Summer and extracurricular programs provide an opportunity to learn something new, expand your knowledge in a subject of interest, experience life on a college campus and much more! While some of the programs may be costly, there are some that are more affordable or even free for students who qualify.  Make sure to check them out and come back regularly as we’re always updating this list.

If the site is out of date, Google the name of the program to find a current site.


NOTE: Some of these web sites have not yet up-dated, but interested students can Google and find current dates.


Fastweb: http://www.fastweb.com/college-search/articles/summer-programs-for-high-school-students

Philadelphia School District of Philadelphia Summer Programs: http://www.fastweb.com/college-search/articles/summer-programs-for-high-school-students

Teen Life: https://www.teenlife.com

Engineering Opportunities compiled by SLAEngineers: https://bit.ly/2DXm8mL needs updates

Temple Upward Bound Math & Science https://education.temple.edu/upwardbound

WorkReady Philadelphia – places students in paid jobs for six summer weeks.  Applications now open.

Explore your interests and build your resume through community service in Philadelphia; more information at Volunteer Opportunities in Philadelphia.

City Year has programs across the country including providing mentors for at-risk students in 19 Philadelphia public schools.

Philadelphia offers many different areas of vocational training, some are free!  Find more information HERE.

Philadelphia Based Opportunities:

The ACE program offers a cross-section of the regular college courses at Community College of Philadelphia. The classes are intensive and include a full semester of course material from July 9 – August 7. Courses meet Monday through Thursday, three and one-half hours per day. More information here.

Drexel Summer Institute
Drexel’s summer academic programs are open to highly motivated high school students who wish to explore what a university-level program is all about. Workshops are led by Drexel faculty and utilize Drexel’s labs, facilities, and the city of Philadelphia’s many resources. More information here.

Drexel Mini Med Summer Camp is a three week program for Philadelphia residents.

Drexel University’s Summer Music Technology (SMT) 

SMT is an innovative educational experience for high school students that leverages music technology to motivate greater interest in science, math, and engineering. This unique one week camp is a pioneer in STEAM learning, a deep integration of STEM with the Arts & Design for the deeper understanding of both. All SMT activities involve hands-on, project-based learning, to explore: Application deadline: April 19, 2019 – recommendation and short essays required. Apply Here

Drexel University Environmental Science Leadership Academy

This summer adventure is one part adventure travel, one part leadership training, and two parts field experience.  Find more information here.

Franklin Institute Volunteer Opportunities

The Franklin Institute is looking for volunteers to fill Exhibit Facilitator positions as well as Discovery Camp Counselor-in-Training positions. The volunteer hours can count as community service hours in multiple organizations and schools.  Visit here for more information. After you fill out the application from the website, email it to  volprog@fi.edu

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

History Makers’ Summer Camp – FREE Applications open until April 30, 2019

Janney Montgomery Scott Mentor Program

Janney Montgomery Scott hosts a mentoring program for 11th grade girls, on Monday, May 6, from 11:30 until 2:00, including lunch.  Professional women provide an introduction to career opportunities in various fields as well as mentoring opportunities.  Email Ms. Hirschfield to express your interest in attending. Spots are limited so it is first-come-first-served.

Jefferson University Future Health Professionals Program

Jefferson offers this 16-week educational and experiential program for underrepresented minority high school sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in careers in the health professions and medicine.  Students attend sessions on Jefferson’s (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) campus for two hours per week.  The program begins in November and ends in March. Note that the deadline for the Health Care Professionals program during the school year is early in September! For more information, click here.

Jefferson Nursing STEP-UP 

This summer program is an on campus enrichment program that offers rising high school juniors and seniors an introduction to the field of nursing and its various disciplines; college application preparation including personal statement writing, resume development and comprehensive SAT workshops delivered by a name-brand company; classroom and clinical observation experiences; time management and study skills training; field trips; and faculty and student mentoring.  Applications are due April 30, 2019.  For information visit this web-site

SummerScience @ Jefferson    

Thomas Jefferson University offers a 4-week summer program designed to foster an appreciation of the role of science in everyday life, promote an informed understanding of scientific issues, and  familiarize students with the vital and expanding field of biomedical sciences.  Applications are due April 30, 2019. For more information, check out their website here

Julian Krinsky summer opportunity program 
You’ll be placed in a professional office or business conveniently located in Greater Philadelphia and working 9 to 5 (may vary by internship), Monday through Friday — as you build a network of contacts and develop your resume for the future. More information here

La Salle Summer Scholars Program 

Rising juniors and seniors have the opportunity to earn college credit during a special summer session com­prised of high school students on La Salle’s campus. Courses, textbooks, and lunches will be provided free of charge to accepted students. Details here.

