Summer Opportunities for Students


Be aware that many summer programs, especially the more competitive ones, have application deadlines as early as February.

Summer Programs at George Washington University:                        

Summer programs at Catholic for rising juniors and seniors: in Architecture, Engineering, and Drama.

Leadership Arlington Youth Program: The Leadership Arlington Youth Program is designed to enhance leadership skills and awareness of the need for community service, civic participation, and philanthropy in rising 11th or 12th grade students.   Two weeks in summer.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center High School Internships:  Many different opportunities available – see website.  Must be 16 by June, minimum GPA 3.0

Georgetown University Summer Programs: Various programs in forensics, international relations, college prep, performing arts, and much more!

Virginia Hispanic College Institute:  Four days at Virginia Tech. Students participate in workshops stressing academic achievement, career choices, community service, and leadership.

Arlington Arts Center: Art Field Trips & Courses for Middle & High School Students – study photography, painting, drawing, etc. Also, volunteer opportunities for high school students to work with younger kids.

Carnegie Melon: Various opportunities in Music, Drama, Digital Game Development, Math and Science, and more!

Summer Legal Institute at a local law school:  D.C.-area high school students will meet with volunteer attorneys and members of the judiciary, visit the courts, participate in a mock trial, practice negotiations skills, attend workshops on college readiness and business networking, and present oral arguments for competition.

George Mason University Summer Camps: Classes in Forensics, Radio, Acting, Game Design, etc.

Howard University School of Business Summer Enrichment Program: One week programs focused on accounting, computer information systems or actuary science University Health Sciences Summer Program: The HSSESA is a six-week residential summer enrichment science academy for rising 11th and 12th grade high school students. High School students who demonstrate an interest in the sciences, a career in pharmacy or other health professions will be selected.

University of Maryland Young Scholars Program:  The Young Scholars Program is offered to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors with exceptional ability and promise to pursue academic interests and earn three college credits.  University of Maryland also offers summer programs in different majors, such as architecture, engineering and business.  Search their website at

Hispanic National Bar Foundation: Future Latino Leaders Law Camp:  This camp is designed to provide Hispanic high school students with the opportunity to learn more about the legal profession. All participants will stay on a college campus in DC for a week.  Free

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Internship:  PAID!  For current 9-11 grade students interested in science or cultural studies.

Bank of America Student Leaders Internship – PAID!  Student Leaders® are awarded paid summer internships with local nonprofit organizations and participate in a Student Leadership Summit held in Washington, D.C.

Princeton Summer Journalism Program: Princeton offers this 10-day seminar of journalism to juniors with financial need.  The program is FREE, including transportation.  Must have interest in journalism and at least a 3.5 GPA.

Document Arlington Project:  DAP is a six-week television production PAID apprenticeship program open to APS high school students.  Interns create two 15 minute documentaries.  Great opportunity for anyone interested in tv production, film making, script writing, etc.

American University’s Discover the World of Communication:  You will learn to build a digital portfolio, script, shoot and edit a film, write a news story like a pro, speak with confidence, persuade, inform, educate and entertain. Our professional, hands-on workshops- open to students entering grades 9 through 12.

Emerging Leaders Program: ELP I is a FREE 12 session workshop series offered to youth in grades 9-12.  Workshops focus on developing professional skills and building confidence to become a leader.

Camp Heat – Arlington County Fire Department Fire Camp for Young Women: Girls aged 15-19 can attend a free 4 day overnight camp at Marymount University to learn about firefighting and emergency medical care.  Spend time with Arlington Fire Fighters / EMTs and learn about nutrition, medical care, firefighting, etc.

Lead Summer Program:  Explore the field of business, engineering or computer science through a fun and challenging LEAD Summer Institute 3-4 weeks, highly competitive.

Caminos al Futuro Pre-College Program: Caminos al Futuro is a fully-funded summer scholarship program that engages high-achieving Hispanic juniors (rising seniors) from U.S. high schools in a residential academic leadership development program at the George Washington University.

Science and Engineering at MITMITES: A six-week science/engineering program at MIT for rising high school seniors E2: A one-week science/engineering program at MIT for rising high school seniors

AgDiscovery – internship with US Dept of Agriculture: Explore careers in plant and animal science, wildlife management and agribusiness.  FREE at various universities around the country, including Uof Maryland and Delaware State.  2-4 weeks, 14-17 year olds eligible.  Visit

University of Virginia Summer Enrichment: High achieving students currently in grades 4-10 spend 12 days engaged in learning experiences designed to foster critical thinking, creative thinking, and inquiry processes.  Scholarships available to cover costs.

Programs at Virginia Tech:  Various programs through the College of Engineering at VTech.

VAG Scholarships for Summer Programs:  Virginia Association for the Gifted offers summer scholarships designed for students identified as gifted and talented to attend academic or artistic programs in the summer.  Scholarships range from $100 – 500.  Deadline March 14

List of Free Summer Enrichment Programs for high school students: