Programs & Opportunities for High Schoolers

California OPPORTUNITIES

  • The HOBY Youth Leadership mission is to inspire and prepare future young leaders for a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation. HOBY empowers young people to dream big, make an impact, and change the world. - https://www.hoby.org/

  • Project MISS

    • The Mathematics Intensive Summer Session, or MISS, seeks to assist college bound young women to enhance their mathematics skills. The long-term goal of the program is to increase the population of female students who choose careers in natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). -http://www.fullerton.edu/miss/

  • UCLA Health

  • Pomona College Academy for Youth Success (PAYS)

    • The Pomona College Academy for Youth Success (PAYS) enrolls over 90 local high school students and seeks to support them in preparing for admission to selective and highly selective colleges and universities.  PAYS scholars engage in a thought-provoking combination of courses, cultural events, workshops, projects and field trips during the intensive 4-week, residential program as well as throughout the academic year.  PAYS serves rising sophomores through rising seniors from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education—students who are first in their family to attend college; from low income families; and from African American, Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander, and/or part of other underrepresented racial or ethnic groups. - https://www.pomona.edu/administration/draper-center/pays

  • USC Bovard Scholars

  • Bank of America Student Leaders

    • The Student Leaders program connects 225 community-minded high school juniors and seniors to employment, skills development and service. Students are awarded a paid summer internship with local nonprofits such and participate in a national leadership summit in Washington, D.C. The Student Leaders Summit focuses on skill building and creating a more civically engaged society. - http://www.bankofamerica.com/neistudentleaders

  • Annenberg Youth Academy for Media and Civic Engagement

    • The Annenberg Youth Academy for Media and Civic Engagement is a four-week summer intensive academy for 26 talented high school students from the communities surrounding the USC University Park and Health Science Campuses. Students are exposed to the equivalent of first-year college-level courses and develop a rich conceptual understanding and practice of the necessary role that media communications and journalism play in fashioning civic-minded thought leaders and innovators. - https://annenberg.usc.edu/research/idea/annenberg-youth-academy/annenberg-youth-academy-media-and-civic-engagement

  • COSMOS

    • COSMOS is an intensive four-week summer residential program for students who have demonstrated an aptitude for academic and professional careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. Talented and motivated students completing grades 8-12 have the opportunity to work with renowned faculty, researchers and scientists in state-of-the-art facilities, while exploring advanced STEM topics far beyond the courses usually offered in California high schools. Through challenging curricula that are both hands-on and lab intensive, COSMOS fosters its students’ interests, skills, and awareness of educational and career options in STEM fields. - https://cosmos-ucop.ucdavis.edu/app/main

  • California Youth & Government (Y&G)

    • The hands-on programs of California YMCA Youth & Government provide positive opportunities and experiences for youth. Participants strengthen their communities by becoming active and responsible contributors who are inspired to lead, and are empowered to create meaningful change.  Chapters are located throughout the state; explore the website to find the nearest one to you. - https://calymca.org/programs/programs-overview

  • Youth Leadership America (YLA)

    • Youth Leadership America aims to develop youth leaders through collaboration and mentorships with community/business leaders for the collective benefit of the students and their communities. - https://ylamerica.org/what-we-do

  • Expanding Horizons Internship

    • Expanding Horizons Internships (EHI) has provided first-generation, college-bound high school students in the Los Angeles area with an intensive experience of skill development and personal growth that prepares them for college, career, and civic life. The EHI program begins with interactive seminars in the spring and concludes with a paid summer internship at a prestigious law firm, corporation, government agency, or non-profit organization. - http://www.crf-usa.org/youth-internship-program/expanding-horizons-internships.html

  • Kaiser Permanente Summer Youth Employment Program

    • Kaiser Permanente's Summer Youth Employment Program provides underserved or at-risk high school students with supportive and meaningful employment experiences in the healthcare field.  Also known as L.A.U.N.C.H. (Learn About Unlimited New Careers in Healthcare), participants attend educational sessions and motivational workshops that introduce them to the possibilities of pursuing a career in health care.  Many former program participants are now employed at Kaiser Permanente as nurses, department administrators, lab technicians, opticians and engineers. Brochure with more information can be found on website. - https://community.kp.org/about/program/summer-youth-employment-program

