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Mrs. Joanne LewisPVHS College & Career Center logo
Director, College & Career Center
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Mrs. Teresa Hoffman
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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 with 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, 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.

If you are seeking an academic challenge this summer, you are invited to apply now to take a USC Summer Programs course on the USC campus.

Summer Programs runs from June 18 to July 15, 2023.

USC Summer Programs offers students a preview of "freshman year" through its college immersion experience. Students explore Los Angeles as a laboratory for cultural learning beyond the traditional classroom. Our programs are designed to combine college-level coursework, academic field trips, and structured extracurricular activities.


USC Summer Programs offers courses in a variety of subjects from which students choose one course for intense study. Courses are interactive, engaging and challenging, and students receive 3 units of transferable USC elective credit upon successful completion of the 4-Week program. Students can choose from over 20 courses in multiple disciplines –– from business and engineering to acting and creative writing, there's a wide range of courses and subjects to explore.

Students may visit for more information and instructions on how to apply.

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Summer Programs in Psychology for High School Students

Training opportunities for high school students sponsored by groups other than APA are listed below. This list is updated periodically. Inclusion in this list does not imply endorsement by APA (American Psychological Association).




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.

Changing the Face of Media

JCamp was started in 2001 as a response to the industry’s diversity crisis. The program is designed to help assure excellence in the profession for decades to come and to confront the lack of diversity in journalism, not just in race, but also in matters of religious background, political background and other factors. Since the program began, hundreds of the nation’s most talented teenagers have graduated. Early surveys of JCamp students indicated that approximately 75% went on to pursue journalism in college. With a multicultural team, media get more accurate perspectives on stories of Latinos, African Americans, Asian American and Pacific Islanders, and Middle Eastern Americans.


With a diverse team, readers and viewers get different views on city governments, local communities, business, entertainment and recreation, science and medicine, and national and international issues.


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

JCamp speakers have included Hoda KotbI, co-host of NBC’s “Today Show;” Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., former publisher of The New York Times; Chuck Todd, host of “Meet the Press;” Bob Schieffer, former CBS News’ “Face the Nation” moderator; Jill Abramson, former executive editor of the New York Times; Touré, former co-host of “The Cycle” and author of “Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness?”; Bill Whitaker, CBS News’ “60 Minutes” correspondent; Cheryl Diaz Meyer, Pulitzer Prize-winning war photographer; Kevin Merida, senior vice president of ESPN and editor-in-chief of “The Undefeated;” and the late Gwen Ifill, host of “Washington Week” and “PBS NewsHour.”

Application Information

Applications for the 2022 JCamp cohort are now closed. The deadline was March 31, 2022. Check back early in 2023 for Summer 2023 application information. 


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
Construction Managers work in dynamic teams to take the designer’s vision and make it a reality.
With one of the highest job placement rates and starting salaries of any major, a degree in Construction Management is a great choice for those who enjoy teamwork, solving tangible problems, critical thinking, and creating the world around them.
This five-day four-night on-campus program is for up to 25 high school students age 15-18 who are interested in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC). Each day participants will engage with professional women representing AEC industries as well as college mentors to work on building their confidence and developing an understanding of construction management and related careers while having fun exploring construction related topics and activities!

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.


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.

The SIP 2023 program will be a hybrid program. For students attending in person, on-campus housing accommodations will be offered. SIP interns can also either participate partially or fully remotely.


A limited number of partial and full need-based scholarships are available. Scholarship requests will be considered after admission offers have been made. We encourage interested students to apply regardless of their financial situation; every effort will be made to provide financial assistance. Please see this flyer for details... application opens March 1 and closes March 31 at 5pm.

Preparing the next generation of STEM leaders


COSMOS is limited to high-school students who either attend a California high school or are residents of California. 

** COSMOS is planning for a full residential and in-person 2023 program. In case of sudden circumstances that prevent in-person instruction of the planned curriculum, COSMOS may decide to change the instructional format temporarily or for the remaining duration of the program to, e.g., remote instruction to complete the program for the affected student. **


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 four University of California’s COSMOS campuses — UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, and UC Santa Cruz. While each campus employs the best practices in STEM education, each program's curriculum builds on the unique teaching and research expertise of its faculty and host campus. 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

Student experimenting in chemistry

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 ›
2018 alumni group photo

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.


