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Naviance Family Connection
Naviance is a web-based college & career research and planning tool for AHS students and parents. Every AHS student has an account with Naviance, but you must register before you can start using its many features.  On Naviance, students can search for colleges & summer programs, explore careers, and take interest inventories.  In addition, students can review admission data for colleges across the United States and get a better sense of whether a particular college would be a good match for them.  If you have not registered on Naviance or would like a short overview of how to use this program, please see Ms. Parrott at the Counseling Office.

*College Visits*: Admissions Representatives at AHS

Students who want to learn more about private and public colleges, both far and near, need only sign-up in the Counseling Office and get permission slip(s) signed by their teacher(s) to meet with the admissions officer and get a sense of what life might be like for them at that school. Sign-up sheets and permissions slips will be available starting the week prior to the session(s) you want to attend.

The visiting admissions rep is sometimes the one who will be reading the applications from Albany High students, so these sessions are an excellent opportunity to make a connection with the college a student is interested in. Parents are welcome to attend all college visits. Please listen to the daily bulletin and check the college board for locations and updates.  A schedule of college visits and the most up-to-date information can be found on the AHS Calendar.


West Point




-University of Warwick
-Cogswell College
Aviation Institute of Maintenance
-Grand Canyon
-Johnson & Wales
-Hawai'i Pacific
-St. Mary's
-IL Wesleyan
-Academy of Art
- Lawrence U
- Navy Academy
- Washington U
- U - Redlands
- U - Puget Sound
- U - Washington       
- Cornell
- Lewis & Clark
- Boston U - canceled
- U - Toronto
- U of AZ
- UCONN - cancelled
- Evergreen
- New School
- *Case Western
- Willamette
- Macalester
- Oberlin
- Paul Mitchell
- U - Chicago
- Scripps
- Dartmouth
- Linfield College
- Menlo College *cancelled*
- Chapman University
- Goucher College
- Reed College
- Johns Hopkins
- American U
- Carnegie Mellon
- Drexel
- Brandeis Unniversity
- Colorado State University
- University of Connecticut
- University of Colorado - Boulder
- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
- Harvard College
- Mt. Holyoke College
- Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
- McGill University
- University of Michigan
- University of Montana
- University of Rochester
- Savannah College
- Swarthmore College
- Tufts University
- Vassar College
- Whittier College

*Info Sessions/Receptions*

Some private schools host receptions or meetings in the Bay Area, which students and parents can attend to learn more about the school. If you are interested in a college/university, please check with the institution's admissions office and/or website to see if/when they are offering a local reception.

Tue., Oct. 18th @ 6pm
San Francisco Public Library
*DO NOT contact the library for info.

CSU College Night
Tue., Sept. 20th @ 6pm
Oakland Marriott City Center

Dartmouth College
Thu., Sept. 29 @ 7pm
Berkeley HS

Sun., Oct. 16th @ 1pm & 3:30p
Sheraton - Palo Alto
Register @

GW Information Session
Tuesday, October 11th, 7 - 8 p.m.
The Nueva School, San Mateo
Register Now!

Thu., Oct. 20th @ 7pm
The French-American Int'l School
San Francisco, CA
(2 blocks north of MUNI Van Ness station)

Johnson & Wales
Sun., Nov. 11th @ 1pm
Pleasanton, CA
Register w/Ms. Naughton

Sunday, October 9, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Berkeley High School - Library
Please RSVP @

U - Penn
Thu, Oct. 6th @ 7pm
Bellarmine School, San Jose

School of the Arts Institue in Chicago 
Sat., Oct. 22
AIA San Francisco 

Southern Oregon University
Saturday, October 1, 2016
9:00am - 12:00pm
Holiday Inn Express San Francisco -- Airport North
Register here: SOU2you San Francisco

Tufts University: Who Gets In & Why
on 9/27 @7pm
Menlo School - Atherton

Tuesday, October 25th
Doubletree Berkeley Marina

Washington & Lee University
Wed., Oct. 12th @ 7pm.
Westin - SF Airport

*Preview Days/Open Houses*

Many schools have Preview Days - an opportunity for you to go to the school and see it for yourself. Some colleges offer scholarships or financial assistance for travel expenses. If you are interested in a college, please check with the admissions office or website for these opportunities. 

CSU Chico
Sat., October 22, 2016

CSU East Bay - Hayward
Saturday, October 15, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
New University Union Lawn Area
For registration and event information visit

CSU Maritime - Vallejo
Saturday, November 19, 2016
For more information visit

Mon. 10/10

Sept 9
Sept 17
Oct 14
Oct 22
Oct 28
Nov 4
Nov 12
Register @

CA College of the Arts
Oakland, CA
Nov. 12th. 9:30am - 12:00pm
Register @

Cogswell College
9/17, 10/15, 11/12, 12/10, 1/21, 2/11, 3/11, 4/8, 5/6, 6/3, 7/15, 8/5
Contact 800-264-7955 for more information.

Evergreen State Collge
January 14th, 2017
RSVP for Preview Day @

FIDM - San Francisco
2/11/17, 10/28/17

Franklin & Marshall College
4/1/2017 - Juniors only 

Gettysburg College
October 22, 2016 (Juniors may attend) - Register here!
November 11, 2016 (Juniors may attend) - Register here!

Gettysburg Conservatory
November 4 - 5, 2016
Contact Diane MacBeth at or call 717-337-6131.

Hamilton College
Saturdays - 10:15-1pm*
9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12
* SRs can interview by prior appt only - 800-843-2655

Hawai'i Pacific University
January 14, 2017 8a-12p
March 25, 2017 

Laney College
April 29, 2017, 10am - 2pm. 
Register @

Linfield College
9/23, 10/17, 11/11

NC State U
Sat., Oct. 15: 9a-2p

Occidental College
Fri., Nov. 11th
Register @

U - Pitt
Jul 8
Jul 15
Jul 29
Aug 5
Register @

Puget Sound
Saturday, April 8, 2017 (2-4 p.m.)
Hyatt House Emeryville
5800 Shellmound Street
Emeryville, CA
Register @

Tufts - Engineering
Sept 16th & Oct. 21st

Tufts - STEM
Sept 30th & Oct. 14th

Tufts - Women Engineers
October 7th

Tufts - Diverse Engineers*
*application required

University of the Pacific
Oct 22 & Nov 12 - 9am-3:30pm


Washington U in St Lou
Pre-Med: 6/22 & 7/20
Engineering: 6/29 & 7/27
Lib Arts: 6/30
Art & Archs: 7/13
Business: 7/13
Exploration: 7/14 & 7/21

9/24 (science), 10/10, 11/12
Register @

Zaytuna College
November 20th from 11 am - 1pm at 
2401 Le Conte Ave. Berekely, CA. 
Register at

Alpha Phi Omega College Day
Friday, April 14, 2017 9am-2pm
Register at
All Cal Day
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Oct. 8: School of Engineering and Undeclared Majors
Oct. 22: School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts, and Undeclared Majors
Oct. 29: School of Natural Sciences and Undeclared Majors 
10/8 & 11/19 - 9am-1pm
Center Hall
WEBINARS 10/12 &  11/3 @3:30pm 

You can also contact to schedule a tour.


Sometimes the only way to be sure a school's for you is to stay there for a day or two. Check out these campuses in a much more up close and personal way. Get a glimpse of campus life. 

Harvey Mudd College
September 29–October 1 & November 10–12
For more information, visit 

Harvey Mudd College - WiSTEM
February 23-25, 2017
For more information, visit 

Reed College
Oct. 9-11th

Oct. 16-17, 2016
Register @

Friday, February 17th to Sunday, February 19th
For more information visit

UCB's Tau Beta Pi
November 4-5th, 2016
For more info contact:
An online college fair that features virtual booths where you can chat live with college admissions reps and experts, interactive video chat with current college students, and streaming video presentation on topics such as financial aid and essay tips. CollegeWeek Live hosts live events on special topics throughout the year.

