Portal opens December 15th, 2023 - January 12th, 2024. 

The Intern Project  

The Intern Project, or TIP, is a unique, paid summer internship program for high school students who live in Los Angeles county. During this intensive career program, students are paired with professionals, receiving mentorship while getting hands-on experience in the field. 


Internships through TIP are highly competitive, and spots are reserved for the most outstanding, high-need students.  TIP interns are generally high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors, with robust academic records and consistent attendance. 


TIP internships place students in various fields, including the arts, technology, business, engineering, government, sports, healthcare, and more. 


Before beginning the internship, applicants selected to participate in TIP will attend an on-site orientation. At orientation, students receive more information about the program, participate in professional development workshops, engage in networking activities, and more.


Internships are a minimum of four weeks long, but can last longer depending on the particular career placement.


Offered by the California Polytechnic State University, Engineering Possibilities in College, or EPIC, offers high school students the opportunity to explore the engineering field through a hands-on educational approach. 


The program aims to allow participants to connect, building a network of like-minded students with a passion for engineering. 


Throughout the program, EPIC students attend classes and participate in engineering labs led by university professors and professionals in the engineering industry. They also get the opportunity to invent, create, and test out an engineering project of their choice, using all the resources Cal Poly has to offer.


Application opens Feb 1, 2024 with deadline to apply March 31, 2024!


The Pomona Academy for Youth Success, also known as PAYS, is an intensive, four-week residential summer program for rising sophomores through rising seniors. 


Each year, the PAYS program enrolls about 90 local high school students, providing support and preparation for the college admissions process.


The program is intended to serve students who are a part of groups that are traditionally underrepresented in higher education, such as first-generation students, students from low-income families, and students who belong to racial or ethnic minority groups.  


Over the four weeks of the summer session, PAYS participants attend math and critical inquiry classes taught by university faculty, as well as two elective courses taught by Pomona College students or alumni. 


Students also participate in many workshops, go on field trips, collaborate on research projects, and attend cultural events.  

Apply to Pomona College Academy for Youth Success

Participants will be selected by a committee of Pomona College faculty, staff and students. The selection committee will consider every part of the application and make recommendations based on academic potential. In some cases, the selection committee will request to interview an applicant. Each year the committee admits 30 participants. New applicants must be currently enrolled in 9th grade, attend high school in Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County or Ventura County, and vaccinated for COVID-19.


 To be eligible to apply, you must: 

  • Reside within one of our five local counties (Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County or Ventura County)
  • Be a current 9th grade student
  • Be vaccinated for COVID-19 (All students, faculty, and staff of Pomona College must be vaccinated for COVID-19 (including Booster), this includes PAYS scholars as we will live on campus during the summer experience and participate in year-round activities.)

Other factors taken into consideration include:

  • First-Generation College-Bound student
  • Low-Income (Qualifies for Free-Reduced Lunch)
  • Currently taking Geometry OR Integrated Math II

Selection Process

The dates for the 2024 selection process are as follows:

  • Application Opens: Monday, November 13, 2023
  • Application and Transcript Deadline: Monday, February 26, 2024
  • Recommendation Form Deadline: Monday, March 4, 2024
  • Notification of Decision: Friday, April 19, 2024


Summer Program Dates

Residential Dates: Sunday, June 23- Friday, July 19,2024



There is no cost for participating in the PAYS program. Pomona College covers all student expenses, including housing, food, activities, and field trips. 


California State Summer School for the Arts  July 6 - August 2, 2024

The California State Summer School for the Arts, or CSSSA, is a unique, four-week summer intensive program intended for California high school students with interest in pursuing a career in the arts and entertainment industry. 


Offered at the prestigious California Institute of the Arts, the program allows students to explore various areas within the entertainment industry. CSSSA provides pre-professional training in several different fields, such as animation, visual arts, writing, film, music, theater, and dance. 


During the program, students live on the CalArts campus, receive rigorous professional training from industry experts, and engage in a number of engaging educational activities. The student-to-teacher ratio for CSSSA is 9:1, allowing students to benefit from one-on-one attention and support in a high-paced, high-energy environment. 




