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Summer Opportunities

Experience Cal- UC Berkeley

U.C. Berkeley offers a FREE “experience Cal” program each June for rising seniors.  This two-day residential program on the UC Berkeley campus is for university-bound high school and community college students.  The program is offered at no cost; however, all of our students are expected to provide their own transportation to the Berkeley campus and back.

Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project

Barnard College Summer in the City

Barnard College Summer in the City

New York City, New York

Application Deadline: May 1  Financial Aid Deadline: April 11

Program Dates: June 22 – July 19

Description: Students select two courses, a morning class and an afternoon class to be attended Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. On Wednesdays, students participate in our Life After College Series. Areas of study include acting, literature, architecture, political science, journalism, and more. See website for more details.

Financial Aid: Barnard will be offering a number of partial scholarship awards as well as one full scholarship for the program. All scholarships are based on financial need. Find out more and apply for aid here

NYU Steinhardt Programs

NYU Steinhardt Programs

New York, New York

Application Deadlines: Vary by discipline. See website for details, but most priority deadlines are between March 18 and April 18, and most final deadlines are between April 1 and May 15

Program Dates: Vary by discipline

Description: Every summer, high school to graduate students participate in NYU’s varied and exciting music and performing arts programs. Their programs vary from several instrumental performance programs including brass, broadway percussion, improvisational jazz, and piano, to vocal performance, music business, and music technology.

Financial Aid: NYU offers several performance and need based scholarships to accepted applicants. Please see their website for more details.

Women In Engineering Summer Camp

Women in Engineering Summer Camp

Dayton, Ohio

Application Deadline: June 1

Program Dates: July 13-18

Description: A Sunday-through-Friday experience that gives you the chance to dabble in engineering through hands-on, learn-by-doing activities. Guided by University professors, you’ll conduct experiments and use your creativity to make cool stuff in our classrooms and laboratories. You’ll meet women engineers and visit a job site.

Financial Aid: Financial Aid available

Harvard University Summer School

Harvard University Summer School 

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Application Deadline:

For financial aid: March 24

Regular deadline: May 5

Program Dates: June 21 – August 9

Description: Alongside college and adult students, you can earn college credit in Harvard courses and explore subjects not available at your high school. You study with distinguished faculty, use state-of-the-art labs, and have access to the largest university library system in the world.

Financial Aid: Scholarships are available to students with outstanding academic records who demonstrate financial need

OLAB (Opportunities to Learn About Business)

OLAB (Opportunities to Learn About Business) — This camp in mid-July is for risings seniors is completed FREE (business sponsors cover your cost).  The camps is at Wabash College in Indiana.  It is a one-week hands-on introduction to business and the market economy.


Why should I apply?

  • will live in USC dorms
  • will gain experience of apprenticeship
  • will meet new people
  • will find out if this is what they want to do in the future

Who can get the apprenticeship?


What is the application process?

1. A completed Apprenticeship program application

2. Letter of Recommendation from a faculty member

3. Copy of your High School Transcript (with standardized test scores)

4. 2 reflective prompts (see application for essay prompts)

5. Sample of student work

6. student and guardian signatures

When is it due?

Deadline: April 7, 2014 (Postmarked)

PICK UP AN APPLICATION AT THE COLLLEGE CENTER  or go to the following link for more information:

Cornell University Summer College

Cornell University Summer College 

Ithaca, New York

Application Deadline: April 4 for Financial Aid, May 2 for Summer College Program

Program Dates:

Three-week, session 1 June 21-July 12, 2014
Three-week, session 2 July 13-August 2, 2014
Six-week programs June 21-August 5, 2014

Description: We offer precollege programs for talented high school students. Experience the excitement of college life, take college courses with renowned faculty, and enjoy an “unforgettable, life-changing summer.”

Financial Aid:

Summer College offers a limited number of partial scholarships that are awarded based on:

Summer Science Institute

Summer Science Institute 

Madison, Wisconsin

Application Deadline: April 15

Program Date: June 14 – July 25

Description: A six-week residential experience in which students gain an understanding of biological/physical research while learning about college life. Students also participate in classes, which strengthens their writing and math skills.

Financial Aid: This program is totally free!

UW-Madison Engineering Summer Program

UW-Madison Engineering Summer Program

Madison, Wisconsin

Application Deadline: April 1

Program Dates: June 21 – August 1

Description: The UW-Madison Engineering Summer Program helps you explore career options, prepare for the rigors of college, and develop strong skills in math and science. Best of all, you will experience first-hand what it is like to be an engineering student at UW-Madison.

Financial Aid:

The program is 100% sponsored. There are no costs to the students once they arrive on campus. Students and families are required to finance and make travel arrangements to and from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Chapman University Economic Summer Institute

Chapman University Economic Summer Institute for High School Students.  The objective of these FREE summer workshops on campus at Chapman is to expose students to and get them interested in the foundations of economic analysis using experimental economics..  Students must be high school juniors and seniors.

Deadline: April 11th, 2014

FEE Summer Economics Seminars

FEE Summer Economics Seminars for high school and college students are totally FREE and some travel scholarships are available. They take place at college campuses in various cities and are just a few days long. For the last 50 years, FEE’s goal in hosting introductory economics seminars has been to give students the tools needed to answer or find answers to some of the most difficult economic questions.  Students with an interest in economics, history, politics, social science, philosophy, education, business, or current events are all encouraged to apply

Rolling Admissions so apply soon!

MITES- MIT Program for Juniors

MITES  is a FREE six-week residential summer program at MIT (for rising seniors) during which students have the opportunity to experience a demanding academic atmosphere and to begin building the self-confidence necessary for success at America’s top universities. This program also stresses the value and reward of pursuing advanced technical degrees and careers while developing the skills necessary to achieve success in science and engineering. There are no costs to students once they arrive on campus.