5 College Program
Vassar - Bowdoin - Carleton - Davidson - Haverford 
Wed., Sep., 28th @ 7pm
Claremont Club & Spa, Berkeley

College Information Day
Over 60 public & private institutions providing workshops on admissions, scholarships, preparations, etc. 
Sat., Oct. 8th, 8:30-1pm
UCB - Dwinelle Hall
Register @

Colleges That Change Lives
Dedicated to a student-centered college search approach
*Monday, July 31, 2017 @ 7-9pm
Santa Clara Marriott
*Tuesday, August 1, 2017 @ 7-9pm
Marin Center, San Rafael, CA

Monday, May 22, 2017
Berkeley, CA

Getting Ready for College
Sat., Oct. 29th, 9a-2p
Richmond Auditorium
Register @

Latina Youth Leadership Conference
Saturday, March 4th, 2017 
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

NACAC Arts Fair
San Francisco, CA 
Sun., Oct. 23rd.

NACAC College Fairs
Saturday April 29, 2017 - 1:30-4:30p
Cow Palace Arena, Daly City, CA
Register @

South San Francisco Conference Center
Sunday, November 6 2016 11am - 2pm

NUWHE Consortium
Tuesday, May 23, 07:00 PM -l 09:00 PM
St. Mary's College High School
1500 Posen Ave., Albany, CA 94706

Oregon Private College Week
July 24-28, 2017
Register @

WACAC College Fair
Cal State East Bay
Friday, May 5, 2017 10am - 12pm


Many arts/design programs require auditions in addition to the application. Below are just some of those opportunities that are upcoming in this area. Dates may change without further notice. For details and qualifications, please contact the institution directly.

AMDA - 2017
For more information CALL AMDA:800-367-7908 or visit
LA Campus
January 7th & 29th
February 12th
March 4th
April 2nd
May 7th
June 11th
July 8th
August 13th
San Francisco
1/7, 3/5, 4/15, 7/23
Sacramento - Sun., Feb., 12th
San Diego - Sat., Jan., 14th

Butler University
Indianapolis, IN
Discipline: Ballet    
Date: 2017/01/07
*Juniors who would like to get a sense of the audition process are also invited. 

Gettysburg College - 2017
Date: 2017/01/21
Date: 2017/01/27-28
Date: 2017/02/10-11
*Contact Diane MacBeth at or call 717-337-6131.

Lawrence University 
San Francisco, CA
Date: 2017/02/3

Oberlin Conservatory
San Francisco, CA
January 6 and 8, 2017
50 Oak St., San Francisco, CA 94102

Sonoma State U
Novmeber 5, 2016
January 14, 2017
April 1, 2017 


Tips on getting ready for college

California Colleges
One-stop website for information about higher education in California

Interactive virtual tours and campus maps

College Visits
A first-hand look at colleges and universities throughout the United States

CollegeWeek Live
Learn all about your dream university. Connect with admissions representatives.

Do What You Are
Reveal which 
careers and college majors offer the 
greatest likelihood of success for you.

East Bay Consortium
Provides services to students for achieving the goal of finishing high school and enrolling in postsecondary institutions.
360º Virtual Tours

Get Schooled
Tools and information about financial aid, scholarships and jobs 

Affordable group tours/visits

Monster College
helps recent grads and college students find their first career.


Find the college that’s right for you. Explore college reviews, rankings, and statistics.

color test that matches you to Careers

Sixteen Personalities
Get a description of who you are and why you do things the way you do

STEM type
Find the area of STEM that is right for you.

You Visit
Virtual college-tours and virtual-reality education

Test (pSAT or ACT) Preparation

ACT Starter Kit
113-pages of review and prep materials. 100% free.

Free online test prep: is a one-stop website for information about higher education in California for students and parents.  It has resources regarding career and college planning, as well as free SAT or ACT test practice questions.  

a mock SAT/ACT practice test

PSAT Prep Livefree program to help students feel prepared and confident on this milestone
For more details and to register, please visit

Free SAT and ACT classes: 
People's Test Preparation Services in Berkeley offers test prep classes and workshops taught by college students.  Various locations near the UC Berkeley campus or at local high schools.  Albany High hosts their SAT class during the Spring Semester only.  If you are interested in taking a class in the fall, please sign-up directly via their website at

Alternatives to College/Gap Year

The following are examples of structured opportunities for teenagers who choose not to attend college immediately after high school or to postpone college for a year (often referred to as a “gap year”).

American Field Service
Finished with high school and want live abroad for a year? Spend your gap year on an study abroad program. Learn more!

American Gap Association
AGA is your source for all things Gap Year - Programs, Research, College Process, Financial Aid, and more. "We hope you find value in the materials we are developing to be of resource in planning a successful Gap Year - as well as making the case to take one." For more information visit

Americorps National Civilian Community Corps
AmeriCorps*NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) is a residential, team-based, national service initiative that engages young adults ages 18 to 24 in full-time service. AmeriCorps*NCCC members perform team-based service projects in communities in all 50 states and U.S. territories. The program benefits include a living expenses stipend, housing, health care and training. For more information call 800-942-2677or visit

California Conservation Corps
The California Conservation Corps is a workforce development program that offers young men and women age 18 - 25 the chance to serve their state and become employable citizens through life skills training and hard work in environmental conservation, fire protection, and emergency response. The CCC has both residential and non-residential programs and centers all over California. For more information call 800-952-JOBS or visit

Center for Cultural Interchange
CCI is a non-profit international education exchange organization dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding, academic development and world peace. CCI organizes academic year and short term homestay, internship, work & travel, language study, environmental and volunteer programs for teens and adults in the United States and in over thirty different countries around the world. For more information call 312-944-2544 or visit

Center for Interim Programs
Center for Interim Programs is a consulting service that helps young people find meaningful gap year placements. Interim has designed creative gap year opportunities for over 5,700 young people and offers a database of over 5,600 program opportunities in organizations worldwide. Opportunities are available in a wide variety of interest areas (arts, animals, outdoors, social service, internships, etc). For more information call (609) 683-4300 or visit

A nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, CIEE is the country’s oldest and largest nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization. Since 1947, CIEE has helped thousands of people gain the knowledge and skills necessary to live and work in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world by offering the most comprehensive, relevant, and valuable exchange programs available. Our programs include: study abroad, teach abroad, high school study abroad, and gap year abroad programs; summer work and travel exchanges; internships; professional training programs; and volunteer opportunities. For more information visit

City Year
The City Year Youth Service Corps, an Americorps partner program, unites more than 1,750 young adults, ages 17-24, from diverse backgrounds for a demanding year of full-time community service, leadership development, and civic engagement. City Year participants work as tutors and mentors to school children, reclaiming public spaces, and organizing after-school programs in 17 urban areas across the US. Participants must be between 17 and 24 years old, US citizens, and high school graduates, GED recipients or equivalent. For more information visit or call 617-927-2500.

Dynamy Internship Year
Dynamy offers semester- or year-long internship programs for graduating students who opt not to head directly to college after high school. Dynamy offers an opportunity to explore your interests and talents and hone the skills necessary for personal success through focused experiences –full-time internships (over 200 possibilities in a wide range of fields), Outward Bound expeditions, supported apartment life, and one-to-one advising. For more information visit or call 508-755-2571.

Gap Year Fairs
Here you will find a profile of each Gap Year program and a link to its full website. If there is a specific program you are interested in or a question you have regarding these programs, please feel free to contact them directly!

