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March Opportunities

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mid March Schuylkill Acts and Impacts This expedition will involve a physical journey (by kayak and van) along the 120-mile Schuylkill River from its headwaters in the anthracite coal lands of Schuylkill County to its confluence with the Delaware River in Philadelphia, illustrating an array of issues impacting water quality in the Schuylkill River through guided tours, programming, and applied service work designed to highlight issues in the watershed and explore hands-on solutions to these problems. FREE 9-12
mid March The Chuck Stone Program for Diversity in Education and Media 

The Chuck Stone Program for Diversity in Education and Media welcomes students of varying diversity, including but not limited to religion, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and gender. The 12 students accepted to the program will learn from classroom study, real-world reporting, newsroom practice and professional mentors. The workshop will consist of multi-platform storytelling and writing in which the participants work together to make a multimedia publication called The Mix. 



*includes transportation, housing, and meals

current juniors
late March Young Leaders Summit The Young Leaders Summit (YLS), presented by the Youth Leadership Consortium (YLC), is a free, college empowerment program for a diverse cohort of high-achieving, low-income, high school juniors, selected through a competitive application process. It is designed to give these 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. 



*includes program, airfare, housing, meals, and materials

current juniors
early March

Right On! game show auditions


how the game works


link to video of the show

This is an application form for teams of 3 high school students to be contestants on the RightOn! game show pilot. Taping of the show will be on Friday, March 8 from 12-6pm (including lunch) at WHYY studios located at 150 N. 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (near the 5th Street station). March 8 is a half-day for most public schools in Philadelphia.  FREE- You could win a prize! 9-12
Mid March West Point Summer Leaders Experience (SLE)

Led by current cadets, Summer Leaders Experience (SLE) is a week-long immersion into the academic, military, and social life of a West Point cadet. At SLE, you will explore West Point from all angles, including our high-tech educational facilities, team-building athletic activities, and realistic military training.


SLE gives you a taste of the character, determination, commitment to excellence, and leadership required to be a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy (USMA).



need-based scholarships available

current juniors only
Mid March Penn LENS (Penn Laboratory Experiences in the Natural Sciences)  When you enter the Penn LENS program, you will have the opportunity to join a research lab and take part in current scientific research. Every LENS participant is assigned a mentor and participates in a research project from one of the natural science disciplines, such as biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, linguistics or veterinary science. YOU GET PAID 10-11
applications accepted on a rolling basis until all spots are full

Philadelphia Outward Bound School- Get Out And Lead (GOAL)

Get Out And Lead (GOAL) is an Outward Bound scholarship program that has been developed to cultivate budding leaders through the unique challenge of a 10-day wilderness expedition. The journey includes backpacking, canoeing and rock climbing in the wilderness of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area



*you must pay a $50 application fee, but program is free

current 7th grade only
applications accepted on a rolling basis until all spots are full Philadelphia Outward Bound School- Philadelphia Youth Leadership Corps (PYLC) PYLC is designed for high school students who are looking to improve their understanding of leadership, who are interested in a challenge, and who are open to learning skills that will offer the lifelong benefits and perspective that only wilderness travel with Outward Bound can offer. This 14-day multi-element expedition features backpacking, rock climbing, and canoeing in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area,



*you must pay a $50 application fee, but program is free

current 9-11
early March Common App Student Advisory Committee The purpose of this group is to give you, the students, a seat at the table in college admissions. We want to learn from you and get your ideas and feedback on Common App’s work!  This group will meet regularly with leadership from Common App to collaborate and help shape the future of college admissions.  YOU GET PAID! current grades 10-12
early March

The Stevens Select Summer Scholars Program


If you have any questions about this program, please reach out to Lindsay Hartelius at businessresearch@stevens.edu  

The Stevens Select Summer Scholars Program is a six-week, paid, virtual summer research program where students will have the opportunity to participate in an online research course taught by School of Business professor Dr. Donald Lombardi that covers topics such as: organizational leadership, entrepreneurship, finance, and marketing.  YOU GET PAID a $500 stipend after completing the program! 11 only
late March ASM International Materials Camp @ Drexel 

This week-long commuter academic camp features highly interactive, lab-based, and hands-on activities to introduce students to materials science and engineering. Industry tours and a group project enhance the experience.

