Summer Enrichment Opportunities


This page contains just some of many, many opportunities available to high school students over the summer.

Don’t find what you’re looking for? Also check out the IACAC Summer Programs Listing.


Summer College Programs





American University Community of Scholars Program  May 1, 2020 $3,200 (plus room & board) Community of Scholars is a high school program at American University’s School of International Service, a top-ten school of international affairs based in Washington D.C. Students will broaden their understanding of international relations by enrolling in a 3-credit college class taught by highly regarded American University faculty. The program blends one week of online learning with two weeks of traditional on-campus classes. 
Brown University Summer Pre-College Program Varies (application fee lowest when application received by 3/1/2020) Varies by program Each summer, students from around the world choose Brown University Pre-College Programs to experience the challenge of college-level academics, and prepare for college success. Programs options vary from online and on-campus seminars, to leadership programs, and study tours. 
Camp College– Hosted by the Illinois Association of College Admissions Counseling Application now available No cost Camp College provides rising seniors the unique opportunity to learn about the college search and application process firsthand from college admission professionals and high school counselors. Participants will learn about navigating a college fair, essay writing, identifying college fit/match, financial aid, and many other topics. In addition, students visit multiple colleges/universities and experience living, eating, and playing on a college campus.
University of Chicago- Summer Pre-College Programs Varies by program Varies by program The University of Chicago’s summer pre-college programs draw from the multidisciplinary emphasis and intellectual richness of the College’s Core curriculum. A variety of courses in diverse subject areas and engagement levels are offered for motivated high school students. 
Colorado State University- Black Issues Forum March 27, 2020 No cost; Travel expenses only The purpose of the Black Issues Forum is to provide students an opportunity to demonstrate their written and oral communication skills and to enhance their leadership potential. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with university faculty, staff, and current students as they discuss and evaluate the important issues of today that affect the African American community at the local, state, national, and/or global level. Students finishing their junior year in high school with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in a college prep curriculum are encouraged to apply. Strong applicants demonstrate involvement and leadership roles within school, family, or community activities. 
Cornell University- CATALYST Engineering Academy March 2, 2020 $1,450 (financial aid available) CATALYST Academy is a one-week residential program for rising high school juniors and seniors from underrepresented backgrounds who desire to learn about engineering and careers within an interactive milieu.
DePaul University- Game, Cinema, and Animation Summer Academy  June 1, 2020 $850 The Game, Cinema, and Animation Summer Academy is an intensive week-long program for high school students interested in the film, television, and game industries. Students apply to one of six tracks: film and television production, game development, hand-drawn character animation, 3D modeling and animation, stop-motion animation, or screenwriting. Students must have completed their freshman year of high school by July 1, 2018 to be eligible. Applications for the 2019 Summer Academy will open in February.
DePaul University- College Connect  May 15, 2020 Free College Connect is a FREE summer enrichment program for Chicago high school students. Designed for high school juniors, the program introduces students to college-level coursework while also providing college readiness workshops, career exploration opportunities, and diverse cultural experiences.
Duke University- Summer Session  March 3, 2020 (early application)

April 16, 2020 (final deadline)

