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April Opportunities

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mid April

Center For Black Educator Development 

summer jobs

The Center for Black Educator Development is hiring high school students to work in our 2024 Freedom Schools Literacy Academy summer programming! Apply to be a  Junior Servant Leader in the Freedom Schools Literacy Academy  YOU GET PAID grades 9-12
early April Citizen Diplomat Academy from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia- Spring Session

Citizen Diplomat Academy is a free, direct enrollment virtual high school exchange program open to students (ages 14-18).  In this cohort-based model, students from the Greater Philadelphia region meet in live sessions with students from Philadelphia's Sister Cities over the course of five weeks to become citizen diplomats.  

FREE grades 9-12
early April Sonia Kovalevsky Day at Temple University The program brings 30 local middle school girls (5th-8th grades) to Temple University to learn about the field of mathematics and possible career paths. Sonia Kovalevsky Day is about exposure and opportunity, and it epitomizes the principle that equal opportunity to study mathematics yields similar performances of girls and boys.  FREE girls in grades 5-8
early April Penn Medicine Abramson Cancer Center- Cancer Biology (CBIO) Summer Camp CBIO Summer Camp will bring 10 students on campus to experience a full week of intensive hands-on laboratory research as they examine how nutrients can affect fruit fly development. With instruction and equipment from eCLOSE Institute, campers will learn laboratory skills like preparation of solutions, micro-pipetting, and fly sorting as they work with USB-C camera scopes to capture data. 





You get a stipend!

current grades 9-11
early April The Forensic Sciences Mentoring Institute Students in the FMI Summer Science Program will learn through interactive, hands-on experiences using the same state-of-the-art instrumentation and techniques used in the world’s top forensic laboratories in three different forensic science disciplines: Forensic Biology, Forensic Chemistry, and Forensic Toxicology. FREE age 16 and older
early April Ensemble Arts Middle and High School Summer Arts Sessions

Middle School Summer Arts Sessions is a FREE introductory level performing arts experience, focused on Music, Dance, Theater, and Digital Arts. 


High School Summer Arts Sessions is a FREE, 3-week, intermediate – advanced level performing arts experience, focused on Singing, Acting, and Dancing. 


Middle School- rising 5th-8th grades


High School- rising 9th-12th grades

mid April- priority deadline


early May- final deadline

National History Academy’s Residential Summer Program Spend your summer walking in the footsteps of leaders who helped define and shape the American story, including Presidents, civil rights leaders, and soldiers who fought for the birth and survival of the nation. See and learn about seminal documents that shaped our history from subject matter experts and master teachers. Get behind-the-scenes access to historic sites no other program can provide. 



*20 full and partial scholarships available

rising 10th-12th grade
early April Engineering Summer Program (ESP) at the University of Wisconsin Engineering Summer Program (ESP) is a free, six-week residential program for students who will be high school juniors or seniors in the upcoming school year. The ESP course curriculum includes math, physics, chemistry, engineering, and technical communications. Other structured programming such as industry site visits, field trips, guest lectures, workshops, and faculty mentoring will help students gain a better understanding of the field of engineering and its applications. 
FREE current sophomores and juniors
late April Youth Energy Summit at University of Maryland, Baltimore County The Youth Energy Summit was created to bring together young people who want to be part of the climate change solution and are willing to learn and lead us to a brighter and more sustainable future. If you have an interest in STEM and climate change this is the place for you! 



includes program. room, and board

current 10th and 11th grade
late April

ACS Summer Healthcare Experience (SHE) in Oncology 

The Abramson Cancer Center welcomes applications for its Summer Healthcare Experience (SHE) in Oncology program, sponsored by the American Cancer Society (ACS). SHE in Oncology is an introduction to cancer biology and the wide range of career opportunities in cancer research, clinical care, and patient support. This 2-week online program is designed by the ACS for students who identify as female. 


current 10th and 11th grade


- students who identify as female

mid April Carleton Liberal Arts Experience (CLAE) Live on a college campus and take classes!  The CLAE program introduces the strengths of a liberal arts education through an array of courses in science, art, social sciences, and technology.  This program is for students of African American descent or students who have an interest in African American culture. FREE- (including plane fare!)