Gap Year Programs For Teens
Study abroad gap years are common, but work experience programs and gap years in America are growing in popularity. A life-changing gap year experience can be the answer for a teen who asks, "What should I do after high school?" Learning a new language, volunteering in another country, earning college credit while studying abroad, and more—there are hundreds of gap year programs out there.

Global Routes
Summer and gap-year opportunities available. Three- to five-week community service summer programs are available in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. For students aged 17 and over, Global Routes also offers teaching positions for college-aged students who wish to volunteer in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ghana, India, Kenya and Thailand. For more information visit or call 413-585-8895.

Go Overseas
In-depth reviews of Gap Year programs abroad, complete with interviews with program alumni.

Leap Now
LEAPYEAR is a full academic year of experience, adventure & reflection to cultivate the whole person. Travel for 3 months with a cohort of your peers, engage in self-inquiry at our California retreats, and create your dream internship while receiving a year of college credit. Visit for more information.

National Outdoor Leadership School
NOLS offers wilderness expeditions that build leadership and practical skills. Expeditions to mountains, desert, rainforest and arctic habitats in the Americas, Scandinavia, New Zealand and Australia last from 2 weeks to a semester or year. Programs are open to ages 14 to adult; gap-year opportunities available. For more information visit or call 1-800-710-NOLS.

Outward Bound Wilderness
More than 500 adventure-education courses inspire personal growth and character development in people of all ages. Choose from mountaineering expeditions in the Rocky Mountains, sailing in the Florida Keys and more. Scholarships are available, academic credit can be earned. Visit for more information.

Raleigh International
Raleigh International is a UK-based youth development organization that inspires people from all backgrounds and nationalities to discover their full potential by working together on challenging environmental and community projects around the world. For volunteers aged 17 – 24. Five- and ten-week programs each have three components: environment, community, and adventure. For more information visit or email

International Studies Abroad
ISA Gap programs are designed to offer high school graduates the opportunity to study abroad before entering their freshman year of college. ISA Gap programs range anywhere from one month to a full year in length, and include courses that cover virtually every academic discipline: Language, Science, Humanities, and more. Students will take classes at prestigious local universities, participate in weekly cultural activities, travel on unbelievable excursions, and come to better know and appreciate cultures that differ from their own in the process. ISA Gap programs are ideal for students who want to explore their interests, delve into unfamiliar territory, and are ready for an experience that will help them enter college a more focused and independent student. Visit for more information. 

Treasure Island Job Corps Center
Offers qualifying young adults vocational and academic training in a supportive and safe environment in a full-time, year-round program that provides a wide array of skills training, education and support services (housing, meals, medical care, counseling) completely free of charge. Participants must be 16 to 24 years old, have limited financial resources and pledge to stay drug-free during the program. For more information call 1-800-733-JOBS or visit

Where There Be Dragons
Connect across cultures to discover the world, and your place within it. 
Ask questions to learn more about your values. Find your voice among a new group of peers. Dragons is a community of bold educators and intrepid adventurers. We guide travelers to the map's edge and invite them to build relationships that foster empathy and understanding across cultures. See more at: 

*Extra Educational Experiences*

Academy of Art University Saturday Art Experience 
Earn college credit while exploring art and design in a professional and collaborative community. Courses are available in a wide variety of art and design fields including animation, comic book illustration, fashion design, motion pictures, photography and more. Classes start in October. For more information or to register visit or call 800-544-2787.

Alameda County Youth Leadership Academy
The goal of the Academy is to develop leadership and professional skills, increase knowledge of the role of County government and the critical safety-net services that we provide, and encourage civic involvement in government. Each session provides a range of County programs in an interactive manner and values the students’ feedback to improve the ongoing program. More information about the Academy can be found online at

Biotech Academy
Interested in exploring a career in biotechnology? The academic curriculum and hands-on lab training are designed to give students the knowledge and skills necessary to gain access to a career in biotechnology. Students enrolled in the Biotech Academy are given the opportunity to complete a 6-8 week paid summer internship at a bioscience company or institution. Visit for more information.

Interested in starting or joining a startup? Apply to this three-month immersive entrepreneurial experience! Catapult develops and invests in future game-changers, changemakers, and business disrupters. By supporting students to develop and launch startups, they equip the next generation of entrepreneurs and enable them to thrive in a rapidly evolving world. Apply at

The District Attorney's Justice Academy (DAJA)
This program is a working and learning experience for juniors and seniors interested in learning more about law, justice, social justice, and the courts. During spring semester, students participate in interactive seminars led by legal professionals in the field and then when summer arrives each student is placed at a paid internship position at either a government agency, police department, private law office, nonprofit agency, or office of an elected official. The deadline is 11/10/16. For more information, visit,

The FBI Teen Academy

The Teen Academy is a one-day course providing junior and senior high school students in the Bay area with an inside look at the FBI. The program covers topics such as counterterrorism, counterintelligence, violent crime, cyber crime, public corruption and FBI careers. The Teen Academy is held once a year on the third Friday in April. Please e-mail to be added to the distribution list. Applications are accepted during the month of January only. 

FIDM Art of Fashion Illustration
These in-depth workshops bring fashion and retail to life. See design through the eyes of a professional. Visit for more information.

Game Theory Academy has a mission to provide decision-making skills and economic opportunities to low-income youth. Game Theory Academy teaches students how to think differently about money, increasing their financial stability and academic achievement while decreasing criminal activity. Business education programs teach decision-making skills that help corporate executives maximize their resources. Game Theory Academy takes those same concepts and applies them to the life changing decisions young people make as they transition into adulthood. In 10-sessions, participants can earn up to $150 and will learn how to save and spend their money wisely, make strategic decisions, and confidently navigate the economy. Sign-up at

Rustic Pathways
Rustic Pathways is an educational travel company that provides high school students with opportunities to leave their comfort zones behind, embrace a new and different way of life, and make a positive impact on the world. We offer over 100 different 1, 2, and 3 week community service, education, and adventure travel based summer programs in 21 countries, from the high Andes of Peru, to the tropical islands of Fiji, to the spice markets of Morocco. Students will gain global perspective, push their boundaries, and explore their passions as they care for elephants at Thailand’s largest conservation center, climb Africa's highest peak, or build homes for deserving families in a Cambodian floating village (among so many other options!). Interested? Check out their website:

The mission of YMCO is to use high quality, intensive musical training, academic support, and personal guidance to improve the lives of talented, low-income students, ages 9-18, from throughout the Bay Area. By advancing their academic, musical, and personal accomplishments throughout their middle-school and high-school years, YMCO enhances students' competitive appeal and success at four-year universities and conservatories.  All of YMCO's services are provided at no cost.
Download the application at

*Pre-College Programs*

Pre-college summer programs are a fantastic way for high school students to test drive college life, discover great new schools and find the colleges that best fit their individual needs.

Adelphi University
Open to students entering either their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year of high school, Adelphi’s Pre-College experience brings together students from all over the world to live, learn and explore all that our University has to offer. Through this college-level program, high school students will explore an academic area of interest in a challenging and supportive University-based learning community. The Pre-College program offers a variety of different course topics from which students can choose, and all Pre-College classes are taught by Adelphi’s nationally recognized faculty. While living on campus, students will receive personalized attention from our professional and caring group of instructors, advisers and support staff. Daily trips and excursions round out this once in a lifetime summer experience! For more information, visit

Art Experience Program
Academy of Art University offers a scholarship based Pre-College program available to all current High School students proficient in English. With Pre-College Art Experience Program, get a head start on your creative future. Discover your potential and interact with other young artists. Jump start your arts education and discover the possibilities for career artists. For more information, visit 

Barnard College
Students from around the globe come to New York City to pursue their passions in a rigorous, academic setting.  With five distinct programs to choose from, ranging from entrepreneurship to dance, you have the unique opportunity to explore an area of interest on a deeper level through both in-class discussions and city exploration. As part of the learning experience at Barnard, you will get a taste of both college life and the Big Apple! For more information, visit 

Brown University
Talented students from around the world choose Brown University Pre-College Programs to prepare for success and experience the challenge of college-level academics. For more information, visit

Cornell University 
Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Experience the excitement of college life, take college courses with renowned faculty, and enjoy an "unforgettable, life-changing summer." For more information, visit

George Washington University
High school students in the Pre-College Program benefit tremendously from GW's expertise in global development, international relations, public policy and administration, politics, diplomacy, history, biomedical engineering, museum studies and the arts. Top-tier faculty guide, inspire and empower students through immersive programs that connect academic experience with real-world practice. For more information, visit

The Harvard Pre-College Program is immersive, collaborative, and transformative. Alongside peers from around the world, you’ll thrive in a dynamic, supportive academic environment. Whether you decide to attend for two, four, or six weeks, you’ll get an introduction to college life as you attend challenging classes, live on campus, and enjoy fun excursions and activities. Visit for more information.

