These resources are intended for you to research and apply interesting summer plans. Summer is the perfect time to
explore hobbies, academic interests, internships, volunteer opportunities, and attend college programs.
- Pre-College Programs
- Science, Pre-Health and Math Programs
- Business Programs
- General Humanities
- Outdoor Programs
- International Opportunities
- Arts, Design and Fashion
Many schools offer a wide range of programs focused on a variety of academic subjects.
- Clemson University
- Gettysburg College
Unique list of offerings ranging from history, 3D modeling and writing.
- Grand Canyon University -
Very affordable and a long list of
- Marist College
Programs in New York and Italy
- MIT Summer Programs
Many are free or very affordable (highly selective)
- Northwestern University
Center for Talent Development Explore
- Stanford University
Summer Institute and a variety of specialized program.
STEM, Leadership, International Relations, Design, Programming, Engineering.
- Tulane University
STEM, Leadership, College Credit Programs
- UC Berkeley
Summer Residential Program
- UC Irvine
Open Enrollment Classes Students can do research and take college classes and learn about their Research Experience program.
Commuter and Residential Options
- University of Alabama
Early College Programs
- University of DallasLatin, Classics, Math and More....some programs take place in Italy
- University of Miami
Summer Scholars Program
- University of Notre DameSummer Scholars and Study Abroad in Ireland and Rome
- University of Pennsylvania High School Summer
UPenn offers a variety of programs through the different schools.
Commuter and Residential Options
- Washington University of St. Louis High School Scholars Program, High School Summer institute, & Early College Program
- Wellesley College
Variety of programs and academic focuses
- Arteem Institute
- RISE Research Program (Boston University)
- CDC Disease Detective Camp
- Clark Scholars Research (Texas Tech)
- Colorado University-Boulder Science Discovery
- Duke Stars Program *selected applicants are paid!
- Health Career Scholars Academy (University of Pittsburg)
- Boston Leadership Institute (Boston University)
- National Institute of Health Biomedical Research
- National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine
- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- Rockefeller Science Research
- Ross Mathematics Program
- Summer Student Program at the Jackson Laboratory (PAID STIPEND!)
- UC Davis Young Scholars Program and COSMOS Program
- UCI Gastroenterology Program
- Michigan Math and Science Scholars
- University of Montana - Honors College
- Babson Entrepreneurial Institute
- Economics for Leaders
- Iacocca Entrepreneurship Intensive (Lehigh University)
- Kelley School of Business (Indiana University)
- LaunchX - Start Up Focus
- Launch Generation - Financial Literacy, Leadership, Entrepreneurship
- TCU Investor Challenge
- Wharton School of Business Leadership in the Business World (UPenn)
- Wall Street 101 (Bentley University)
- Bank of America Student Leaders
- Claremont McKenna Leadership/Professional Communication and Debate
- Duke Youth Academy for Christian Formation
- Girls on Ice
- Girls State
- Junior Statesmen of America (JSA)
- Marine Corps Leadership and Character Development Academy
- Notre Dame Leadership Seminar
- Ole Miss Leadership Summit
- United States Naval Academy
- Yale Young Global Scholars
- West Point Summer Leaders
- World Affairs Seminar
- Bucknell University - Liberal Arts
- Concordia Language Villages
- Crow Canyon Archaeological Field School Summer Program
- Gettysburg College Civil War Institute
- Hillsdale College - History (Domestic and European Programs)
- Notre Dame Vision - Religion & Science
- Rhodes College - Mock Trial Academy
- Saints and Scholars - Theology/Leadership (Holy Cross College and Notre Dame)
- Schola - Great Books (Belmont Abbey College)
- St. Johns College Summer Academy - Great Books
- UCI Law Institute
- UVA Commission on Slavery (archaeology and history)
- Carleton College Writing Program
- Cronkite School of Communications and Journalism (ASU)
- Fir Acres Writing Program (Lewis and Clark College)
- Iowa Young Writer's Studio (U of Iowa)
- Juniper Summer Writing Institute (UMass-Amherst)
- Medill Northwestern Writing Institute (Northwestern University)
- Reynolds Young Writers Workshop (Denison)
- Summer Writing Institute (Rhodes College)
- Sewanee Young Writer's Conference
- Telluride Association Summer Writing Program
- UCI Writing Project
- Young Writer's Workshop at UVA
- Cal Poly SLO - EPIC
- University of Connecticut Engineering Program
- Drexel Materials Science and Engineering Summer Institute
- Garcia Scholars (Stonybrook College)
- Girls Who Code
- Google Computer Science Program
- Harvey Mudd College
- ID Programming Academy
- Johns Hopkins Engineering - CA locations
- Michigan State Robotics Camp and Honors Engineering/Science
- MIT Engineering
- University of Missouri Science & Technology
- University of Notre Dame Introduction to Engineering
- Purdue Engineering Honors
- Santa Clara Summer Engineering Seminar
- Stanford Artificial Intelligence AI4ALL (9th grade females)
- Stevens Summers at Stevens Institute of Technology
Summer Academy - Design, Code, and Launch
- US Naval Academy STEM
RESOURCES (click on links below):
FREE SUMMER PLANNING GUIDE:
Courtesy of Collegewise
Make sure to check out all the summer opportunities available through our own Eagles Edge!
