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Program DatesDue Date ContactProgram Info From Contact
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Paid Internships
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LA HIP
comprehensive yearlong internship program that combines biomedical research
with college readiness workshops, academic enhancement and SAT preparatory
curriculum. Students perform cutting-edge biomedical research experiments
under the mentorship of scientists at the Saban Research Institute of Children’s
Hospital during the summer before their senior year. LA-HIP also provides interns
with college level didactic instructions in biology, SAT prep classes, academic
enhancement and writing workshops.
https://www.chla.org/research/samuels-family-latino-and-african-american-high-school-internship-program-la-hip
11June 17-August 5February 1
Diana Meza
mezadiana10@gmail.com
free
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Port of Long Beach
High school internships are available to current high school juniors and seniors in
the Long Beach Unified School District service area. The Port’s six-week program
offers real work experience and mentoring for those interested in careers in
international trade and related fields.
https://academy.polb.com/scholarships-internships/internship-info/high-school-information/
11-12June 24-August 1March 1Leo Tafoyafree
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TesoroCOMING UP!COMING UP!COMING UP!Domonique Suntay
*From the perspective of someone working in the Pressure Equiptment Integrity Department*
- ~7:30am-3:30pm daily
- perform field walks in the refinery to check isometic drawings of pipes
- attend project meetings with engineers and contractors about infared technology
- observe/assess actual equiptment accidents
- electronically organize equiptment drawings/data
- participate in weekly (2-3 minute) speech competitions regarding various topics
- participate in life skills courses (craft resume/practice interviewing/practice presenting at job fairs/learn about taxes and budgeting)
free
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NorthropCOMING UP!16+ yearsCOMING UP!COMING UP!Jonathan Antonio
*From the perspective of someone working as a Manufacturing Process Planner*
- work with a Project Manufacturing Engineer (PME) on the logistical and technical aspects of a classified project
- learn about the different tests that parts and materials undergo before implementation
- learn about the machining necessary create a part
- input the info on a planning software used by the company's technicians and machinists
- learn how to read and comprehend engineering drawings and use the CAD software to model parts for tools
- work with the SubProject Manager to input project data/spending into a massive company spreadsheet
*you must be proactive on reaching out to your manager in order to make the most of the internship
free
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La Biomed
- Spend eight weeks gaining laboratory or clinical research experience under the
mentorship of LA BioMed Investigators.
- Interact with MDs, PhD investigators, Research Associates, and postdoctoral
fellows.
- Participate in weekly lecture series presented by world-renowned faculty.
- Attend additional institutional lectures, departmental conferences, and lab
meetings.
- Present their summer research to peers, family, and research community during
the final week of the program, and receive Certificates of Achievement.
https://labiomed.org/high-school-summer-fellows
11June 17-August 9March 20Krystal Cardenas
- work 9am-5pm under doctors and perform research projects
- focus on different tasks according to one's own mentor
(ex. focus on the administrative side of healthcare, shadow doctors that do clinical research, perform laboratory work)
- attend weekly seminars on different aspects of the medical field
- culminate with a poster-board presentation of your research
~ $2200 stipend
free
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The Intern Project
- internships of a minimum of 4 weeks offered in the fields of:
- Arts, Media & Entertainment
- Engineering & Tech
- Business
- Government/Non-Profit/Philanthropy
- Healthcare & Medical Technology
https://www.theinternproject.org/how-to-apply.html
11-12~4 weeks (varies)February 24
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Bank of America Student Leaders Program
eight-week paid internship at a local nonprofit organization where you will learn
first-hand about the needs of your community and the critical role nonprofits play.
In addition, you will learn valuable civic, social and business leadership skills.
