Summer Program

    Most colleges offer summer programs for HS students.  Look for FREE or low cost programs.

    Get involved with activities that are related to your future major or career.

    It’s a great way to find out more about it and it looks great on your college applications!

    IMPORTANT:  Keep in mind most programs require letters of recommendation.  Begin the application process & request letters at least 3 - 5 weeks before the deadline.

    MIT Women's Technology Program (WTP)
    Deadline: January 15
    The MIT Women's Technology Program is a rigorous four-week summer academic and residential experience where female high school students explore engineering through hands-on classes, labs, and team based projects the summer after 11th grade.
    Criteria:  Females in grade 11 who love & exel at math and science
    Program dates:  June 26 - July 23
    Cost: FREE
    USC Bovard Scholars

    The summer program requires three weeks of full-time residency on the USC campus — including weekends.  The program doesn’t end after three weeks. During your senior year you will work with your admissions coach to receive support and feedback as questions arise, throughout the application and decision-making process. Juniors in HS with a 4.0 weighted, enrolled in Algebra II or higher math course. Demonstrates financial aid and have taken AP courses.

    Program dates:  July 11 - July 31
    Cost: FREE


    Bank of America Student Leaders

    Deadline: January 29


    Program dates: Late June – August             Cost: FREE, paid internship

    Eight week paid summer internship with a local nonprofit organization. Take part in an all-expense-paid week in Washington, D.C. Learn how nonprofits, government, and business can partner to create a positive impact in our communities.

    • Current juniors or seniors
    • Be able to work eight weeks at a local non-profit and work 35 hours a week
    • Relatives of Bank of America employees are not eligible to apply

    MIT Summer Program
    Deadline:  February 1

    An information meeting will take place January 12 at 5pm. Register HERE


    The Office of Engineering at MIT offers two great programs.  By submitting one application you are automatically considered for one of the two programs, you cannot choose to apply to a particular program.  The program is FREE but students must cover their transportation to and from MIT.

    MIT Online Science, Technology, and Engineering Community (MOSTEC):  Aug 5 - 9 (on campus) or June 27 - December 22 (online)
    From July through January, students in this online program discuss research, receive admissions and financial aid advice, and attend webinars. They also complete online science and engineering projects that they present during a five-day conference on MIT’s campus. Learn more about  MOSTEC.



    Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute "Ready to Lead" Next Gen
    Deadline: February 15
    Each year, CHCI brings students in currently in 10th and 11th grade to participate in the R2L NextGen program, a week-long leadership training online program. During the program students gain a deeper understanding of the importance of their role as engaged citizens, meet with key leaders, participate in study visits at historic sites and develop a deeper understanding of how they can affect positive change in their communities and their nation.  Select R2L - Southern California

    Cost:  FREE       Dates:  June 13-18 or June 22-July 3 or July 18-23       Eligibility:  Open to current 10 and 11 grade students


    Deadline:  February 19 on-line app. only
    (Application opens January 20)
    A four-week online program where students work side-by-side with outstanding university researchers and faculty to explore advanced topics in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) using hands-on and labs.  Most students qualifying for Free and Reduced Lunch attend for FREE.  Students who do not qualify for the lunch program will need to pay partial or close to $2,217 if accepted and you plan to attend.
    Program dates:  July 6 – July 31  at UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, UC Santa Cruz

    Cost:  $30 app fee, see flyer for tuition and full/partial scholarship opportunities

      • Current students in grades 8-12
      • Talented and motivated in math and science

    (Start early - Long application requires two Letters of Recommendation from Math & Science teachers (preferred)


    Princeton University Summer Journalism Program - www.princeton.edu/sjp
    Deadline: February 22

    Program dates:  Mid-June thru early August                        Cost:  FREE

    Ten day all expense paid summer program @ Princeton University

    • Current junior 3.5 GPA (unweighted out of 4.0)
    • Interest in journalism
    • Combined custodial income must not exceed $60,000 or if you qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch Program



    Pomona College Academy for Youth Success (PAYS)               

    Deadline:  February 26 (postmarked)


    Open to 9th graders and a few 10th graders, who can make a three year commitment.  Students participate in a four-week summer course at Pomona College and attend monthly activities throughout the year. During the senior year, students get personalized assistance with the college and financial aid process.  Even though Orange County is not a target county, the program will accept applications from Segerstrom students and consider them for admission to the program.

