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January Opportunities

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late January

Accounting Finance Business Initiative (AFBI)


- See Ms. Marcus to get an application.


- For questions contact Christina Smiley, AFBI Program Director, 


The AFBI Program is a FREE week-long program that teaches students about careers in accounting, finance, business, and technology. During the program, students will spend the week in a college dorm room, participate in a case study, community service, mock interviews, visit various firms throughout the city, etc. Students will also have the opportunity to win college scholarships which will be presented at our Awards' Banquet. The program is scheduled to be held at Drexel University.  FREE



"A career development program for minority high school students"

Mid January Penn Academy for Skin Health (PASH)

- Engage with scientists and clinicians in the dermatology field

- Perform laboratory experiments using state-of-the-art research equipment

- Discover genetic and environmental-based dermatologic diseases

- Network with Penn faculty and staff to learn about careers in both research and medicine

- Participate in a College 101 workshop

FREE 10-12
Mid January

The Distance Learning Center's 


The Distance Learning Center (DLC) is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to increase the number of underrepresented minorities (African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians and Mainland Puerto Ricans) in science, technology, engineering, math and medicine (STEMM).Students gain exposure to STEMM by working in STEMM based labs during the summer starting as early as the seventh grade and based upon performance are invited back each subsequent year through college.



*scholarships are available through the program

Early January 

 AIU High School Diplomats



This cultural enrichment program brings together students from Japan and the United States. Students travel to Princeton University for 10 days of fun and cultural exchange.

FREE via program scholarship Current 10-11
mid January
Penn Academy for Reproductive Sciences (PARS) What is PARS? An all-female workshop led by expert clinicians and scientists. PARS incorporates a mix of small-group discussions, demonstrations, and hands-on lab activities to explore current research topics in reproductive health.You will also dive into a journal article, discuss ethical decision-making, and prepare for future careers in science and medicine! FREE




mid January The Monell Science Apprenticeship Program The Monell Science Apprenticeship Program’s mission is to stimulate an interest in biomedical science or medicine as careers – particularly in groups typically underrepresented in science, including females, ethnic or racial minorities, and the economically disadvantaged. YOU GET PAID! 9-12
late January

The Science Preparatory Research Opportunities for Underrepresented Teens (SPROUT) 

The SPROUT Program aims to provide students with low socioeconomic status (SES) early exposure to graduate-level research education and improve the research enterprise through increased diversity. YOU GET PAID

current juniors only



Historically underrepresented populations/first-generation students preferred 


mid January Teen Mental Health Advocacy Series

During eight virtual sessions  participants will learn key advocacy skills, like community organizing, using data and community-based participatory research in advocacy, building energy and action around a cause, and connecting with elected officials. Teams of participants will then develop advocacy projects based on the Youth-Led Advocacy Platform, such as planning for Teen Mental Health Awareness Day events, advocating for school counselor resources by meeting with policymakers, and informing mental health curriculum plans in schools.

early January for Winter term, late March for Spring Term Fleisher Art Memorial - Saturday Young Artists Program

In the Saturday Young Artists Program, Fleisher offers low-cost classes for young people ages 5 to 18 designed to develop artistic skills, foster engagement with the arts, encourage self-expression, and build confidence as a creative person. Over 100 classes in a range of media are offered throughout the year, allowing children and youth to experience hands-on art-making in a supportive and enriching environment.

$60 per course




ages 5-18


*Spaces are limited.  You must enter the lottery to be randomly selected for the program.

Late January

Summer Student Program

- Bar Harbor Campus

The Summer Student Program is designed for students who want to immerse themselves in genetics and genomics research. It emphasizes laboratory discovery, communication of knowledge, and professional growth.

FREE, including transportation to and from the program



current 11-12
late January Write Away Through our Digital Literacy Mentoring Program, students in grades 6-12 get matched up with a college student mentor who guides them through a series of writing tasks, which encourage creativity, increase digital literacy, and empower students through telling and owning their own story.  FREE 6-12

early January



Acel Moore High School Journalism Workshop

from The Philadelphia Inquirer

This hands-on program seeks to introduce Philadelphia-area high school students to the fields of print and digital journalism.

