Special Events & Summer Programs

Not only is it an exciting way to spend your summer, but you’ll get to experience life, explore new and exciting fields you may want to pursue as for college majors and make friendships with students from around the globe.

If summer programs interest you, you should act soon! Application deadlines come early.

Summer & Educational Opportunities Compilation. Please click HERE.

Special Events & Summer Programs of note: (For specific deadline dates, please click on the links provided)


Annie’s Hope is in need of over 50 energetic, kid-loving, compassionate, fun volunteers who are over 18 years old and a high school graduate to be a camp counselor at our overnight camps in June. Camp counselors make a lasting impact in the lives of grieving campers and help facilitate a fun, safe, and memorable environment.  Check out information on attending or volunteering at Camp Courage and Camp Erin by visiting the Annie's Hope website or request an application by emailing [email protected].  

    BESt is an acronym for the program partners Barnes Jewish Hospital, Express Scripts, and the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. The mission of BESt is to educate, train, and prepare multicultural high school students for a career in pharmacy. The mission is executed based on a proven model of Academic Enrichment (Math, Science, ACT Prep), Career Exposure, and Personal Development (character building, leadership, professionalism).

    Program Highlights:

    • 100% of BESt graduates attend 4-year universities, 87% choose a career in healthcare
    • 11 hours of college credit available to program graduates
    • Student stipends (earned based on merit, behavior, attitude, and adherence to program rules)
    • 6 weeks of exposure to college life and health care providers

    The BESt program continues to successfully implement strategies to build a diverse pipeline of students who are committed to taking leadership roles in healthcare and giving back to their community.

    Look for application deadlines for the BESt Pharmacy Summer Institute to be in early April. The application is online at www.bestpharmacyinstitute.org

    Boston University Pre-College Programs:  bu.edu/summer/highschool

    Camp Cardiac/Camp Neuro:

    Carnegie Mellon Summer Pre-College Programsadmission.enrollment.cmu.edu/pages/pre-college

    Cornell University Summer College:  https://www.sce.cornell.edu/sc/

    Duke University Summer CollegeClick here for more information.

    • Duke Summer Academy, we believe that while learning, students can change the world.  Please share the message below with your students to invite them to have the experience of a lifetime: Duke’s Global Giver Academy and become a bona fide philanthropist.  You will have the opportunity not only to learn the ins and outs of philanthropy by earning community service hours at local charities but also the chance to engage in advocacy firsthand.  As an acting “board member” of a local charity, you will make a case of for your favorite organization and have the opportunity to benefit it in a huge way.  The most compelling team will win $500 for their charity, receive a special certificate of achievement, and, most importantly, know that they made a real difference for the local community. Enroll in Global Entrepreneur Academy and gain critical business, marketing, and strategy skills to develop real startup ventures.  Students will have the chance to pitch their own ideas at the conclusion of the Academy and win awards for the best new startups.

    Fontbonne University is excited to present Cyber Warrior Camp, a free daytime summer camp open to high school students. Please continue reading this email to learn more about the upcoming summer camp that is available to your students.  If you have any questions about the camp, contact Cheryl Burrus in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at 314-889-4508or [email protected].

    The Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholars program provides scholarships for talented, high-achieving young women from the Midwest to participate in academic summer programs at some of the country’s top colleges.  Scholarships are awarded based on merit and financial need.  For more information or to apply, click here!

    Murray State University Commonwealth Honors Academy – mid June - July.  This is a competitive program for students who have completed their junior year in high school.  Application packets can be downloaded from http://www.murraystate.edu/cha.  Applications are due in early March each year.

    Smith College (Northampton, MA) All-girls. Programs in Science and Engineering, Writing, History, Sustainability:  www.smith.edu/summer

    Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies offer highly motivated, intellectually curious students the opportunity to investigate topics not typically taught in secondary schools. Students engage in small classes taught by instructors who are experts in their fields and passionate about teaching. In this setting, students hone their academic skills and form new friendships with intellectual peers.

