2021 Summer Programs for High School Students

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Hard to believe, but our second summer of COVID is coming up. Many summer opportunities will be conducted remotely, but still offer an excellent opportunity for students to explore subject matters that interest them. So check out the programs below, many are free!

Annenberg Youth Academy for Media and Civic Engagement

The Annenberg Youth Academy for Media and Civic Engagement is a three-week online summer intensive academy for 28 talented high school students from Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, and San Diego County. Students are exposed to the equivalent of first-year college-level courses and develop a rich conceptual understanding and practice of the necessary role that media communications and journalism play in fashioning civic-minded thought leaders and innovators. The program runs from Wednesday, June 16 – Wednesday, July 7, 2021. Free of cost for the 28 students selected to participate.
Deadline to apply is Friday, March 19, 2021.

Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI)

Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute is an online 4-week introduction to computer science for rising college freshmen with a passion for technology – especially students who’ve been historically marginalized from the field. Program will take place online July 12 – August 6, 2021. The program is free and Google will provide a stipend.
Deadline to apply is March 29, 2021.

EPIC (Engineering Possibilities in College) at Cal Poly

EPIC is open to all rising 7th-12th graders. The program’s primary goals are to attract more female, first-generation and low-income students to the field of engineering and inspire them to choose it as a career path. However, ALL students are welcome to apply regardless of background. I base acceptance into EPIC on a written essay and an indication (from GPA, the classes taken, extracurricular activities, etc.) that students have applied themselves to their studies. The EPIC program does its best to determine which students will gain the most from the program. They have five weekly sessions which run from June through July. Cost: $450.
Deadline to apply is April 15, 2021.

Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program

This 2-week virtual program teaches girls—trans and cis—and non-binary students the computer science skills they need to make an impact in their community while preparing for a career in tech. Participants will get exposure to tech jobs, meet women in tech careers, and join a supportive sisterhood of girls in tech. Students should be rising 10-12th graders. Cost: Free and a $300 stipend is available (must apply for it).
Deadline to apply Friday, March 19th, 2021.

High School Summer STEM Research Programs

Rising high school juniors and seniors (current 10th-11th grade) are invited to apply for participation in an authentic STEM research experience at a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for 6 weeks during the summer. You will gain hands-on experience in areas at the forefront of various STEM fields, such as cancer immunology, pharmacogenomics of anticancer agents, physics, biophysics, bioengineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, aerospace, and more! Virtual program runs from June 14 – July 30, 2021. Students accepted will receive a monetary award to offset lost wages in the summer months.
Application available in March.


ISSYP is a two-week online program for Canadian and international high school students with a keen interest in theoretical physics who intend to pursue physics at the university level. The program runs from July 19 – 30, 2021. Students should be in their final two years of school to apply. Cost: $250 (CAD)
Deadline to apply is May 10, 2021.

Princeton Summer Journalism Program

The Princeton Summer Journalism Program (PSJP) is one of the only programs of its kind offering a free, innovative residential journalism and college prep institute for high achieving high school juniors from low-income backgrounds. Over ten days every summer, up to 40 students from across the country explore current events and world affairs through workshops and lectures led by Princeton professors, professional journalists, and alumni on campus. The summer program culminates in the publication of the Princeton Summer Journal, the student-produced newspaper. The program will run virtually over 7 weeks June-August. 
Deadline to apply March 15, 2021.

The Summer Academy for Math and Science (SAMS) at Carnegie Mellon

At SAMS, students engage in a rigorous curriculum taught by our renowned faculty and staff who are deeply committed to student success. The program allows students to develop deeper understanding in areas such as mathematics, biology, and physics via traditional classroom instruction, through hands-on projects, and sustained engagement with world-renowned faculty and skilled staff mentors. Although the program will be offered online, students are required to be physically located in the United States at all times when accessing Program courses and/or activities. Students should be at least 16 years old and a current sophomore or junior in high school. Cost: Free
Deadline to apply is March 10, 2021.

The Intern Project (TIP)

TIP provides outstanding high school students from schools across LA County the chance to work in dynamic career areas through paid, priority internships of four or more weeks during their summer break. Please note that priority will be given to high-need students. Applicants should be completing their sophomore, junior, or senior year, with a record of high academic achievement, consistent attendance, knowledge, and use of social media, and, above all, have a passion to work in one of these identified fields: Arts, Media & Entertainment, Engineering & Tech, Business, Government/Non-Profit/Philanthropy, and Healthcare & Medical Technology.
Deadline to apply is March 28, 2021.

UC Santa Barbara Research Mentorship Program

Students participating in the Research Mentorship Program will learn to describe their research findings in professional-style technical papers, present the research at a formal university symposium, and earn university credits which will become part of their permanent record at UC Santa Barbara. The program will be delivered virtually. Cost: $4,500 Tuition and program fees with a limited number of full and partial scholarships available. Students must currently be in the 10th or 11th grade. The program runs from June 20 – July 30, 2021.
Deadline to apply is March 15, 2021.

USC Young Researchers Program

USC’s Young Researchers is a six-week virtual summer program. They match USC Ph.D. students and faculty mentors with motivated rising seniors in high school in the Los Angeles area to conduct scientific research. Students experience first-hand university-level research while attending weekly workshops that provide basic knowledge about college applications and pursuing degrees in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields. The program runs from June 28 – late July/Early August Cost: Free
Deadline to apply is May 15, 2021.

US Naval Academy Summer STEM Program

(This program is still being advertising as being in-person)  The Summer STEM Program offers a series of weeklong, STEM Engineering & Construction Camps designed for High School students who excel in math, science, and technology courses and are interested in pursuing engineering, architecture, or related fields in college. Rising 9th – 11th graders are eligible to attend. There are three sessions and they vary by grade from June 7- 25, 2021. The cost is $900 and includes room, board, meals, activities, and local transportation.
Deadline to apply is March 31, 2021.

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