Planning for a Fun and Meaningful Summer

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We know it seems early to think about summer, but now is the time to get excited about ways you can explore your interests and apply to programs. Many applications are due at the end of February. Below is a list to get you started in your planning. Book an appointment if you want support. We have a TON of ideas. Don’t worry, you’ve totally got this!

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Summer Program Opportunities for 2022


USC Explore Architecture: 4-week college course that engages high school students in architecture. Includes fundamentals of drawing and design, portfolio guidance, guest speakers.

Summer Architecture Program at Wentworth – Designing & constructing a full-scale structure 

Adventurous/Outdoor Leadership/Service

Amigos: Immersion trip and service abroad.

Global Leadership Adventures: GLA incorporates, service, leadership and travel for students

Broadreach: Experiences abroad through immersion program with small groups of peers

Rustic Pathways: Students work with community partners to complete service-oriented work

Outward Bound: Outdoor educational experience that builds confidence and potential

Teen Summer Service: Service adventures abroad

Business and Entrepreneurship

George Washington Summer Business Immersion: Take various business courses through GW, International Business, Management, Economics

Global Summer Learning Institute: Learn leadership skills as they relate to business in this immersive program

HERlead: Leadership forum for women in NY City. Each person paired with mentors

Leadership in the Business: @ Wharton leadership and business seminar for rising seniors

LaunchX: Supports young Entrepreneurs in launching an actual business

LeanGap: Developing and implementing business ideas for entrepreneurs

Syracuse Pre-College: Business courses for students in just about every area

Computer Science/ Coding

Data Science at Georgetown: Introduction to data science through education, speakers and hands-on work

Girls Who Code: Learn to code and close the gender gap in the tech world

ID Tech Camp: Learn everything from coding, gaming, artificial intelligence

Inspirit AI: Learn AI from Stanford and MIT Alumni

Joy of Coding: Coding class offered through the University of Michigan

Environmental Studies

Cornell Pre-College: Various environmentally focused courses offered virtually and in-person 

National Crew: 2-5 week program cleaning and conserving back and front country areas

Drexel Environmental Science Leadership Academy: Hands-on leadership experience in environmental and geoscience

Nature Bridge: Hands-on environmental experiences in California

Planting Justice: Volunteer in East Oakland at the community garden, start your own garden, learn about food justice

UCCE San Mateo/ San Francisco: Various programs offered to learn about CA agriculture and resources

Film Programs

Academy of Art: Pre-college classes in film making

Chapman Film Academy: 2-week program that teaches all aspects of filmmaking

UCLA Summer Session for Film: Learn about filmmaking and television at UCLA


Georgetown Forensic Science Academy: Hands-on experience in the world of forensics. Hear from investigators, detectives, and crime scene technicians

NSLC Summer Forensic Science: Students conduct their own investigation in this immersive experience


Stanford Humanities Insititute: Summer enrichment program for students interested in the humanities taught by Stanford professors

Sojourn To the Past: Immersive experience for students who want to learn about the Modern Civil Rights Movement

Great Books Program: Engage with enduring texts of literature and philosophy to discover and explore the great human issues and questions while developing important critical thinking skills. 

Law and International Relations

Community of Scholars American University: An introduction to global affairs through college-level coursework

National Student Leadership Conference: Interactive summer session where you learn about the law, politics, international diplomacy

Marine Biology

Cornell Pre-College Studies: Hands-on summer course through Shoals Marine Science Laboratory

Marine Science Institute: Apply for Cronkite Summer Journalism Institute (SJI)summer experiences in San Francisco


Clinical Neuroscience Immersion Stanford: Learn about fascinating topics in Neuroscience through this 2-week program

NSLC Psychology and Neuroscience: Explore psychology and neuroscience through speakers, simulations and site visits 

Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program (SIMR): 8-week research program held at Stanford

Media/Journalism/Creative Writing

Iowa Young Writers: 2-week writing immersion experience at the University of Iowa

Cronkite Summer Journalism Institute (SJI): Various camps offered from social media to sports broadcasting

JCamp: National multicultural journalism camp for high school students

Northwestern Cherubs: 5-week program at Northwestern for journalism students


Research in Science and Engineering Program (RISE): 6-week program that explores science and engineering research at Boston Unversity 

Simons Summer Research Program: Hands-on program to conduct science and engineering research at Stony Brook in New York

UCSB Summer Research Mentorship: 6-week program to conduct hands-on research at UCSB

Social Justice and Activism

ACLU Summer Institute: National advocacy program in Washington DC

Emerson College Politics Activism and Leadership Institute: Earn 4 college credits while learning about political communication, activism and advocacy. 

Young Women’s Leadership Institute: Study the complexities of gender and leadership


Cal Poly Epic: Hands-on introduction to engineering fields

Cisco High Internship Program – 2.5-week unpaid summer externship designed to give top STEM and business-focused students an overview of Cisco

COSMOS: UC summer experiences in STEM

Design The Future – Use the Design Thinking process to solve real-world problems

ID Tech – Amazing curriculum for students interested in STEM

Purdue STEP: Summer engineering programs for high school students

Santa Clara University Engineering Summer Programs: Introduction to a variety of engineering fields through hands-on projects and speakers

Stanford Summer Math Program: 3-week program that offers challenging math pursuits

Summer Science Program at Columbia: Immersive program in science at Columbia


Become a Pilot: Join upwind and become a pilot this summer

UC Davis Pre-College Programs: Everything from Environmental science to Equine Science