Internships and University Programs

Below, you'll find a variety of high school internships and programs offered during the summer months. Some programs are free, while others charge tuition.

Summer Programs

General Programs

Boston University Summer Media Academy
Spend four weeks living on campus in Boston working with other students as you learn all aspects of media creation and production. Students must be rising sophomores, juniors or seniors to apply. Tuition is $5,900 (including room and board).

College Prepped
A list of low and no-cost summer programs in math, science and journalism intended for underrepresented ethnic groups or students who are the first in their families to go to college.

iD Tech Camps
Summer Tech educational camps with programs in Robotics, Engineering, Game Design, Film and Photography. Tuition-based local program.

Institute for Educational Advancement: Explore Program
Summer research apprenticeships offered in 18 different programs, including Biology, Engineering, Computer Science, Journalism and Law. Work side by side with faculty from University of Southern California, Cal Tech and other universities. Tuition based. Los Angeles.

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes (Formerly EPGY Summer Institutes)
The tuition-based Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes are three-week and four-week tuition-based residential programs for academically talented and motivated high school students. The Summer Institutes provide an opportunity for these students to enrich and accelerate their academic pursuits and to meet other students who share their interests and abilities. Computers, engineering, writing, bioscience and many more. 

Yale Global Scholars Program
Yale scholars probe topics in law, economics, politics, international affairs, science, and innovation. There are three separate sessions during the summer. Check the link above for application and due dates. Tuition is $5,250.

California State Summer School for the Arts
Spend 4 weeks at the California Institute for the Arts in Valencia with other talented students. The institute offers programs in film, dance, creative writing, animation, music, and theater. Selection is competitive. Tuition is $1,550. Financial Aid is available. Application deadline is February 28, 2015.

Experience America, University of Washington
This two-week program offers exciting and fresh summer campus in different cities. The Game Experience and Entrepreneurship programs will be offered in Seattle at the University of Washington. The Fashion Design program allows students to attend classes at FIDM and stay at the University of Southern California. Tuition is $4,700 (including room and board at the University of Washington).

Duke University Summer Academy
Spend the summer at Duke in the Global Studies Academy. There are six different programs to choose from.

Summer Programs
This is a listing of summer science opportunities for students interested in gaining work experience, extending their lab skills and/or going deeper into science. This list is provided for informational purposes only.


The Stanford University Mathematics Camp, SUMaC, is designed for high school students who will be juniors and seniors in the fall and who have exceptional interest and ability in mathematics. SUMaC is for those who seek to be challenged in mathematics and would enjoy four weeks of intensive, in-depth, mathematical pursuits. SUMaC provides an environment that fosters social and intellectual development centered on the study and enjoyment of mathematics.

COSMOS - California Summer School for Math and Science
COSMOS, a four-week summer residential program for high-achieving math and science students, is held at UC Davis. Students live on campus and attend subject-specific classes taught by UC faculty and researchers. The program is open to students in grades 8-12. This intense academic program is intended to inspire and encourage young people to pursue future study in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) related field. Students will participate in related academic outings to Novozymes, Genentech and Bodega Bay Marine Lab. The tuition is $3,400 (which includes room and board on campus). Financial aid is available. d


Boston University Summer RISE Research Program
Boston University offers hands-on research opportunities in the areas of astronomy, biology, biomedical engineering, chemistry, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, medical laboratory research, physics and psychology. This is a tuition-based program. Acceptance required.

UC Santa Cruz SIP Program
SIP is a summer-long (10 week) research internship program for high-school students in STEM fields. UCSC faculty, graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers provide one-on-one mentoring of these high-school interns. The research projects are real in that they are not made up just for the high-school students; instead students are inserted into existing research projects here at UCSC.

Santa Clara University Spring Engineering Education Days
Workshops covering Bio, Civil, Computer Science, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineering conducted over three Saturdays in April. The workshops consist of lectures and hands-on experience. Available to current high school sophomores and juniors. Applications required.

U.S. Naval Academy Summer STEM Program
The U.S. Naval Academy, one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the country, is offering its Summer STEM Program to rising 9th-11th graders. The program provides hands-on engineering, math, and problem-solving experiences. Tuition for the program is $450. Those selected must provide their own travel to the academy. Selection is based in large part on ensuring geographic representation along with overall accomplishments in and out of the classroom.

Blue Stamp Engineering
This six-week summer program in Silicon Valley encourages students to learn by building real projects in a team environment mentored by engineering professionals. Tuition is $3,500 for the six-week program and $1,450 for the two-week program.

Perry Medical and Engineering Outreach Program
The Perry Initiative is committed to inspiring young women to be leaders in the exciting fields of orthopedic surgery and engineering. We advance our mission principally by running hands-on outreach programs across the country for female students in high school, college and medical school. Applications are required. This one-day program will be held in Palo Alto on Saturday, Aug. 20 and in San Francisco on Saturday, Oct. 8. Tuition is free.

Santa Clara University Summer Engineering Seminar
This weeklong summer experience is for current high school sophomores and juniors who are interested in exploring the field of engineering. The program is designed to acquaint participants with the engineering profession, the academic expectations of college and the nature of life at a university. Tuition is free.