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 rising 12th graders. The program is specifically designed for students from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical science.


Selected interns attend an orientation day, then begin the internship 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 intern presentations to the Fred Hutch community.


The 2023 program will run from Monday, June 26, through Friday, August 18. Students must be able to commit to the entire period to participate. 


We are planning on holding the 2023 program on campus in Seattle. There will not be a virtual component.   


The application portal will be online here on February 1 and close at 11:59 pm on March 31. 

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.

In the mornings, you will attend seminars led by BU instructors that focus on three core topics: anatomy and physiology, infectious diseases, and contemporary issues in medicine.

In the afternoons of the first week of the program, you will engage in hands-on learning activities on the Charles River campus that pre-medical and medical students experience, including:

  • Simulation labs that teach you how to conduct physical exams and take vital signs
  • Surgical activities, including suturing and surgical knots
  • Laboratory investigations involving anatomy
  • Exposure to imaging studies in radiology

In the afternoons of the last two weeks of the program, you will engage in laboratory activities focused on systems physiology. You will present your findings to peers and other members of the BU community to conclude the program.


All activities are led by faculty and graduate students from BU’s Charles River Campus. The educational goals of the program are to: 1) deepen your understanding of the academic science behind medicine; 2) provide you with opportunities to engage in some of the experiential learning activities in which graduate medical students participate; and 3) introduce the range of professional possibilities that exist within the medical field.


There are plenty of social activities to make sure everyone becomes familiar with the BU campus, Boston – and each other! You can plan your own free time or participate in weekend group activities, or even mix it up and join students in our other programs for a variety of scheduled events.




The 2023 INSIGHT High School Program is an exciting and interactive four-week program designed to introduce young scholars to public health, biomedical research, & medicine.

For 2023, the University of Washington’s INSIGHT High School Program has been adapted to a virtual format.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.



July 10 – August 4, 2023


Application open date – March 1, 2023  


Location: Online

Tuition: $2,200*


*Limited scholarship seats are available. Please contact INSIGHT for further information, [email protected].

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.

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.

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.


Ages 16-18   June 25 – July 21, 2023    $9,975

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 how to apply here.

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.


The Camp CHLA 2023 Application Portal opens on January 9, 2023, at 4 p.m.  and closes on January 31, 2023!   CLICK HERE TO APPLY!

The University of California at Irvine’s High School Summer Institute in Law is a week-long summer intensive program for high-achieving high school students who are interested in learning more about pursuing a career in law.  

Offered by the School of Law, the program is open to all rising juniors and seniors, meaning high school students who have completed at least their sophomore year. 

Over the week, students learn the fundamentals of the American legal system, taking classes in significant areas of law, including First Amendment rights and crime and punishment. 

The curriculum also covers essential skills students need to succeed in college, such as public speaking, writing, negotiation, and analytical reasoning. 


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.



The registration fee for high school students who choose the residential program is $1,850. This fee covers the cost of attending all classes, social events, speaker series lectures, and guided tours of the Cal Poly College of Engineering.


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.  


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  

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 tuition fee for participating in CSSSA is $4,250, room and board included. Students who want to earn college credit for their participation in the program will have to pay an additional credit registration fee.

UC Santa Cruz Summer Session 

University of Santa Cruz Summer Session is open to high school students between 14 and 18 years old. Aiming to model a realistic college experience, the program provides both support and independence to students. 


During the summer session, high school students have the opportunity to live and attend classes on the beautiful UC Santa Cruz campus. They also gain access to the school’s libraries, fitness center, and other student resources UCSC offers.  


Students in this program not only receive 50% of their summer tuition, but also earn academic credit that can transfer to future schools. 

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' cirriculum included:


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

The application is open to 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 2 essay prompts

  • Have resume ready to upload

  • Notify your parent and prepare them to sign a Parent Consent

  • Personally request 2 teacher(s)/counselor(s) to fill-out a recommendation on your behalf


Past Feedback

Summer Scholar: “This was one of the best experiences I have ever had. Before this program, I was unsure of the path I wanted to take. The information and fun I got out of the program reinforced my desire [to pursue a career] in the field of medicine. I had a lot of unanswered questions answered…"

Summer Scholar: “The Pre-Med Summer Scholar Program made me excited and motivated to go into medicine. This was a life-changing experience.”