Notre Dame
As a Summer Scholar or a participant in the Notre Dame Leadership Seminars, you'll have access to the Grotto, the Golden Dome, the hallowed halls. You’ll spend a summer living, learning, and serving as a Notre Dame student. You’ll spend a summer preparing to lead a life for the greater good.  For more information, visit

With NYU Precollege, rising juniors and seniors can apply to take college-level courses for credit and experience life as an NYU student. Credit-bearing courses are available in more than 30 subjects to fit every interest and academic need. Precollege hosts social events and activities to create a sense of community and help students get to know one another while exploring the city around them.Visit for more information.

Pratt Institute 
PreCollege programs provide high school students with rigorous college-level courses, modeled after Pratt Institute’s undergraduate offerings.Immerse yourself in Art, Design, Architecture, Creative Writing,Critical Thinking, or Cultural Studies.  Classes are taught by Pratt faculty who are committed to sharing their expertise in the fields of art and design. Students enrolled in credit-bearing PreCollege classes receive elective credits accepted at Pratt and most colleges and universities. Immerse yourself in Art, Design, Architecture, Creative Writing, or Cultural Studies. Register at

Sam Fox School
The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis offers two Pre-College Programs—Architecture Discovery Program and Portfolio Plus Program—that provide high school students the opportunity to pursue their passions in architecture, art, or design while working in a real studio and experiencing life on a college campus. These two Summer Pre-College Programs, held in July, provide the opportunity for adding quality material to a portfolio, which will strengthen it for college admission. Applications are now being accepted. The deadline for submission is April 15th. For more information visit

San Francisco Art Institute
SFAI PreCollege helps you get a jump on the college experience with a four-week intensive and transformative program in the arts. This college credit program combines in-depth study and practice with SFAI’s renowned faculty to help you build foundational skills, develop a portfolio, experiment with new media, and collaborate with like-minded peers who are driven to create. Visits to local museums and exhibition opportunities complement this immersive experience.For more information, visit

Smith Pre-College Programs for High School Girls 
Residential programs include the Summer Science and Engineering Program, Field Studies for Sustainable Futures, Hidden Lives: Discovering Women's History, and the Young Women's Writing Workshop. Open to academically talented girls entering grades 9, 10, 11, 12.
For more information and to apply, visit 

The following sites list many more of the opportunities available:

*Summer Programs*

3 Days of Fashion
Learn what it's like to launch your own business or have a great career in Marketing, Social Media, Fashion Buying, Merchandising, Fashion Styling, or Fashion Design at FIDM's 3 Days of Fashion for high school students! For more information about FIDM, please fill out their information request form.

Provides French, Spanish, and Italian language immersion, along with Art, History, Film, Fashion, Photography, SAT/ACT prep, College Prep, International Relations, and Community Service, and other subjects, all of which take place across eight different nations in some of Europe and North America’s most beautiful cities & regions. Their teaching method emphasizes personalized hands-on learning, cultural & language immersion, and offers either homestay or apartment living accommodations. Founded in 2000 by Stanford University alumni, Abbey Road Programs
embarked on a mission to provide high quality, life-enriching, educational summer programs for teens. Visit their website for more information!

ACA’s your word Teen Creative Writing Residency 
The program is one of a kind and can provide a teen with a transformative moment in their writing life. Teens come from all over the country to take part in this residency that exposes them to a diverse and like-minded group of peers.It is a multi-genre summer writing residency that offers writers ages 14 to 18 workshops and mentorship by distinguished authors in poetry, fiction, and genre writing, on the grounds of a breathtakingly beautiful ecological preserve. 

From free speech to privacy and from mass incarceration to voting rights, students will become experts on the issues currently being confronted in the United States’ courts and political arena. The ACLU’s Summer Advocacy Institute will bring together a diverse group of students entering their junior and senior years of high school from across the United States to participate in an advanced, firsthand learning experience for the next generation of social justice advocates. Through an intensive 8-day program, students will learn directly from lawyers, lobbyists, community activists, and other experts working to defend the civil rights and liberties critical to a free and open society.  Click here to apply.

UC Berkeley’s Academic Talent Development Program (ATDP) offers challenging summer classes for high achieving and motivated young scholars.We look for strong students from all backgrounds who are hardworking, enjoy learning, and are prepared for an intellectually stimulating and demanding summer class. we focus on developing talent rather than searching for giftedness. Our summer programs give students the opportunity to pursue their passions and deep interests by accelerating their coursework or taking classes not typically offered during the regular school year. To apply, visit

ASA Summerfuel
Pre-college and study abroad opportunities at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UMass Amherst, Columbia and Tufts Universities and in Spain, France, Italy and Oxford. For more information visit

Berkeley Business Academy for Youth 
In this intensive and stimulating 2-weeks summer program, high school students are introduced to fundamental principles of business and are challenged to think outside the box through analyzing a business case study or creating a business plan at the Haas School of Business.  Examples of discussions include Corporate Social Responsibility, Financial Accounting, Marketing, and Organizational Behavior.  Applications are available at

Berkeley Summer Institute
The Berkeley Summer Institute on Accelerated Learning and Cognitive Training is designed for motivated high-school students and aims to optimize the way students learn, study, and process information as well as learn the science behind cognitive training. There is an opportunity to take a comprehensive neurocognitive assessment (typically only available in a hospital or research lab). The program features scientists, instructors, and authors with leading expertise in topics such as accelerated learning, focus training, productivity tools, memory hacks, sleep optimization, and test-taking strategies.  For more information visit
Camp Rising Sun
Camp Rising Sun is a full-scholarship summer program carefully designed to promote personal growth, leadership skills, a service ethic, and intercultural understanding. This 4-weeks program is held at a rural campus location in Rhinebeck, NY, 90 miles north of New York City. Applications are generally due in early February, More information is available at

California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science

COSMOS is an intensive four-week summer residential program for high school students who have demonstrated an aptitude for academic and professional careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.  Participants have the opportunity to work with renowned faculty, researchers and scientists at one of four UC campuses.  Application and tuition information can be found at

California State Summer School for the Arts
CSSSA is a rigorous, preprofessional, month-long training program in the visual and performing arts, creative writing, animation, and film for talented artists of high school age. CSSSA provides a supportive environment in which students hone acquired skills and explore new techniques and ideas for an intense and exciting learning experience. The school was created by the California Legislature, and held its first session in 1987. Its purpose is to provide a training ground for future artists who wish to pursue careers in the arts and entertainment industries in California. The California State Summer School for the Arts is a state agency funded through a unique public-private partnership. For more info visit

Columbia's Programs for High School Students
Take an intensive course especially designed for outstanding high school students. Attend Columbia University classes with undergraduate students. Live and study outside of the United States during the summer. Prepare to maximize your college experience as a high school graduate. Explore the opportunities available through these intensive programs for academically exceptional students to see which one is right for you. For more information visit,

