Summer Programs for High School Students
This list is a means of circulating information received in our College & Career Center. It is not an endorsement of any programs.
Some programs are highly selective and accept only those students who meet specific academic standards. Other programs are open to those who apply and pay the fees on a first-come, first-serve basis. Some programs offer scholarships which usually have an earlier application deadline. To find an application or information, click on the web link. All program links are checked once a year. Some links may change in the interim.
Summer Discovery online Get a meaningful educational experience and start to build the foundation for a competitive college application. With Summer Discovery Online, you can explore 18 pre-college courses at leading universities including UCLA, CU Boulder, and UT Austin. Immerse in courses such as Ideagen Global Leaders Academy Powered by Microsoft; Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports; Advertising in the Digital Age; Leadership During a Crisis; and more.
ACLU High School Summer Advocacy program The ACLU Summer Advocacy Program will bring together a diverse group of high school students (ages 15-18) from across the United States to participate in a week-long, firsthand learning experience for the next generation of social justice advocates. Through an intensive program in Washington, D.C., students will learn directly from lawyers, lobbyists, community activists, and ACLU experts. The Close Up Foundation – a DC-based civic education nonprofit -- will serve as a partner with the ACLU to provide substantive experiential learning and small group discussion opportunities.
Banson Fashion School Summer Programs (NYC) www.bansonnyc.org or (917) 328-1469.
Bank of America Summer Future Leaders Program BOFA Summer student leader program link (closed for 2021)
C2 Pipeline at Wayne State University in Detroit
College for Creative Studies (CCS) PreCollege Summer Experiences. CCS Summer programming NOTE: some are FULL TUITION!
Columbia University Summer Programs for High School Students, fee waiver code: HSIM220
Cornell Engineering - Diversity Programs in Engineering
- CURIE academy (for rising Juniors & Senior Women) - https://sites.coecis.cornell.edu/curieacademy
- CATALYST academy (for rising Junior or Seniors from minority backgrounds) - https://sites.coecis.cornell.edu/catalystacademy
Denison University - Reynolds Young Writers Workshop (closed for 2021)
Discovery Summer, just completed its 54th year providing academic programs for middle school and high school students alongside 14 university partners across the US, UK, and Singapore. All courses are taught by university instructors and students live on campus, exploring university towns for a robust pre-college summer experience. Some of our top campus locations include UCLA, UCSB, University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown, Cambridge University, and Yale-NUS in Singapore. Here is the link to the digital catalog: https://read.nxtbook.com/summer_discovery/catalog/summer_discovery_2020/index.html limited Financial Aid is available, https://www.summerdiscovery.com/why-us/scholarships
Summer Sessions at Duke University - not for credit
Duke University Summer College for HS Students - earn college credit
Youth Leadership Institute for Hispanic students from the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. YLI is a free, five-day, overnight, college empowerment conference for Latino high school juniors held at two top universities across the US. This highly selective program is designed to give young leaders the practical tools they need to successfully apply to top universities, have full access to scholarship and financial aid opportunities, and set a course for academic and career success. (TBA)
Internships for High School Students. Compilation of paid and volunteer opportunities, sorted by ZIP code.
Kettering University https://www.kettering.edu/precollege
Oakland Schools Cyber Camp Dates upcoming
Oakland University Summer Camps - Engineering, Computer Science, STEM, Nursing & Health Sciences
PENN summer programs Penn delivers the challenge of an Ivy League curriculum to academically talented high school students seeking a pre-collegiate experience. Explore Penn's historic campus, engage with leading faculty, and build intellectual connections within accelerated two-, three-, or six-week Penn Summer High School Programs.
Pratt (Art School) enrollment brochure
Ringling College Summer Program for more info! application link at the end of online brochure.