Each Student Leader will attend the Student Leaders Summit held in Washington,
D.C. where you will learn how government, business and the nonprofit sector
work together to address critical community needs.
https://about.bankofamerica.com/en-us/what-guides-us/student-leaders.html#fbid=DmR-LnUnkvS
11-12~8 weekFebruary 1Ethan Gay
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Unpaid Internships
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BoeingCOMING UP!COMING UP!COMING UP!Diego Chinchilla
*From the perspective of someone working as a Systems Engineer*
- become Level 1 Certified in Systems Tool Kit (program used to make simulations)
- develop a (confidential) simulation and present a powerpoint about it to Boeing officials
- join a sub-group, such as Yearbook
in Yearbook:
- take pictures, write articles, interview others, great opporunity to network
- participate in various workshops focused on topics such as resume-building, job opportunities, and engineering fields
- many opporunities exist to explore other Boeing facilities and labs
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Coro Youth Fellows
immersive, experiential, cohort-based summer program that engages high school
participants in leadership skill development and understanding how local systems
work. Youth Fellows will interview local leaders, participate in site visits to learn
about how things get done in Southern California, and participate in small group
projects that challenge them to engage with local stakeholders, practice their
skills, and develop mentors and networks that will support their future career
development
https://www.corola.org/youth/
10-11June 24-August 2Apr 1
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College Programs
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Barnard College Pre-College Programs
Students are allowed to choose from a curated selection of liberal arts courses
that focus on current issues in todays world. Your time outside of the classroom
will be spent in Barnard's backyard of NYC with activities both on an off campus.
https://barnard.edu/precollegeprograms/summer-programs
10-121-4 weeks (varies)Mar 22
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Mites
residential academic enrichment program for rising high school seniors – many of
whom come from underrepresented or underserved communities – who have a
strong academic record and are interested in studying and exploring careers in
science and engineering. This national program stresses the value and reward of
pursuing advanced technical degrees and careers while developing the skills
necessary to achieve success in science and engineering.
https://oeop.mit.edu/programs/mites
116 weeks Feb 1Brian García
- full of minority students that are interested in STEM
- attend classes (emphasis on being an active participant)
- many opportunities to socialize/collaborate with the other students on academic material
- helps give an insight on student life at MIT
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Yale Young Scholars
summer academic enrichment and leadership program for outstanding high
school students from around the world. Each summer, students from over 100
countries participate in one of nine interdisciplinary sessions and immerse
themselves in a global learning community.
https://globalscholars.yale.edu/
9-122 weeksFeb 6Jihwan Hwang
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Cornell
Whether you're participating in our Summer College program or taking a course
online, you'll experience what sets our programs apart—studying with Cornell
faculty, learning in regular undergraduate-level courses, and earning real college
credit for your work.
https://sce.cornell.edu/precollege/about
10-122-6 weeks (varies)May 3Jason Morales
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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.
https://summerprograms.usc.edu/
9-122-4 weeks (varies)April 26
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EPIC (at Cal Poly SLO)
- one-week summer camp at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo introducing campers to the varied fields of engineering
- hands-on labs taught by university professors and industry professionals
- participate in labs where they design, build, and test their own projects
- build rockets, create Android phone apps, develop a solar car
- learn about computer security
https://epic.calpoly.edu/
6-111 week (varies)opens Feb 1
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University of Chicago programs
students from all over the globe are exposed to diverse ideas in classrooms
taught by world-class faculty and instructors. In the classroom, students are given
the chance to take intellectual risks, dive more deeply into subject matter, and
discuss questions that go beyond the realm of their high school curriculum.
https://summer.uchicago.edu/high-school-students
9-12varies
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CSULB Summer camps
Held throughout the summer months on our beautiful campus, students are able
to experience sports, academics, leadership and friendships all at one of the most
prestigious campuses in the country.
http://web.csulb.edu/programs/summer-camps/
9-12variesvaries
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UC Davis Young Scholars Program
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 emphasis on the biological, environmental and agricultural
sciences
https://ysp.ucdavis.edu/
10-11June 23-August 3March 16
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ESP University Wisconsin Madison
The ESP course curriculum includes math, physics, chemistry, engineering, and
technical communications. Other structured programming such as industry site
visits, field trips, guest lectures, workshops, and faculty mentoring will help
students gain a better understanding of the field of engineering and its
applications.