Digital Media Academy
One to two weeks summer academies in computer web & game design, filmmaking, music production, and computer animation.  Northern California locations include UC Berkeley, Santa Clara University, and Stanford University.  For more information, visit

Founded in 2005, the FACES Summer Medical Academy (FSMA) is a tuition-based, intensive summer day experience designed to expose high school students to the fields of medicine, nursing, and allied health professions. In partnership with Samuel Merritt University, the goal of the program is to offer youth a glimpse into the array of advanced educational strategies and tools that comprise current medical training. Furthermore, young people are introduced to critical concepts that promote an understanding of culturally responsive and compassionate health care practice. Applications are due April 14, 2017 by 5PM PST. For more information visit:

High School Diplomats Program - 7/25-8/5, 2017
10 Day cultural exchange program for Sophomores & Juniors held at Princeton. Scholarships available

HNBF Future Latino Leaders Law Camp
The Future Latino Leaders Law Camp is a nine-day summer program held by the Hispanic National Bar Foundation in Washington, DC and provides up to 30 Latino high school students with the opportunity to learn more about the legal profession. Established by the HNBF in 2005, the Law Camp offers students the chance to visit DC and learn more about the college application process, meet influential Latino leaders, and tour national monuments and various government agencies.  For more information and to apply, visit

JKCP redefines what a summer should be. We believe that summer should be about doing something you love, meeting people from all over the world, preparing for college or your future career or experiencing something new. We do that by creating summer experiences people love. At JKCP, we do this by offering choices in 20 unique programs. We also firmly believe in offering instruction from industry professionals. We make summer better! Apply at

Kingdom Education Programmmes
For those who aspire to achieve a taste of university life in English-speaking countries, Kingdom Education offers high school students the chance to take an exciting and challenging summer programme which will really make a difference to plans for future study, and even for a future career.
For more information visit

Landmark Summer Programs
Spend your summer at Landmark College and discover a new way of learning! All of the programs are designed to enable students to identify their learning strengths and differences; however, a diagnosed learning disability is not a requirement to participate in any Landmark College summer program. Students learn specific strategies to be successful in formal academic settings, and to give participants the opportunity to make significant changes in an intentional and supportive academic community. For more information visit

LINC is for youth who are interested in working outside and learning about the environment. Participants will have the chance to engage in activities that teach team-building, leadership, professional development and career skills. In addition, participants will get the opportunity to learn more about the ecology and science around our parks as they work on habitat restoration projects across San Francisco and San Mateo county. Upon Completion of the program, students will earn a $1,000 stipend. You can find the online application here.

Mercy College Business Leadership Academy
Weeklong Business Leadership Academy at Mercy College in New York, where high school students learn leadership lessons from faculty and leaders from top companies.  Free tuition and boarding for the length of the program.  However, students need to provide their own transportation to and from the campus and $190 for food.  Current Juniors are eligible to apply, for more information, please visit

Internships for 11-graders in nano-science at UC Berkeley. Lab internships in nano-related research groups.

Neubauer Family Adelante Summer Scholars Program
Top students engaged in Hispanic and Latino communities can participate in a University of Chicago Summer Session course free of charge. Selected students will receive a full scholarship to live on campus and participate in one of two exciting Summer Session Insight courses: Collegiate Writing: Awakening Into Consciousness or Contagion: Infectious Agents and Emerging Diseases. The scholarship covers tuition for the course, room and board, residential and student life fees, and the cost of travel to and from campus. Students will also engage with the city of Chicago and participate in college application workshops led by the Office of College Admissions. For more information, visit

NMH Summer Session students come from all over the U.S. and the world, and they each have their own goals. Summer Session programs include Rising Scholars (for students entering grades 7 through 9) and College Prep (for students entering grades 10 through 12). Our English as a Second Language classes are now included in the major course offerings of both programs. Our goal is to provide a life-changing experience for each student. Apply at

Oakland Youth Leadership Summer Academy
A completely youth-led organization which is run by high school students from all over the Bay Area, whose goal is to empower students and develop their leadership skills. This program incorporates tours and workshops hosted at various tech companies in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley. These sessions will be hosted BY community partners, such as Google and Salesforce. Participants will partake in interactive workshops run by distinguished speakers and will have the opportunity to meet community and business leaders. For more information, contact

Princeton University Summer Journalism Program
The program's goal is to diversify college and professional newsrooms by encouraging outstanding students from low-income backgrounds to pursue careers in journalism. All expenses, including students' travel costs to and from Princeton, are paid for by the program. Students who attend the program come from across the country.
For more information visit:

SPI Study Abroad 
Study abroad in Spain, France, Italy, Costa Rica, or China during the summer. With SPI programs, traditional classrooms take a back seat to exciting activities around the city, conversations with locals, and journeys where history, art, and culture come to life! College Credit possible. An overview of their programs is found online at as is information about their scholarships. This is  an excellent resume builder for college applications!  For more information, please call 866-502-7505.

The Stanford Medical Youth Science Program - June 19 - July 24, 2016
With the aim of promoting the representation of ethnic minority and low-income groups in the health professions, the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program offers several different education programs and resources. The Summer Residential Program is an annual five-week science- and medicine-based enrichment program held on the Stanford University campus. The program is open to low-income and ethnically diverse high school sophomores and juniors who live in northern and central California. Learn more here.

This two-week program is for high school students considering careers in procedure-based medical fields, such as surgery, dental surgery, EMT/paramedics, and nursing. It may also be of interest to students who intend to study biomedical engineering, occupational or physical therapy, sports medicine, medical education or other health-related fields. The course includes classroom and laboratory sessions led by Stanford instructors, and will include student-led clinical case study presentations, guided dissection opportunities, and surgical simulations with human cadavers. Visit our website to learn more and apply at or contact for more information! The deadline is in March.

SUCCESS is a six-week summer program offered by UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering. SUCCESS was created to offer high school students a chance to blend maker techniques and skills with ideas introduced to them by Berkeley engineers and researchers on the leading edge of their fields. During the program, students will have the opportunity to visit some of Berkeley’s world-class labs and facilities and create their own innovative projects based concepts they will encounter. SUCCESS’s activities are designed to give participants a first-person understanding of the engineering design process at the heart of every type of problem-solving process. Visit for more information. Deadline to apply is April 1.

Summer Experiences
Summer Experiences at Washington University provide academically talented students from across the country and around the world the perfect opportunity to challenge themselves in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere. For more information visit:

Summer Institute for the Gifted
Students experience the energy and excitement of campus life on these prestigious colleges while strengthening current passions and skills, exploring new interest areas, and interacting with other kids who love learning. Scholarships available. For more information visit,

The UC Davis Young Scholars Program
A summer residential research program designed to expose approximately 40 high-achieving high school students to the world of original research in the natural sciences with emphases on the biological, environmental and agricultural sciences.  Students must be currently enrolled as sophomores or juniors in high school. YSP participants will work one-on-one with research faculty and research groups in state-of-the-art laboratories for six weeks.  Visit for more information.