Varies by program At Duke Summer College,  intellectual curiosity is a virtue that should be pursued relentlessly.  It is for this reason that each summer we provide high school students with the opportunity to engage more deeply with a subject than ever before. 
Elmhurst College STEM Academy TBD for 2020 $1,000 (scholarships available) The Academy is a remarkable 10-day program for high school students considering careers in mathematics, and the natural and physical sciences. In classes and seminars, students will sharpen their math skills, explore important topics in science, and master a variety of computer programs.
   George Washington University- Camios al Futuro March 1, 2020 No cost Caminos al Futuro is a fully-funded, selective pre-college and residential summer program for rising seniors in U.S. high schools offered by the Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute at the George Washington University, in Washington D.C.During the 3-week intensive program, Caminos scholars examine the social, economic, and political transformations affecting the Hispanic/Latino community. Through lectures by university professors and expert leaders in their fields, scholars not only learn about pressing contemporary issues but also create their own project to bring change in their own communities.
University of Illinois at Chicago- Engineering Experience Camp  Application now open $500 (scholarships available) This summer, Chicago-area students are invited to UIC for a week of hands-on activities and challenges that will introduce them to the vast potential of engineering. Engineering isn’t a subject that grade-school students encounter every day, so UIC Engineering Experience Camp provides an inspiring look at the ways in which engineers can change the world. Students will take part in activities designed by multiple UIC Engineering departments, including bioengineering, civil and materials engineering, mechanical and industrial engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and computer science.
University of Illinois- College of Fine & Applied Arts Summer Programs May 1, 2020 Varies by program (scholarships available) The College of Fine and Applied Arts offers four residential summer programs for high school students. Illinois Summer Youth Music, Discover Architecture, iSTEAM (for students interested in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or Urban and Regional Planning), and FAA Summer Intensive (for students interested in Art and Design, Dance, or Theatre).
University of Illinois- Summer Programs Varies  Varies by program (financial assistance available) The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers a variety of summer expeirences across many different disciplines. Visit the website for detailed information including costs and deadlines.
Indiana State University Summer Honors Program TBD for 2020 $425 Summer Honors is a University program that enables high school students to explore an academic interest, experience campus life—and earn University credit. All one-week seminars will be held on the ISU campus, located in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Indiana University- Pre College Summer Camps Varies by program Varies by program Indiana University-Bloomington offers a wide variety of pre-college summer experiences for students in grades 9-11.
i Iowa Young Writers Studio  February 7, 2020 $2,400 Every summer 144 high school writers from across the country come together to share their work, practice craft, and improve their writing in Iowa City, home of the University of Iowa. Over two weeks, students take core courses in fiction writing, poetry writing, or creative writing with teachers who are students or graduates of the renowned Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
John Carroll University Young Writers Workshop June 1, 2020 $950 (residential program; application submitted by April 1) In the Young Writers Workshop, students grades 8-12 participate in an immersive writing experience in the craft of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Studying with acclaimed professors, students read, engage in writing exercises, workshop their stories and poems, and experience a pre-college environment. They compose new work, which will be published in our annual anthology. The last day of camp features a reception and reading by the Young Writers.
KE Foundation Academic Summer Programs  Varies Varies KE Foundation offers academic summer programs in the US, UK, and Canada, which are designed for high schools students with intellectual curiosity and a passion for learning. Students can take 2 or 3- week courses at universities including Cambridge, Durham, St. Andrews, University of Massachusetts, Santa Clara University, McGill University, Queen’s University, or University of Toronto.
LEAD Summer Business Institute  TBD for 2020 $4,000 (limited number of scholarships available for students with financial need) The SBI program exposes scholars to business principles and the skill sets needed for successful business careers. scholars reside and attend classes on-campus at a select number of the nation’s top business schools for three or four weeks.
Loras College Peace Institute May 1, 2020 $400 (scholarships available) The Peace Institute is a four-day experience from July 22-25 that teaches peace-building skills to high school-aged youth, empowering students with skills that help to build peace with self, community, creation, and with the world. Curriculum highlights include mindfulness practices, nonviolent communication, racial justice, eco-justice, and non-violent third party intervention. We also hear from a variety of religious traditions, including visits to a Mosque and a Temple.