Architecture, Construction and Civil Engineering Program - ACE
This four-month program is held once a week after school in Santa Clara and Palo Alto for students in grades 9-12 who are interested in exploring careers in architecture, construction, engineering and the building trades. Guided by their mentors, students work in teams to build projects that involve virtually every phase of the construction process. Team winners receive scholarships. A small registration fee is required.



Through this internship students receive hands-on experience in the fields of rheumatology and immunology, with a focus on arthritis and related autoimmune diseases. Interns participate in either basic laboratory (bench) research or clinical translational/epidemiological (patient-outcome-oriented) research. This eight-week long internship is open to high school juniors and seniors as well as first- and second-year college undergraduates. Laboratory placements are available at the University of California, San Francisco and Stanford University.

Boston University Summer RISE Research Program

Boston University offers hands-on research opportunities in the areas of astronomy, biology, biomedical engineering, chemistry, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, medical laboratory research, physics and psychology. This is a tuition-based program. Acceptance required.

Stanford University Clinical Anatomy Research Scholars
During their 5-week summer internship, CARS participants will conduct research projects that explore the intersection of human anatomy and emerging technologies. The program is designed for high school students and will include content covered by our half-day summer surgical anatomy course.

The two-day Discovering Medicine @ Stanford program is interactive, with small-group workshops, and direct interactions with a variety of health professionals from the Stanford Hospitals and Clinics and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, as well as faculty, staff and students from the Stanford School of Medicine.
Gain real-world career exposure in this premier educational program that explores professional opportunities in the expanding field of health care. At Careers in Medicine, a National Youth Leadership Forum, get a firsthand introduction to the study and practice of medicine or a career in health care.
SIMR is an 8-week summer internship program open to high school juniors and seniors. The program consists of hands-on research under the direct guidance of a one-on-one mentor at a research lab within the Institutes of Medicine at Stanford University.
The Stanford Explore Lecture Series is an exploratory series covering the basic fundamentals and current research areas represented by the five Institutes of the Stanford School of Medicine (Immunology, Neuroscience, Cardiovascular Medicine, Regenerative and Stem Cell Medicine, and Cancer Biology) as well as research areas in Bioengineering and Genetics. Stanford graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will give many of the lectures with some topics offered by faculty. There will also be special seminars on topics such as health issues currently faced around the world.

This three-week course (half days) is for students considering careers in a variety of procedure-based medical fields, such as surgery, dental surgery and nursing. It may also be of interest to students who intend to study biomedical engineering, occupational or physical therapy, sports medicine, or to become EMTs/paramedics.

Stanford University STARS Lab Program: Science, Technology, & Reconstructive Surgery Lab
The internship at Dr. Jill Helms' lab at Stanford University is part of her ongoing effort to get young students interested in science. The laboratory is located at the Hagey/PSRL building on the Stanford campus. The lab is committed to sharing with selected candidates the excitement, sense of discipline, and great satisfaction that a career in science can be. You must be 16 or older. Application deadline is January 16, 2015.

CSSE at Stanford: Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills and Education Program
The Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills and Education Center Stanford Summer Internship is designed to educate high school and pre-medical students considering careers in science, medicine, and public health in basic and advanced cardiovascular anatomy and physiology, as well as medical and surgical techniques that will be utilized in pre-medical and medical school. This program is open to all students worldwide. Tuition: $5,950. Financial aid is available. Application deadline is February 13, 2015.

Rosetta Institute for Biomedical Research Summer Camps
The Rosetta Institute provides advanced classes for high-achieving high school students who have completed at least one Biology class and are interested in pursuing a career in medicine or related fields, such as pharmacy, nursing, biomedical research or drug development. Through engaging lectures and hands-on laboratory classes, students learn normal molecular and cellular biology, and then learn how these normal processes are distorted during the development of cancer. The Molecular Neuroscience Workshop is structured in a similar manner: lessons on normal molecular biology are used as a framework from which to understand the intricacies of normal and pathologic neurobiology at a molecular level. To conclude the workshop, students use what they have learned to create original research projects on the gene of their choice. Programs are held at UC Berkeley and UCSD. Tuition for residents is $3,250. Financial Aid is available for special circumstances. Applications can be submitted now.

UC Davis Pre-Health Conference
The 13th Annual UC Davis Pre-Health Student Alliance Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Professions National Conference provides community college, university, post-bac, and high school students, parents, and counselors with the information and skills necessary to succeed in the medical and health professions school admissions process. It provides a unique opportunity for direct contact with medical school deans of admission, admissions officers, financial aid officers, faculty, and staff. The 2015 conference will be held at the University of California Davis on October 10-11, 2015. This event is open to everyone, regardless of school level completed.

Mentoring in Medicine Program, Samuel Merritt University
This summer internship is a four-week, full-time program at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland. Participants are immersed in direct patient observation and are able to shadow mentors in patient care settings. They also interact with a broad spectrum of health professionals/staff and attend daily skill/leadership seminars. Students can also shadow professionals in health fields such as emergency medicine, pediatrics, orthopedics, internal medicine, public health, nursing and/or physician assistant (depending on availability). Tuition is free; housing is not available.

