Summer Programs

Most of these summer programs have scholarship programs.  Scholarships are usually competitive, and it helps to apply early!  Follow the links to learn more.


TeenLife Summer Programs Directory – This is a general directory where you can search among hundreds of different programs!


The web site PrepScholars compiled this very helpful list of summer medical and/or science research programs.


Foresight Prep at Oberlin College.  Program emphasizes social justice and environmental issues.  Open to all grade levels. SCHOLARSHIP PRIORITY APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 18th; priority for financial aid is Feb. 14th.


UC Cosmos  4-week residential STEM program at a UC campus for current 9th - 11th graders.  Scholarships may be available.  APPLICATION DEADLINE: Feb. 11th


UCLA LABOR CENTER DREAM SUMMER FELLOWSHIP.  For Dreamers and resident students who support more rights for Dreamers (undocumented students).  Work at a non-profit and receive leadership training.  DEADLINE:  FEB 26th.  Dream Summer will happen virtually in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff will notify participants immediately of any changes. Must turn 18 by June 18th.


Camp CHLA- Health Care Career Exploration. Spend five days of education, observation and participation in the daily activities of health care professionals at Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Decisions about whether Camp CHLA 2022 will return to an in-person experience have not been made and will be addressed towards the end of 2021.


Princeton Summer Journalism Program - PSJP is a free 10-day journalism program hosted at Princeton University for high-achieving, low income high school juniors. Students learn reporting from celebrated journalists and are paired with a college counselor during their senior year. All expenses, including students’ travel costs to and from Princeton, are paid for by the program. Details about the program will open in late Nov. 2021. DEADLINE: Late FEB.


CA State Summer School for the Arts. 4-week program featuring courses in creative writing, film, music, theater, and visual arts. Link closed due to COVID.


The Intern Project .The Intern Project (TIP) provides deserving Los Angeles public high school 10th, 11th, and 12th graders the chance to work in dynamic career areas such as digital media, entertainment, technology, health care, and design, through paid internships of four or more weeks during the summer break.  DEADLINE: March 13th.


Carnegie Mellon Computer Science Scholars program. Gives students in traditionally underrepresented groups an opportunity to learn about computer science.  You must also submit a scholarship application to have your fees waived. DEADLINE: March 16th.


Eve and Gene Black Summer Medical Mentoring program.  For current juniors and seniors.  Medical mentoring and job shadowing in Los Angeles. Please Check in December 2021 for more info on the 2022 Program.


UC Davis Young Scholars Program.  For current 10th and 11th graders interested in scientific research.  DEADLINE: MAR. 15TH


UC Santa Barbara Research Mentorship Program.  Spend six weeks assisting a UC Santa Barbara professor or graduate student with their research!  Some full and partial scholarships are available on a competitive basis.  Not Updated for 2022.


US Naval Academy Summer STEM Academy.  For current 9th and 10th graders. Visit the US Naval Academy in Maryland and learn more about STEM careers! 


UCLA Summer Sessions. Offered to students of all grades in a variety of different subject areas, including science, arts, law, and writing workshops. Has not been updated for the Summer Sessions of 2022.


TryEngineering Summer InstituteOrganized in two-week sessions on university campuses across the U.S., the TryEngineering Summer Institute unites students from around the world to engage in hands-on design challenges and experience the work firsthand of real-life engineers.  


UC Santa Barbara Science and Research Academy.  Students will take a 4-unit university course where they choose and develop a research topic specific to the track they select, under the direction of an instructor who is conducting active research in that field. Some full and partial scholarships are available on a competitive basis. Late November Update


Engineering Possibilities In College (EPIC) - This is a one-week engineering summer camp for students in grades 6-11. EPIC introduces campers to the varied fields of engineering through hands-o labs taught by university professors and industry professionals. Scholarships available! DEADLINE: Apr. 15th


UCI Paul Merage school of Business a weeklong on-campus financial literacy program dedicated to helping underserved first generation 9th and 10th grade students from the Los Angeles county.  OPEN NOW - APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! CHECK BACK IN WINTER 2021


UC Irvine High School Summer Institute in Law.  For current 10th and 11th graders. Scholarships are available - email them for more information about how to apply for a scholarship. OPEN NOW - APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!


UC San Diego Summer STEM. The purpose of the academy is to prepare current high school juniors (rising seniors) for a college academic experience. It also helps student get familiar with the academic disciplines and campus life.


The SMASH Program (UCLA) The SMASH Program is a free STEM- focused program geared toward high-achieving, high potential, economically disadvantaged, high school students who are typically underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Inactive Program


MIT MITES program.  MITES is a 6-week residential program for current juniors.  The program is free except for travel expenses to Boston. Deadline during fall semester of junior year. CHECK BACK IN NOVEMBER 2021 for a 2022 UPDATED INFO AND APPLICATION.


Ignite LA- Ignite LA offers highs school students in the Los Angeles County an opportunity to do research during their two week intensive summer program. Research topics include climate change, species adaptation, and environmental sustainability.  POSTPONED DUE TO THE PANDEMIC.


EXPLORE - EXPLORE is a summer program which matches advanced and gifted 9th through 11th graders with distinguished mentors, hands-on research opportunities, and professional experience in their field of interest. NOT YET UPDATED FOR 2022 APPLICATION.


Advanced Science Exploratory Program - offers educational seminars geared towards high-school students interested in pursuing careers in science, including Psychology, Medicine, Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Neurology, Biology, Engineering, Computer Science. Scholarships are available.


Aviation Careers Education (ACE) Academy - This is a four day summer program for students in grades 8-12 who are interested in aviation careers. 


Jobs / Internships


 LA Youth at Work.  Ongoing job training and opportunities for students age 16 and older.  Many jobs listings for students 16 and older.


 I Start on Monday.  Especially good for graduating seniors!  Many job listings in the Los Angeles area.  Also lists summer jobs and internships.