USC Summer Programs
USC Summer Programs extends a tradition of excellence to outstanding high school students through unique 4- and 2-week summer courses. Accepted students to the USC Summer Programs will balance academic and campus life as they prepare for college in the nation’s entertainment center – Los Angeles, California. The courses are taught by USC faculty and experienced professionals of the USC academic community. Summer Programs’ faculty create an engaging academic experience by combining lectures, hands-on workshops and labs, guest speakers, and academic field trips to locations throughout Los Angeles. Each course is designed to be more interactive, engaging, and challenging than accelerated high school classes or the broad introductory courses offered by other summer pre-collegiate programs. For more information visit

USNA Summer STEM Program
Engineering is all about creating, building, and making things better! So what does it take to be an engineer? If you like math and science, you are off to a great start. If you enjoy discovering new things, solving problems, and learning how things work - even better! Creativity, persistence, and the desire to make the world a better place are also important qualities. Becoming an engineer requires hard work and a good education. Our summer program will be a great start to your career in science and engineering. For more information visit

Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) 
YCC provides an outdoor work experience that is safe, educational, and meaningful to young adults of all backgrounds. The YCC program introduces youth to careers in the NPS, such as biology, environmental science, landscaping, historic preservation, facilities management, and public education. YCC members will report to John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, CA, and will also perform duties at various national parks in the Bay Area, including Rosie the Riveter / WWII National Historical Park, Pinnacles National Park and Golden Gate National Recreation Area, among others. YCC members will receive extensive training in environmental science, history, safety, first-aid/CPR, proper tool use, conservation methods and professional skillsTo learn more about the YCC program and its requirements, visit

Study Abroad Opportunities

By going abroad in high school, you can change your world in ways that are both visible to you personally, and visible to your friends, family, teachers, and future peers and colleagues. There are practical benefits to going abroad in high school too, like gaining language fluency, developing critical intercultural communication skills, and forming lifelong connections that span the globe and often last a lifetime. 
The impact of going abroad is different for everyone. Attend an Online Info Session with AFS Study Abroad Specialists or visit Ask an AFSer on Facebook to learn more. There may also be a local event coming up in your area - check and see.

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad
 is an innovative high school student exchange program between Americans and people in countries with significant Muslim populations.  Sixty-five scholarships are available for up to one year of study in Bosnia, Herzegovina, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Oman, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, and Turkey.  Visit for more information.

NSLI-Y is a unique program for learning languages not commonly available in U.S. high schools.  Students learn languages through immersion and intensive language courses in a host country.  Summer and academic year programs are available for Arabic, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Turkish.  Visit for more information.

CBYX is an a925cademic year program for high school and gap-year students to study abroad in Germany.  Congress-Bundestag scholars serve as "youth ambassadors" of the United States, sharing their life and culture with their German hosts and local government officials.  For more information, visit

Where There Be Dragons
Connect across cultures to discover the world, and your place within it. Ask questions to learn more about your values. Find your voice among a new group of peers. Dragons is a community of bold educators and intrepid adventurers. We guide travelers to the map's edge and invite them to build relationships that foster empathy and understanding across cultures. See more at:

Youth For Understanding (YFU)
Becoming an exchange student is an opportunity to see the world up close. YFU exchange experiences expose participants to everyday life in a different society. It’s learning from the inside out, which only happens when a person has time to think deeply about what they are learning. Our core program allows the time to become immersed in daily life. YFU programs aren’t for everyone. They are for those eager to explore the path less taken, who are open to discovery and the realization that there is more than one way to live a life, for those ready to ask challenging questions of themselves. By participating in a cultural exchange, you will broaden your view by enhancing global understanding by deepening your appreciation for other cultures and customs, which in turn increases tolerance, reduces violence, and helps to eliminate stereotypes. Visit for more information. 

*Travel and Adventure

AFS Intercultural Program
Study abroad this summer. AFS offers a wide range of summer programs – year and semester programs, language study, community service and homestay options are available. Pick from over 40 countries in the Americas, Europe, the Pacific Rim and Africa. Financial aid and scholarships are available. Some full-ride scholarship deadlines are as early as October 31st. For a catalog or information call 800-AFS-INFO or visit

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs

ASSE provides Academic Year Homestay Programs, Summer Homestay, Adventure, and Language Programs, and Teen Twin Program in many countries including Germany, Spain, Great Britain, Switzerland China, France, Italy and Australia (plus many more!). For more information, visit call 800-333-3802.

Aspect Foundation
Study abroad for a year, a semester, or short term individually or in a group. Explore exciting new places – choose from 20 countries including Japan, Costa Rica, Ghana, Ireland, and Russia. For more information call 800-637-5859 or visit

American Leadership
Team up with students from all over the USA to travel and work abroad. This fun, challenging summer experience abroad provides an intellectual workout, teaches important life skills, develops maturity and prepares you for college.Programs in Australia, Europe, China, and Peru. For more information visit or call skype addon989.0888.

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange
The U.S. State Department funded Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) is for motivated high school students who want to fully immerse themselves in German culture by living with a host family and attending a local high school. No previous language experience is required. For more information visit

Global Routes (also listed under Alternatives to College)
Summer and gap-year opportunities available. Three- to five-week community service summer programs are available in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. For students aged 17 and over, Global Routes also offers teaching positions for college-aged students who wish to volunteer in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ghana, India, Kenya, and Thailand. For more information visit or call 413-585-8895.

National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
NOLS is a non-profit wilderness skills school that has been in operation for over forty years. Students go on extended wilderness expeditions to learn technical skills, leadership skills, and environmental ethics while living in the world's most spectacular wilderness classrooms. Courses range from fourteen days to one hundred sixty-five days. College credit is available through the University of Utah. For more information about NOLS visit or call 800-710-NOLS.

Outward Bound California's Youth Leadership Corps 
The Youth Leadership Corps is an Outward Bound California merit-based FULL scholarship program that focuses on leadership, a commitment to service and character development. It is open to students who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors. Accepted students will participate in a two week rock climbing and backpacking expedition in the Sierra Nevada mountains in August. Transportation, food, and all gear will be provided. This wilderness expedition will be followed by monthly student-led service projects throughout the school year. For more information visit

Raleigh International (also listed under Alternatives to College)
Raleigh International is a UK-based youth development organization that inspires people from all backgrounds and nationalities to discover their full potential by working together on challenging environmental and community projects around the world. For volunteers aged 17 – 24. For more information visit or email

Provides students with an exceptional cultural and educational experience abroad, offering a wide variety of academic studies: from Business to all areas of Design; Art History to Environmental Studies; Studio Arts to Political Science, International Relations, Business and more. SAI offers a chance to study abroad at the top schools for English-speaking students in Europe. For more information visit

Sail Caribbean 
Seven programs focusing on sailing, scuba, water sports, leadership, marine biology, cultural immersion and service learning. For information go to or call 800-321-0994. 

SCA Conservation Crews
Must be ages 15-19. SCA Conservation Crews serve each summer in picturesque parks, forests and other sites throughout the nation under supervision of trained, experienced crew leaders. For more information visit or contact us at or call 603-543-1700. 

Service Explorers
Travel outside your comfort zone and experience life from a different point of view; fall in love with our world. Give of yourself – invest in helping those in need; invest in understanding global issues.Grow your understanding and compassion for others; build your commitment to solving problems worldwide. We believe that the act of exploring a foreign culture, and bringing greater happiness to those you help, will, in turn, reward you with a sense of purpose, accomplishment, and a broader vision and understanding of the world. For more information, visit

SPI Study Abroad | High School Language Immersion & Global Leadership Programs 
Offers study abroad programs for college credit. An overview of their programs is found online at as is information about their scholarships.  This is  an excellent resume builder for college applications!

Study-Serve | International Seminar Series Service Learning in Paris or Barcelona
This program offers a mixture of language and academic classes, together with work at social service agencies. Applications available by calling 802-362-5855 or visit Some financial aid is available.

Universidad Internacional
The Center for Linguistic & Multicultural Studies in Cuernavaca, Mexico offers programs that run for a variety of timeframes (year, semester, or summer) which allows any student to fit a study abroad experience into his or her academic schedule. These programs are for students who want to have the experience of living and studying in Mexico while taking courses in English. For more information, go to or call 800-932-2068. 