With an assist from staff volunteers, participants then help to write, edit and produce the student newspaper, First Take. In addition, they also help to create and design a website for the newspaper that’s linked to Philly.com.

FREE 11-12
late January- varies per program Citizen Diplomat Academy

A free, virtual, international exchange program for high school and university students in Philadelphia and abroad who are interested in addressing the world’s most pressing challenges. Click link to see programs offered. 

FREE ages 14-18
early January Bezos Scholars There’s no experience like the Bezos Scholars Program—a transformative, year-long, no-cost leadership development program that amplifies youth voice, collaboration and action so young people with passion can start making a difference today.  FREE current juniors
early January Thrive Scholars Thrive Scholars is looking to bring on our next cohort of high achieving low-income students of color from across the country!Thrive Scholars is a national nonprofit organization that provides these high-achieving students with the opportunities they need to thrive at top colleges and in meaningful careers. There are two FREE summer programs, the Core Program and the On-Ramp Program, and ongoing mentorship and support with college applications. FREE

Core Program- high-achieving students of color from low-income backgrounds in 11th grade


On-Ramp Program- high-achieving male African American 10th graders from low-income backgrounds

early January Independence Seaport Museum - Youth Programs At Independence Seaport Museum, we believe education is key for inspiring future generations of thinkers, historians, engineers, builders, and conservationists.  All of our programs center around not only our mission, but how the skills learned can be adapted to their daily lives and help improve their community.  Check out a variety of programs- Eagle STEM Mentorship Program, River Ambassadors, Sailor Program, and Sailor Ambassadors.




ages 14-19



mid-January USC Bovard Scholars

The USC Bovard Scholars program helps high-achieving students with financial need gain admission to and succeed at the nation’s top universities.

Support is available to high-achieving rising high school seniors. Through expert admissions and financial aid assistance, comprehensive test preparation and personalized career exploration experiences, we aim to transform lives and build a new, diverse generation of dynamic leaders.



*includes transportation to and from California

current 11th grade only


- Enrolled in Algebra II, Trigonometry or above

- Demonstrate financial need

- Have taken Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate courses, if offered


Summer College Opportunity Program in Education (S.C.O.P.E.) @ Penn State University


A four week academic intensive program for students from multicultural backgrounds interested in a career in teaching, counseling, special education, rehabilitation, or educational administration. *See website for more details and requirements. Must be nominated by a school official.


Current 10th Graders


3.0 gpa or higher

late January Femmehacks

FemmeHacks is a super beginner-friendly collegiate hackathon hosted by Women in Computer Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Our event is an opportunity for women-identifying individuals* to learn new programming skills, network with each other, and collaborate in making awesome apps.

We aim to inspire, teach, and empower young women in the Philly tech community by providing an environment where they can flourish, inspire one another, and create lasting bonds.




identify as a woman or non-binary person

late January-

rolling basis until the program is full

Tech It Out Philly at The University of Pennsylvania The immersion portion of Tech it Out is an eight-week program where students come to the University of Pennsylvania and create a website that addresses a social issue they find important. We learn web development skills, research social issues, work in teams, and develop presentation skills. We have guest speakers to learn more about careers and opportunities in computer science.
FREE 9-12
late January Drexel University Women in Computing Workshop Our events are designed to inspire high school women towards careers in computing and information sciences through practical activities and talks that ignite a life-long passion for STEM education and careers. Adventures in coding, ethical hacking and other future-facing fun await you, all led by Drexel CCI students, award-winning faculty role models and industry partners committed to diversity and inclusion.  Lunch will be provided for this event. FREE females in grades 9-12
mid January The Distance Learning Center STEMM Prep Project The Distance Learning Center (DLC) is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to increase the number of underrepresented minorities (African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians and Mainland Puerto Ricans) in science, technology, engineering, math and medicine (STEMM).DLC STEMMPREP PROJECT – Students gain exposure to STEMM by working in STEMM based labs during the summer starting as early as the seventh grade and based upon performance are invited back each subsequent year through college.



*full and partial scholarships are available

grades 7-10
Late January Access Engineering at UPenn- Spring Semester The program is formatted as an eight-week Saturday morning lab-based course that acquaints students with a wide-range of engineering disciplines: computer science, bioengineering, systems, materials science, and many more. FREE

Mid January


*They accept applications until the program is full.