Summer Scholar Parent:“Wonderful and enjoyable program to help the kids learn about their own personal interests and help to lead them towards their future career paths. Truly an experience that a normal classroom cannot provide!”


Ideal Candidates:

  • Possess a strong desire to attend medical school to pursue a career in medicine
  • Current high school students and high school graduates not yet in attending college. MUST BE 16 YEARS OLD (hospital policy)

  • Must be fully vaccinated - Childhood vaccinations + COVID vaccinations + Booster

Program Fee (Scholarships available based on need)

  • $1200


2022 Pre-Med Summer Scholar Schedule (choice to attend one, 5-day session):

Session 1: Monday, June 27 - Friday, July 1

Session 2: Monday, July 11 - Friday, July 15

* Both sessions will be completely IN-PERSON and ONSITE


Make a difference in your community while gaining valuable leadership skills and insight into the medical field!

The Mattel Youth Ambassadors are a dynamic group comprised of high school students ages 16-18 who support the Mattel Children’s Hospital and patient experience programs. You will gain valuable leadership skills while giving back to the community. Our Youth Ambassadors are ambitious and interested in improving the health and well-being of others, while learning about the healthcare environment, and medical career options. Meet fellow students who share your ambitions, and have fun along the way!

This virtual program is comprised of regular meetings, virtual activities, and service to the hospital. There is a fundraising goal, as well as participation in projects from the Child Life Department such as our Halloween event, holiday festivities for the patients, and National Child Life month. Weekly dynamic meetings offer leadership skills, physician round table discussions to explore the medical field, and opportunities to expand knowledge of the healthcare environment.


Application is now closed. Application opens on April 17th, 2023:

For more information please email [email protected]


Program Requirements

  • Open to high school students ages 16-18
  • If accepted, must on-board as a UCLA Health volunteer
  • Must be able to attend weekly meetings; (see calendar) Two excused absences permitted within program timeframe
  • Requires an individual fund-raising commitment to be completed by April 30, 2023, in order to receive award and recommendation letter
  • >Student must adhere to fundraising guidelines. Information regarding these guidelines will be covered at orientation
  • Fundraising Proposal form
  • Must be able to attend virtual meetings on Wednesdays from 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Timeline and Calendar

  • Application opens April 7, 2022. Deadline for submission is May 31, 2022
  • Acceptance notifications will be sent via e-mail on June 10, 2022
  • Information and introductory session July 13, 2022 
  • Meeting Schedule link here
  • Fundraising Deadline April 30, 2023
  • Award Recognition Ceremony May, 2023 (TBD)

Fundraising Guidelines

Fundraising for Mattel Youth Ambassadors must not begin before formal acceptance into the program. Students are solely responsible for achieving fundraising goal after submission of fundraising proposal to program managers. Fundraising efforts are individual, and the UCLA Spark platform is encouraged. However, students may raise funds through donations from a birthday, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, or holiday event which have been designated for the program. Other individual fundraising ideas may also be proposed by the students.

Fundraisers cannot be located on hospital or clinic premises

Fundraising goal must be completed by April 30, 2023.

Volunteer On-boarding

The on-boarding period takes place after formal acceptance into the program. Further information will be provided.

If you have any questions please email [email protected]

The University of Toledo’s Beauty of Science Virtual Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design Summer Camp
Interested in learning about the process of creating makeup and personal care products?

Join us for our virtual summer camp to discover the science behind
cosmetic products, learn more about jobs in the cosmetic and personal
care industry and experience hands-on fun.

A variety of presenters will host interactive sessions and you’ll hear
from a career panel, including an influencer and a podcaster, that will
share their career experiences.

Campers will receive a camp kit with gifts from the presenters, supplies
and samples needed for the hands-on portion of the virtual camp
experience and a camp t-shirt.
Wednesday, June 21-
Friday, June 23
11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. EST
Cost: $100

High school students entering grades
10, 11 or 12 and college freshman
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Learn more about the college

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.


The program accepts applications from high school students who are current 11th and 12th graders AND born ON or BEFORE 7/1/07. Online sessions will take place July 10-20 and July 24–August 3. In-person sessions will vary by facilities There is no fee to participate. 


