Summer Programs

The College and Careers Center maintains a file of summer programs, many of which take place at colleges across the United States and internationally.  There are summer programs for academic subjects,  for personal interest, or for career exploration.  There is also a range of Leadership opportunities.  The list below gives a sample of the types of opportunities that are offered.  This list is by no means exhaustive, and students are encouraged to use the internet to research summer programs that fit their interests or requirements.

However, when considering summer options,  it is important to remember that a part time job, or a commitment to a local community service project can also provide a positive and fulfilling opportunity for many students.  In considering preparation for the college admission process, remember that these summer programs do not necessarily give an advantage.  Admissions offices recognize that these programs are often too expensive for many families.  Personal growth and the development of skills and experiences that students can take on to college can be gained from a range of summer options, whether that is an academic program,  part time job, or volunteer experience.

Below is a list of summer opportunities for high school students. 

In addition,  there is a free online resource at
This free directory of programs is organized into categories (including a California Programs Category) containing information about a variety summer programs for students.

We cannot recommend or endorse any program in particular. Please investigate eligibility and tuition requirements, if any, for each.

Brown University, Providence, RI: Summer@Brownwebsite
The Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project (sophomore and junior students)website
Childrens Hospital Oakland Research Institute, Oakland, CA: Summer Research Programwebsite
Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA:  Summer Engineering 5-Day Seminar for Juniors & Sophomoreswebsite
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY: Telluride Association Summer Programs for High School Studentswebsite
Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA: Minority Biomedical Research Support Programwebsite
InnerSpark, Sacramento, CA: California State Summer School for the Artswebsite
Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, Baltimore, MD: Summer Programswebsite
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA: Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science Programwebsite
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA: Research Science Institutewebsite
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA: Women’s Technology Programwebsite
Michigan Tech, Houghton, MI: Summer Youth Programwebsite
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease’s (NIDDK): Short-term Education Program for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) (paid research internship for sophomores, juniors and seniors)website
National Institute on Drug Abuse: 2011 Summer Research with NIDA (minority high school and undergraduate students)website
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC: The Garcia Center for Polymers at Engineered Interfaceswebsite
QuestBridge College Prep Scholarship (providing scholarships to various summer programs)website
Smith College, Northampton, MA: Smith College Summer Science & Engineering Program (for girls)website
Spelman College, Atlanta, GA: Howard Hughes Biomedical Summer Science Program (for rising senior high school females)website
Stanford Linear Accelerator Center: Youth Opportunity Program (summer internship employment)website
Stanford University, Stanford, CA: Stanford Medical Youth Science Programwebsite
Stanford University, Stanford, CA: Student Clinical Opportunities for Premedical Experience (SCOPE)website
Stanford University, Stanford, CA: Summer Residential Campswebsite
Stanford University Stanford, CA: Stanford Institutes of Medical Research (SIMR) Summer Internship Programwebsite
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX: Clark Summers Programwebsite
University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA: Summer Sessions and Special Programswebsite
University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA: Summer Programswebsite
University of Houston, Houston, TX: Program for Mastery in Engineering Studies (PROMES)website
University of Illinois, Urbana, IL: GEMS – Girls Engaged in Math and Sciencewebsite
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA: Summer & Special Programswebsite
University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY: Summer High School Institutewebsite