Project Home

Project HOME offers rising 10th to 12th grade students a summer service opportunity focused on learning about issues of poverty and homelessness, building relationships with others involved in social change, getting to know persons who have experienced poverty and homelessness, and engaging in service with Project HOME and other agencies fighting poverty, hunger and homelessness in Philadelphia.  For more information and to register visit here.

Summer Leaders Experience (SLE) at West Point US Military Academy

This selective program gives high school juniors a one-week immersive experience as a West Point Cadet.  Activities include academic classes, military training, physical fitness training, and intramural athletics. Applications are open now and due March 25, 2020.  Learn more here.

Temple Summer Academy 

Temple Summer Academy invites students entering grades 11th -12th to experience the academics, energy, and culture of Temple University through this rigorous three-week summer program. Temple Summer Academy includes 3 college credits as well as non-credit enrichment classes in leadership, language, or visual arts. For more information, check out this website. For a certificate redeemable toward tuition for Summer Pre-College Workshops, Portfolio Boot Camps, or the Architecture Institute see Ms. Hirschfield.

Temple’s Upward Bound and Upward Bound Science and Math

Temple UB and UBMS are college access programs that support the academic success of Philadelphia students in high school and college. Programming for 9th – 12th graders includes academic coursework and tutoring, college tours, career panels, enrichment activities in social entrepreneurship (UB) or science research (UBMS), and internships. All applications due March 26, 2019. More information here

Summer Media at Temple

Klein College (Temple) media workshop is a FREE two week program for rising juniors and seniors.  Application deadline is May 22, 2019.

COMTO Career Fair

Are you interested in a career in transportation – engineering, design, public transportation, aviation, and much more.  You are invited to the COMTO career fair at Temple University, Friday, March 15, 9 am to 2 pm.  For information and to register click here.

Tyler Art Start and Digistart summer program
SLA students entering 11th and 12th grades are eligible to be nominated for the Tyler Art Start/ Digistart program at Temple University. The four-week program runs from July 1st to July 26th. A scholarship will be awarded.  Come to the College Office for a nomination form.  More information here.

UPenn summer program
The Penn Summer Scholars Program is a tuition-free opportunity for academically exceptional Philadelphia public and charter high school students to perform study beyond the level offered in high school and to gain a college experience through participation in a four-week summer academy at the University of Pennsylvania. More information here

UPenn STEM Summer 2020 Programs

Penn offers a number of summer courses for high school students currently in grades 9 to 11 in diverse fields such as Management & Technology; Research and Education in Environmental Science; Laboratory Experiences in Natural Sciences; Summer Science Initiative on the Subject of Matter.  Deadlines vary, so check out <this site.>

UPenn Summer Mentorship Program
The Provost Summer Mentorship Program is an innovative four-week program. Students attending this program will have the opportunity to participate in Penn’s five professional schools (Dental Medicine, Nursing, Engineering, Medicine, and Law). Deadline April 1, 2019. More information here.

 UPenn Young Scholars Program
The UPenn Young Scholars Program is an opportunity for academically exceptional local high school students to  take college courses and earn full college credit. Applications are accepted for Fall, Spring, and Summer Admission. More information here.For  information on other Penn Summer High School Programs, click here.

UPenn WICS Program

On April 5, the University of Pennsylvania Women in Computer Science student organization holds a day long program designed to educate and encourage young women interested in careers in all aspects of computer science and engineering, including digital design.  For more information, to register, and for the parent permission form, click here.

Java Foundations and Java 8 SE Coursework

Java certification summer program  – PAID four week summer course for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors, at Pennovation!  Applications due May 10, 2019

West Chester University 

iCamp Media Academy  This program, held from July 7 to 13, is free for rising juniors and seniors.  Applications are open until May 1, 2019.

Youth Action
Youth Action provides several enrichment programs including college initiatives, toy collection and donation drives, signature service and more. NOTE: you must apply early in September. More information here.

Office of Human Resources and Talent

Any Philadelphia high school students who would like to intern with the City of Philadelphia this summer should register at the link below.  Use Reference Code: RCIT. REGISTER HERE https://phila.workready.org/security/phila/login

Out of Philadelphia Opportunities:

Actuarial Science Summer Camp

Are you interested in math/finances? Do you know what it’s like to be an actuary? Lebanon Valley College holds a one-week summer program for rising high school seniors interested in becoming an actuary (it’s a good paying job!). Sessions June 23 to June 28 or July 7 to July 12. For more information visit their website here 

Adelphi University Summer Program

Earn college credits, take trips to New York City, experience campus living, July 21-August 3, 2019.  Learn more here.