Currently in grade 10


- students who identify as Black or African American

rolling until full Coded By Kids Classroom CBK Classroom programs make web development fun for students, using project-based learning to help them build skills and prepare for career opportunities. Students work with our instructors to learn core tech concepts and build projects that showcase their learning. FREE age 13-18
late April Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) Opportunities Academy  Investigate, discover, and experiment at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) Opportunities Academy.Build your resume and college applications with clinical simulations and labs, networking opportunities, and learn alongside PCOM faculty and medical students.The PCOM Opportunities Academy aims to offer traditionally underrepresented students the opportunity to accelerate their STEM+M skills, learn about the college and medical school admissions process, and explore careers in medicine.  FREE 9-12
early April Temple University Upward Bound/Upward Bound Math Science Program  Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math & Science offer extensive support to participants in their preparation for college. The programs provide opportunities for participants to succeed in their high school courses and co-curricular activities and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. UB and UBMS serve high school students from low-income families and/or from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree.  FREE 8th and 9th grades
mid April iCAMP Academy at West Chester University

iCamp is a free media academy that will be held  on West Chester University’s campus with current WCU professors, students, and staff. We invite high school juniors and rising seniors from the Philadelphia School District to join us in making media that matters. We produce films, games, podcasts & audio, and web sites, for youth and by youth whose passion is to effect social change.

Learn new skills.  Make new friends. Meet Philly based social justice leaders and artists.  Work on challenging and fun projects. Craft media that represents your voice and your perspective.  No prior experience necessary!

FREE juniors and seniors
mid April All Star Code* Summer Intensive The Summer Intensive is All Star Code's flagship programa FREE six-week coding experience featuring both technical web development skills as well as essential career skills. Personal laptops and hotspots are provided to every student. FREE

grades 9-12


- young men of color

rolling admission until all spaces are full

Philadelphia Writing Project Summer Youth Programs


The PhilWP provides a variety of summer workshops for students:


- The Black Girls Literacies Project presents “A Black Girl’s Love Story”

- Project Write

- Humor Writing Camp

- Philly Journalism Camp

varies per course- $150-$300

varies per course-

grades 8-12 

mid April RxPLORE at University of Pittsburgh

RxPLORE is a professional summer camp that provides exposure to the critical role pharmacists play within healthcare. If you already have a passion for pharmacy or are just starting to explore career options within the healthcare field, RxPLORE is right for you! 

-in-person camp including dorm- $450


- virtual camp- $100


*fee waivers are available

current sophomores and juniors
program open until all spots are full Adventures in Veterinary Medicine through the Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine The Adventures in Veterinary Medicine Online Program is an engaging and fun way for students to spend the week learning more about the veterinary profession. This is your opportunity to dig into veterinary medicine through an exciting program where you'll work virtually with faculty, veterinary students and others who share your passion for animals, health, and science.
 $600- online program only

High School- age 14 and older

early April The Exelon Foundation STEM Leadership Academy at Drexel University

Considering a future career in science, technology, engineering, or math?  Want to know more about energy, sustainability, and climate change? Interested in improving your leadership skills?  


The Exelon Foundation STEM Leadership Academy is a free, week-long in-person event. Learn from women working in STEM and business leaders. Visit energy facilities. Explore sustainability, energy efficiency, renewable energy and climate change. Connect with like-minded peers. 



includes tuition, room and board

young women currently in 10th or 11th grade
mid April for priority consideration The Joy of Coding through University of Michigan

The Joy of Coding is an online course specially created for anyone who wants to experience first-hand the power, and thrill, of coding computers to do amazing things.  Created with high school students in mind, it is a great way for anyone to step into the wondrous world of coding. No prior coding experience is required!

