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Summer Programs

Summer programs & opportunities are great way to learn more about an interest you have or a career field/major! Follow these tips to explore potential opportunities:

  • Start Early - begin exploring summer opportunities at the end of 1st semester, summer programs can have deadlines as early as December. Be sure to make note of application deadlines and requirements so you can adequately plan and notify teachers or counselors of any supporting documentation you may need.
  • Search for Free or Low Cost Programs - these often have a competitive application process but the programs can include amazing opportunities to conduct research, study internationally, attend college seminars or classes, and add leadership skill to your resume.
  • Look for Programs with Scholarships - some programs offer need-based and/or merit based scholarship. Programs with these opportunities often require you to apply well before the application deadline!

The counseling team has compiled the lists of opportunities below, but you can search for opportunities on your own too! We try to keep this page as accurate as possible, but please check program websites for the most up-to-date information.

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California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA)

(9th, 10th, 11th, 12th) A 4-week rigorous pre-professional training program in visual and performing arts, creative writing, animation and film. It is meant to provide foundation training for students interested in pursuing careers in the arts, especially in California. Financial aid is awarded to students based on financial need.

Idyllwild Residential High School Intensive & Workshops

(9th, 10th, 11th, 12th) Students immerse themselves completely in their chosen creative outlet. Instructors work closely with students to provide focused, hands on experience and build skills. Need based financial aid available. Merit awards for music students.

MPulse Summer Performing Arts Institute at the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theatre, & Dance

(9th, 10th, 11th, 12th) Student work with distinguished faculty and alumni in either music performance, music technology, musical theatre, theatre, or dance. A limited number of merit and need-based tuition assistance awards - apply early!

Summer of Art at Otis College of Art & Design

(10th, 11th, 12th) Intensive, 4-week program for students to study art & design in LA. Students receive one-on-one instructor critique, attend classes & lectures, work in studios, and share their work in a final exhibition. Scholarships are available based on family financial need, your portfolio, and GPA.

Business & Economics

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Business Careers Awarness Program (BCAP) at University of Arizona

(11th) An opportunity to explore the world of business for students who are under-represented in college business classes. Students will be given an introduction to accounting, finance & ethics classes, compete in a case-study competitions and have opportunities for networking and site visits to the EY office in Phoenix. Program is sponsored by EY and all costs are covered by EY Scholarship.

Business is Global at Indiana University

(10th, 11th, 12th) Experience the intersection of business, language, and culture. Students will be introduced to less-commonly taught foreign languages from locations with dynamic economies: Arabic (Middle East & North Africa), Mandarin Chinese (East Asia), Russian (Eastern Europe & Russia), Turkish (Turkey) and learn about business practices of the United States in these regions as well as how current events impact international business. Need-based scholarships available.

Economics for Leaders Program

(10th & 11th) A program that teaches student-leaders how to integrate economics into the process of decision-making. The program is taught by economics professors and students attend classes, workshops, & activities while living on a university or college campus. Scholarships available.

Fletcher Scholars Business Program at Arizona State University

(11th) An introduction to careers in business tailored for students from low economic backgrounds. All program costs covered except transportation to and from campus.

Leadership in the Business World at University of Pennsylvania

Opportunity for students to earn about leadership in 21st century organizations through a dynamic and rigorous mix of classes with professors and business leaders, company site visits, and team-building activities.

Meet Kelly Program at Indiana University

(11th) An introduction to the Kelley School of Business for students from historically underrepresented backgrounds. Students will have the opportunity to create and present in a business plan competition. All program costs covered except transportation to and from campus.

Young Women's Institute at Indiana University

(11th) Program to introduce women to the world of business. Must have 3.5 GPA. Students will participate in workshops with the business faculty, interact with business school alumni & students, prepare a real-world business case project, and connect with other women in business. All program costs covered.

Humanities & Social Sciences

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Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College

(10th, 11th, 12th) A 5 day conference on the Civil War that includes lectures, battlefield tours, breakout sessions, and other activities. 10 full ride scholarships to cover all costs except transportation.