https://www.engr.wisc.edu/academics/student-services/diversity-programs/engineering-summer-program/
10-11June 15-July 16April 1Fiorella Fernandez
- take college-level courses, experience industry tours, listen to guest presentations, participate in workshops relating to engineering
- create a product to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria through practical applications of the design process
- many opportunities to explore the college and surrounding city
- meet students from all over the world/broaden your perspectives
- friendly/supportive staff throughout and after the program
free except for the flight
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Specialized Programs/Camps
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Camp Cardiac
CPR Certification
Hands-on Workshops
Basic Knowledge Lectures
Introduction to Various Careers in Healthcare
Heart Dissection (pig)
Medical Student Forum
Healthy Living Exercise
Graduation Certificate.
http://www.campcardiac.org/description.html
9-121 weekOpen februaryCat Horkay
*From the perspective of someone participating in the UC San Francisco site*
- learn to take blood pressure
- read/perform ultrasounds
- read electrocardiograms
- do case studies/diagnose people
- visit simulation and ultrasound labs
- eat lunch with UCSF med school students
- look at x-rays, MRIs, and CT scans
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YOLA National Festival
Musicians convene each summer in Southern California for a two-week period of
learning and performance with world-renowned conductors and artist mentors.
Participation is free—travel, lodging, meals, and programming are provided to
students at no cost. The 2019 program will feature two ensembles: the Symphony
Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra.
https://www.laphil.com/education/national-programs/yola-national-festival/
7-12July 16-28Mar 4Jackeline Rodriguez
- instrument sectionals/orchestra rehearsals/quartet or trio
- super packed, no boring days
- lots of games with the other students
- fun performances throughout
- conducted by Gustavo Dudamel
- opportunities to visit LA attractions
- meet peer musicians from the entire country
- incredible, inspiring faculty from world-renowned orchestras
free
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interlochen
This summer, join the 2,500 students from all over the world who will come to
Interlochen to study music, theatre, visual arts, creative writing, motion picture
arts, and dance. Learn from amazing artists and educators, be inspired by our
scenic campus, and create with other students who share your passion for the
arts.
http://camp.interlochen.org/
3-121-6 weeks (varies)VariesFabiola Marinero
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Girls who code
Our Summer Immersion Program is a free​ ​7-week introductory computer science ​
program ​for​ ​10th-11th grade girls going into their junior or senior year of high
school. During the 7-week program, participants​ ​learn​ about ​computer science,​
​gain​ ​exposure​ ​to​ ​tech​ ​jobs,​ ​and​ ​join​ ​a​ sisterhood​ ​of​ ​girls​ ​who​ ​are​ ​using​ ​computer​
​science​ ​to​ ​become​ ​change-makers.
https://girlswhocode.com/summer-immersion-programs/
10-117 weeksMarch 15itohan/becca/sanchita
*From the perspective from someone participating at the AT&T site*
- 9am-4pm every day
- solve fun coding problems
- attend various field trips to observe and make presentations
- receive weekly mentorship from AT&T officers (resume building/creating vision boards)
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Leangap
Leangap is designed to help high school students start real companies in one
summer.
https://leangap.org/
9-12June 24-July 21Feb 15Kentaro Vadney
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Long Beach Youth Leadership Program
opportunity for 30+ high school students to join with emerging youth leaders from
across Long Beach to experience an environmentally focused community
leadership program.
http://leadershiplb.org/youth-leadership-programs/
9-10COMING UP!COMING UP!Christine Porciuncula
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SMASH
three-year STEM- intensive residential college prep program that empowers
students to deepen their talents and pursue STEM careers. Every summer,
scholars are immersed in tuition-free studies at leading universities throughout
the country. During the academic year, scholars participate in monthly
programming
https://www.smash.org/programs/smash-academy/
9June 22-July 27March 1Daniel Lowefree
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Earthwatch
fully-funded, scientific research expedition during the summer. While
on the expedition, you and your peers will conduct a variety of field and
laboratory research activities, collecting data on some of the world’s
most pressing environmental and sustainability issues.