    • Stanford Sports Business Academy – Grades 10-11
      Students get a glimpse into the world of sports and entertainment, with a focus on management, law, negotiation, marketing, and leadership.
    • Summer Humanities Institute – Grades 10-11
      A three-week residential program where students explore the big questions at the heart of the humanities in seminars led by distinguished Stanford professors.
    • Summer Arts Institute – Grades 9-11
      Students come together for a three-week intensive arts program offering academically challenging, interdisciplinary courses in art, visual design, and music.
    • Artificial Intelligence Laboratory’s Outreach Summer Program – Grade 9
      The Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory has opened its lab doors with a summer program aimed at increasing the number of women in science.
    • High School Summer College – Ages 16-19
      High-achieving students to enroll in Stanford’s Summer Quarter and take the same courses as fully matriculated Stanford students and other visiting undergraduates.
    • Summer Institutes – Grades 8-11
      A three-week summer residential program where students engage in single-subject intensive study and benefit from small class size and academically themed residences.
    • Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC) – Grades 10-11
      SUMaC welcomes an elite group of talented current students from around the world for intensive study in advanced mathematics.
    • University-Level Online Math and Physics – Grades 9-12
      13 courses are offered throughout the year to give students the opportunity to take an advanced offering of math and physics courses not typically available in secondary schools.
    • Stanford Online High School – Grades 7-12
      Through vibrant, real-time, online seminars, the rigorous curriculum challenges students to reason analytically, think creatively, and argue critically. Stanford OHS offers a number of enrollment options including taking a single course.

    STARS Program is accepting applications for this summer’s program. The application package must be postmarked between certain dates between late February and March.  The Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) Program offers academically-talented students who will be entering their senior year of high school next fall a rare opportunity to work within a laboratory research setting with top scientists at Cortex (St. Louis Confluence Life Sciences), the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Saint Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis, and the host institution, the University of Missouri-St. Louis. For six weeks participants will join a community of investigators working under the supervision of practicing research scientists.  More than 60 scientists who work in fields such as allied health, biology, chemistry, engineering, environmental science, medicine, and psychology, will share their experiences as they and their research team direct students in research projects. The major focus of the program is to prepare a research paper which is presented at the end of the program.  Other activities include lectures by nationally-known scientists, information concerning the higher education admissions process and social activities. Tuition for the STARS Program is approximately $3,000 with an $80 non-refundable, application fee included with the application package. Financial Aid is available, though students must present reason to be considered.  Financial aid forms can be found on the STARS website and are to be submitted with the application package. Information is available on our website at www.umsl.edu/~sep/STARS/index.html

    Stevens Institute of Technology Pre-College Programs: (New York, New York) Programs in many areas of technology including coding, Engineering, Architecture, Cybersecurity, STEM Law, Music Production, Business, Pre-Med, and more!  Click here for more information

    University of Dayton:

    • ENTREPRENEURSHIP 101 – late June
      • Rising high school juniors and seniors and college freshmen will learn more about entrepreneurship, the idea generation process, elevator pitches and more. Through engaging lectures and class activities, site visits and guest speakers, students will have the opportunity to earn three credit hours and compete for up to $10,000 in UD scholarship dollars in an elevator pitch competition — all while living on campus and experiencing life in Dayton. Learn more at go.udayton.edu/entrepreneurship101.
      • Rising high school juniors and seniors will study sustainable food systems, availability, scarcity and justice issues with the collaboration of community partners, UD faculty, and students within the health and social sciences. Students will develop skills in preparing nutritious meals, learn how local foods are connected to social and physical health, and see what access to food in an urban community is like. Participants can earn one credit hour, which may be transferred to any college or university.  Learn more at go.udayton.edu/summersustainability.

    University of Dayton 

    University of Missouri School of Medicine would like to extend an invitation for your rising juniors and seniors to participate in Mizzou MedPrep: Medical Explorations workshop. The workshop is a 2-week online course and a one-day visit to MU’s campus. The students will explore careers in healthcare, enhance self-awareness through personality assessment, and connect with peers, students, staff and faculty in healthcare. Please encourage your students to register online: http://medicine.missouri.edu/medprep/medical-explorations.html.