(The College Essay Guide)
- Summer Program Evaluator
- How to Plan a Fufilling and Productive Summer Podcast
- Pre-College Summer Guide *GreatTools on Accomplishing a 30 Day Goal
Create Your Own Summer Program or Unique Plans! Keep a journal, blog, vlog or instagram account to track your progress and record what you have learned.
Here is a list of ideas to start with:
- Summer Job - you can't lose with this option! You earn money, build character, and learn skills! Apply for jobs at the movie theatre, hotels, fast food, day camp, grocery store, pizza delivery and more!
- Take a local college class at a university or community college!
- Create a list of books and read!
- Work in your local church or parish or the OC Diocese in a variety of areas (retreats, youth, outreach, business, communications)
- Volunteer with any local organization
- If you love animals - volunteer/work at a local farm, petting zoo, vet, animal hospital or pet store
- Take art classes (especially for those who think they are not "artistic"). Learn a new skill or learn what it is like to be the "worst artist" in the class!
- Build trails or help with maintenance or programs at a local county/city park/campground or a nature preserve
- Learn to garden! Plant a vegetable, herb or flower garden. You may end up learning how to build a fence, irrigating, using pesticides, organic solutions, and more. Perfect problem solving project for future engineers!
- Take home improvement classes at Lowes/Home Depot and complete a project (crown molding, sprinkler systems, shiplap, tile, fences)
- Train/compete in an athletic event - 5k, ironman, bike race or marathon
- Become a certified EMT (great for students interested in going into the medical field)
- Work at the Dana Point Harbor - fishing, whale watching, seafood industry, boating)
- Take an auto mechanic class (again, great for potential engineering students)
- Be a "tourist" in Orange County and write reviews about each point of interest
- Take a social media marketing class
- Pray consistently and regularly. Download one of the hundreds of prayer apps on your phone to help stay on track.
- Learn to cook and make dinner for your family each night
- Watch a foreign film from 50 different countries and keep a journal
- Conquer a fear........
- Visit your grandparents regularly and help them. Or play games/read books at a senior living home.
- Hike all the local trails in a ________radius of your home
- Participate in a historical reenactment event (Civil War, Revolutionary War, Mountain Men, etc)
- Comparative Religion - attend a religious service at 10 different churches/temples/synagogues/mosques
- Create a science project and research!
- Set a goal that you are 99% sure you won't achieve and then try it! Learn how to fail....
- Watch the show "The Art of Tidying Up" or read the book and get rid of "stuff." Use your new skill to help friends and family members.
- Binge watch Ted Talks - select a theme or watch variety of topics. Maybe apply to give your own Ted Talk....
- Interested in business? Read books about business culture: 4 Day Work Week, The Lean Start Up, The Power of Habit and More! Read any book by Malcolm Gladwell to be inspired!
- Is there something you know well and you could teach? Create your own online course https://teachable.com/
- Do ANYTHING You LOVE to Do.....track it, write about it, film it, learn from it and ENJOY!