https://earthwatch.org/Education/Student-Fellowships/Ignite
10-1112-14 days (varies)Dec 2Jenin and Cat
- students are assigned to different locations around the United States (~10 students per location)
- explore science disciplines (ex. anthropology and archaeology)
- conduct field research/help a scientist with their research project
free
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Bezos Scholars Program
tasked with developing and executing their own community
change project, known as a Local Ideas Festival (LIF). Scholars have taken on
a diverse range of issues that are unique to their community and that met an
investigated, proven need, such as clean water access, voter registration, STEM
education, youth literacy, environmental justice, and health and wellness.
https://bezosscholars.org/
11June 22-June 28Feb 8
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ACLU Summer Advocacy Program
Through an intensive program in Washington D.C., students will learn directly
from lawyers, lobbyists, community activists, and other experts working to defend
the civil rights and civil liberties critical to a free and open society. In classroom
sessions, lectures, and policy debates, students will explore the complex nature
of issue advocacy, legal strategy, and real world political decision making in
Washington, D.C. The program will culminate in meetings with elected officials
and/or congressional staff on Capitol Hill, and an issue rally to bring attention to a
cause selected by the 2019 cohort.
https://www.aclu.org/summer-advocacy-program
15-18 yearsJuly 20-July 26April 7Rita
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Las Fotos Project"inspiring girls through photography, mentorship, and self expression"
http://lasfotosproject.org/
9-12COMING UP!COMING UP!
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Quarter Zero
Over 6 weeks, you will be growing an actual venture with a team. The program
covers a 5-stage process and each team will have to take those learnings, apply
it to their venture, and then test it in the real world. While the stage of each
venture varies, you’ll leave the program with the knowledge and skills to do it
again on your own in the future.
https://www.quarterzero.com/
9-12varies varies Kentaro Vadney
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Rise Up
raise consciousness and build a progressive youth network in Los Angeles
County
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nlF1G_NLVnqsTj80YKszhm4A0C-rfja6/view?usp=sharing
14-21 yearsCOMING UP!COMING UP!Teotl Veliz
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College Prep
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South Central Scholars
Summer Academy’s combination of intensive academic instruction and college
counseling works to ensure that students are prepared to succeed in college. The
program is offered at no cost to students to ensure that all qualified students are
able to attend and students leave with the academic competencies and
determination to thrive at a selective college.
https://www.scsnoonan.org/for-scholars/become-a-scholar/
1-10Jan 18Ashley Navaro
- take math (Precalculus, Calculus, or Advanced Calculus) and english classes from 9am-5pm
- optional math tutoring before classes
- receive college counseling (personal statement editing/scholarship opportunities/counseling through application process)
- many opportunities to listen to college presentations
- professors, discussion leaders, TAs, and staff are extremely helpful
- other benefits: free lunch, transportation, and Macbook
free
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Volunteer
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LA Worksvarious volunteering programs
https://www.laworks.com/
9-12variesvariesfree
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Aquarium of the Pacific
Participants will receive special instruction on many aspects of marine
life and the Pacific Ocean; in turn, they share this information with
guests at interactive stations in each gallery. At the end of their
volunteer commitment, each student will have gained the necessary
skills for interpretation, public speaking, and literary research. These
skills will allow them to instill a sense of wonder, respect, and
stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitant, and ecosystems.
They will have also gained the level of skill to become an exhibit
interpreter in our education department. At the end of the programs
duration, VolunTEENs will produce a final presentation that exhibits what
they have gained from this program
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/volunteer/volunteens
14-16 years
10 weeks, starts June 15
May 1Yajaira Ramos
- interact with guests and teach them about the Pacific Ocean and its inhabitants
- learn about marine bio
- spread conservation efforts through the use of fun game stations spread throughout the aquarium
- at the end, you’re allowed to feed sting rays, meet seals and sea lions, touch octopi, and much more
free
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Some tips:
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Ask for recommendations at least 2 weeks
in advance
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When asked why you're applying to this
program, don't respond "for my college
apps." Talk about what you like about the
program itself.
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