    • Online workshop: late June 23 – early July
    • Campus visit: early July from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Shelden Clinical Simulation Center – 1 Hospital Drive, CSE CE 617, Columbia, MO 65212
    • Fee: $50 – Financial Assistance Available

    For more information, contact Andrea Simmons (573) 884-6375, [email protected]

    University of Notre Dame

    • Summer Scholars – late June – early July 
    • Leadership Seminars – mid July – late July
    • Study Abroad: Rome – early June – mid June
    • Study Abroad: Ireland – mid July – late July

    Apply now at precollege.nd.edu

    Applications due January-February

    University of Pennsylvania 
    Wharton School of Business:

    • Leadership in the Business World: click here
    • Moneyball Academy: click here
    • Sports Business Academy: click here
    • Management & Technology Summer Institute: click here

    For all UPenn Summer Programs, click here

    Washington University in St. Louis, announces High School Summer Institutes. Application deadline is at the beginning of April.  Please visit summerexperiences.wustl.edu for eligibility, dates, and fees.Job Shadowing Opportunities:

    BJC programhttp://www.bjcschooloutreach.org/Career-Exploration/Shadow-Volunteer-Inform

    St. Luke’s programhttp://www.stlukes-stl.com/volunteer/student-volunteer-program.html

    Pre-College Summer Art Programs:

    Banson NYC: 2 NYC Fashion Summer Camps for high school students in 2017.  They are designed for teens entering 9th through 12th grades.  Each week-long session will teach the students the fundamentals of the fashion industry by providing an insider’s perspective.  The students will stay at the LIM College Residence Hall on the Upper Eastside.  Each morning the group will be picked up at the dorm by a Banson NYC representative.  From there we will depart for our visits, seminars and activities of the day.  Each evening will have group activities planned. Enrollment is limited to 20 campers per session.  We accept applications on a first come, first served basis. Click here to be directed to our website.

    Maryland Institute College of Art-MICA (Baltimore, MD): Programs in Baltimore and Tuscany, Italy. Find out more at: (410) 225-2219 or email: [email protected]

    Northwestern University (Evanston, IL): National High School Institute, “Cherubs”. Theatre Arts, Film, Video, Debate. Find out more at: http://nhsi.northwestern.edu/

    Otis College of Art and Design (Los Angeles, CA): Programs include 2D Animation, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Motion Graphics, Photography, Printmaking & Urban Art, etc.: [email protected]

    Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY): Architecture, Creative Writing, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Interior Design, Film/Video, and more. Find out more at: www.Pratt.edu/precollege

    Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI): Animation, Architecture, Comic Book Art, Fashion Design, Film/Video, Game Design, Jewelry, and more. Find out more at: Precollege.risd.edu

    Savannah College of Arts and Design (SCAD) (Savannah, GA)Click here for more information

    Webster University:  Webster University is offering summer camps in: Sports Communication, Games and Game Design, Filmmaking and Music Recording www.webster.edu/mediacamps.

    Webster University is hosting a Screenwriting Competition – Students can submit their original script and, if selected, their script will be produced during the Filmmaking camps. Teachers can choose to make it a part of their class www.webster.edu/mediacamps.

    Pre-College Programs in Engineering

    Dayton Summer Honors Engineering Camphttps://udayton.edu/engineering/k-12-programs/summer_honors_engineering_camp/index.php

    Pre-College Programs in Health and Medicine

    Brandeis University Summer Youth Summit Program:   www.brandeis.edu/youthsummit

    Mizzou Mini Medical Schoolhttp://medicine.missouri.edu/admissions/minimed.html

    Summer Job Opportunities:

    Gateway Arch and Riverboats: several summer job opportunities available for individuals 16 years of age or older. Not only are the Gateway Arch and Riverboats a fun place to work, they are a very unique and historic place to work. Additionally, we are proud to provide an atmosphere of diversity, teamwork, and learning for our employees. For more information, please click here.

    Midwest Pool Management, a premier pool company in the St. Louis and Illinois areas has opportunities for dedicated students and athletes. Like being a student or athlete, having a job requires work but we hope a lot of fun as well.  We staff over 50 pools with lifeguards, swim coaches, swim lesson instructors, and many other positions.  If any are interested, apply at www.Midwestpool.com/apply.  A lifeguard certification is NOT required to apply, getting a certification is actually a part of our hiring process. (And it also looks great on a resume!) If there are CPR classes taught in school we have options for those students also.

    Saint Louis Zoo:  Stay tuned for information on the next job fair.  For more information visit stlzoo.org/jobs.