    Residential program dates:  June 20 - July 16

    Virtual program dates:  June 20 - July 23

    Cost: FREE 



    Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program        

    Deadline:  Not available due to COVID-19


    The Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program (SIMR) is an eight-week program in which high school students from diverse backgrounds are invited to perform basic research with Stanford faculty and researchers. Open to current juniors or seniors, must be 16 years old or older by the start of the program (June 15, 2020, finishes August 6, 2020) and must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent Resident.  Student receive a $500 stipend at the end of the program.  Students must provide their own housing and transportation.


    California State Summer School for the Arts               
    Deadline:  February 26

    CSSSA is four weeks of exploration, discovery and hard work designed to unleash your creative power. Talented high school students will receive intensive training from professionals in music, theatre, video and film, visual arts, dance, creative writing, and animation.  Held at CalArts in Valencia, CA (near Magic Mountain).

    Program dates:  July 10 – August 6

    Cost:  $2,250 (full and partial scholarships available)
    Start early - Long application requires Letters of Recommendation from Fine Arts teacher(s)


    UCI Cancer Research Institute - Youth Summer Science Fellow Program
    Deadline: February 28 by 5pm
    A six-week laboratory research at UC Irvine for high school juniors and seniors.  The program is FREE at no cost to the student.  Students earn community service hours and lab/work experience.  Students must have completed at minimum 1 year of Chemistry, 1 year of biology, and one of those needs to include lab experience.  Students may not be enrolled in summer school or other programs, vacations or conflicting obligations during the 6-week program.  Program takes place June 27 - August 6.
    UCI Summer Premed Program --- Program website currently being updated, check back later.
    Deadline:  Early March (program fills quickly, submit first week of March or before)
    UCI’s Medical Education Office offers 4 great programs to high school students.  Programs focus to foster the interest of youth in healthcare and science innovation.  The three programs are:  
    1) Summer Premed Program
    2) Summer Research Program
    3) Physician Shadowing Program
    4) Online Research Program.  
    Full and partial scholarships available.  View the scholarship information.  Students should be 15-18 years of age and have a minimum 3.5 weighted GPA.
    Program dates:  Late June to early August

    Engineering Summer Academy at Penn

    Deadline:  February 28


    Current 9th -11th graders can apply to experience a three-week Engineering Summer Academy at the University of Pennsylvania.  Students can earn credit in of six programs:  Biotechnology, Computer Graphics, Computer Science, Engineering, Nanotechnology or Robotics. Financial Aid is available.  Program dates:  July 7 - 27. 
    ASPIRE - Deadline: March 1


    Current 9th, 10th and 11th graders interested in engineering and computer science. ASPIRE is a two-week residential program at UC Irvine. You participate in classroom activities 5-6 hours a day, fun activities after class and live and eat at the university dorms. Great way to experience college and find out if engineering and computer science is for you! Full and partial scholarships available, must submit a separate scholarship application by March 1.  Apply early, spaces are limited.

    Program dates: Session II (July 2-16), Session III (July 19-30), Session IV (August 2-13)

    Critera:  3.0 unweighted GPA



    Camino al Futuro --- Not available summer 2021.  May be offered Summer 2022.                                                            Deadline:  March 1

    https://cisneros.columbian.gwu.edu/apply-caminos-al-futuro-program              Program dates: June 27 - July 16, 2022.

    A selective, pre-college summer program for qualified rising high school seniors offered by the George Washington University (GW) and GW’s Cisneros Hispanic Institute. Students will examine the political, economic and social transformations impacting the Hispanic community through academic discourse with university professors and other experts in their fields. They will also engage with community organizations, meet with business leaders, policymakers, and take advantage of site visits around Washington D.C. The program is FULLY funded, it covers, room & board, materials, round-trip airfare to Washington D.C. and program-related activities. Great opportunity! 