Crow Canyon Archaeological Camp

Learn excavation and lab techniques by working alongside our archaeologists in the field and in the lab. You'll work in an archaeological site inhabited by ancestral Pueblo people nearly 1,000 years ago.You’ll wash, catalog, and analyze ancient artifacts in the lab and learn about American Indian cultures past and present. Full & partial scholarships available.

Great Jewish Books Summer Program

(10th, 11th) Students read important works of modern Jewish literature and discuss how they can inform us today. Students work with college professors and participate in social, cultural, and recreational activities. Open to all students regardless of religious identity. All admitted students receive a full scholarship for the program except for transportation to and from.

Sports Broadcast Camp at Arizona State University

A residential program for students interested in sports journalism. Participants learn under the direction of veteran sports journalists and are exposed to play by play and sideline reporting, hosting, studio production and more.

Summer Journalism Institute at Arizona State University

Students spend 2 weeks living at ASU and learning at their Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Students will get hands on experience in reporting, social media, web production, shooting & editing videos and photos, and producing/directing a student newscast in state-of-the-art newsrooms, studios, and labs. Students will also get to network with local journalism professionals and work with faculty, staff, & students from ASU. All costs covered for those admitted.

Summer Journalism Program at Princeton University

(11th) A 10 day program for students of low-income backgrounds. Students get to learn the basics of journalism from reporters & editors at major newspapers (New York Times, The Washington Post, etc.). They also get to learn about Princeton and prepare for the college application process (admissions info, test prep, etc). All costs including transportation to and from campus are included.

Language & Culture

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Amigos de las Americas

Gain experience in a new culture and learn/practice Spanish for 4-8 weeks by living in a Latin American country with a host family and working side by side with local community members on a service project and other activities. Check out the local Tucson chapter hereNeed & merit based financial discounts, and fundraising efforts to help lower costs. 

Bronfman Fellowship

(11th) For students who identify as Jewish. A five-week all expenses paid summer in Israel. Fellows study major issues in contemporary Jewish life, explore texts and important documents, and meet with some of today's most influential figures. 

Concordia Language Villages

Study Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, French, Arabic, Finnish, Russian, Norwegian, Italian, Korean, Chinese, German, Japanese, or Swedish from anywhere from 1 weeks to 5 weeks. While living in the language village, students are fully engaged in their target language through formal classes, cultural programming, activities, and free time. Need-based scholarships available.

National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

(10th, 11th, 12th) Part of a U.S. initiative to prepare youth for a global world, NSLI-Y is an opportunity for students to spend the summer (or gap year) abroad studying a high needs language (Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Bahasa Indonesia, Korean, Persian, Russian, or Turkish) and culture in another country. All costs are paid for by the U.S. Department of State.

Middlebury Interactive Language Academy

A 4 week residential language immersion program where students study a foreign language (Arabic, Chines, French & Spanish) and speak the target language 24/7, while engaging in meaningful cultural exploration projects. Students take a Language Pledge - a formal promise to only speak in the language they are learning (no English!) for the duration of the program. Opportunities to study in both the U.S. and abroad. Need-based financial aid for families earning less than $150,000 - apply early!


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 A 2 week program where students will study leadership with a focus on current social issues and provide guidance, insight, and empowerment to address critical issues in meaningful and sustainable ways. Students will take a course of their choosing and study with faculty and students from all over the world. Need based scholarships available.

Cesar E Chavez Leadership Institute at Arizona State University

(10th, 11th) A week-long program where students explore higher education, develop leadership skills, and discover the value of community service. Program include workshops, lectures, and includes to foster leadership skills, critical thinking, and a passion for civic engagement. Free for all accepted students.

Environmental Leadership: Rhode Island at the Brown Environmental Leadership Lab (BELL)

Notre Dame Leadership Seminars

(11th) Students engage in discussion and exchange of ideas on topics affecting the global community. Students practice their analytical and leadership skills through trainings and activities. Tuition, housing and meals for those admitted will be paid for by the University. 


