High School Students

Summer Programs at George Mason

Youth Leadership Conferences

Mason is excited to partner with the following student leadership conferences to offer outstanding high school and university scholars the opportunity to participate in the following experiences for elective college credit.

  • Envision Career & Leadership Programs
  • Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Program (HOBY)
  • Washington Journalism and Media Conference
  • Washington Youth Summit on the Environment

These programs have been approved by our faculty, and students who qualify can receive college credit for “Special Topics in Leadership.” Scholars enrolled in 4- to 8-day programs earn one (1) college credit, while programs that run 9 days or longer are eligible for two (2) college credits. This is elective Mason credit and generally transfers to other four-year colleges and universities, but we recommend that students and parents check with the college/university they are applying to or attending if they are interested in how the credit would apply.

General Information

How are students selected?

Students are selected to represent their school and state through our academic partnerships. Nominations may be made by high school educators or students are identified by George Mason University through information we receive about students interests and/or academic ability through college entrance exams, or through data from NRCCUA (National Research Center for College and University Administrators), which conduct high school interest/career surveys. Educators are invited to fill out a nomination form for any of our student leadership opportunities and students will be contacted to confirm their nomination.

How are students evaluated?

The course, Special Topics in Leadership is a “Pass/Fail” course and students are evaluated based on their experiential learning opportunities throughout the week. Conference faculty will monitor their active participation in simulations, contributions to discussions and demonstration of leadership and critical thinking skills in group and individual settings. Students will receive feedback on their progress throughout the conference.

How do I enroll in Mason college credit?

Scholars must “opt in” and apply for the elective credit by contacting the conference Office of Admissions and completing the online enrollment application, as well as answering the required questions on the Student Information Form. This must be done no later than the end of the second day of the program session. Students enrolling for credit must be capable of doing college-level work and have completed the 9th grade at the time of the program. Students are asked to provide a self-reported GPA and complete the required questions and student leadership essay prior to conference participation. Tuition is $100.00 for one (1) credit and $200.00 for two (2) credits. Payment will be made to the specific conference. Students who do not meet the requirements for college credit will be refunded the credit tuition amount


Girls Who Code Summer Program

Apply Now!

The Summer Immersion Program is a FREE 7-week summer program for 10th-11th grade girls to learn computer science, get exposure to tech jobs and join a supportive sisterhood of thousands of girls across the US!

It is an introductory computer science course and no previous experience is required. We welcome all eligible applicants who have an interest in technology and a willingness to learn!

This application consists of one short answer question. Girls Who Code does not ask for your grades or any recommendations.

Application Locations & Dates:

**In order to participate in a Summer Immersion Program, you must be able to commit to attending the entire 7-week program. Our attendance policy allows for two absences.**

  • Atlanta, GA: June 5-July 21, 2017
  • Austin, TX: June 12-July 28, 2017
  • Boston, MA: July 10-August 25, 2017
  • Chicago, IL: June 26-August 11, 2017
  • Los Angeles, CA: June 19-August 4, 2017
  • Miami, FL: June 19-August 4, 2017
  • Newark, NJ: July 5-August 18, 2017
  • New York City, NY: July 5-August 18, 2017; July 10-August 25, 2017;
  • San Francisco Bay Area, CA: June 12-July 28, 2017; June 12-August 4, 2017; June 19-August 4, 2017; June 19-August 11, 2017, June 26th – August 11th
  • Seattle, WA: July 5-August 18, 2017; July 10-August 25, 2017
  • Stamford, CT: July 5-August 18, 2017
  • Washington DC: June 26-August 11, 2017

Watch these step-by-step videos for help completing your application:


Cobb Youth Leadership

Cobb Youth Leadership

The Leadership Cobb Alumni Association (LCAA) sponsors Cobb Youth Leadership (CYL), a leadership program for rising high school juniors that focuses on developing leadership skills through interactive participation. This program was created in 1989 to provide students a unique opportunity to learn about their community as well as meet and interact with students from other high schools.

Students attending public or private high schools or home-school students in Cobb County must complete and submit applications for CYL in the spring of their sophomore year. Applications are reviewed by the CYL Steering Committee and approximately 50 students are chosen for the class. Students participate in the program during their junior year of high school.

Applications Open!

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017-2018 class! Click here to complete the online form.

All applications must be submitted by Friday, April 14, 2017.

For more information about CYL, contact Katie Guice at 770-859-2334 or kguice@cobbchamber.org.

Frequently Asked Questions About CYL

What are some of the activities of CYL?