Where There Be Dragons
Connect across cultures to discover the world, and your place within it. 
Ask questions to learn more about your values. Find your voice among a new group of peers. Dragons is a community of bold educators and intrepid adventurers. We guide travelers to the map's edge and invite them to build relationships that foster empathy and understanding across cultures. See more at: 

YFU USA - Youth For Understanding
American Overseas programs offer US high school students and recent graduates the opportunity to experience the world firsthand. Choose from over 100 programs in more than 30 countries to learn a new language and global perspective while on an academic year, academic semester, or summer program. For more info, visit or call 1-800-TEENAGE. See above for scholarship opportunities.

*Jobs and Internships

For more after school job postings, check the Counseling Office bulletin board.

Amazon- summer jobs available
Kelly Services is hiring more than 400 positions for Amazon this summer and one of the locations is in Berkeley.  Applicants must be 18+ and pay is $13/hr.  To apply, email your resume to or call Loreto Deocampo, Recruiter, at 925-460-6113.  See attached flyer for more information. 

Better Together STEM High School Internship Program
To give high school students a leg up in a growing industry, PG&E offers 4-week paid summer internships to local students interested in being a part of California’s clean energy future. PG&E invites all Energy Academy juniors, as well as juniors from area high schools to apply for a paid summer internship by May 24, 2017. Fore more informatin visit

Coaching Opportunities with MAKE ME A PRO SPORTS 
Make Me a Pro Sports is currently seeking coaches for Soccer, Flag Football, Baseball, Basketball and Cheerleading for all Bay Area cities for current and upcoming classes and summer camps.  The pay scale is $9.00 - $15.00 per hour and training will be provided. Email and indicate if you have any previous coaching experience (if so, please indicate your prior experience and provide the name of a reference and a contact phone number of your previous employer) and the days of the week and hours you are available to coach. Website:

A 9-week, paid research internship. The objective of the CHORI Summer Research Programs is to provide research training opportunities for both High School and Undergraduate students. The goal is to provide these opportunities for students from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds to increase ethnic diversity in the health sciences. The Program provides the students with a research training experience to stimulate interest in pursuing a career in the basic, biological, clinical and/or behavioral sciences in a friendly and nurturing environment.This year it will run from June 12 to August 11. Applications for the CHORI summer internship are due Friday, February 10th, 2017.
Visit the website for more information, downloadable FAQ, and portal to the online application

Fund for the Public Interest
Fund for the Public Interest is working with Environment California on their campaign to save California’s plastic bag ban this summer.  They are currently hiring for campaign staff in El Cerrito.  Interested candidates should be hard workers and have excellent communication skills. Paid positions are for seniors over eighteen, but there are also unpaid internships for students under eighteen.  As a staff member, you will fundraise, build membership for our partner groups, educate and activate citizens on pressing issues.   
- Earn $10-15/hr this summer, working for something you believe in!
- To find out more, call 510-412-1055, or visit

Galaxy Explorers Program
Galaxy Explorers is a year-round program for high school students who represent the Chabot Space Science Center on-site and throughout the greater Oakland area. Galaxy Explorers perform live public science demonstrations, explain interactive exhibits, deliver mini science workshops, outreach to community centers and work in summer camps. The Galaxy Explorers’ program provides teens with work experience, community service/volunteer opportunities and paid internships. Participants engage in fun, hands-on scientific activities and develop real-world skills. Applicants must be between 14 and 17 years old, have an interest in science, math or technology, maintain a 2.0 GPA and participate at least 4 hours per month. Applications are accepted year around, but enrollment only occurs four times a year. Applications are online at

Summer business and farm management program. Earn up to $1000. 

The iCLEM program offers a paid summer research internship opportunity at the Joint BioEnergy Institute to current sophomores and juniors at Alameda County schools. The 8 selected students will work in a state-of-the-art research lab, gain college knowledge, participate in professional development, be exposed to many STEM careers, amongst other opportunities. If you are a student that is passionate about science and discovering the true nature of research, please apply to the iCLEM program.

The Lawrence Hall of Science Teen Internship program is for students entering 9th grade and above. The program provides firsthand work experience, hands-on training, and problem-solving opportunities. Teens will work with visitors in exhibits, labs, and classrooms. You must volunteer at the Hall during the summer to be considered for an internship. Summer volunteer applications are available on the website starting in mid-February and are due in April. For more information visit

Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)
The purpose of the program is to:
· introduce high school students to career opportunities in the field of transportation;
· help students understand the role of the transportation agencies
· provide skill-building opportunities during all phases of the program; and
· provide our transportation partners, with some assistance on entry-level tasks.
Full-time and Part-time positions available. $12-13/hr.

NASA/OSSI - Internships for Students
Applications are invited for NASA Internships for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students as well as educators. NASA Internships are educational hands-on opportunities that provide unique NASA-related research and operational experiences for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students as well as educators. NASA internships occur within the following 4 sessions per year generally corresponding to the academic calendar: spring, summer, fall, and year-long (often following the academic year Aug.-May). For more info, visit 

Perception Science Internship
The Whitney Lab at UC Berkeley is offering a summer internship program for high schoolers.The goal of the internship program is to provide academically advanced high schoolers a hands-on research experience. Summer interns will be involved in every step of the research process, and will be working alongside Whitney lab members to create and test novel research paradigms. If are interested in learning more about this summer internship program, please visit

Port of Oakland -  Summer College Internship Program 

2017 Summer College Internship Program will begin accepting applications beginning in January 2017  Link:

Roughing It Day Camp
Summer day camp located in Lafayette with volunteer and work opportunities. Offers a supportive and nurturing environment for campers and staff.tudents who enjoy spending time outdoors and making a difference in the lives of children should apply. Students who will be Juniors and Seniors next fall can earn volunteer and community service hours with us as a Junior Counselor. Graduating Seniors are eligible for paid staff positions at Roughing It. Only students who enjoy spending time outdoors and making a difference in the lives of children should apply. For more information, visit

Santa Clara University Summer Engineering Seminar
Week-long summer residential program aim at introducing students to the field of engineering.  Current Juniors and Seniors are eligible to apply for this free program.  Applications are available in December and are generally due in March.  For more information, visit

The Stanford University Office of Science Outreach provides a descriptive list of science-related programs and internships available at their university.  Visit the following link to learn about each program and its application requirements:

SSA's Summer Youth 
Internship Program
Students will experience firsthand what it's like to work in a fast-paced public assistance agency and play a valuable role in supporting our mission of serving local communities in need. Those who will be entering their senior year of high school OR enrolled in a community college or university undergraduate program for the year 2017-18 are invited to apply. This is an excellent opportunity for youth who are looking to explore career options, develop their skills, and grow professionally, especially in the areas of public service. For more information click here.

Stanford Medical Youth Summer Program
The Summer Residential Program is a five-week science- and medicine-based enrichment program held on the Stanford University campus. The program is open to low-income and ethnically diverse high school sophomores and juniors who live in northern and central California.  For program eligibility and application information, visit

YouSTEM is a free web resource for K-12 students to find out about local programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. Most of the programs listed are free.  To start, go to, click on your subject areas of interest, or filter based on type location, and age.

Youth Radio
Youth Radio's mission is to promote young people's intellectual, creative and professional growth through training and access to media and to produce the highest quality original media for local and national outlets. Youth Radio offers media training programs for Bay Area youth aged 14-18.  Their introductory program includes an 11-week course featuring hands-on experience in radio, web, music and video production. For more information and to apply for this opportunity, please visit

*Volunteer Opportunities

Opportunities to help your community are available in almost every field of interest imaginable. Many volunteer opportunities can be found through the following resources: 
  • Idealist - includes a volunteer search and ideas and resources for starting your own community service project.
  • Network for Good - provides volunteer opportunities available locally to teens, options to volunteer abroad with United Nations Volunteers, a directory for international volunteer programs, and options for summer volunteering.
  • SERVENet - allows you to create a “volunteer profile” to match you with volunteer opportunities in your community. 
  • Hands On Bay Area - offers volunteer orientations and a variety of short-term and group-based community service projects in the Bay Area by age group. 
  • VolunteerMatch - allows you to enter your zip code to find volunteer opportunities in your community. 
  • Guide To Public Service - - Info & Resources for successful careers helping others.