FREE-No charge for students accepted to this program. Rising high school juniors and seniors
late March POP (Play On Philly) Summer Program

Summer participants have the opportunity to learn or deepen their skills on an instrument, play incredible music in an orchestra or other ensemble, and foster meaningful friendships.  

fees vary per program


Financial Aid is available

grades 1-12
mid March Kode With Klossy Camp Two-week coding-intensive camps designed for student of traditionally underrepresented genders in STEAM fields.  No prior coding experience is requited.  The program will teach students the fundamentals of coding and spark a lifelong passion for STEAM! FREE

- ages 13-18


- girls, gender non-conforming, and trans students

early March Wilkes University RxExperience Camp High school students will get a behind-the-scenes look at pharmacy through educational sessions and fun, hands-on lab activities, all from the comfort of their own home! We'll send everything students need for lab activities and hands-on learning.  Virtual sessions take place on four Wednesday evenings starting in mid-March.  $50 9-12
early March Neubauer Phoenix STEM Summer Scholars at the University of Chicago The Neubauer Phoenix STEM Summer Program offers the opportunity for a diverse cohort of outstanding high school students with an interest in STEM-related areas to be exposed to UChicago’s distinctive approach and abundant research and academic opportunities in STEM fields.



including tuition, room and board, and roundtrip transportation!






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. 

$60 per course




ages 5-18


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

mid March NovaEdge Diversity in Engineering NovaEdge Diversity in Engineering is a one-week, on campus program to introduce a diverse population of students from different ethnic and social backgrounds to the traditional fields of engineering, including Chemical, Civil and Environmental, Computer and Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering.



*If you have a special financial circumstance, please email a letter describing your financial challenges to Dr. Jones at s.jones@villanova.edu.

rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders
late March

The UNIQUELY YOU SUMMIT Academy's Love & Learning Labs- Spring Session

TheUNIQUELY YOU SUMMIT Academy’s Love & Learning Labs are a safe, virtual space for Black girls to be nourished in an environment that fosters love of self, and emanates love of, for, and toward Black girls. And this Spring, UYSA is offering 5 virtual weekly Love & Learning Labs for Black girls in high school, and a two-part Master Lab for high school juniors and seniors. FREE



-Black girls

late March Stanford Middle School Scholars Program (SMSSP) The Stanford Middle School Scholars Program (SMSSP) instructs students in the skills needed to succeed in an academically rigorous high school.  FREE

current grades 6 and 7


- This program serves low-income students.

mid March Joint Science and Technology Institute for Middle School Students (JSTI-MS) at Towson University JSTI-MS is a one-week, fully-funded, residential science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) research program that provides middle school students the opportunity to solve and complete STEM challenges and projects. The hands-on projects provide students with opportunities to develop problem-solving and collaboration skills.   FREE

current 5th, 6th, or 7th grade


- must be at least 11 years old by the start of the program

mid March Joint Science and Technology Institute for Students (JSTI-HS) at Towson University JSTI-HS is a two-week, fully-funded, residential STEM research program for current high school students in the United States and Department of Defense schools around the world. Students will participate in research projects mentored by Department of Defense research scientists and other subject matter experts.  FREE

current 9th, 10, and 11th graders


- must be at least 15 years old by the start of the program

mid March Project SEED from the American Chemical Society Project SEED is a summer research program for economically disadvantaged students. If you are a junior or senior year in high school, learn how you can work alongside scientists in a research laboratory. YOU GET PAID!

current sophomores and juniors


*must meet income guidelines

early March Living History Youth Summer Institute

In July and August, the Museum of the American Revolution will offer its Living History Youth Summer Institute. This six-week program is an intensive course for young adults interested in interpreting the lives of people of African ancestry in the Revolutionary era and involves guest speakers, research projects, and field study. It will prepare participants to explore careers in cultural heritage, museum, and theater fields.  

YOU GET PAID! age 15 and older
early March The Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective Student Advisory Council The Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective is calling for nominations for its Student Advisory Council.  The goal of this Council is to guide the efforts of the Collective through the student voice.   FREE currently in grades 9-11
early March Pre-College Programs at Carnegie Mellon

- AI Scholars: Provides opportunities for students who have been historically excluded in STEM to study artificial intelligence with full-time faculty, staff, and researchers who are leaders in the field. (rising seniors only)

- Computer Science Scholars: Provides students who have historically been excluded in the field of computer science an opportunity to explore the field of computer science with full-time faculty, staff and researchers who are leaders in the field.  (rising juniors only)

- Summer Academy for Math and Science:  Allows students from underrepresented communities to develop a deeper understanding of STEM via traditional classroom instruction, hands-on projects, and sustained engagement with world-renowned faculty and skilled staff mentors. (rising seniors only) 



(These 3 programs are free.  Other pre-college programs at Carnegie Mellon charge a fee.)

current sophomores and juniors
late March U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar

Thinking of a career as a coder, game developer, designer, or robotics engineer? Then start with the experience of a world-class program like the Naval Academy’s Summer STEM Program.

