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.
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.
- Lawrence U
- Navy Academy
- Washington U
- U - Redlands
- U - Puget Sound
- U - Washington
- Lewis & Clark
- Boston U - canceled
- U - Toronto
- U of AZ
- UCONN - cancelled
- New School
- *Case Western
- Paul Mitchell
- U - Chicago
- Linfield College
- Menlo College *cancelled*
- Chapman University
- Goucher College
- Reed College
- Johns Hopkins
- American U
- Carnegie Mellon
- DrexelSome 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.
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.
You can also contact www.college-visits.com to schedule a tour.
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.
The following sites lists other annual events.
Visit with and/or get more information about/from multiple institutions in one day.
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.
1/7, 3/5, 4/15, 7/23
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 academyart.edu 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 www.acgov.org.
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 catapultideas.com.
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, alcoda.org.
The FBI Teen Academy
FIDM Art of Fashion Illustration
These in-depth workshops bring fashion and retail to life. See design through the eyes of a professional. Visit fidm.edu/go/summerprogram 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 www.gametheoryacademy.org.
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: rusticpathways.com.
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 youngmusiciansco.org/copy-of-apply.
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
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 barnard.edu/summer.
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 Brown.edu/academics/pre-college.
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 sce.cornell.edu.
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 summer.gwu.edu/precollege.
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 summer.harvard.edu for more information.
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 precollege.nd.edu.
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 NYU.edu/admissions for more information.
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 pratt.edu/precollege.
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 samfoxschool.wustl.edu/precollege.
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 SFAI.edu/public-youth-education.
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 smith.edu/summer.
The following sites list many more of the opportunities available:
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.RSVP @ fidm.edu/go/summerprogram
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! www.goabbeyroad.com
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 atdp.berkeley.edu/apply.
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 www.summerfuel.com.
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 www.haas.berkeley.edu/businessacademy
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 http://lajf.org/overview.cfm.
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 https://cosmos-ucop.ucdavis.edu/
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 csssa.ca.gov.
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, sps.columbia.edu/hs.
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 www.digitalmediaacademy.org
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: facesforthefuture.org.
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 http://www.hnbf.org/programs-partnerships/future-latino-leaders-law-camp/.
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 www.jkcp.com.
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 kgdm.org.
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 landmark.edu/summer.
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 www.mercy.edu/business/leadership/academy.
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 http://summer.uchicago.edu/high-school/neubauer-summer-scholars.
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 www.nmhschool.org.
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 email@example.com.
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: https://www.princeton.edu/sjp/.
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 spiabroad.com 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 anatomy.stanford.edu/outreach/summer.html or contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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 SUCCESS.Berkeley.edu for more information. Deadline to apply is April 1.
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: SummerExperiences.wustl.edu.
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, http://giftedstudy.org.
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 http://ysp.ucdavis.edu/ 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 https://summerprograms.usc.edu.
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 https://www.usna.edu/Admissions/Programs/STEM.
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 skills. To learn more about the YCC program and its requirements, visit nps.gov.
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 www.yesprograms.org 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 www.nslifyouth.org 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 www.usagermanyscholarship.org.
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: WhereThereBeDragons.com.
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 https://study.yfu.org/ for more information.
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 . For a catalog or information call 800-AFS-INFO or visit www.afs.org.
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 www.asse.com call 800-333-3802.
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 www.aspectfoundation.org.
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 www.americanleadership.com or call 800.no 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 usagermanyscholarship.org.
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 www.globalroutes.org 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 www.nols.edu 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 outwardboundcalifornia.org.
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 www.raleighinternational.org or email email@example.com.
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 www.saiprograms.com.
Seven programs focusing on sailing, scuba, water sports, leadership, marine biology, cultural immersion and service learning. For information go to www.sailcaribbean.com 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 www.theSCA.org or contact us at crews@theSCA.org or call 603-543-1700.
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 ServiceExplorers.org.
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 spiabroad.com 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 www.study-serve.org. Some financial aid is available.
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 www.spanishschool.uninter.edu.mx 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: https://www.wheretherebedragons.com
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 www.yfu-usa.org or call 1-800-TEENAGE. See above for scholarship opportunities.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call Loreto Deocampo, Recruiter, at 925-460-6113. See attached flyer for more information.
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 email@example.com 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: www.mmapsports.com
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 http://fundforthepublicinterest.org/apply.html?lcl=BERK
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 http://www.chabotspace.org/ge-about.htm
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.
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 https://intern.nasa.gov/.
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 http://www.perceptionscienceinternship.com.
Port of Oakland - Summer College Internship Program
2017 Summer College Internship Program will begin accepting applications beginning in January 2017 Link: http://www.portofoakland.com/jobcenter/internships.aspx
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 http://scu.edu/engineering/about/ses.cfm
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: http://oso.stanford.edu/programs/audiences/5-high-school-students.
SSA's Summer Youth
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 http://smysp.stanford.edu/education/summerProgram/index.html
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 http://youstem.org/main/discover/, click on your subject areas of interest, or filter based on type location, and age.
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 https://youthradio.org/apply/.
More volunteer opportunities are available through the Volunteer Center of the East Bay at https://volunteer.truist.com/vccc/volunteer/search.aspx. 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).
AFSA National High School Essay Contest
Deadline: December 15, 2016
EngineerGirl Essay Contest
Deadline: December 1st
NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
Deadline: December 18, 2016
Deadline: February 28, 2017
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