Internships and Summer Programs

This page provides links to internships and summer educational or research programs appropriate for high school students. Many such opportunities are non-paying or may charge tuition. Some are paying. If you are interested in a paying position, consider the Summer Jobs page.

You should start looking in December or January since some applications are due by February 1. Check periodically as new opportunities become available. Don’t limit yourself to the sites listed here. This is just a starting place.



The mission of INROADS is to develop and place talented minority youth in business and industry and prepare them for corporate and community leadership.

INROADS seeks high performing African American, Hispanic, and Native American students for internship opportunities with some of the nation’s largest companies. Our rigorous career development training process will challenge you to commit to excellence and raise the bar on your personal expectations.

Interns are graduating high school seniors, college or university freshmen or sophomores with a grade point average of B or better, and a combined SAT score of at least 1000, or an ACT score of 20 or better.

Application due: March 31, 2012

LEAD Summer Business Institutes A LEAD Summer Business Institute (SBI) is a rigorous three to four week intensive program that provides academically strong high school juniors with an introduction to the principles of business, and the career opportunities within various business disciplines. A residential program, LEAD SBIs are held at twelve top-ranking graduate schools of business in the US.
LEAD Summer Engineering Institutes The program provides students entering the 10th and 11th grade the opportunity to attend classes at one of six engineering schools for three weeks over the summer. Students are exposed to various engineering fields such as mechanical, chemical, biomedical, civil and environmental, and electrical and computer. In 2011 the LEAD Computer Science Institutes was launched, which is open to students entering the 9th, 10th, and 11th grades.

Summer Programs

iD Tech Camps

Day and overnight summer computer camps for kids and teens offered at prestigious universities in weekly and multi-week sessions. The summer camps are offered to beginner through advanced students ages 7-17 at over 60 universities in the U.S. and Europe.

Create video games, digital movies, web sites and digital music. Learn programming, robotics, 3D animation and more!

Princeton University and Seton Hall University in New Jersey participate in the program. Tuition varies depending on length of stay and offering selected. Tuition assistance may be available for students with financial need.

Program dates: Depends on camp location
Application due: Check back in November 2011 for Summer 2012 dates


MITES (Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science) is a rigorous six-week residential, academic enrichment summer program for promising high school juniors who are interested in studying and exploring careers in science, engineering, and entrepreneurship. 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 in an increasingly racially and ethnically diverse nation and world. MITE2S is rooted in MIT’s belief in the importance to our nation that minorities and other underrepresented segments of the population pursue higher education and careers in these fields.

The program is 100% scholarship-based. Funding from industry, foundations, and individuals covers all living and educational expenses for each admitted student. Students only pay for their transportation to and from MIT.

Program dates: June 18 - July 31, 2010

More HS Summer Programs

This site is a compilation of academic enrichment programs.

NJIT’s FEMME Academy FEMME Academy, an intensive one-week residential summer experience, is designed for post-tenth and post-eleventh grade female students. The program increases girls’ awareness of educational and career options in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. As a campus resident, girls stay in an NJIT dormitory and enjoy an authentic college experience. The program enriches participants’ math, science, problem solving, and communication skills. Highlights include introduction to engineering disciplines, field trips to educational and industrial sites, evening activities, panel discussions, and project presentations.
Pre-Engineering Summer Camps This site is a listing of summer engineering camps.
Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP)

The Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP) for high school students places academically talented apprentices with interest and ability in science and mathematics in Department of Defense (DoD) laboratories for eight continuous weeks during the summer. These students work with scientists and engineers who act as mentors. The program offers students a unique and positive experience in their fields of interest, thus encouraging them to pursue careers in science and engineering.

Applications for 2012 will be accepted starting October 1, 2011

Science Service Science Training Programs A comprehensive catalog of science, mathematics, and engineering enrichment programs for pre-college students and teachers.
Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science (SAMS)

The Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science is a rigorous six-week residential summer experience at Carnegie Mellon University for good students who have a strong interest in math and science and want to become excellent students. Students who are entering their junior or senior year and are considering careers in engineering, science and other math-based disciplines are eligible. Students must be at least 15 years old to participate in this program. The program will focus on creating interest in technical disciplines and building academic and personal skills required for admission to competitive colleges and universities.

There is no tuition, housing or dining fees for students attending SAMS. Students, however, are responsible for books, supplies, transportation and recreational expenses.

Program dates: June 25 - August 5, 2011
Application due: April 1, 2011


Tech-Xploration is a three-year project, composed of summer camps with year-long follow-up activities to inspire and empower young women who are about to enter their sophomore year of high school with the knowledge, skills, confidence, academic preparation and interest that females need to aspire to engineering technology careers.

Tech-Xploration, through its comprehensive program of concentrated summer work coupled with tutoring and mentoring by female professionals in scientific and technical fields, and academic year follow-up, will address the under-representation of females in engineering technology.

The summer camp is being held July 6 - 31, 2009 at Middlesex County College in Edison, NJ.

Women’s Technology Program

WTP is a residential summer program in the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science or Department of Mechanical Engineering to introduce 11th grade high school girls to EECS or ME.

The summer program is open to girls who will be entering their senior year of high school in the fall. Admission is based on high school grades, essays, recommendations from science or math instructors, and standardized test scores. Girls with a demonstrated talent in math or science are encouraged to apply; no prior background in computer programming, physics, or engineering is expected.

The tuition for admitted students is $3,000, which includes classes, books, lab materials, food, housing and group activities for the four-week program. Financial assistance is available.

Program dates: July 2012
Application due: January 1, 2012. The application is not available until November 2011