    Deadline:  March 1
    https://sites.uci.edu/inspire    (Sign-in at home, school is blocking website)
    Current 12th graders planning to enroll at a community college and interested in engineering or computer science. INSPIRE is a two-week residential program at UC Irvine. You participate in classroom activities 5-6 hours a day, fun activities after class and live and eat at the university dorms. Great way to experience college and find out if engineering and computer science is for you! Also open to current community college students.
    Criteria: 3.0 unweighted GPA
    CURIE Academy & CATALYST Academy   
    Deadline:  March 1
    Cornell University (NY) has two one-week summer programs that students may be able to attend for FREE if they meet the following criteria:
    --CURIE Academy: Open to 10th-11th female students with a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale; earned a 620 on PSAT/SAT/Subject Test and currently taking or plan to take Calculus, Physics or Chemistry (or related advanced Science and Math courses).
    --CATALYST Academy: Open to 10th-11th graders who earned a 620 on PSAT/SAT/Subject Test and currently taking or plan to take Calculus, Physics or Chemistry (or related advanced Science and Math courses).
    Cost:  $1450 (does not include travel --- Juniors may be able to go for FREE!)          
    Dates:  July 18-24        
    Investments, Financial Planning and YOU
    Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis, apply early (March 1) to qualify for scholarship
    The online program is for highly motivated 9th-12th grade students who wish to gain a deep understanding of investments and financial planning. Students will create a personal wealth management plan.  Cost of program is $799.  If you require financial assistance explain in your essay why you are in need of a scholarship.  Program dates:  July 20 - 24 or Aug 5 - 9. 

    Smith College Summer Precollege Programs



    Deadline:  March 1 (to be considered for financial aid)

    Summer Precollege is open to academically talented girls who will enter grades 9, 10, 11 and 12.  The program is selective, very important to submit a strong application.  To be considered for financial aid, you must submit your application and financial aid application by March 1.  Five different programs throughout the summer:  1) College Admissions Workshop; 2) Creative Writing; 3) Science & Engineering; 4) Sustainable Futures:  Farming, Justice and the Environment; 5) Women, Gender & Representation.  Students will need to cover costs for travel to Smith. 


    Girls Who Code  

    Deadline:  March 13


    The Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program is a 2-week computer science course that embeds classrooms in technology companies and universities. Students learn the fundamentals of computer science - from robotics to how to build a webpage - while gaining exposure to the tech industry and mentorship from women working in technology.  Santa Ana Public Library offers program, as well as other cities in the county and state.

    Criteria:  Open to current 9th thru 11th graders

    Cost:  FREE, in addition, eligible students can receive a need-based $300 stipend



    U.S. Military Academy Summer Leaders Experience

    Deadline:  March 15 (on-line app only)


    A concentrated week of academic, athletic, military, and social experiences at West Point in New York.  Current JUNIORS should be in the top fifth of their class, college-bound, strong PSAT scores and demonstrated leadership and earned honors in athletic or extracurricular activities.

    Program dates:  May 29 - June 4 or June 5 - 11

    Cost:  $400 plus transportation costs to and from West Point

    LIFEvest Financial Literacy --- Waiting to hear if this program will be offered summer 2021

    Deadline:  March 20


    A week-long residential program at UCI for current 9th and 10th grade students that will learn how to build a Meaningful Life Plan by Creating Lasting Financial and Educational Goals. Program is FREE!  Reference code SAUSDSEGERSTROM in your application, for assistance see Ms. Huezo in the Higher Ed Center.

    Program dates:  June 21-27 or July 12-18 or July 26-August 1, 2020


    Deadline: March 24  (application opens early February)
    High achieving, low-income juniors are invited to apply for an opportunity to attend a rigorous one to four-week summer program at leading colleges and universities on full scholarships.  Students receive individual college admissions counseling, visit college campuses and eligible for other scholarships. On-line application available February 1.  A lengthy and competitive application but very rewarding experience, start early.
    HSF Latino Youth Leadership Institute
    Deadline: April 9
    The Hispanic Scholarship Fund's Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) is a four-day, overnight, college empowerment conference for Latino high school juniors. It is designed to give young leaders the practical tools they need to successfully apply to top universities, have full access to scholarship and financial aid opportunities, and set a course for academic and career success. Attendees will enhance their leadership abilities and expand their professional networks by participating in college and career workshops, live on a college campus, and interact with college students and professionals who serve as their mentors.
    Criteria:  Juniors, 3.0+ GPA on a 4.0 scale.  
    Program dates:  July 7-11 at University of Chicago (virtual)   or July 21-25 at the University of Southern California (virtual)
    Cost: FREE
    Latino Youth Leadership of Orange County
    Deadline: April 9
    The Latino Youth Leadership of Orange County is a FREE one-week summer program for Latino male students currently in 10th or 11th grade. The program has been successful in helping guide and mentor male students in Santa Ana through high school and beyond.  Despite the ongoing pandemic, the conference organizers are committed to serving our students and will be continuing this year with a virual format.  The LYLOC is currently recruiting 01th and 11th grade Latino male students for its Virtual Academy that will be held August 1-6, 2021. 
    The Smithsonian Latino Center - Young Ambassadors Program --- Returning Summer 2022
    A national program for graduating high school seniors aimed at fostering the next generation of Latino leaders in the arts, sciences, and humanities via the Smithsonian Institution and its resources.  YAP is a college preparatory and leadership program encouraging participants to explore various academic and career opportunities through the lens of the Latino experience.  The program includes an intensive week-long interdisciplinary training seminar at the Smithsonian followed by a four-week paid internship in museums and cultural institutions in local communities across the United States and Puerto Rico.  Program covers all expenses for the one week program, student responsible for costs during the four-week internship but at the end of the five weeks will receive a $2,000 stipend.