Through approximately five evening programs during the course of the school year participants in the CYL program are introduced to local, state and national leaders. They also receive information on the responsibility, ethics and tools for effective leadership. The monthly programs run from August through April. Students also participate in two retreats where they focus on team building, personality inventories and additional leadership topics such as cultural diversity and community service.

When does CYL meet?

An orientation takes place in August along with a Fall Retreat in September. Following the retreat, evening programs are held monthly September through March. The year concludes with a spring retreat held in late March/early April.

What costs are associated with being a part of CYL?

Current tuition for selected students is $650.

Who is in charge of CYL?

CYL is governed by a steering committee comprised of Leadership Cobb Alumni and high school seniors as recent graduates of CYL.

How does someone learn more about CYL?

Contact the Leadership Cobb Alumni Association through the Cobb Chamber, or contact Katie Guice at 770-859-2334 or kguice@cobbchamber.org.

How can someone provide assistance to CYL?

By serving on the CYL Steering Committee, providing financial assistance to a candidate who is unable to pay the tuition or by sponsoring a program for CYL


Cobb Youth Leadership Class of 2016 has had an outstanding year so far! The last seven months have been full of new friendships and opportunities to grow leadership skills. Listed below are some highlights from the program days and evenings.

  • Orientation – Located at Six Flags Over Georgia, the new class gathered together to meet for the first time, ride the roller coasters and kick the year off! They even dodged a few downpours in between rides.
  • Fall Retreat – The class went up to WinShape Wilderness for a weekend of team building on a ropes course, a massive kickball game, s’mores and bonding. They ended the retreat hearing from the ADDO Institute.
  • Myers Briggs Evening – Linda Beggs spent the evening reviewing the class’ personality test results, challenging them to celebrate their introverted or extroverted selves and seek to understand others better. They walked aware with a greater awareness of how they interact with their classmates and peers.
  • Public Safety Evening – The class braved the colder weather and got a small taste of what kind of training it takes to be in public safety. From simulations to K-9 demonstrations, the students really enjoyed this interactive night.
  • Media and Communications Evening – On this night, the students met at Chattahoochee Technical College and heard from communication experts. They learned the importance of a good introduction, the impact of their social media footprint and how to communicate effectively.
  • Government and Military Evening – Located at Dobbin Air Reserve Base, the class heard from our leaders at the base and Representative Bert Reeves – a CYL and LC grad and past CYL Chair. They toured the Security Forces Squadron and even got to try on some of their gear!
  • Community Service Evening – The class heard from two speakers in our community who are plugged into the needs of our county. They brought items to make toiletry bags to donate to these organizations. The class packed over 1,000 bags to give away. Amazing!
  • International Evening – Dressed representing their family heritage, the students learned some salsa dancing steps and heard from the Executive Director of Go Eat Give, Sucheta Rawal.
  • Health and Sports Evening – The class had the privilege of hearing from former UGA football star Rennie Curan, Braves representative Kelvin Scott and Sports Medicine expert Rob Riesing. They concluded the night with some football warm ups led by Rennie.
  • Spring Retreat – Held at Stone Mountain Park, the class gathered together one last time to conclude their year with some team building games and time spent together around the park. It was a wonderful weekend spent with new friends!


Emma L. Bowen Foundation Internships

The Emma Bowen Foundation Application

Thank you for your interest in the Emma Bowen Foundation Fellowship Program. The Emma Bowen Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is building a more diverse media and tech industry by recruiting promising students of color like you and placing them in multi-year paid internships at some of the nation’s leading companies.

We believe that diversity is important in all areas of the media industry and offer Fellowships that prepare students for careers in the Business of Media,Content of Media, and Innovation of Media. Whether you’re interested in being a producer, a journalist, a web developer, an engineer, a business executive, a PR agent, or in any other career in the media or tech industry, the Emma Bowen Fellowship is here to help you get your start.

If selected, you will have the opportunity to develop valuable skills and network with industry professionals each summer during college. Not only will you earn a salary, but you will have the opportunity to get additional money to pay for college expenses.


You are welcome to apply for an Emma Bowen Fellowship if you:

  • Are a student of color (African-American, Asian-American, Latino, or Native American)
  • Are a graduating high school senior OR college student
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0
  • Are interested in pursuing a career in the media industry
  • Plan to attend or are currently a student at a four-year accredited college or university
  • Are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Speak and write English fluently

Don’t meet these guidelines? We still welcome you to become part of the Emma Bowen Foundation family. Click here to sign up for our mailing list and get access to webinars and training that will give you a look at what it means to have a career in the media industry.


