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 http://www.studenteducationprograms.com.
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@Brown||website|
|The Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project (sophomore and junior students)||website|
|Childrens Hospital Oakland Research Institute, Oakland, CA: Summer Research Program||website|
|Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA: Summer Engineering 5-Day Seminar for Juniors & Sophomores||website|
|Cornell University, Ithaca, NY: Telluride Association Summer Programs for High School Students||website|
|Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA: Minority Biomedical Research Support Program||website|
|InnerSpark, Sacramento, CA: California State Summer School for the Arts||website|
|Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, Baltimore, MD: Summer Programs||website|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA: Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science Program||website|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA: Research Science Institute||website|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA: Women’s Technology Program||website|
|Michigan Tech, Houghton, MI: Summer Youth Program||website|
|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 Interfaces||website|
|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 Program||website|
|Stanford University, Stanford, CA: Student Clinical Opportunities for Premedical Experience (SCOPE)||website|
|Stanford University, Stanford, CA: Summer Residential Camps||website|
|Stanford University Stanford, CA: Stanford Institutes of Medical Research (SIMR) Summer Internship Program||website|
|Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX: Clark Summers Program||website|
|University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA: Summer Sessions and Special Programs||website|
|University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA: Summer Programs||website|
|University of Houston, Houston, TX: Program for Mastery in Engineering Studies (PROMES)||website|
|University of Illinois, Urbana, IL: GEMS – Girls Engaged in Math and Science||website|
|University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA: Summer & Special Programs||website|
|University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY: Summer High School Institute||website|