Albany Library Homework Center
Volunteer tutors are needed for the Albany Library Homework Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. The Homework Center offers drop-in homework help for students in grades 2 through 6. If you are reliable and like to teach, this might be the volunteer job for you! For more information or to apply, email Dan Hess at or stop by the information desk at the Albany Library at 1247 Marin Avenue. 

City of Albany
The City of Albany Volunteer Corps matches qualified volunteers with various departments seeking assistance for special projects, events and day-to-day tasks. Volunteers are needed for special events like Solano Stroll and Fourth of July Celebration as well as ongoing support  Applications are available at

LHS has a fun and dynamic program for teens volunteering in various roles during the summer. Teens get to assist in summer camps, in our Ingenuity Lab, or facilitating experiences on the floor and at special events. Volunteering at the Hall provides teens with the opportunity to develop job skills, including public speaking and customer service, self confidence and leadership, adaptability and flexibility to manage multiple assignments under changing conditions, learning about communicating science to the public, building interpersonal relationships, and the ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work. Apply here.

Oakland Zoo
"Habitat restoration" may be a fancy way of saying "weeding," but it's something that must be done to keep the Zoo and park looking fabulous. Spend a day with friends and co-workers helping to restore habitats or assisting with other landscape management projects to make the animals' lives more comfortable. To volunteer call (510) 632-9525 x141 or email

Playland Not-At-The-Beach Carnival Game Operator
Playland Not-At-The-Beach is looking for volunteers to run carnival games, coach kids, and award prizes. Positions are available weekends 10:00 - 5:00 and some evenings and holidays. Good candidates will have outgoing and positive personalities, must love kids, and be able to learn how to operate games and rules for awarding prizes. Contact Guest Services at 510-232-4264 x30 or

Student Parent Association for Recruitment and Retention Food Donations Program
Provide support services to students at Cal that have children, put on community events, and have a food rescue operation that works to address food insecurity in the community. Our opportunities include but are not limited to: Event coordination, set up, tear down, activities and advertising. Food rescue volunteers to set up and distribute donations up to 6 days per week, some evenings and weekend hours are available. In addition, we offer several professional learning opportunities such as Research Intern assistant, Public Outreach Intern assistant, Volunteer Coordinator Intern assistant, Business/Admin. Intern assistants will have numerous opportunities to get hands on training and experience working with the public, local businesses, and the communities in need. For more information call 510-355-7148 or email

University Village
The UVA is seeking high school juniors/seniors to volunteer for the Afterschool Homework Club and Reading Incentives Program. The program serves children ages 8-13 of parents who attend U.C. Berkeley, and will run Mondays-Thursdays (excluding school holidays) from 2:30-5:30 p.m.  No previous experience is required. If you are 17 years old or under, we will need consent form filled out by your parent(s).  If you are over 18, we will run a required background check. For more information or to volunteer contact Koko Mulder at 526-8505 X 251 or

More volunteer opportunities are available through the Volunteer Center of the East Bay at Click on “search” at the top for a full search function, and scroll down to select opportunities available to your age group (age 13–17 or 18–25). 

*Contests & Competitions

Scholarships for graduating seniors can be found here.

AFSA National High School Essay Contest
This contest encourages high school students to think about important international issues and learn about one of America's best kept secrets: The United States Foreign Service. For this year's topic visit
Deadline: March 15, 2017

AWM Essay Contest
To increase awareness of women's ongoing contributions to the mathematical sciences, the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and Math for America are co-sponsoring an essay contest for biographies of contemporary women mathematicians and statisticians in academic, industrial, and government careers. The essays will be based primarily on an interview with a woman currently working in a mathematical sciences career. For more details vist
Deadline: January 10, 2017

Ayn Rand Institute Essay Contests
Anthem is for 8th, 9th and 10th GRADERS. Fountainhead is for 11th and 12th GRADERS. For this year's topic visit
Deadline: Spring 2017

Best College Essays Competition
As a way to reward excellence and encourage submissions, Best College Essays is running a competition for the best college admissions essays written by students applying to college in the 2017-18 academic year. First Prize will be $1000.  There will also be two second prizes of $500 each. Runners up will be published in Best College Essays 2017-18. For guidelines and submission form for the 2017-18 Best College Essays Competition, click here:
Deadline: March 15, 2017

BRI's - We the Students Essay Contest
Established in September 1999, the Bill of Rights Institute is a 501c3 non-profit educational organization that works to engage, educate, and empower individuals with a passion for the freedom and opportunity that exist in a free society.  The Institute develops educational resources and programs for a network of more than 50,000 educators and 30,000 students nationwide. We the Students Scholarship Contest submissions shall be 500-800 words focusing on the ideas of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and their relevance today. Let them know that you are in it to win it by using the hashtag #WetheStudents. For details, visit
February 5, 2017

Dr. Joel Fort High School Peace Essay Contest

Contestants are invited to write an essay of not more than 2500 words (5 pages). Current 12th graders attending High Schools of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. For this year's topic visit  
Deadline: December 15, 2016

EngineerGirl Essay Contest
Every year, the EngineerGirl website sponsors a contest dealing with engineering and its impact on our world. Usually the announcement is posted in the fall with judging and winners announced in the spring or summer. For this year's topic visit
Deadline: February 1, 2017

FRA's Americanism Essay Contest 
FRA sponsors an annual essay contest to promote the spirit of Americanism and patriotism among our country’s youth. FRA's Americanism Essay Contest is open to all students, grades 7 through 12, including those who are home schooled.  Students are invited to submit a 350-word essay through an FRA member or local FRA branch. For details, visit 
Deadline: December 1st

JASNA Essay Contest
To foster the study and appreciation of Jane Austen, JASNA conducts an annual student Essay Contest. Students interested in the life and works of Jane Austen are encouraged to enter. The Essay Contest is open to students world-wide at the high school, college/university, and graduate school levels of study. For more information, visit
Deadline: May 2017

JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest
The Profile in Courage Essay Contest challenges students to write an original and creative essay that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage. The maximum word count is 1,000 with a minimum of 700, not including citations and bibliography. Use at least five varied sources such as government documents, letters, newspaper articles, books, and/or personal interviews. For contest information, registration, and to submit your essay, please visit  
Deadline: January 4, 2017

NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards program was established to raise awareness among the nation’s youth of the critical role that private enterprise and entrepreneurship play in the building of America. NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards are open to any graduating high school senior entering their freshman year at an accredited (not for profit) two- or four-year university, college or vocational/technical institute. Applicants MUST be running their own small business in order to be considered for an award. Students are encouraged to apply here.
Deadline: December 18, 2016

Optimist International Essay Contest 
The Essay Contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. The approach can encompass a young person’s personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective. In additional to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a college scholarship! For details visit
Deadline: February 28, 2017

Prindle Institute High School Essay Contest
The Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University is happy to announce the annual Prindle Institute High School Essay Contest. Each year, the Prindle Institute awards high school students for the best essays on a topic of ethical concern. You are encouraged to submit to this year's contest for the opportunity to win a cash award and have their essay featured on The Prindle Post. For more information on how to enter, visit:
Deadline: January 16, 2017

Signet Essay Contest
Open to 11th and 12th grade full-time matriculated students. Essays must be submitted by a high school English teacher on behalf of students who write an essay on one of five topics. For details
Deadline: April 14, 2017

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