Application deadline is February 21.  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. For over twenty years, UCLA Writing Programs has helped undergraduates successfully meet the challenges of a university education.
Through this three-week program, UCLA’s highly regarded writing specialists will help college-bound students prepare for academic challenges at the college level. All activities will demystify the unstated differences between college and high school writing. Students will learn how to successfully approach the
college application process, including the application essay.

Program Dates: July 6, 2023 – July 27, 2023

Program Type: Open Enrollment / In-person and Virtual

Program Eligibility: 10th-11th grade in Spring 2023

UCLA Coursework: ENGL COMP 50; 2 units

Enrollment deadline: June 15, 2023

Cost: Approx. $1200/Scholarships possible through Summer Scholars Support

Are you a current 10th or 11th grade student (2022-2023 school year)
who is interested in earning college credit AND having a Duke
University academic experience?

We invite qualified high schoolers to apply as online students in a
selection of courses from across the arts and sciences. You must be 16-years-old by the
start of the course (July 3) to be eligible to enroll – there are no exceptions to this
university policy.

- Tuition for a Duke University course open to high school participants is $2705 +
a one time $120 transcript fee. We are unable to offer financial aid for university
credit course options.

Online Options

Interested in a Duke academic experience but can’t make the drive to campus? Check
out our selection of
online course options. Whether you’re motivated by the arts,
humanities, sciences or social sciences, there is an interesting course waiting for you!

Ready to apply?

Review our
application directions and apply soon for the best chance at getting a spot in
your top course choice. Email (
[email protected]) with any questions.
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.

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.


In order to be eligible for this fellowship, applicants need to: 

  • Be 15–18 and sophomores or juniors in high school upon applying
  • Live and attend school in the state of Massachusetts, California, or attend Rex Putnam High School in Milwaukie, Oregon
  • Identify as female or nonbinary*

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


 Applications are due March 24, 2023.


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
Your Role As a Summer IT Intern in Gensler's Los Angeles office, you will join a team that enhances our colleague's experience by combining technological ingenuity and superb customer service for a full-time, paid internship opportunity. This is a full-time program running from June 6 through August 11, 2023. You must be available for the entire duration of the program. What You Will Do • Introduction to on-site computer hardware & software maintenance • Training on troubleshooting techniques and solutions • Instruction on imaging laptops • Learn to manage projects independently such as E-Waste and inventory management • Understand the value of communicating tech issues and other solutions quickly and effectively to staff
Your Qualifications • Education, training, or experience in IT, Computer Science, or related fields • Willingness to perform all job duties with enthusiasm and a positive outlook • Deep appreciation for teamwork and drive to be part of a high-level team • Strong organization, communication, and time management skills to work in an independent environment • Effective problem-solving skills, analytical aptitude, and an ability to learn quickly • Graduation date between January 2023 and December 2024 • Availability to work ON SITE for 40 hrs/week within standard business hours
How to Apply Submit an online application including a resume, and cover letter, in PDF form. This posting will remain open until March 15, 2023. This is a paid internship at the rate of either $23 - $24 per hour based upon location and year completed in your educational program. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and available positions may be filled before the posting closes
Learn about the Future of Biomedical Research.

Established in 1978, The Lundquist Institute’s Summer Fellowship Program is designed to encourage graduating high school seniors and high school juniors to explore careers in the field of biomedical science. Students in the program will: 


·Spend eight weeks participating in a virtual curriculum, featuring lectures and presentations by our world-renowned faculty. 

·Participate in study groups in a mentored research project, culminating in the presentation at the end of the program to peers, family, and research community during the final week of the program, and receive Certificates of Achievement. 


Students will participate in research areas such as Cancer, Regenerative Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Metabolic Disorders and more. Fellowship Period begins on Monday, June 12, 2023, and continues through Friday, August 4, 2023. This is a highly selective and very prestigious/intensive fellowship. For Eligibility and Application requirements, please see details HERE. The deadline to apply is April 1, 2023.  

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 2023 program will be offered as VIRTUAL (15+ years old) or IN-PERSON (16+ years old)

  • All students will receive hands-on research experience and professional development (resume writing, college applications, etc.)
  • All participants in good standing will receive a stipend.
  • All supplies are covered by the program.
  • All students must be available from 9am – 4pm MST.
    • Breaks will be provided throughout the day.
The Summer 2023 application is open!