We recruit for positions across the country – while the majority of our Fellows are placed in major markets like New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami, and the San Francisco Bay Area, we have openings in cities nationwide. The attached chart shows where we placed Fellows in Summer 2016.


Applications to the Emma Bowen Foundation Fellowship are accepted on a rolling basis. The application has a few key components:

  • The EBF Online Application for Summer 2017 (link below)
  • A Short-Answer Essay of 250-500 words: Why is it important to diversify the media and tech industries?
  • Your Resume
  • Recommendation form from 1 reference


Early Action Deadline – November 6, 2016: All applications received by this date are guaranteed a first-round interview by our staff. Meeting this deadline gives you the best chance of getting a placement in our program.

Priority Deadline  – December 31, 2016: Many of our partner companies begin interviewing candidates in late 2016 and early 2017. Meeting this deadline gives you access to a wide range of fellowship placements. The majority of our placements for the summer of 2017 will apply before the priority deadline.

Recommended Summer 2017 Application Date – March 15, 2017: While we accept applications and make placements year-round, we strongly recommend that you apply by this date in order to be considered for a Summer 2017 internship.


Please take the time to fill out the application carefully and completely.

Make sure that your resume is free of typos and includes all of your work, volunteer, and academic experience. This is the first impression you will make with a potential employer. Show us what makes you unique!

Get your application in as soon as possible to give yourself the best opportunity to be placed in the fellowship.

Still have questions? Check out answers to our Frequently Asked Questions.



Promising candidates will be contacted for a first-round interview with Emma Bowen Foundation staff. Note: All applicants who meet the Early Action deadline and meet our basic qualifications will receive a first-round interview. Finalists will be then invited for interviews with our corporate partners, who will make the final selections.

If you are selected for the fellowship program, you will begin working in May or June. As an employee, we will expect you to be a conscientious, dependable team player. You will be expected to work at your sponsoring company every summer for a minimum of eight consecutive weeks (40-hour workweek) until graduation from college. You will also be expected to participate in all Foundation activities for which you are eligible including our summer conference and the Link Mentoring Initiative. As a student, you will be required to maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average during college to remain in the program.

We appreciate your interest and thank you for taking the time to complete the application. If you are selected, we can promise that a whole new world will be open to you. The Emma L. Bowen Foundation will provide the opportunity — you provide the talent.



Summer Program Opportunities

CDC Disease Detective Camp (DDC)

Applications for the 2017 CDC Museum Disease Detective Camp are now open. Please click here to read the Camp FAQ. There you will find the application download. The CDC Disease Detective Camp is an educational program started by CDC′s David J. Sencer CDC Museum in 2005 as a mechanism for developing a public health camp curriculum for state and county health departments. The camp is open to upcoming high school juniors and seniors and is held at CDC’s headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.


High School Scientific Training and Enrichment Program (HiSTEP)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Intramural Training & Education and Office of Scientific Workforce Diversity announce the new High School Scientific Training and Enrichment Program (HiSTEP). The goal of HiSTEP is to expand the pipeline of students interested in biomedical and healthcare careers by expanding opportunities for high school students from schools with a large population of financially-disadvantaged students. We encourage current high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in STEM-M (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medically-related) fields to apply.

HiSTEP students will take part in a 5-week, full-time summer internship. The internship will be located on the main NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. HiSTEP students will explore the breadth of the scientific enterprise, the importance of biomedical research, and many STEM-M careers. They will complete workshops, lectures, and hands-on activities. Students will receive Transhare benefits to cover the cost of public transportation and a stipend of $2150 for the 5-week internship. Please visit the program’s website for more information and application:  https://www.training.nih.gov/histep.

Diversity in Vision Research and Ophthalmology (DIVRO) summer internship program.

The National Eye Institute (NEI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), is seeking exceptional candidates for its Diversity in Vision Research and Ophthalmology (DIVRO) summer internship program. The mission of the NEI is to conduct and support research that helps prevent and treat eye diseases and other visual disorders. Because we believe that a diverse group of scientists plays a crucial role in accomplishing this mission, NEI seeks to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in vision research by promoting career development opportunities for science students interested in pursuing a career in research or medicine.

The DIVRO program offers each participant the opportunity to work closely with leading research scientists in the Division of Intramural Research and provides students with hands-on training in a research environment that will prepare them to continue their studies and advance their careers in basic and clinical research.

