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May Opportunities

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early May


*spots are limited, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so apply early

Feast of Justice Youth Leadership Development Program The YLDP program is a 3-week paid internship for high school students at Feast of Justice food pantry. YLDP applicants should have a dedication to service work and a drive to address inequity in their neighborhood. Accepted YLDP interns can expect nonprofit skills development, seminars in social and food justice, as well as group development with other high school students from Philadelphia. YOU GET PAID 9-12
early May FinDS program FinDS is an innovative program that is designed to provide high school students with a strong base in the Mathematical Foundations of Data Science. The FinDS program is offered in two levels, beginner and advanced.


depending on program


*scholarships are available

current 9th, 10th, and 11th grades

early May


*Applying early is recommended, as seats may fill up before the deadline.

Illinois Institute of Technology- Elevate Summer Prep - online programs

Illinois Tech’s one-of-a-kind Elevate College Prep summer programs allow students to take part in more than just a summer college prep program—you’ll broaden your knowledge and skills through an array of future-focused academic offerings, hands-on experiences, and mentorship.  A variety of STEM classes are offered, such as Math Camp, Data Analysis, Game Design, Cybersecurity, etc. 

$350 9-12
mid-May Minds Matter Philadelphia

Minds Matter is a four-year mentoring program that begins in students’ freshman year of high school. Minds Matter offers its students a combination of individualized mentor support and group tutoring that provides students with the resources, information and guidance they need to gain admission to, enroll in and graduate from four-year colleges.

FREE current grades 9-10
Mid May Rutgers High School Summer Business Boot Camp

At our Boot Camp, you will learn about business, leadership, entrepreneurship, choosing majors and minors, preparing for professional careers, and gaining admission into the Rutgers University School of Business. You will also have the opportunity to network with business professionals, professors, staff, undergraduate students, other high school students, and tour Rutgers University-Camden. 

FREE current grades 8-11
early May Intro To Media Futures Summer Program Intro to Media Futures is a 6-week paid summer intensive where youth (ages 18-24) learn digital media production skills (screenwriting, camera, audio, lighting, editing) through producing an original “work-for-hire” documentary with a community client under the mentorship of professionals.  YOU GET PAID ages 18-24

mid May-mid June

(depending on the camp)

Cleveland State University Odyssey Program for Young Filmmakers Learn acting, directing, cinematography, editing, producing, screenwriting, and more from the students and faculty at the School of Film & Media Arts!

$1500 for a one-week camp


$4500 for a 3-week camp


includes program, room, and board

ages 13-18
early May SumOurRoots (SOR) and Real Internships in Community Engagement (RICE) internships through VietLead Paid social justice and leadership-oriented internships for Vietnamese, Khmer, and Indonesian high school students. YOU GET PAID! 9-12
mid May WesGold Fellows

The WesGold Fellows program, of VestedIn (formerly WPFSI), is a paid internship for high school youth focused on personal and professional development, financial literacy, real estate, and entrepreneurship. Our mission is to engage the youth, positively impact disadvantaged populations, and increase financial literacy in families and communities throughout the City of Philadelphia.

YOU GET PAID ages 14-21
Applications are accepted until all spots are filled Math Corps Camp at Drexel University

Math Corps, an educational outreach program with a powerful mentoring component, has worked to provide middle and high school students in the greater Philadelphia area with the kinds of educational and lifetime opportunities that all kids deserve.  

campers: FREE


Teaching Assistants: YOU GET PAID

campers: current grades 6-8


Teaching Assistants (TA): current grades 9-11

late May StartUp EDU through the School District of Philadelphia ATTENTION STUDENTS:
Start Up EDU is hiring! 
  • Have you ever had a bright idea and thought about turning it into a business?
  • Do you have an interest in entrepreneurship?
We are looking for creative students who want to learn. 
  • Program runs from July 5th - July 29th
  • Location: Central High School (M-Th- in person, F- virtual)
  • Click here to apply: bit.ly/37cxXdy

