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


Peerlift:  Peerlift is a great website for summer program research.  To save money, look for the programs that state "full" or "strong" aid.


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


Eve and Gene Black Summer Medical Mentoring program.  For current juniors and seniors.  Medical mentoring and job shadowing in Los Angeles. APPLICATION OPEN NOW.  DEADLINE: FEB. 17TH.


Camp CHLA- Health Care Career Exploration.Spend five full days of education, observation and participation in the daily activities of health care professionals at Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). The application portal will close upon receiving 400 applications! OPENS: December 6, 2019


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.  OPENS:December 15, 2020


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! OPENS:January 6, 2020.


UC COSMOS.  4-week residential STEM program at a UC campus for students of all grade levels.  Scholarships are available.  APPLICATION DEADLINE: OPEN: Jan 6, 2020.


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.  OPENS:January 15, 2020 


CA State Summer School for the Arts. 4-week program featuring courses in creative writing, film, music, theater, and visual arts.  DEADLINE:Feb. 12th.


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! OPENS: February 1, 2020. 


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. $5,000 fellowship for participating.  DEADLINE:  FEB 14th.  Must turn 18 by June 18th.


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. (Grade level 9)- DEADLINE: February 28,2020


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: Mon, February 17, 2020.


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: March 1, 2020.


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. DEADLINE: March 6, 2020.


UC Davis Young Scholars Program.  For current 10th and 11th graders interested in scientific research DEADLINE: March 162020.


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. 


UCI Paul Merage school of Business a weeklong on-campus program dedicated to helping underserved first generation 9th and 10th grade students from the Los Angeles county. DEADLINE:TBA


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. TBA OPEN NOW - APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!


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


Foresight Prep at Oberlin College.  Program emphasizes social justice and environmental issues.  Open to all grade levels. SCHOLARSHIP PRIORITY APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 17, 2020.


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: TBA


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:TBA


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. OPENS: TBA

Cal Poly EPIC is a one week engineering summer camp program for students in grades 6-11. Full and partial scholarship are available based on student need. APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 15, 2020

Summer Science Program. 



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.