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11 Prestigious Summer Programs to Apply to this Winter! 2023 Summer Programs

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As a chill gathers in the air and families begin their holiday preparations, summer plans are the last thing on many students’ minds. However, applications to the most prestigious and competitive summer programs are due within the coming weeks.

Applying to and attending a prestigious summer program is a great way to strengthen a student’s resume and college application. Colleges and universities want to know how students spend their free time over the summer, and participation in a rigorous program will effectively demonstrate that they have further pursued their passions, academic interests, or developed their leadership skills outside of school.

Most importantly, admission to a competitive program indicates to colleges and universities that a student is a competitive applicant who can rise to the demands of professional work or challenging collegiate-level coursework. These qualifications will translate on their college applications.

Merit-based programs are competitive, and have thorough application processes requiring students to submit letters of recommendations and essays. For example, the Summer Science Program only accepts 10% of applicants, so if you intend to enroll in a merit-based program, you will likely need to apply to more than one to increase your chances of acceptance. Given the extensive application process and competitive applicant pool, being strategic and planning ahead is essential. If students choose to pursue a competitive summer program, it is important that they compile application materials well in advance of the fall and winter deadlines.

For these eleven prestigious, merit-based programs, deadlines are quickly approaching—take a look and apply now before it’s too late!

Bank of America Student Leaders

in-person

Ideal for: Students interested in community service who want to gain practical work and life experience through a paid internship with local nonprofit organizations.

E

Eligibility

Current 11th-12th graders

E

Application Deadline

Jan 13th, 2023

E

Topic

Paid Internship Program with Local Nonprofit Organizations

E

Session Dates

8 weeks plus a week-long Student Leadership Summit in Washington, DC (July 17 – 24, 2023)

Yale Young Global Scholars

in-person

Ideal for: Students interested in gaining leadership skills and collaborating with a globally diverse group. The program offers a wide range of topics, so make sure to choose carefully.

E

Eligibility

Current 10th-11th graders (Only first-time applicants)

E

Application Deadline

Regular Decision – Jan 10, 2023

E

Session Dates

Session I (June 18 – June 30)
Session II (July 2 – July 14)
Session III (July 16 – July 28)

Notre Dame Leadership Seminar

in-person

Ideal for: High school juniors who have demonstrated leadership initiative and wish to continue developing their leadership skills in the realms of finance, climate policy and activism, or international diplomacy.

E

Eligibility

Current 11th graders

E

Application Deadline

January 23, 2023

E

Session Dates

July 22 – August 2, 2023

The Summer Science Program (SSP)

in-person

Ideal for: Students who have completed rigorous coursework in math and science (depending on the particular track, prerequisite coursework in calculus, physics, and chemistry may be required) and who are interested in an immersive and experimental science program with tracks in astrophysics, biochemistry, and genomics.

E

Eligibility

Current 10th-11th graders with coursework prerequisites

E

Application Deadline

International applicants:
February 3, 2023

U.S. citizens and permanent residents:
March 3, 2023

E

Topics

Astrophysics, Biochemistry, or Genomics Research

E

Session Dates

Mid-June to end of July 2023

UMich Ross School of Business Summer Business Academy

in-person

Ideal for: Students wanting to experience the life of a student at Michigan Ross and explore business “from the inside out.”

E

Eligibility

Current 11th graders with 3.0+ GPA

E

Application Deadline

January 6, 2023

E

Topics

Business

E

Session Dates

June 18th-30th, 2023

Telluride Association Summer Seminar (TASS)

in-person

Ideal for: Students with critical thinking skills and desire to create community impact by studying topics in social structures, politics, cultures, and literature.

E

Eligibility

Current 10th-11th graders

E

Application Deadline

Nominations due December 1st, 2022. You may nominate yourself or students you know to receive an application.
Applications due Jan 4th, 2023

E

Topics

Critical Black Studies and Anti-Oppressive Studies

E

Session Dates

June 25th-August 5th, 2023

MIT THINK

remote

Ideal for: Students who have conducted extensive research—whether independently or through a class or school project—in a STEM-related topic and would benefit from structure and guidance to launch their ideas.

E

Eligibility

Current 9th-12th graders

E

Application Deadline

January 1st, 2023

E

Topics

STEM projects

E

Session Dates

February – June

Summer Science Research Program (SSRP)

in-person

Ideal for: High school juniors and seniors who are interested in exploring a topic in the field of biomedical research within the context of the Rockefeller laboratory and community of mentors.

E

Eligibility

Current 10th-11th graders

E

Application Deadline

January 6th, 2023

E

Topics

Biomedical research

E

Session Dates

June 26th–August 10th, 2023

Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program

in-person

Ideal for: Students with demonstrated interest in the biological sciences and medicine, as well as a strong interest in understanding of scientific research methods with Stanford faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students and researchers.

E

Eligibility

Current juniors and seniors can apply
Preference will be given to local Bay Area residents

E

Application Deadline

December 15, 2022 – February 25, 2023

E

Topics

Medical research

E

Session Dates

June 12- August 3, 2023

UPenn Leadership in the Business World

in-person

Ideal for: Rising seniors who plan to major in business or related fields, with a desire to gain leadership, teamwork, and communication skills.

E

Eligibility

Current 11th graders with 3.5+ GPA

E

Application Deadline

Priority deadline: January 25, 2023
Final deadline: April 5, 2023

E

Topics

Business

E

Session Dates

Jun 4th – Jun 24th, 2023
Jun 25th – Jul 15th, 2023
Jul 16th – Aug 5th, 2023

The Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference

in-person

Ideal for: Students interested in developing their creative writing skills through workshops, courses, and a community of peers and mentors who share their interests.

E

Eligibility

Current 9th-11th graders

E

Application Deadline

Rolling, review begins in February 2023

E

Topics

Creative writing

E

Session Dates

TBA

Programs listed above are for summer 2023.