The program supports students age sixteen and over who are enrolled at least half-time in high school or in an accredited U.S. college or university and have completed course work relevant to biomedical, behavioral, or statistical research. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and should have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) or science course GPA of 3.2 or better. Interns typically work 8-12 weeks at the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD or at the Twinbrook facility at Fishers Lane in Rockville, MD. Internships may begin between mid-May and the beginning of July. Stipend is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Interested candidates must apply through the NIH Summer Internship Program at www.training.nih.gov/programs/sip and indicate the following information:

  • For Question #9 of the on-line application, Preferred Institute/Center (IC): National Eye Institute (NEI)
  • In your Cover Letter, please indicate your interest in the DIVRO program.

The National Science Foundation’s Historically Black Colleges and University Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) seeks to enhance the quality of undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at Historically Black Colleges and Universities as a means to broaden participation in the Nation’s STEM workforce. The program provides support for the implementation of comprehensive institutional strategies to strengthen STEM teaching and learning in ways that improve access to and retention of underrepresented groups in STEM disciplines.

The Summer Enrichment Institute is designed to provide students with a structured environment customized to enhance their academic performance in STEM courses and to expose them to the various STEM Careers. High school students participate in a variety of fun-filled, exciting and challenging activities that focus primarily on academic development, career development, and mentoring.

Activities are conducted using interactive group discussions, games, cooperative learning strategies, computer labs, invited guest speakers, field experiences, role playing, and hands-on approaches to help students apply a given strategy or concept.

SEI Enrollment Requirements: Underrepresented Minority (African American, Hispanic, Native American, female, etc…) Rising sophomore, junior or senior in high school with at least a 3.0 GPA Commitment to completing SEI.

This program has 9 participating institutions:

  • Clark Atlanta University (Lead)
  • Lawson State Community College (Lead)
  • Atlanta Metropolitan College
  • Georgia State University
  • J.F. Drake State Technical College
  • Morehouse College
  • Paine College
  • Spelman College
  • University of West Georgia

Please visit the program’s website for additional information and application: http://www.cadgraph.ehost.com/.

The AgDiscovery Summer Program is an outreach program to help students learn about careers in agriculture and related sciences, including animal science, veterinary  medicine, agribusiness and plant pathology. This 2-3 week program allows participants to live on a college campus and learn about Agricultural science from university professors, practicing veterinarians and professionals working for the U.S. Government. Students chosen to participate in AgDiscovery will gain experience through hands-on labs, workshops, field trips and other group and team building activities. Please visit the program’s website for additional information and application: http://www.tuskegee.edu/agritrek/agdiscovery_overview.aspx.

The Tuskegee University AgriTREK and SciTREK Summer Institutes are residential two -week summer outreach experiences in agricultural and related sciences, including engineering, biology, chemistry and more, that allow high school students the opportunity to gain valuable educational and career information through leadership training and experiential learning. Please visit the program’s website for additional information and application: http://www.tuskegee.edu/agritrek/agritrekscitrek_overview.aspx.

Application Requirements

  • Individuals can access the applications for AgriTREK/SciTREK and AgDiscovery below.
  • ALL applications (must be complete and signed) and supplemental documents should be received by the deadline. Selectees will be notified on or before April 30 if selected.
  • The programs will be held June 4-17, 2017.

    ***Please check back for application availability in early December for the summer 2017 program*** (http://www.tuskegee.edu/agritrek/how_to_apply.aspx)

Channeling Atmospheric Research into Educational Experiences Reaching Students (CAREERS) is a national program. CAREERS consist of a network of summer science camps with a primary focus on Atmospheric/Weather and Climate Sciences for high school (HS) students.

The weather camp is supported by funds from the NOAA Educational Partnership Program for Minority Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI) through the NOAA Center for Atmospheric Sciences (NCAS) at Howard University. NCAS CAREERS Weather Camps are free of charge.

Participating Institution(s):

  • Howard University (Lead)
  • Jackson State University
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Universidad de Puerto Rico, Mayagüez
  • University of Texas, El Paso

Please visit the program’s website for additional information and application: http://ncas.howard.edu/outreach-programs/weather-camp/.

Auburn University hosts over 100 summer programs designed to educate and inspire youth in a variety of academic, athletic, and extracurricular endeavors. Participants have the opportunity to further their education and skills while making new friends and experiencing life at Auburn University!

Participants will meet students from across the country while experiencing life at Auburn first-hand. The program has hosted over 630 students from 30 states, the Caribbean, and Europe.

