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Summer Programs

These summer programs were selected because they have scholarship programs.  Scholarships are usually competitive, and it helps to apply early! Follow the links to learn more.

Summer Programs


If you’re a first-generation college student, join I’m First to get a lot of great college info, including summer programs!  Another great college site is CollegeGreenlight. 


Peerlift:  Peerlift is a new website for summer program research.  They also have a listing of fly-in programs (when you visit colleges for a weekend during the school year - many will cover some or all of the costs - check it out!).


Summer Programs Directory:  an extensive online resource with many summer programs listed, including a list of free or low-fee programs.


TeenLife: Summer and volunteer opportunities


Summer Program Finder


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.  OPEN NOW - APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!


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.  OPEN NOW - APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!


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!  OPEN NOW - APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!


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


MIT MITES program MITES is a 6-week residential program for current juniors.  The program is free except for travel expenses to Boston. The APPLICATION DEADLINE is Feb. 1st, and recommendations are required.  


UC COSMOS.  4-week residential STEM program at a UC campus for students of all grade levels.  Scholarships are available.  APPLICATION DEADLINE: Feb. 2nd.


Foresight Prep at Oberlin College.  Program emphasizes social justice and environmental issues.  Open to all grade levels. SCHOLARSHIP PRIORITY APPLICATION DEADLINE: Feb. 19TH.


Eve and Gene Black Summer Medical Mentoring program.  For current juniors and seniors.  Medical mentoring and job shadowing in Los Angeles. DEADLINE: Feb. 21st.


CA State Summer School for the Arts. 4-week program featuring courses in creative writing, film, music, theater, and visual arts.  DEADLINE Feb. 28th.


UC Davis Young Scholars Program.  For current 10th and 11th graders interested in scientific research.  DEADLINE: March 162019.


UCLA Summer Sessions. Offered to students of all grades in a variety of different subject areas, including science, arts, law, and writing workshops. DEADLINE: Apr. 1st. 


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. DEADLINE: Dec 2, 2018.


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: Tues, April 9, 2019.


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. DEADLINE: Fri, February 15, 2019.


The Intern Project - The Intern Project (TIP) provides deserving Los Angeles public high school juniors 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: Sun, February 24, 2019


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: April 15, 2019



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

USC Shoah Foundation Student Leadership - USC Shoah Foundation is looking for 40 students about to enter 7th – 12th grades in the Southern California area who are interested in participating in a leadership workshop. The program provides a dynamic and unique learning opportunity to engage with testimonies—personal stories—from survivors and witnesses of genocide to develop their own voice. Dates: June 17th - 21st. Flyer is attached below. Click on link to apply:


Jobs / Internships


LA Promise Fund.  Paid summer internships in Los Angeles for current juniors and seniors.


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.