The Pre-Med Summer Scholar Program is an educational program incorporating medical guest speakers and hands-on activities giving the Summer Scholar an involved sense of working in the field of medicine. The goal of the program is to expose the Summer Scholar to a variety of medical professions in hope that they make a more informed decision about their own path to medicine. This is not a "summer camp-like" program and housing accommodations are not included. Past years' curriculum included:


  • Robotics
  • Simulated birth with OB
  • Ultrasound and Imaging lesson
  • Suturing session
  • Physician Q&A
  • CPR Training

The application is open US citizens in high school. To apply, students must be at least 16 years old and not yet attending college.  How to prepare for the application period:


  • Prepare to answer 1 short essay prompt
  • Have resume ready to upload
  • Notify your parent and prepare them to sign a Parent Consent and Waiver of Liability


  • Applications Open: February 1, 2024
  • Deadline for Applications: March 29, 2024 @ 9AM
  • Notification of Acceptance (sent via email): April 15, 2024
  • Payment due by: May 15, 2024

Ideal Candidates:

  • Possess a strong desire to attend medical school to pursue a career in medicine
  • Current sophomores, juniors, and seniors attending high school in the United States. Students MUST BE 16 YEARS OLD (hospital policy) at the time of participation.

Program Fee (Scholarships available based on need)

  • $1200
    • Fee covers instruction, facilitator time, cost of equipment and materials, and a polo shirt. Lodging, transportation, parking and meals not included.
    • Scholarships available based on need. Proof of participation in a government-sponsored financial assistance program ( or, reduced-fee or free food program. A verification letter from the applicant's school is required.

2024 Pre-Med Summer Scholar Schedule -CHOICE TO PARTICIPATE IN 1 OF 2 FOUR-DAY SESSIONS:
Session 1: June 17, 18, 20, 21, 2024
Session 2: June 24, 25, 27, 28, 2024


Optional asynchronous activities on Wednesdays.

* Both sessions will be completely IN-PERSON and ONSITE


The EVE & GENE BLACK SUMMER MEDICAL CAREER PROGRAM is an opportunity best described as a medical mentor program. Students work under the supervision of a health care educator shadowing various medical professionals (nurse, nutritionist, pharmacist, lab technician, and/or physician) who together provide a range of patient care and services.


Medical Mentor/Internship Program: Participants will EITHER apply and be accepted to attend daily online
sessions with presentations/interactive sessions from a variety of general pediatricians, specialists including
surgeons, nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, infectious disease, ophthalmologists, radiologists, child life, therapists,
(i.e., physical, speech, occupational, or cognitive) OR apply and be accepted to attend an in-person program (in-
person programs subject to change)

• If selected to attend an in-person program, participants are responsible for their own transportation.
• This program is ONLY open to qualified students from Los Angeles and its adjacent counties.
• Age & Grade Requirement: Applications are accepted from high school students who are currently in the 11th or
12th grade AND born on or before 7/1/08. (In-Person Facilities may have specific age requirements)
• Online Session Times/Dates: Session 1: July 8-18, 2024 Monday – Thursday - 10 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Session 2: July 22 - August 1, 2024 Monday – Thursday - 10 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
• In- Person Program Dates and Times – will vary by facilities. Please see Facility Address & Requirement List
• Application Deadline: Friday February 16, 2024 at midnight
• Applicant Notification: All students will be notified if accepted or not VIA EMAIL by Friday April 5, 2024.
(If a student has not received an email by the notification deadline, please have them send an inquiry
email to [email protected]
• No Fee: There is NO FEE required to participate


Application deadline is February 16, 2024.  For more information and applications log onto their WEBSITE.


The Writing Summer Institute is designed for ambitious high school students who seek to strengthen their writing and discussion skills to get a step ahead in preparing for university. 

UCLA Writing Project
2024 Summer Camps for Students

We at the UCLA Writing Project are excited to announce our 2024 summer programs for students entering grades 5-12 in fall 2024. This year we are pleased to offer two sessions for you to choose from, the first on campus, the second virtual.


Our promise:  We’ll continue to give students exquisite attention, and they’ll experience pleasure and joy as they find the best words to capture their thoughts.


Just what will happen during the workshop activities for students enrolled in Crafting The Story – Grades 5-6, Literary Adventures – Grades 7-8, and College-Ready Writing – Grades 9-12? Simply put, students will grow dramatically as writers. They’ll expand their stylistic repertoires, focus on a particular genre—but try out several others.  They’ll draft short and long pieces and gain confidence as they develop their individual style.  By the end of the workshop time, students will think of themselves as writers—a big deal!


And what about the entering twelfth graders in the College Personal Essay workshop? They meet for just 12 hours over a four-day period. And that’s the perfect amount of time for zeroing in on the challenging and exciting task at hand: showing in what ways their hard work has translated to insightful understandings and how their experiences have built character.


What else should you know?

Our teachers are all UCLA Writing Project fellows.  This means that they participated in our Invitational Writing Project, a leadership institute that gathers wonderful teachers of writing PK-University—to share their expertise through demonstration workshops, to refine their own writer’s craft, to pay good attention to social justice issues in schools and communities.  They are teachers who love to write and to guide young students to grow as thinkers, readers and writers.

