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.


Keck Graduate Institute-Keck Graduate Institute (KGI), a member of The Claremont Colleges, offers summer programs for:

  • Undergraduate/recent college graduates
  • Postdocs/PhD students
  • High school students

KGI’s summer programs will boost your academic career as you prepare for graduate-level studies or a career in healthcare or biotech. These programs will not only help you decide your career pathway—but they are also a great way to gain exposure to the biotechnology, medicine, life sciences, and pharmaceutical industries while improving the skills and qualifications to boost your resume.


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. DEADLINE JAN. 3rd. APPLY SOON. EARLY BIRD DEADLINE DEC. 20TH.


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


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. DEADLINE: Feb. 15th.


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.


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.


University of Chicago Summer Scholarship Programs:


  • Immersion: Through workshop discussions, research projects, and other activities, students live on campus and immerse themselves within a specific topic through three-week-long undergraduate-level courses for pre-college students designed by UChicago faculty and instructors. Course subjects include astrophysics, biotechnology, coding, data science, economics, literature, molecular engineering, political science, psychology, and more.
  • Summer Language Institute: Through this online program, students can learn an entire year of a language in one summer! Whether they want to continue learning a language or pick up a new one, the Summer Language Institute is a great way to delve deeply into another culture and another world and acquire a useful skill. With over 10 languages offered at varying levels, students are sure to find a language that speaks to them.
  • Scholarship Programs: Talented and motivated students have the opportunity to enroll in a college-level course free of charge through our scholarship programs, such as Emerging Rural Leaders, Latin American Phoenix Scholars, Neubauer Family Adelante Summer Scholars, Police & Fire Summer Scholars, the UWC Global Academy, and Woodson Summer Scholars. Our selected scholarship students will also benefit from co-curricular programming to prepare them for the highly selective admissions process. And we are excited to launch one-week non-credit Enrichment Programs that offer younger high school students the opportunity to live on campus and learn about economics, freedom of expression, leadership, or quantum physics. Application Deadlines are March 9th.
  • Outside of the Scholarship Programs, all Summer Session students can apply for need-based financial aid. All students enrolled in Summer Session can also participate in the Admissions Academy, a series of workshops that focus on the holistic admissions process to provide insights on admissions to highly selective colleges and universities and offer essay writing tips.


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's Pre-College Program the application deadline for AI4All @ Carnegie Mellon, Computer Science Scholars, Summer Academy for Math and Science (SAMS), and all scholarship consideration. Please note: Letter(s) of Recommendation must be received in our online application in order to submit the application. Deadline: March 15th.


Online Summer Programs from Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies is offering different Academic Enrichment Online Summer Programs. Listed are Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes, Stanford Summer Humanities Institute, Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC), Stanford Medical Youth Science Program (SMYSP), Stanford Math Circle, and Stanford Pre-Collegiate University-Level Online Math & Physics. Applications are open. Deadline Mar. 15. Financial Aid is available!


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


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.


Colorado College's Pre-College Program

 This summer's offerings include:

  •  Human Kinesiology: Intro to Human Anatomy for Pre-Health Majors
  • Feminist & Gender Studies: Critical Race Theory and the Law
  • Economics: Marketing for Entrepreneurs
  •  Art History: Art and the Museum in the 20th Century
  • Geology: Physical Geology of the Pikes Peak Region
  • English: Cross Genre Writing Workshop
  • Political Science: Freedom and Empire: The Drama of Ancient Politics
  • Sociology: Globalization and Immigration Policy
  • Cross Genre Writing Workshop​​​​

Our classes will be held in-person and students will live on-campus and participate in CC’s residential experience (following proper health and social distancing protocols). DEADLINE Mar. 31st


TryEngineering Summer Institute. Organized 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. Deadline Apr. 9th.


Boston University Pre- College Programs (Summer Term) FEB-MAY


  • High School Honors is a six-week residential, commuter, or online program in which students take Bostin University undergraduate courses and earn up to 8 transferable college credits. Students must be entering their junior or senior year of high school in fall 2022. DEADLINE May 27th. FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE. DEADLINE FOR FINANCIAL AID is April 15th.
  • Research in Science and Engineering RISE Internship/Practicum is a six-week non-credit residential or commuter program in which students conduct scientific research in a university lab under the guidance of a faculty member. Students must be entering their senior year of high school in fall 2022. DEADLINE for both APPLICATION and FINANCIAL AID is FEB 14th.


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


Black Girls Do Engineer Our organization was created with the concern that Black-American girls and young women are not choosing S.T.E.M. related careers, and our passion is to change the narrative and fix this issue. Our Los Angeles Chapter is seeking elementary, middle, and high school students to join our organization. Please view our Potential Member Applications and click on the application that best suits your daughter. DEADLINE: June 19th


[email protected] Carnegie Mellon

 Provides opportunities for students who have been historically excluded in STEM to study artificial intelligence with full-time faculty, staff, and researchers who are leaders in the field. (3-week program).


Computer Science Scholars @ Carnegie Mellon

 Provides students who have historically been excluded in the field of computer science an opportunity to explore the field of computer science with full-time faculty, staff and researchers who are leaders in the field.  (4-week program).


Summer Academy for Math and Science Allows students from underrepresented communities to develop a deeper understanding of STEM via traditional classroom instruction, hands-on projects, and sustained engagement with world-renowned faculty and skilled staff mentors. (rising seniors only, 6-week program).


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.


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!


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.


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.  Applications Open Dec. 15th. Deadline TBD.


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.


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. Applications Open Dec. 15th. Deadline TBD.


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. FOLLOW LINK TO APPLY FOR THE 2022 PROGRAM.


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. NOT YET UPDATED FOR THE 2022 PROGRAM.


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.


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. CLICK LINK FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO SIGN UP FOR THE 2022 PROGRAM.


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.


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.