Apply today using WorkReady referral code: WRS54  

- Contact StartUpEDU@philasd.org with questions 

YOU GET PAID! current grades 9-11
late May Drexel University's College Access Academy

This one-week, residential program is designed to assist rising high school juniors and seniors who are underrepresented students of color and/or first generation college students through the college selection and admissions processes. Interactive workshops will be offered on topics including selecting a right-fit college, choosing a major, SAT preparation, essay writing, interviewing skills, financing a college education, and more. Each student will be paired with a College Access Academy faculty member who will guide them throughout the week and provide individualized counseling. The capstone of the week is for students to leave with a list of right-fit schools to visit and apply to in their senior year.



*includes program, housing, and meals!

current juniors and seniors



*underrepresented students of color and/or first generation college students 

mid May University of Pennsylvania's Rising Scholar Success Academy (Penn RSSA)

The University of Pennsylvania Rising Scholar Success Academy (PennRSSA) is a free, virtual, six-week summer program designed for rising high school seniors across Philadelphia.

Originally launched in July 2020 as the Rising Senior Summer Academy, the program uses a combination of synchronous and asynchronous programming to offer high-caliber academic enrichment, college preparation, and career exploration. 





YOU GET PAID at the end!

current juniors
mid May or until all slots are full Philadelphia Parks and Rec Summer Youth Employment Program

The Jr. WorkReady Program is for youth 14-18 years old.

Youth employed in this program:

  • Work at recreation centers and playgrounds.
  • Are paid $11.00 per hour.
  • Work 20 hours per week for six weeks (120 hours total).
  • Are employed from Tuesday, July 5 to Friday, August 12, 2022. 
YOU GET PAID! ages 14-18
rolling admission until all spots are filled The World Affairs Council's Summer Global Leadership Seminar

Through this program, students take a deep dive into a topic of international significance, exploring this topic through a diverse array of expert-led workshops, discussion, and debate. The 2022 Summer Global Leadership Seminar will focus on global development and international aid. 



*scholarships are available

mid May The World Affairs Council's United Nations Summer Camp

The 2022 United Nations Summer Camp: Sustainable Development Goals in Action, is a weeklong summer camp for middle school students interested in learning about global affairs through the work of the United Nations. The program will give student participants an opportunity to participate in interactive expert briefings, games, and activities, while honing key skills and collaborating with their peers along the way. 



*scholarships are available


mid May 



Howard University’s School of Business Summer Enrichment Programs 

This virtual program introduces students to college life, teamwork, and fundamentals in four growing areas of business: Accounting, Information Systems, Actuarial Science, and Entrepreneurship. Each identified area provides significant opportunities for students to explore careers and progressive opportunities for professional development. 

FREE 10-11
mid May Program for Future Environmental Scientists and Stewards (ProFESS) 

ProFESS is about environmental justice through leadership, stewardship, and advocacy rooted in interdisciplinary, immersive, "at-the-source" learning experiences. Join us for weekly sessions throughout the summer (with the option to continue through the Fall) to spark and build curiosity and confidence about the natural processes at work in your own neighborhood and city-wide. Students are eligible for a stipend. 






early May Laboratory Experiences in Natural Sciences (Penn LENS) Students in the Penn LENS program will have the opportunity to get a first-hand look at what goes on in a university science laboratory and/or field setting. Under the direction of the School of Arts and Sciences’ natural science faculty and their graduate students/post docs/staff, they will observe lab procedures and attend group meetings which are essential components of ongoing research efforts. Particular emphasis is placed on computer-based data collection and analysis, as well as reading and communications skills. Participants receive a financial award. YOU GET PAID!

current 10th and 11th


"minority, first-generation, and low income students"

mid May STEM Internship Program

The STEM Internship program is a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and social justice oriented program for Philadelphia high school students who have been impacted by community violence. Through a variety of educational programs, interns explore the impact of violence upon themselves and their communities while improving their understanding of science, technology, and medicine.  