More still:

  • All classes will offer students appreciation, support, structure—and fun!
  • The day will combine whole group class time, small group sharing with peers, individual writing time.
  • Those classes scheduled to be virtual will have synchronous and asynchronous components.
  • All students will also have time to interact with their teacher one-on-one.
  • Students in the two-week workshops will craft an anthology of selected writing. They will also receive a certificate commending their participation.
  • We will have a limited number of scholarships for enthusiastic writers based on financial need. The application will be available in early January.

We hope to see you this summer!


Pre-College Programs

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Duke Pre-College Programs provide motivated current 6th-11th grade students with experiential learning and academic experiences in a university setting. Building on the legacy programs such as Duke Youth Programs and the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP), Duke Pre-College Programs inspire and challenge the next generation of thinkers and leaders while offering them a glimpse into the opportunities for their future. Our diverse courses are tailored to the interests and questions top of mind for today’s students while delivering the Duke experience through interactions with Duke faculty, researchers and guest speakers, who are experts in their fields.

DUKE Pre-College Program 2024

Duke Pre-College Programs provide motivated current 6th-11th grade students with experiential learning and academic experiences in a university setting. Building on the legacy programs such as Duke Youth Programs and the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP), Duke Pre-College Programs inspire and challenge the next generation of thinkers and leaders while offering them a glimpse into the opportunities for their future. Our diverse courses are tailored to the interests and questions top of mind for today’s students while delivering the Duke experience through interactions with Duke faculty, researchers and guest speakers, who are experts in their fields.

View the 2024 Duke Pre-College Viewbook


Girls in Science

Join the next generation of women scientists. 

Earthwatch’s Girls in Science fellowship empowers teens to expand their interest in science and technology and to build confidence through hands-on environmental research. Since launching the program in 2016, Earthwatch has awarded 70 high school girls the fully funded opportunity to perform scientific research alongside female experts in the field. 

Using high-tech equipment and careful observation, these young women help collect crucial data in the search for solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. 


The ideal candidate is interested in exploring science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM); is a member of a group historically underrepresented in STEAM; and has not had extensive similar experiences. They are committed to assembling a diverse group of fellows, especially with respect to gender identity, race or ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.


For further info and to apply, refer to the following website:


 Applications open Jan. 15, 2024 - Feb 28, 2024!


At Gensler, we design for people. We leverage our global perspective and local presence to innovate at every scale. We're not just designers. We're tinkerers, craftspeople, visionaries, innovators and thought leaders. Fueled by passion and entrepreneurial spirit, our people bring new ideas to solve challenging problems. Whether you're into sketching new ideas, hacking a building or growing client relationships in global markets, there's something here for everyone. Our depth of expertise spans disciplines-from workplace and mixed use to education, hospitality, cultural institutions, digital tech, and more. Whether we're dreaming into a future learning environment, planning a new urban district or designing a super tall building, we strive to make the everyday places people occupy more inspiring, more resilient and more impactful. To learn more about our internship programs, please visit
The Northern Arizona University (NAU) Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry) CARE Program aims to increase the number of Native American and underrepresented students (low income, disabled, etc…)  in science, technology, engineering, math, and medical (STEMM) fields by engaging high school students at an earlier age (15+ years) through culturally relevant training in chemistry, biology, and healthcare fields.

The SUMMER 2024 program will be offered IN-PERSON (16+ years old)

  • For new and returning participants the session dates will be June 3rd, 2024 – July 26th, 2024.
  • Participants will learn laboratory and research techniques in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry or affiliated departments on the NAU Flagstaff campus
  • Upon acceptance into the program participant must
    • Apply as non-degree seeking for the Summer to receive college credit for CHM299
    • Submit vaccines records to Campus Health Services
  • Participant will receive
    • an hourly stipend of $12-15/hour
    • Mentor experience
    • Laboratory experience
    • College preparation through professional development sessions
  • Check out last year’s 2023 CARE Schedule to get an idea of what the Summer will be like in 2024
  • All supplies are covered by the program.
The Summer 2024 application will open in February, 2024.

Program and Activities

In the Fordham Summer Leaders Academy, students select one course to pursue, which meets daily in the morning and afternoon in one and two-week sessions through July.

In the late afternoons and weekends, students will have the opportunity to bond and prepare for their college and professional journeys.  Activities will include:

  • Sessions on the college application process given by Fordham's Undergraduate Team.
  • Career exploration through Fordham's Career Services office.
  • Making the most of Fordham's incredible new campus center and athletic facilities.
  • Community-building social activities with Fordham's Student Engagement team.
  • Chaperoned off-campus excursions around New York City!