Loyola University Chicago Pre-College Summer Scholars Application now open Varies ($995-$1.495) One-week seminar courses give high school students the opportunity to learn more about different fields of study offered at Loyola and to explore career possibilities through hands-on activities and field trips. Students will learn in a diverse environment while engaging with like-minded individuals. Courses are offered in Business & Leadership, Pre-Health & Wellness, Psychology, and STEM Fields.
Miami University- Summer Scholars Program  Rolling admission begins April 15, 2020 $1,450 (financial aid available for qualified students) The Summer Scholars Program provides a rich, early college experience for academically-talented rising high school juniors and seniors from across the globe. Students will join an engaged community of learners for an intense, two-week program.
University of Missouri- Summer Programs  Varies Varies by program Do you enjoy doing your own scientific research? Do you have an interest in veterinary or human biology? What about getting your hands dirty and helping the planet through environmental sciences? Maybe you fancy yourself an artist, musician or even a five-star chef. At Mizzou, we have camps and academies related to all kinds of fun and fascinating stuff.
University of Notre Dame- Pre-College Programs Varies Varies by the program (scholarships available) Explore a variety of pre-college summer programs including 22 summer scholars seminars, leadership seminars, and even study abroad.
Introduction to Engineering at the University of Notre Dame (IL-ASCE Scholarship) March 15, 2020 Scholarship available The Illinois Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (IL‐ASCE) is seeking applications from minority students interested in participating in a two‐week summer Introduction to Engineering Program at the University of Notre Dame. The program is designed to provide high school students with a broad exposure to the profession of engineering and to motivate those who possess an interest in pursuing a career in this exciting field. During the two‐week program at the University of Notre Dame campus (located near South Bend, Indiana), students will attend lectures and participate in hands‐on laboratory exercises related to the various fields of engineering analysis and design, computer programming, and other special topics. In addition, students will gain the experience of living in a university environment. Application for the scholarship can be found here.
Summer Arts Campus at Northern Illinois University  TBD for 2020 Varies by program NIU offers five residential camps in the fields of theatre, jazz, percussion, and visual art. Campers stay in the newly renovated Gilbert Hall dorms and work with amazing instructors and counselors on NIU’s main campus.
St. Norbert College- Summer Academy of Medicine  First-come; first-served basis (will open 1/1/2020) $800 (limited number of scholarships available) The Medical College of Wisconsin–Green Bay (MCW) and St. Norbert College partner to offer high school juniors and seniors a unique summer experience during the Summer Academy of Medicine. Classes are taught by faculty and students from MCW-Green Bay and St. Norbert College, with a strong emphasis on ethics, collaborative work and leadership. The program is open to students entering their junior or senior year of high school; a limited number of scholarships are available. Participants will be housed in St. Joseph Hall on the St. Norbert campus. Meals, snacks and evening activities will be provided, and parents will be invited to join their student for the closing ceremony and lunch.
Summer Discovery Varies Varies by program Explore pre-college, enrichment, and internship programs at college campuses and in cities across the United States and around the world.
Washington University in St. Louis Varies Varies by program Washington University’s Summer Experiences provide academically talented students the perfect opportunity to challenge themselves in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere. Various options are offered including the High School Scholars Program and High School Institutes.
Wentworth Institute of Technology – SummerFab High School Architecture Program April 15, 2020 $4,000 (limited number of scholarships and need based aid available) Participants in this four week program will work through a three stage process from investigation, to prototyping, and finally fabrication of architectural plans.
Wheaton College Pre-College B.R.I.D.G.E. Program TBD for 2020 Free of charge Building Roads to Intellectual Diversity and Great Education (B.R.I.D.G.E.) is a four-week intensive and residential academic and leadership program that brings together high-achieving, first-generation college-bound, low-income, and African-American and Latino students from the Chicagoland area who are eager to experience the academic rigor of college.
University of Wisconsin- La Crosse Athletic Training Workshop TBD TBD The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is offering its 14th annual UWL Athletic Training Workshop for high school students interested in athletic training. The workshop is designed for students to experience first hand knowledge of the athletic training profession through programming by athletic training students as well as licensed athletic trainers in the UWL Athletic Training program. Students with no experience as well as those with previous athletic training experience are both welcome.