Science and Research

SERA at UC Santa Barbara
Looking for a top-notch summer research opportunity? Check out SERA at UCSB. Learn scientific research methods while exploring physics, computer science, problem-solving, data mining and related fields. Work alongside top UCSB research faculty.

Boston University Summer RISE Research Program
Boston University offers hands-on research opportunities in the areas of astronomy, biology, biomedical engineering, chemistry, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, medical laboratory research, physics and psychology. This is a tuition-based program. Acceptance required.

Stanford University School of Earth Sciences Internships
At the School of Earth Sciences, high school students spend the summer working in different laboratories. Students work on existing research projects in geology and environmental sciences and are supervised directly by graduate students, post-doctoral scholars and lab managers.

Stanford University Science Circle
This new academic enrichment program from Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies (SPCS) offers quarter-long classes for local middle and high school students who are interested in exploring the vast and exciting world of scientific research. Weekly sessions are held at Stanford on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings throughout the academic quarter. The Science Circle promotes science interest and career awareness through engaging lectures and hands-on activities. Students learn directly from faculty, researchers, and post-doctoral scholars in the Stanford science community.

Stanford University Science Outreach Program
Stanford offers a number of science programs for high school students during the year and summer. The programs and contacts are included in the link above. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Crary in the CEO office.

Michigan State Honors Math & Science Research Program
HSHSP's purpose is to provide students from across the U.S. and territories who are entering 12th grade with the opportunity to engage in intensive research work over a seven-week period and to interact with peers who come from diverse backgrounds but who share a love of science and/or mathematics. For high school juniors. Tuition: $3,800. Financial aid is available. Applications open in December and are due in early March.

Duke University Summer College and Summer Academy for High School Students
The Duke summer college offers college level courses in science, math, and humanities areas, Click the link for course listings. Tuition for the 7-week program is $7,950. The Summer Academy is focused on global policy and environmental issues. Tuition is $5,650.

Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab SAILORS Program
The Stanford Summer Intelligence Laboratory's Outreach Summer program is run by the Stanford AI Lab. This is a two-week, full-time program. The Sailors program has three main objectives:

1. To simultaneously educate and excite students about the field of AI by providing exposure to a variety of AI topics, discussing in-depth some of the cutting-edge AI research, and exploring the societal impacts of AI.
2. To foster personal growth through career development workshops, mentoring, and social events.
3. To provide students a hands-on experience with real research projects in the AI Lab.

Whitney Lab: Perception Science, UC Berkeley
This one-month program is an excellent opportunity to expose advanced high school students to the specific techniques and research equipment used at top-tier universities. During this summer internship, students will learn advanced computer coding and statistical analysis techniques that are fundamental to a successful career in all scientific fields. Additionally, students will be tutored in how to write up experimental results using professional scientific publication standards. Tuition is $5,500.

Girls Who Code: Summer Immersion Program
Learn computer science through real-world projects in art and storytelling, robotics ,video games, websites apps and more! This free, seven-week program is offered at seven locations throughout the Bay Area.

Research Mentorship Program, UC Santa Barbara
The Research Mentorship Program is a competitive, six-week summer program at UC Santa Barbara that engages qualified, high-achieving high school students from all over the world in interdisciplinary, hands-on, university-level research. Students will be paired up with a mentor (graduate student, post-doctoral student or faculty member) and will choose a research project from 24 research areas, including biochemistry, computer science, music and marine biology. Tuition is $10,000 (which includes room and board) for non-commuters or $4,400 for commuters.

Other Science & Research Opportunities


ANN Power National Leadership Conference
The ANN Power Vital Voices Initiative is a groundbreaking partnership between ANN Inc., the parent company of Ann Taylor and Loft, and Vital Voices to empower young women from across the U.S. to affect global progress, invest in their communities, and begin their journeys as the next generation of leaders. Applications are due by March 6, 2015.

Reading Partners: Help Kids Learn to Read
Reading Partners mobilizes communities to provide students with the proven, individualized reading support they need to read at grade level by fourth grade. That's why Reading Partners teams up with under-resourced schools and engages volunteers to work one-on-one with students who struggle with reading. Volunteer placements are one hour per week throughout the school year. Several volunteer opportunities are available in Santa Clara County.

Galileo Summer Camp Interns

Galileo Summer Camp offers positions for camp leaders to lead and help kids learn about art, science and other topics. Positions last the whole summer; camp leaders must commit to dates. Locations are throughout the Bay Area.

Pathways Program

Presentation High School's Pathways program provides students with real-life career exploration opportunities that will help them in the college decision-making process. Pathways offers shadow days and internships in five career areas:
  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Business and Technology
  • Software Engineering
  • Architecture, Civil Engineering and Construction

The Pathways program is designed to encourage students to explore career choices through hands-on experiences with industry professionals before they decide on a college or major. Through this process, they can discover interests or talents that may help them identify a potential career.

Pathways is directed by Fred Crary in the Career Exploration Office. All internships throughout the year are announced to students via their school email accounts and the CEO Twitter feed. For more information about Pathways, email Fred Crary.