Using Python, course students will learn how coding powers apps such as Snapchat, TikTok, Instagram and Siri, and even learn how to code their own versions of Snapchat lenses.

 The course includes weekly video lectures, reading, and coding assignments. 


age 13 and older


*see website for additional prerequisites

Early April Temple Education Scholars

Temple Education Scholars is a dual enrollment program held at Temple University for high school students interested in pursuing a college major in education and a career as a teacher or other educator. Scholars enroll in 5 college education courses through the program and have the opportunity to earn 15 college credits from Temple University. Temple Education Scholars is an initiative aimed towards increasing the diversity of teachers in PA. 

FREE current juniors only
Late April

Nursing STEP-UP

at Jefferson

The Nursing Summer Training and Enrichment Program (Nursing STEP-UP) is an on campus enrichment program that offers rising high school juniors and seniors an introduction to the field of nursing and its various disciplines; college application preparation including personal statement writing, resume development and comprehensive SAT workshops delivered by a name-brand company; classroom and clinical observation experiences; time management and study skills training; field trips; and faculty and student mentoring. FREE current 10th and 11th graders

mid April


(rolling admission until full)

Camp College through the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (PACAC) Camp College is an intensive three day/two night workshop on a college campus designed for 60 rising high school seniors and juniors. Paired with mentors, participants will lean about all aspects of the college search and application process, experience life in the residence halls, learn about financial aid, standardized test exams and have a lot of fun! At the end of Camp College, we expect that the students will be equipped with the tools to navigate the college application process. FREE

rising juniors and seniors


-First-generation, low-income, underrepresented students

Mid April Philadelphia Youth Network's WorkReady Summer Internship Program WorkReady summer models offer educationally-enriched work exposure to in-school and out-of-school youth and young adults, ages 14-21. Participants complete a six-week (120 hour), paid work experience that fosters the acquisition of the 21st century skills through work-based learning. YOU GET PAID! ages 14-21
Late April Out4STEM Internship Program

The Out4STEM Program aims to provide Philadelphia’s LGBTQIA youth with healthcare and STEM-oriented instruction, mentorship, academic support, and college/career preparation in an inclusive, safe space. Drawing on the resources of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the Mütter Museum, the program aims to promote resilience, peer support networks, and diverse educational experiences.



*They even provide tokens to get to and home from the program!

early April Accounting Career Awareness Program at Point Park University During the week, students have the opportunity to attend classes on careers in accounting and business, personal development and college preparation; tour local companies and CPA firms; and invite their parent(s) or guardian(s) to a banquet in commemoration of their completion of the program. FREE, including program, room, and meals



-You must be a student from an under-represented group.


- You must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Accepting applications until all spaces are full Philadelphia Youth Basketball Summer Camp
A college campus-based program for students that includes: basketball skill building and competition, academic enrichment and support, leadership and character development, and health and nutrition.

-price is based on family income

-basic fee is $350

- 50% and 90% scholarships available


Mid April


*apply ASAP because the application closes when program is full

The Student Conservation Association Here’s your chance to be part of a program that promotes youth leadership and conservation! The Student Conservation Association is a dynamic, nonprofit national organization which encourages and supports youth in hand-on service to the environment. YOU GET PAID! ages 15-19
Early April Future Latino Leaders Law Camp The Future Latino Leaders Law Camp is a nine-day program run by the Hispanic National Bar Association in Washington, DC and provides selected Latino high school students with the opportunity to learn more about the legal profession. The Law Camp offers students the chance to come to DC and learn more about the college application process, meet influential Latino leaders, and tour national monuments and various government agencies.

- $50 application fee


- you must provide your own transportation to and from Washington D.C.