American University

Study international affairs in Washington, D.C. while earning college credits. Application deadline May 1, 2019.  To learn more visit here.

Black Excel

The number of summer enrichment programs for high school students to consider is very large; Black Excel highlights selected programs. More information here

Carleton Summer Programs  

Carleton College offers summer academic programs for high school sophomores. The programs include courses from the Language & Global Issues Institute, Summer Writing Program, Summer Quantitative Reasoning Institute, Summer Science Institute, Summer Computer Science Institute, and Summer Humanities Institute. For more information visit go.carleton.edu/summer or email summer@carleton.edu.  First round deadline February 15; second round deadline March 22.

Carnegie Mellon Summer Programs are entirely subsidized, and open to minority, underrepresented, first-in-family potential students. Deadline is February 15, 2019

Columbia University

Columbia offers several College Edge programs, including sessions in New York City and Barcelona, as well as Gap Year programs.  For more information visit here.

Cornell Summer Programs   

 Cornell University offers summer courses that include architecture, design, hospitality, debate, engineering, and international relations.  Learn more about these award-winning programs here.

Davidson College 

Experience Davidson during a three week summer program. Final deadline April 1, 2019.  Learn more here.

Duke University offers summer sessions for students in grades 9 – 12.

Exploration Summer Programs

Explo provides two- and three-week summer options for students ages 9 to 17. Choose from Explo 360, Explo Focus, and Explo English,  and prepare to have a truly amazing summer experience. More information here

15th Annual Forensic Science Symposium @ Cedar Crest College

The Forensic Science Student Organization (FSSO) at Cedar Crest College (a women’s college in Allentown PA) will host their 15th annual Forensic Science Symposium on March 23. Seven speakers across many disciplines in the field of Forensic Science will be there. Admission and lunch for this event are free for high schoolers and their guest(s). Find more information and register here.

The Forensic Science Mentoring Institute

FSMI offers a FREE seven week summer course in Forensic Science for high school students 16 and older.  The course takes place in Willow Grove; transportation can be arranged.  Applications and more information are available here; application period closes May 3, 2020

Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Camp  

Explore fundamentals of pharmacology, immunology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and medical ethics at Lebanon Valley College.  For more information, visit their website here  

Hispanic Student College Institute

If you identify as Hispanic, you are invited to apply for the Hispanic Student College Institute at Montclair State University, August 6-8, 2019. This workshop is FREE. At the institute, you will engage in career development and college planning workshops, participate in college mock interviews, and live on campus at Machuga Heights. Apply online by April 1 at this link.

Ithaca College Summer Program

Ithaca College offers a one week and a three-week summer session. The one-week session offers courses such as ASL, Digital Photography, Digital Music Production, and Screenwriting, while the three-week program offers a more comprehensive list of courses in fields such as business and the arts. Find more information here.

Lasko College Prep Program

The Lasko College Prep Summer Program is open to eligible Jewish high school juniors planning to attend a four year college.  Visit here for more information. Program offerings include:

    • College guidance
    • Free SAT Prep
    • Financial aid and scholarship counseling
    • College visits
  • Mitzvah project and other social activities

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Open House

MICA holds an open house for rising juniors and seniors, Sunday, April 7, 2019.  To register visit this link.

Summer Plus Scholarship at McDaniel College

Students can spend a week (or more!) on the McDaniel College campus (Westminster MD) this summer actively exploring one of these hot science topics AND receive a GUARANTEED $40,000 SCHOLARSHIP to McDaniel if they are admitted and enrol at McDaniel! 2019 Summer Science Academy Courses include:Forensic Science,Marine Science, “Real World” Physical Science, Zombie Science,Cooking Science. For camp descriptions, available dates, and to apply, visit www.summerscienceacademy.com. Applications are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.

MIT Splash

For one awesome weekend each November, thousands of high schoolers flood MIT’s campus to take classes, taught by MIT students, on anything and everything. From music theory to Hungarian history to aircraft analysis, Splash offerings number over 400 every year and span a wide variety of areas. Want to take a class on origami? Lasers? Neuropharmacology? All are open to you. Applications open in late October.  Register to be notified here.