Other Summer Enrichment Programs




ACLU National Advocacy Institute High School Program Application now open The ACLU National Advocacy Institute’s High School Program will bring together a diverse group of high school students (ages 15-18) from across the United States to participate in a week-long, firsthand learning experience for the next generation of social justice advocates. Financial aid is available.
Chicago Eyes on Cancer Summer Research Program January 20, 2020 The Chicago EYES on Cancer program welcomes high school and college students to explore exciting careers in cancer research. Participants work full time for two consecutive summers in the laboratories of established cancer researchers, gaining hands-on experience in areas at the forefront of the field: cancer immunology, pharmacogenomics of anticancer agents, experimental cancer therapeutics, cancer disparities and more. The summer experience also includes career development and skill-building workshops, a cancer-based faculty lecture series, individualized mentoring and a culminating research symposium for family, friends and members of the scientific community. During the school year, participants complete monthly activities exposing them to key facets of the cancer field, from basic scientific concepts to patient care and advocacy. High school participants receive a taxable stipend of $3,100 per year.
Chicago Transit Authority Summer Internship TBD for 2020 This paid internship is an opportunity to work with professionals in fields including Human Resources, Finance, Engineering, Training, and Purchasing. Get behind the scenes experience at the second largest transit agency in the country. Open to juniors and seniors.
Deloit Team Tech Challenge Application opens March 2, 2020 This free* 3-day challenge will take you into the world of professional services to help hone your technical skills, compete with teammates in a tech innovation challenge, and help prepare you for the next step ahead: college. We’ll talk artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, analytics, and more. Winning team members of the Team Tech Challenge will each win a $250 gift card. The program is open to current juniors.
Elmhurst Park District Summer Employment Opportunities TBD for 2020 Elmhurst Park District is hiring high school students for summer employment positions. Apply online at (click on “Jobs” at the top of the page). Positions include Guest Services, Admission Staff, Lifeguard, Swim Instructor, and Hub Concessions.
FermiLab TARGET Internship Program January 31, 2020 The TARGET Program is a highly competitive, paid, six-week summer internship opportunity for Illinois high school sophomores and juniors who have strong interest and demonstrated aptitude for physics, mathematics, computer science and engineering. The program’s design combines both work and hands-on experiential learning. TARGET encourages high school students to undertake college study and pursue careers in STEM disciplines. Increasing the number of minorities (Black, Hispanic/Latino, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Alaska Native/American Indian) and women in science, engineering, and computer science is a program priority.
Girls Who Code Immersion Program Application now available Learn computer science through real-world projects in art and storytelling, robotics, video games, websites, apps and more! Our classrooms are at the leading tech companies in the world including Amazon, Twitter, and AT&T .  Spend 7 weeks connecting with female engineers, designers, and leaders during this free 7-week immersive experience.
Lincoln Park Zoo Internship Program March 15, 2020 The Malott Family Zoo Intern Program provides Chicago high school students the opportunity learn about Lincoln Park Zoo and educate guests about animal and conservation sciences. This is an eight-week paid internship which takes place from late June through mid-August. During the program, interns will learn and apply informal education techniques, develop public speaking skills, interact with zoo guests and create a collaborative project. Interns will also meet with researchers and animal care staff to learn more about potential careers in the animal science field.
Park District of Oak Park Applications for some positions now available

The Park District of Oak Park offers a variety of full-time, part-time and seasonal positions. We are proud to be the largest employer in the area for youth by hiring approximately 200 summer seasonal employees. Park District job opportunities build character, strengthen leadership skills, and create a sense of community pride. Our employees have the opportunity to work outdoors, with people and in a variety of sports and activities. A position with the Park District is a great opportunity to explore your talents and develop leadership skills in a fun team-oriented atmosphere!

ResearcHStart Program January 20, 2020

ResearcHStart welcomes high school students from the Chicago and Urbana-Champaign areas to explore exciting careers in cancer research. Participants work full time in the laboratories of established cancer researchers, gaining hands-on experience in areas at the forefront of the field: cancer immunology, pharmacogenomics of anticancer agents, bioengineering, experimental cancer therapeutics, cancer disparities and more. Rigorous research training is complemented by career development and skill-building workshops, a cancer-based faculty lecture series and a network of faculty and peer mentors dedicated to students’ success. The program culminates in a research symposium for family, friends and members of the scientific community. Participants receive a taxable stipend of $2,500.

Saper Law Immersion Program TBD for 2020

The Saper Law immersion program was founded in 2013 and has evolved into a week-long camp that exposes high school and college students to the legal profession.  The course takes place at Saper Law Offices and is taught by Daliah Saper and other Saper Law attorneys. The curriculum consists of negotiation and writing exercises, field trips to the state and federal courthouse, and mock legal proceedings.

Shedd Aquarium Teen Programs  Varies Test the waters of new interests or take a deeper dive into your passions with one (or more) of our programs, designed to help you explore animals and the aquatic world. Programs vary from one-day experiences to nine-month internships.
UIC Women in Engineering Summer Program March 31, 2020 A free, 4-week program at the University of Illinois at Chicago that offers high school students an unparalleled opportunity to learn more about engineering through hands-on projects and field trips.
USDA AgDiscovery Program  March 20, 2020 AgDiscovery is a summer outreach program designed to help teenagers explore careers in plant and animal science, wildlife management, agribusiness, and much more! The program allows students to live on a college campus and learn about agriculture from university professors, scientists, and administrative professionals who work for the U.S. Government in a variety of fields. This 2- to 4-week summer outreach program targets middle and high school students who are interested in learning more about plants, animals, and agribusiness. Students chosen to participate in AgDiscovery will gain experience through hands-on labs, workshops, and field trips. There is no cost to participate.  Tuition, room and board, lab supplies, meals, and activity fees are provided.
  Last Updated 3/17/20