STEM is all about exploring, creating, building, and making things better, and at our Summer STEM Program, you’ll do just that.  This is a one-week program.



includes program, room, and board

rising 9th, 10th, and 11th graders
applications accepted on a rolling basis until the program is full NAIOP-Drexel Summer Program NAIOP-Drexel Summer Real Estate Program is a 10-day residential program, open to current high school sophomores and juniors of color, designed to introduce teens to careers in Commercial Real Estate (CRE) including architecture, development, investment, construction, brokerage, and urban planning/design. FREE



- BIPOC students

Late March




At the Well-Young Women’s Leadership Academy  At The Well Young Women’s Leadership Academy seeks to empower young women locally to become effective leaders globally. By promoting excellence in education, young talent will transform their communities. We encourage girls to live beyond their limitations, achieve beyond their dreams, and impact communities beyond their reach.


- one program for 9th and 10th graders


- one program for juniors


- young women of color

Late March PMAY Artists Initiative The PMAY Artists’ Initiative supports 5th through 12th grade students from backgrounds that are underrepresented within the professional orchestra field. We are a highly selective and intensive musical training program. Applicants must be highly driven, dedicated, and interested in pursuing a professional career in orchestral music. They give you financial support for music lessons 5-12
Early March

Teen Research and Education in Environmental Science (TREES)

at The University of Pennsylvania

During the first two weeks of the program, students receive hands-on instruction in basic laboratory skills, skills they will use later in their projects. The remainder of the program is an independent research project.  Through their projects, scholars learn to take a scientific approach towards an environmental problem, conducting in-depth library research, training in scientific methodology, carrying out hands-on bench science and where possible, fieldwork. FREE
Currently in grades 9-11
Rolling admission The Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC) Teen Club The PCDC Teen Club is an Out-of-School-Time program that aims to close the academic resource gap for Philadelphia’s low-income, minority, and limited-English proficient students. Established in 2001, the program provides free SAT prep, college trips, leadership events, and internships. FREE 9-12
Apply soon-rolling admission until the program is full Summer Teen Volunteer Program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania The Summer Teen Program is designed to expose students interested in healthcare access to the operations of a world-class medical center. Volunteers will have a chance to interact with patients, observe clinicians and support hospital staff. FREE ages 14-18
Apply soon-rolling admission until the program is full AJC Leaders For Tomorrow Today’s high school students are tomorrow’s Jewish leaders. Leaders for Tomorrow (LFT), AJC’s education and advocacy program for teens, empowers young Jews to speak up for Israel and the Jewish people. FREE current 9th and 10th graders
mid March
iCamp Academy

iCamp is a free media academy held at West Chester University.  We produce films, games, podcasts & audio, and web sites, but our passion is working with youth to effect social change.

Learn new skills.  Make new friends. Live in a college dorm. Work on challenging and fun projects. Craft media that represents your voice and your perspective.  There are 4 media tracks. No prior experience necessary!



- Includes free room and board!

current juniors
early March
Penn State's Business Opportunities Summer Session (BOSS) BOSS is a two-week program for high school students interested in pursuing a business education in college. It’s an opportunity for these students to take college prep and business fundamentals courses taught by Penn State faculty. 

$50 registration fee after acceptance


tuition, room, and board are FREE

current juniors only
Early March

Penn GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science 
One-week, hands-on science, math, and engineering program at the University of Pennsylvania, including topics such as bioengineering, nanotechnology, materials science,  mechanical engineering, graphics, and computing.




*Some scholarships are available.  Contact the camp Director.

Girls finishing grades 6, 7, or 8 this year.  
Early March (early bird deadline) and Early April (final deadline)

Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week 


Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW) is a one-of-a-kind summer program that offers in-coming high school juniors and seniors a unique and challenging opportunity to see what it is like to run their own business.  

$295 registration fee 


*Financial aid is available

Late March

The Wistar Institute Summer Fellowship Program in Biomedical Research


Students will enhance their understanding of current biological/biomedical theory and research tools and techniques.  Each student is assigned to work in a specific laboratory during the program; under the direction of the laboratory head, the student works on a unique research project related to the research goals of that particular laboratory. FREE + you receive a $1,250 stipend at the end
Age 16 or older
Rolling admissions until positions are full
Free Library of Philadelphia- Teen Leadership Assistant

Work at a branch of the Free Library. Help students with homework, provide computer assistance to patrons, read aloud to children, etc. Job requires 8 hours of work per week, 3:30 to 6pm. 