Pre-College Programs

These programs offer students the opportunity to live at a college over the summer and experience 'college life'. Students typically live in the dorms, take college-level class, or exploratory courses, and attend activities on campus & in the local community. Some programs also offer some college admissions & application prep. For programs that offer need or merit based scholarships/financial aid, it is typically important to apply early! Click on the programs below to learn more and apply. 


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A 7-week summer research opportunity for students to research in any academic area in the university. Students will conduct hands-on research with faculty and participate in weekly activities, seminars, and field trips. Admitted students receive a $750 stipend as well as room and board.

KEYS Program at the University of Arizona

(10th & 11th) 7 week research internship in bioscience, engineering, environmental health, or biostatistics where high school students work side-by-side with top faculty in research labs. After training in lab safety & techniques, students conduct hands on research and present what they've learned at an end of program showcase. Free program for those admitted.

High School Honors Science, Math, & Engineering Program at Michigan State University

A 7 week summer research apprenticeship in the life sciences. Participants have the opportunity to conduct research on a major research-intensive university campus alongside professional scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and peers with similar interests. Financial need based scholarships available.

Jump Start at the University of Maryland

(10th & 11th) A week long science immersion program for students considering a career in the sciences. Students will carry out laboratory investigations and participate in seminars and professional development workshops.

Research Science Institute at MIT

RISE Internship/Practicum at Boston University

Spend 6 weeks conducting university laboratory research under the mentorship of distinguished faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students. Research will be in areas such as: astronomy, biology, biomedical engineering, chemistry, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, medical laboratory research, neuroscience, physics, psychology, and public health. Need based financial aid available.

Secondary Student Training Program at the University of Iowa

(10th, 11th)

Summer Student Program at the Jackson Laboratory

(11th, 12th) A 10 week paid residential internship in genetics or genomics research. Students participate in ongoing research with a mentor, developing an independent project where they implement their plan, analyze the data, and report the results. At the end of the summer students report their findings to other researchers. This is a paid internship and also includes housing/meals.


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Engineering Summer Program at the University of Wisconsin

(10th, 11th)


Joaquin Bustoz Math-Science Honors Program at Arizona State University
(11th) For students typically underrepresented in STEM.

Michigan Math & Science Scholars at the University of Michigan

Minority Introduction to Engineering & Science (MITES) Program at MIT


MIT Online Science, Technology, & Engineering Community (MOSTEC) Program


Ross Mathematics Program

(9th, 10th, 11th) An intensive summer program for students to explore mathematics. Students will explore more advanced math topics, completing challenging sets of problems, and take the first steps towards independent math research while living on a college campus and working with mathematicians. Need based financial aid available.

Summer Academy for Mathematics & Science (SAMS) at Carnegie Mellon University

(11th) For


Summer Health Institute at Arizona State University


Summer Science Camp at Hillsdale College

(9th, 10th, 11th)

Summer Studies in Mathematics (SSim) at Hampshire College



U.S. Service Academies

If you are considering applying to one of the U.S. Service Academies for your undergraduate career, these summer programs give you insight on life in the academy and help prepare you for the application process. Click on the links below to learn more and apply.

U.S. Air Force Academy - Summer Seminar

During this week long residential program, students will explore academic facilities and research labs, live in cadet dormitories & eat in dining facilities, and participate in a variety of workshops, including some to help you with your application. Students will also be mentored by an upper-classman cadet.

U.S. Coast Guard Academy - Academy Introduction Mission (AIM)

A week-long residential immersion program where students will experience daily life in the Coast Guard Academy including physical training, tours of facilities, workshops, engineering demonstrations, and Q&A sessions with current students and officers.

U.S. Military Academy - Summer Leaders Experience (SLE)

A week-long residential immersion in academic, military and social life for those considering the United States Military Academy. Students will participate in courses, military training, and athletic & social events.

U.S. Naval Academy - Summer Seminar


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