School of the Art Institute of Chicago. (summer programs closed for 2021)
Stanford University Medical Youth Science Program (Closed for 2021)
Stanford University Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes (closed for 2021)
University of Chicago Summer Session (Closed for 2021)
University of Rochester Pre-College Summer Programs
University of Southern California Summer Programs
Washington University in St. Louis Summer Experiences
Washington University Summer Architecture Discovery Program
Wayne State University K-12 Students Summer Programs
Reflections from three current students about their summer experiences at pre-college programs:
Marcus Cunningham (class of 2020), Wayne State C2 Pipeline
While at the c2 Pipeline Warriors Experience I had a vast amount of interaction with internal medicine and with those who actually teach and practice it. When you first register for the program you choose your “track” which will decide the curriculum you’ll be learning while at the experience, you have six choices: Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Dentistry, Social Work, and Engineering.
Your daily schedule includes teachings within your track, a college 101 class, and free time. The goal by the end of the camp is to apply what you’ve learned in your tracks in a 6-man group presentation about how to fight, prevent, stop, and/or manage diabetes. The top 3 groups all earn renewable scholarships to Wayne State University. (I believe it was $2500 for first place, $1500 for 2nd, and $750 for 3rd)
While there I had both great educational and social growth. While the majority of things covered in the medicine track were covered in AP Biology and Anatomy and Physiology, there were parts of medicine that I hadn’t even thought about, we learned about proper bedside manner and how professionals in the field have to make the decision whether someone’s going to make it or not. But socially I learned more, obviously coming from a black family certain social norms just flowed while I was down there, but growing up in BPS Schools doesn’t prepare you for the people that you can encounter. While I was able to socialize well with the other students there, I could tell that I wasn’t relating to them in every aspect. Most of the kids came from lower-income schools and cities, so I think anybody who has attended BPS would be a good fit for this program just due to the social growth that can take place while at the camp.
Kyla Hurns (Class of 2020), Bank of America 2019 Student Leaders Program
As appeared in the Oakland Press, August 4, 2019
“I want to learn more about leading and guiding large groups of people to accomplish one central goal,” she said.
Hurns of Southfield spent the summer at a paid internship with Focus:HOPE in Detroit, where she worked in the organization’s food, early childhood education and community-building programs. She also joined more than 200 other student leaders from across the nation in a week-long Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. There, she met with Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow and Rep. Justin Amash and participated in a service learning project with the American Red Cross.
In school, Hurns has been class president of the Student Congress, Minority Student Achievement Network leader and an executive member of the Model United Nations. She is an avid volunteer, having participated in Habitat for Humanity and African Americans Changing Tomorrow.
Bank of America’s Student Leaders Program gives young people who are passionate about improving the community an opportunity to build their workforce and leadership skills. During their internships, student leaders also work with Bank of America volunteers to develop better money habits to increase their financial management skills.
Nia Kepes (Class of 2020), Oakland University Future Physicians
The last week after school was over and I was back in school by choice. However, this school was fascinating, constantly engaging, and fun! This summer for the last two weeks of June I attended the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine Future Physicians Summer Enrichment Program. Yes, the experience did live up to the long name.
The first morning I went in knowing but one other girl and I took a seat at the team 1 table. This team would end up becoming some of my closest and coolest friends. We spent two weeks Monday through Friday from 9-5 learning from medical school professors. We learned about neuroscience, microbiology, pharmacology, ethics, and the list goes on and on.
Meanwhile, we were tasked with picking a topic related to obesity, researching it, creating an infographic, and a presentation. My team studied obesity and it’s associated medical conditions. For example, I studied obstructive sleep apnea and how it is not only a medical condition that can be caused by obesity but it can also lead to obesity.
During the second week we also got to first visit the medical school cadaver lab and learn kinesthetically about brain biology while holding a human brain and cystic fibrosis and emphysema while holding human lungs. Then we visited the science lab and watched micro-organisms under a microscope. Lastly, we took a field trip to Beaumont Auburn Hills and learned about CPR and taking blood pressure, we got to use otoscopes to look in each other's ears and eyes, and we met the thousand dollar dummies used to simulate medical situations and test medical students on their abilities to respond.
I not only learned a lot about being a future physician, but I learned about college and medical school, gained new friends and got to spend two weeks around like-minded peers and amazing professors.