Rock to the Future Summer Camp Our innovative summer music camps will inspire and excite your child as they learn guitar, drums, bass, or keyboard and make new friends by forming a band with their peers!

FREE for Philadelphia youth

ages 13-17
Late January Inspiring Girls Expeditions Inspiring Girls Expeditions leads unique, FREE, wilderness science education programs for high school girls. Each summer a team of 8-9 teenage girls and 3 instructors spend 12 days exploring and learning about glaciers and the alpine landscape or fjord in which the program is based. They conduct scientific field studies with professional glaciologists, ecologists, mountain guides, and artists.

- Program is FREE.


- You must pay for airfare to get to the program.


- They can provide financial assistance with airfare if needed.

must be a girl age 16 or 17 by June 1


*We welcome cis girls and trans girls, as well as non-binary and gender non-conforming youth to our programs.
Early January Women's Technology Program at MIT The MIT Women's Technology Program (WTP) 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 in the summer after 11th grade .

Students attend WTP in either:

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS)
Mechanical Engineering (ME).


current 11th grade
Mid January

Bank of America: Student Leaders 

An 8-week paid summer internship at a local non-profit and a week long student leadership summit in 

Washington, D.C. to help students gain valuable civic, social and business leadership skills.

FREE + you get paid! 11-12
Late January LEAD Global Summer Learning Institute (GSLI)

The LEADing for Life Global Summer Learning Institute (GSLI) is a residential program that will focus on developing a Pipeline of high achieving, diverse students (current high school juniors) by providing an immersive learning opportunity that includes both industry and college experience.

Rolling Admissions 

Summer at Drexel University

Various summer programs in the fields of Media Arts and Design, Engineering, Business, Law, Medicine, Information Technology, etc.


Cost varies per program
Rising seniors (at least 16 years old)
Early January 

 AIU High School Diplomats



This cultural enrichment program brings together students from Japan and the United States. Students travel to Princeton for 10 days of fun and cultural exchange.

FREE via program scholarship Current 10-11
Late January

Emma Bowen Foundation Internship


Do you have a favorite streaming service, sports channel or news outlet? Whether you're interested in being a producer, a journalist, a web developer, an engineer, a business executive, a PR agent, a sales representative, or any other career in media or tech, the EBF Internship is here to help you get your start. If selected, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in these organizations so you can learn, grow and put yourself on the fast-track to career success.



YOU GET PAID and receive matching scholarship

- high school seniors and college students

- students of color

Late January

Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Sciences

The Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Sciences is a residential summer program for students from across the state. PGSS provides a program in mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry, and biology that emphasized hands-on laboratory research and the sophisticated technology and facilities available at Carnegie Mellon University.

Mid January Telluride Association Summer Seminar

The Telluride Association Summer Seminars (TASS) are six-week educational experiences for high school sophomores and juniors. We offer two programs:

  • TASS in Critical Black Studies
  • TASS in Anti-Oppressive Studies

Participants in TASS will attend a college-level, discussion-based academic seminar, develop critical reading and writing skills, and explore the principles and practice of democratic community living.  



*financial aid available for travel costs

current 10-11

Mid January



*Students are encouraged to apply early.  Only 100 students are accepted each year.

University of Notre Dame Leadership Seminar


Notre Dame Leadership Seminars explore topics affecting the global community. The courses are centered around vibrant discussion and a robust exchange of ideas. This creates a context in which students are encouraged to examine their own conclusions and hone their own leadership capacities by improving their communications and analytical skills.

program is FREE, including transportation to and from Norte Dame



*Students must pay a $50 application fee and a $150 commitment fee if accepted to the program. Limited application fee waivers are available.  See website.


late January-


*dates vary depending on program

Mighty Writers


*different locations throughout the city

Our mission is to teach Philadelphia kids (ages 7 to 17) to think and write with clarity so they can achieve success at school, at work and in life.

We offer daily afterschool academies, long- and short-term writing classes nights and weekends, teen scholar programs, mentorships, SAT Prep courses and college essay writing classes.

FREE ages 7-17


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