MIT Office of Engineering Outreach offers two summer programs; for information visit  MIT summer programs

New England Center For Investigative Reporting

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting presents a once-in-a-lifetime experience for high school students interested in journalism, communications or writing. For more information click here.

NYU High School Academy Career Edge Program

NYU School of Professional Studies offers a series of one-week summer programs with various career-related courses. Visit this link for more information. You can also email sps.hsacademy@nyu.edu or call 212-998-7006 If you believe you are eligible for need-based scholarship, you are encouraged to complete the financial aid form online.

Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week

If you are curious about what it’s like to run your own business, seize this opportunity. The Foundation for Free Enterprise Education offers a summer program that focuses on management activities, including marketing strategies and website design. Scholarships are available. For more information, visit https://www.pfew.org/students.php or email amber@pfew.org. Early bird deadline March 1, 2019, final deadline May 1.

Princeton Summer Journalism Program

Princeton University offers a FREE, innovative residential journalism and college prep institute for high achieving high school juniors from low-income backgrounds. Over ten days every summer, students explore current events and world affairs through workshops and lectures led by Princeton professors, professional journalists, and alumni. During their senior year, students are matched with a personal college adviser, who will work with them on their college admissions process.  Applications due February 17, 2020.  For more information visit here.

Susquehanna University

Susquehanna University offers several one week summer institutes: Actors; Choral; Legal Careers; i-Engineer; Entrepreneurship; Publishing and Editing; Stream Ecology; Writers; Wall Street; Wind Ensemble.  Check them out HERE

St. John’s College Summer Academy

St John’s College offers summer programs at 2 sites: Annapolis and Santa Fe. Program courses range from law, to philosophy, government, and more.For more information, visit here.

University of Pittsburgh Health Career Scholars Academy

These programs are for rising juniors and seniors who are interested in learning more about health care and health care careers.  More information here

West Chester University Summer Tech Camps

West Chester offers summer camps in coding, robotics, game development and design. Check it out HERE.

WesGold Fellows Internship Program 

The WesGold Fellows is a paid eight week summer internship for high school rising juniors and seniors. The program provides students with an understanding of multiple components of financial education, college planning, personal and career development, through classroom instruction, guest lectures, and field trips. Apply here

Wildlife Leadership Academy

The Wildlife Leadership Academy enriches Pennsylvania teens and empowers them to become certified Conservation Ambassadors through attending 5-day residential summer field schools. Students gain extensive knowledge about wildlife and conservation, leadership experience, and communication skills. If you are interested see Ms. Hirschfield to be nominated. Application deadline March 15, 2019

University of Wisconsin-Madison Summer Program:

The University of Wisconsin offers a residential Engineering Summer Program (ESP) with intensive courses in physics, math, chemistry, design, and technical communications. Room, board, and tuition are covered by the program. Apply at https://esp.engr.wisc.edu/esp/.

Young Leaders Summit

YLS is a free four-day, overnight, college empowerment conference for low-income high school juniors, selected through a competitive application process. The Summit takes place August 8th – August 11th at The University of Chicago (transportation will be paid for students who demonstrate financial need).  Participants will learn how to apply successfully to top universities, have full access to scholarship and financial aid opportunities, and set a course for academic and career success. To learn more and apply click here. Deadline March 8, 2019

The Girls Who Code Summer Immersion program (various locations) is a free 7 week course for rising juniors and senior girls who want to explore computers.  Early decision deadline is February 15, 2019; regular decision (preference given to those waitlisted in the first round) is March 15, 2019.

Lead Business Program (Mrs. Hirschfield highly recommends this program)

Aimed at engaging youth of diverse backgrounds, the SBI program (various locations) exposes students to business principles and the skill sets needed for successful business careers. Engineering and Computer Science Summer Institute are also available. More information here

Paid Summer Internships at various universities

This link provides summer opportunities that are paid–unless specifically indicated http://people.rit.edu/~gtfsbi/Symp/highschool.htm

U.S. Department of State Youth Exchange Programs for HS Students:

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX)
The program is for is for motivated high school students who want to immerse themselves in German culture by living with a host family and attending a local high school. No previous language experience is required.

The American Youth Leadership Program
Several different organizations implement this program, and each has organized an academic and experiential exchange focused on dialogue and debate, leadership development, and community service. Recruitment areas and application deadlines vary, Check the American Youth Leadership Program website here

Philadelphia Futures 
Philadelphia Futures and the Ellis Trust for Girls serve high-achieving, low-income Philadelphia public high school students. There are several grant options, with various deadlines; the next cycle begins January 1, 2020.  To learn more  click here. 

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