*You get paid upon completion of the program!


current sophomore or junior
mid May STAMP Teen Council Teen Council members work together to advocate for teen access to the arts - they serve as ambassadors for the STAMP program, contribute to the STAMP blog and Instagram, and work directly with representatives from Philadelphia museums to develop and promote teen programming and events. YOU GET PAID! 9-12
varied Opera Philadelphia Participate in a variety of free programs throughout the year including T-VOCE (choir), Backstage Pass (backstage careers in theater, film, and concerts), Career Day, and more! FREE varies per program
early May

Penn Museum Anthropology Camp

Celebrate summer fun and learning through Penn Museum’s world-renowned collections. Each week features an exciting theme with hands-on workshops, expert talks, and gallery exploration.

~ $340 per week grades 1-8

early May


*scholarship application due by early May

St. John's College Summer Academy


Programs take place at the Santa Fe, NM campus and the Annapolis, MD campus

Our summer program for high school students is modeled after St. John’s discussion-based, interdisciplinary method of teaching the great books. A hands-on introduction to college life, our program helps students hone their reading, critical thinking, and discussion skills. With engaging workshops and awesome off-campus excursions, the Summer Academy is a blast.

- $1100 before June 1


- $1250 after June 1


- Tuition includes room, board, books, swag, activity fees, and weekend activities if you're staying multiple weeks on one campus.

ages 15-18
application open until all spots are full

VEX Robotics High School Summer Camp

at Widener University

Leaders from the VEX Robotics community work with the School of Engineering to develop strategies for robotics competitions and utilize engineering design techniques to build better robots. $400 currently in grades 8-11
Early May ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp
Science Camp at Temple University.  Attend classes in natural science, engineering, math, and technology.
Entering grades 6, 7 or 8 in September
Early May STEM Scholars Program
Summer programs at the University of Pennsylvania- The Biomedical Research Academy and The Experimental Physics Academy.
Entering grades 10-12 in September
ASAP Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth The Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY) Artists’ Initiative is a project that supports 5th-12th grade students from underrepresented communities and low-income households to pursue their dream of becoming a professional classical musician. The PMAY Artists’ Initiative offers young musicians financial support to make lessons, music classes, youth orchestra participation, and summer music camps affordable. They help you pay for lessons, etc.! 5-12
Late May WHYY Film and Journalism Summer Camps The project-based camps provide immersive media experiences in which the participants work in teams to create original productions. Perfect for teens interested in broadcast, video, film, journalism, photography, and acting.

cost varies per program



mid May Penn Summer Research Academies Academies are subject-intensive three-week programs that fuse sophisticated scientific or social theory with relevant applications. The science academies draw upon Penn's cutting-edge technology and resources to provide innovative lab experiences while the social academies draw upon the rich history and diversity of Philadelphia to provide a sociologically comprehensive summer experience.

tuition varies based on program


**Scholarships to attend the program for FREE are available on a competitive basis.  See the website for details.  Masterman students have won scholarships in the past.

current 9th, 10th, and 11th graders
early May

Summer Honors Program for High School Students in the Honors College at The Indiana University of Pennsylvania

The Cook Honors College hosts IUP’s two-week Summer Honors Program (SHP), where talented rising high school juniors and seniors get a first-hand look at life on campus. It’s a unique opportunity to explore college classes. You’ll make new friends, learn more about higher education, and feel a connection with other scholars.  Click link for course offerings. $400 for tuition, room and board!

rising juniors and seniors


(meaning, current sophomores and juniors)

Mid May- early bird deadline Philadelphia Youth Basketball (PYB) Collegiate Summer Camp This one-week summer camp builds upon the PYB model of basketball skill-building, academic enrichment, leadership development and health and nutrition.

early bird price before May 14- $315


regular price after May 14- $350


*scholarships for 50-90% off of camp tuition are available

grades 4-12




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