- program, room, and board are FREE

- current high school student in grades 9-12


(can participate the summer after graduation)

Early April

The USC/Chevron Frontiers of Energy Resources Summer Camp


at the University of Southern California

The Frontiers of Energy Resources Summer Camp offers a preparatory, interactive training program focusing on various energy resources including fossil fuels, solar, biofuel,wind, nuclear energy, and information technologies for energy efficient operations. This unique program is designed to introduce outstanding high school students going into their senior year to the opportunities and career possibilities available in the global energy resources industry.



*you must pay for your travel to and from the program

current juniors only

Einstein Healthcare Network-

Career Exploration: Discover Healthcare

In this 3-week summer program you'll see first-hand a wide range of high-demand health care professionals in action including:







and many more!


at least age 15


current grade 10-12

Varies for each camp

Philadelphia Department of Recreation Summer Camps

Various camps- Art Camp, Young Performers Theater Camp, Youth Environmental Stewardship Program, Soccer Camp, Rowing Camp, Special Needs Camp, Teen Leadership Camp, etc.

- Cost varies to attend each camp.


- You can also apply to work at a camp.

Ages 6 and above
Deadline varies for each program
US Performing Arts Camps
Summer performing arts camps at various colleges throughout the U.S.  that focus on Acting, Dance, Playwriting/Screenwriting, Musical Theater, Digital Filmmaking, Animation, or Design.

Cost varies for each program-




Early April

Summer Music Technology Program @ Drexel



The program introduces high school students to the technology of digital music to reveal the influence and importance of engineering, science, and mathematics in music performance, recording, and listening.

in-person- $1,500



current sophomores and juniors


- at least age 16 by the start of the program

Rolling Admissions


Scholarship Deadline is Mid-April

ESSI Environmental Studies Summer Youth Institute


A two-week, college-level interdisciplinary program to introduce students to a variety of environmental issues and perspectives on nature and our environment.


You get college credit for the course.



- includes tuition, room, and board


Scholarships available.  Must apply by


Rising Juniors and Seniors

Early April 

DigiPen's Youth Programs



ProjectFUN Summer Workshops introduce students to a variety of fun and engaging game development, multimedia, and technology topics while reinforcing their knowledge of core academic subjects like math, physics, art, and writing. Camps meet on site at DigiPen’s Redmond, WA location.



$50 non refundable application fee


$345 non refundable deposit 

Mid April Ellis Trust For Girls The Charles Ellis Trust for Girls provides FINANCIAL SUPPORT and is currently accepting applications from eligible girls who wish to attend summer programs, SAT prep, etc.
FREE- They pay for you to take special programs!

Eligible Girls in grades 9-12

see website for more details




TeenLife is a resource for parents, teen, and educators who are looking for meaningful learning experiences. Opportunities include academic and adventure summer programs.  various costs- depending on program
Mid April
Volunteer at the Philadelphia Zoo There are a variety of volunteer opportunities at the Philadelphia Zoo! FREE
high school students
mid April MEET Kelley Business Program at Indiana University
MEET Kelley is a unique pre-college summer program for high-ability students to get introduced to the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, learn the opportunities available, experience a professional business case competition, and ultimately consider transitioning to Kelley after high school.

FREE program, room, and board


(Students must pay transportation costs.)

current juniors only, students must be African American, Latino/Hispanic, American Indian/Native American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or multiracial, and have a minimum 3.4 GPA
mid April Asian Americans United (AAU) - Youth Leadership Development Programs Today, AAU has two core youth programs. The Chinese Youth Organizing Project is AAU’s year-round youth leadership development program for Mandarin speaking youth. The AAU Summer Program is a social justice leadership program engaging pan-Asian, English-speaking high-school youth who mentor and teach children (grades 2 – 8) in a multi-cultural literacy focused summer camp experience.​ FREE ages 14 – 21



for a summer class

Drexel University Bridge Academy The High School Scholars Program is a highly selective program that allows high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to register for college courses – on a space-available basis – at Drexel University’s University City Campus while completing high school. FREE grades 10-12






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