Contact your local free library branch to see if they are hiring.

Register by Early March to receive discounted price Arden Drama School You've got the passion for acting and drama, now develop the skills. You can become a better artist (on stage or behind the scenes) by spending time with amazing professional actors and designers. Cost Varies: $30-$815 9-12
Mid March

Asian American Journalist Association JCAMP 
The Asian American Journalists Assiciation's J Camp is a national multicultural journalism program for high school students.  The students selected demonstrate a keen interest in broadcasting, newspapers, magazines, photojournalism, or online media. This program is not limited to Asian American students.  J Camp will be held during the summer on a college campus.
FREE -including airfare, lodging, and meals 9-11

On Going


*they're trying to plan and train lifeguards for the summer, so apply ASAP


City of Philadelphia- Parks and Recreation-Lifeguard Positions



Philadelphia Parks & Recreation hires dozens of lifeguards for the summer. Parks & Rec hires lifeguards year-round for our indoor pools.  They provide Red Cross training for free if you commit to work at a city pool!




SALARY Range $15.25 - $17.24



Age 16 or older
Application Review begins Late March

Women in Engineering at The University of Maryland- various programs

Engineering and Data Science programs geared towards female high school students. 

cost varies per program- FREE- $325

female students currently in grades 10-11
Late March

Grammy Camp


Grammy Camp is for music loving students who would like to meet guest artists, write and record new music, visit cool music sites, and finish strong with a final concert in a professional venue. Three camp locations: Los Angles, New York, and Nashville, Tennessee.  






TeenLife is a resource for parents, teens, and educators who are looking for meaningful learning experiences. Opportunities include academic and adventure summer programs.  cost varies depending on program
late March PwC Accounting Careers Leadership Institute

The PricewaterhouseCoopers Accounting Careers Leadership Institute is a week-long, hands-on opportunity for Latino/a and African American or Black high school juniors (rising seniors) to learn more about the accounting profession and about the key role accountants play in society. 

*You must see your counselor for an application.

FREE program- you pay for transportation African American or Latino current juniors
Mid March Science and Technology Academy for Residence Scholars (STARS) The STARS program is a four-week residential enrichment program on the campus of Delaware State University (DSU). The science labs, computer labs and classrooms at DSU will be the setting for small group, hands-on activities in Mathematics, Science, Information Technology, English and SAT Preparation.



*contact the program director to apply for a scholarship

rising 10th – 12th grade students
Early March Program in Algotithmic and Combinational Thinking (PACT) (at the University of Pennsylvania) The program teaches students about the mathematics and algorithms fundamental to the computer science field. Many summer programs teach high school students programming and application development, but this four week intensive course is one of very few with a theoretical and proof-based emphasis.

The only requirements are high school algebra, willingness to work hard, and, above all, the desire to learn. 

virtual- $1925


in-person- $3950


-scholarships are available

current grades 9-11


*must have already taken Algebra

early March- Early Decision



early April- Regular Decision

Wildlife Leadership Academy At the Wildlife Leadership Academy we will empower you to become a Conservation Ambassador in order to create a sustained wildlife, fisheries and natural resource legacy for future generations.

You will complete this program with extensive knowledge about wildlife and conservation, with leadership and communication skills and become a certified Conservation Ambassador.

$600 for tuition, room, and board


*scholarships are available

ages 14-17
early March Neurology High School Scholars Project Two (2) high school students will be selected and participate in a basic science research project under the close guidance of a mentor in neurology/ neuroscience at CHOP for one month.



You get paid $1000 upon completing the program!

current juniors
mid March

Neubauer Family Adelante
Summer Scholars

at The University of Chicago

Students selected will receive a full scholarship to participate in one of two Summer Session courses: Collegiate Writing: Awakening Into Consciousness and Contagion: Infectious Agents and Emerging Diseases. Even if you don't plan to study English or Biology in college, being a Neubauer Family Adelante Summer Scholar is a great way to get an early look at college-level classes and get a feel for life on campus--and to have a ton of fun in the process. You'll spend the morning gaining hands-on experience from teachers who are experts in their fields and the evening exploring Chicago with your classmates.



includes tuition, room and board, and travel to and from campus

current juniors, Latino or Hispanic students only
rolling admissions until full Michigan Math and Science Scholars at The University of Michigan This is a program designed to introduce high school students to current developments and research in the sciences and to encourage the next generation of researchers to develop and retain a love of mathematics and science.

$100 application fee


$2,300 for the two week program including tuition, room, and board


*Financial aid is available.


You must pay your own transportation costs.

current 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students


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