    UCI Urology Summer Surgery Program --- due to COVID-19 may not be available, check website.

    Deadline:  April 15 for scholarship consideration 


    UC Irvine's Summer Surgery Program is an exceptional opportunity for high school students to gain hands-on experience in the fields of surgery and medicine.  The program is aimed to inspire high school students to pursue their interest in medicine by exposing them to hands-on experiences across several fields of healthcare.

    Criteria:  Must be 16 years old or older, 3.5+ unweighted GPA, respectful & mature

    Program dates:  July 6 - 17 or July 20 - 31, 2020

    Cost: $4,550 (there are TWO fully-funded scholarships offered)


    Experience Berkeley Program:  High School Students!

    Deadline:  April 30, 2021


    Experience Berkeley (EB) is a free program that assists Black, Latino, & Native American students in the completion of their UC application and insight questions. Program provides students with mentors, tools, and resources to develop a competitive application ultimately increasing chances for admission to UC Berkeley. Students are mentored by Black and Latino UC Berkeley undergraduates, who provide one-on-one support throughout the entire UC application process from June to November. Throughout the program students will have the opportunity to:

    • Meet UC Berkeley admission officers
    • Connect with UCB staff and students
    • Become familiar with UCB campus
    • Receive information on college life & scholarships

    Criteria:  Black, Latino, Native American Juniors with 3.5 weighted gpa

    Cost:  FREE        Program dates:  June 2021 - May 2022, you meet once a month virtually.

    UCI School of the Arts - Summer Academies Lite
    Deadline: May 1
    The Summer Academies LITE program is a modified version of the in-person Summer Academies in the Arts that focuses on college admissions preparation and professional development opportunities for experienced high school and transfer arts students in a virtual learning environment.  Courses are $99.
    Dance:  July 12 - 16, 2021
    Drama: July 26 - 30, 2021


    Expressive Robotics (Ages 12 - 17) --- NOT taking place Summer 2021

    Deadline: May 20

    Unleash the power of S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education as you build a robotic structure that moves expressively! No prior coding, programming, robotics experience required.  Cost is $899 but there are full and partial scholarships available.  Spaces are limited so apply early and submit your scholarship application too!

    Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project
    Deadline: June 4

    Open to current 10th and 11th graders; no gpa requirement.  Conference participants participate in powerful workshops and seminars that will enhance leadership skills, academic  preparedness, self-esteem, cultural awareness, and provide an understanding of state and local government.  The program will be virtual and take place July 16-18, 21,24,25.




    Project M.I.S.S @ Cal State Fullerton
    Deadline:  June 18


    For high school girls interested in pursuing a career involving mathematics or enjoys the subject. Open to 9-11 grade female students who have completed Geometry or Algebra II with a C or better.  Program takes place virtually from July 6 - 30, 2021 (no class on July 5, due to Independence holiday). The program is FREE!


    Santa Ana Police Explorer Program
    Deadline:  On-going
    Police Explorers are young persons with an interest in law enforcement and community service as a career.  The Explorer program is an intensive, long-term process designed to assist youth in meeting the hiring requirements of local police departments.  Applicants may begin the selection process at any time by attending one of the general training meetings that are held on the first three Wednesdays of each month. Applicants are not required to contact the Department prior to attending the meeting. The meetings are held at the Santa Ana Police Department and applicants must arrive in the main lobby no later than 6:15 p.m.  Applicants arriving late will not be admitted into the meeting.  Training meetings generally conclude by 9:00 p.m.  For more information call (714) 245-8208.  Cost:  $125 for uniform.  Click here for Explorer Info sheet.




Last Modified on April 12, 2021