  • Kaiser Permanente Hippocrates Circle

    • The Hippocrates Circle program is a Kaiser Permanente community benefit mentoring program designed to influence minority students from underserved communities to pursue a medical career. The Hippocrates Circle puts you in touch with physicians and medical students who can share ideas on how you can attain your goals. You’ll learn what doctors do in everyday practice, tour a hospital, visit a medical school, and learn a lot about how to succeed and achieve your dreams, and learn ways to pay for a medical education. - http://hippocratescircle.kaiserpermanente.org/Web/student/

  • Cedars-Sinai Minors in Research

    • The Minors in Research initiative is a subset of the Research Internship Program and will contribute to bridging the gap between classroom education and real life experiences in an academic environment. The initiative is designed to provide an overview of biomedical research, access to faculty members as mentors, and an opportunity to develop and enhance skills for college and career readiness. - https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Research-Internship-Program/Minors-in-Research.aspx

  • Cedars-Sinai High School Volunteer Program

  • Ignite LA

    • The Ignite LA Student Science Awards is an innovative program that aims to stimulate curiosity and interest in science and technology through participation in a fully-funded, scientific research expedition during the summer.Ignite is seeking applications from Los Angeles County high school students who are:

      • Sophomores and Juniors in high school, 15 or older by June 2019,

      • Creative thinkers and motivated learners,

      • Well-rounded students,

      • Available for 12-14 days in the summer of 2019,

      • Excited to work with a team of students and scientists on a research project in the United States.

    • https://earthwatch.org/education/student-fellowships/ignite

out of state opportunities

  • Cornell CURIE Academy

    • Curie Academy is a one-week residential program for high school girls who excel in math and science. The focus is on rising juniors and seniors who may not have had prior opportunities to explore engineering, but want to learn more about it in an interactive atmosphere. Financial Aid available! - https://sites.coecis.cornell.edu/curieacademy/overview2/

  • Carnegie Mellon Summer Opportunities for Access and Inclusion

  • MITES Program at MIT

    • Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) is a rigorous six-week residential academic enrichment program for rising high school seniors 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. - http://oeop.mit.edu/programs/mites/program-details

  • MIT Women’s Technology Program

    • The MIT Women's Technology Program (WTP) is a rigorous four-week summer academic and residential experience where female high school students explore engineering through hands-on classes, labs, and team-based projects in the summer after 11th grade. - http://wtp.mit.edu/


Programs & Opportunities for College Students and Beyond

  • Transportation Foundation of Los Angeles

    • L.I.F.T. LA stands for Lasting Internships for Tomorrow's Los Angeles; it is a paid internship that is part time 15-29 hours per week school schedule flexible. These internships are year round (as opposed to a summer internship) and take place in a municipal setting in Downtown Los Angeles. This program will recruit, train, and provide students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with live projects in broad fields so that they will be ready to succeed in tomorrow's job market. - http://www.tfla.us/open-positions.html

  • UCLA Health

  • Emma Bowen Foundation

    • The Emma Bowen Foundation recruits promising students of color and place them in multi-year paid internships at some of the nation's leading media, PR and technology companies, provide the media and tech industries with a pipeline of young talent and emerging leadership, and advocate for best practices in diverse hiring, retention and advancement. - https://www.emmabowenfoundation.com/

  • LA Metro Internship Program

    • The Metro Internship Program (MIP) is part of Metro’s “Career Ladder Program” initiative. The program offers undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students an opportunity to gain relevant work experience and job skills through a paid internship. The program enables students to learn about the transportation industry by applying classroom theories and concepts to “real world” work situations at the nation’s third largest public transportation agency. - https://www.metro.net/about/talent-management/internship-opportunities/

  • Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internships

    • The internships are intended for outstanding students who are members of groups underrepresented in careers related to museums and the visual arts. Students gain experience in key areas such as curatorship, conservation, education, publications, and related programmatic activities. Candidates are sought from all areas of undergraduate study and are not required to have demonstrated a previous commitment to the visual arts. - http://www.getty.edu/foundation/initiatives/current/mui/mui_students.html

  • Los Angeles County Arts Internship Program

  • Cedars-Sinai Research Internship Program

    • Cedars-Sinai and its faculty are committed to providing academic and educational opportunities for individuals with an interest in science and research. The Research Internship Program facilitates these experiences as structured and mentored opportunities that support learning in basic, translational and/or clinical research. - https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Research-Internship-Program/

  • Cedars-Sinai Biomedical Education Pipeline Initiative