Participating in a summer program can be a great way to spend your summer.  It’s 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.

 Good Luck!


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 

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

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 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 20, 2018 – recommendation and short essays required. Apply Here

Future DOCS High School Program
Thomas Jefferson university is providing an opportunity for students interested in the health professions to participate in a 9 week interactive and experiential program.
For more information, click here.

– Julian Krinsky summer opportunity program (Internship in the field of your interest)
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

– Office of Human Resources and Talent

Any Philadelphia high school students that would like to intern with the City of Philadelphia this summer, please register at the link below. 

Interested students should register with Reference Code: RCIT

REGISTER HERE https://phila.workready.org/security/phila/login

– SummerScience @ Jefferson    

Thomas Jefferson University is offering a 4-week summer program for those with strong interests in the biomedical sciences from June 18 to July 20, 2018. Applications are due March 30, 2018. For more information, check out their website 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 their website here

-Temple’s Upward Bound and Upward Bound Science and Math

Temple UB and UBMS are college access programs that support Philadelphia high school students for their academic success 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. 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 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). More information here

– UPenn Young Scholars Program
The UPenn Young Scholars Program is a special opportunity for academically exceptional local high school students to  take college courses with Penn students and earn full college credit. Applications are accepted for Fall, Spring, and Summer Admission. More information here

For more information on Penn Summer High School Programs, click here


– Youth Action
Youth Action provides several enrichment programs including college initiatives, toy collection and donation drive, signature service and more each year. More information here

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 is holding a one-week summer program for rising high school seniors who are interested in becoming an actuary (it’s a good paying job!) Sessions will be held from June 24 to June 29 and another from July 8 to July 13. For more information on the application, visit their website here 

– Black Excel

The number of summer enrichment programs for high school students to consider is incredibly large, and Black Excel gives selected program. More information here

Carleton Summer Academic Programs  

Carleton college is one of the most prestigious liberal arts colleges out there, is offering 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, please visit go.carleton.edu/summer or email summer@carleton.edu

Cornell Summer Programs   

 Cornell University offers summer courses that include architecture, design, hospitality, debate, engineering, and international relations. These programs are held during 2 three-week sessions (June 23—July 14, 2018) and 1 six-week session (July 15—August 4, 2018). Learn more about this award-winning program here 


– Exploration Summer Programs

Explo provides a range of two- and three-week summer options for students ages 9 to 17. Choose from Explo 360, Explo Focus, and Explo English, or mix and match among all the offerings, and prepare to have a truly amazing summer experience. More information here

– Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Camp  

If you are interested in hands-on laboratory work, please check this summer camp out! You will be able to explore fundamentals of pharmacology, immunology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and medical ethics. It will be a fun, engaging college environment at Lebanon Valley College, and the sessions will take place  June 24-29 and July 22-27, 2018.  For more information, visit their website here  

– 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. Learn more  Here

– 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: the Pre-College Summer Journalism Institute at Boston University. (Deadline to apply February 16, 2018) Apply Here

– Tyler Art Start and Digistart summer program
We would like to nominate two of SLA students entering 11th and 12th grades for the Tyler Art Start/ Digistart program at Temple University. The four-week program runs from July 2nd to July 27th, 9-12 from Monday to Thursday. A scholarship will be awarded. Please come to college office for a nomination form.  More information here

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

Aimed at engaging the youth of diverse backgrounds to convert high potential to high achievement and responsible leadership, the SBI program 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

– University of Pittsburgh Health Career Scholars Academy

Held in June and July for 110 students who are interested in learning more about health care and health care careers. Students may only apply during their sophomore or junior year of high school. More information here

– Paid Summer Internship at various universities

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

– WesGold Fellows Internship Program 

The WesGold Fellows is a paid eight (8) week summer internship for high school rising juniors and seniors. This program aims to provide students with an intimate view and understanding of multiple components of financial education, college planning, personal and career development. WesGold Fellows is all-encompassing and empowers interns through various avenues: classroom instruction, guest lectures, and field trips to name a few. Apply Here

– Low Cost/No Cost Summer Programs for High School Students

Students interested in free summer programming at universities and programs around the country should check out this site:


35 programs are represented, with a special focus on recruiting minority students and students from low-income backgrounds. Some deadlines have passed but some are still active! Talk to your advisor, Ms. Siswick, Ms. Hirschfield, or Ms. Tess if you have questions. It’s never too soon to start planning for a fun and interesting summer…

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 fully 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 educational exchange focused on dialogue and debate, leadership development, and community service. Recruitment areas and application deadlines vary, so please check the American Youth Leadership Program website for more information. Click Here

– Math and Science Upward Bound Program at Temple University
The Temple University’s Math Science Upward Bound Program (MSUB) is a comprehensive program designed to enhance the academic skills and preparation of talented high school students who have an interest in pursuing math or science as a major in college. Once students are selected to participate, they remain in the program through their high school graduation.

– White Williams Scholars
White-Williams Scholars serves high-achieving, low-income Philadelphia public high school students. The organization serves more than 1,400 students each year within most of the public schools in Philadelphia. It provides monthly stipends from $50 to $75 to students who achieve A’s and B’s in all their classes. Click Here

Rising Sophomores and Juniors: Summer Music Technology Program is an innovative, one-week learning experience that provides students with a unique opportunity to learn about music production technology and digital audio from Drexel faculty and students.

Rising Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors: The Materials Camp is a week-long, hands-on academic day camp to introduce high school students to the exciting and important field of materials science and engineering.

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