Camp tuition fees are all inclusive and cover all instruction, housing, meals, transportation fees, recreational activities, as well as a camp t-shirt and photo.

Some of the Academic Enrichment Camps at AU are:

  • AU Brain Camp
  • Aviation Camp
  • Computer Science For All Girls (CS4ALL-G) Camp
  • COSAM Robotics Academy
  • COSAM Science Matters
  • COSAM Summer Science Institute
  • Cyber Security Engineering Camp
  • Dance Intensive
  • Engineering: Alabama Power Academic Excellence Program (for incoming freshmen)
  • Engineering: SR TIGERS Engineering Camp
  • Engineering: Women in Engineering Camp
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture Camp
  • Food Science Camp
  • Forestry Camp
  • Jr. Sports Science Camp
  • Musical Theatre Camp
  • Robotics and Game Development
  • Veterinary Camps: JR and SR

Please visit the program’s website for more detailed information and application: http://www.auburn.edu/outreach/opce/auburnyouthprograms/

The Institute on Neuroscience (ION/Teach) is an eight-week summer program, sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and hosted by Georgia State University, Emory University, and the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. The program is seeking high school students who excel in science, as well as for middle and high school teachers.

The program will kick off with a Saturday workshop in May (date to be determined). Then during a 1-week introductory curriculum, ION Scholars (both students and teachers) learn about neuroscience through hands-on activities, discussions and readings directed by faculty members, post-doctoral researchers and undergraduate and graduate students. Scholars may also visit research facilities to learn about various techniques, such as positron emission tomography (PET) scanning or electron microscopy. Special workshops throughout the summer focus on scientific communication, science and society, scientific ethics and special topics in neuroscience. Teachers will devote Friday mornings to lesson plan development, while students focus on scientific writing.

Please visit the program’s website for more detailed information and application: http://www.cbn-atl.org/education/ion.shtml.

SIG – Summer Institutes for the Gifted

About SIG

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Summer Institute for the Gifted is to provide the highest quality educational and social opportunities for academically gifted and talented students through programs designed to meet their abilities and needs.

Watch the SIG video

“The SIG program and curriculum provide great opportunities for students to explore new interest areas, strengthen current passions and skills, and interact with other kids who love learning. Such programs are critical in helping students increase their ability to think independently, discover their academic motivations, and make personal contributions to new thought and action in their current and future lives. SIG’s goal of enriching the lives of students through building a community of learners in a compacted three-week session is consistent with our goals for such students and we support the program with great enthusiasm.”
Joseph S. Renzulli, Ed.D. Director, The Neag Center For Creativity, Gifted Education, and Talent Development 2


Space Camp

Camp Kennedy Space Center and Space Camp

Q. Where can I get an address for Camp Kennedy Space Center or U.S. Space Camp?
Q. Is there an Adult Astronaut Camp?
Q. Can you give me some information about the camp at Kennedy Space Center?
Q. What other programs are available at Kennedy Space Center for young people?

Q. Where can I get an address for Space Camp?
A. Here at Kennedy Space Center we offer spring and summer camps called Camp Kennedy Space Center. You can write to them at the address below or visit the website.

Camp KSC
c/o DNC Parks and Resorts at KSC, Inc.
Mail Code: DNPS
Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899
Camp Kennedy Space Center

Space Camp, Space Academy, Space Camp Robotics and Aviation Challenge are weeklong, overnight programs offered January through November at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. For more information on the programs for children, families, adults and educators, visit www.spacecamp.com or contact:

U.S. Space & Rocket Center
One Tranquility Base
Huntsville, AL 35807
1 800-63-SPACE (1-800-637-7223) or 256-837-3400

Q. Is there an Adult Astronaut Camp?
A. DNC Parks and Resorts at Kennedy Space Center, the contractor who runs the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, has started a program called “Astronaut Training Experience,” which is a one-day extensive “astronaut training” program for teens over 14 years old and adults. For more information, please click on the link below.
Astronaut Training Experience

Q. Can you give me some information about Camp Kennedy Space Center?
A. Camp Kennedy Space Center is a weeklong summer day camp. Camp sessions are available for students entering second through eleventh grade and run from June through August. Camp KSC includes motion-based space simulations, team-building space exploration activities, and question-and-answer sessions with actual astronauts. The activities are led by specially trained, certified teachers and educators.

The program also includes a full week of space activities, transportation to exciting Kennedy Space Center locations, a complimentary T-shirt, hot lunches and snacks, various take-home materials and handouts, and a graduation ceremony and certificate. Email questions to:kscinfo@dncinc.com, or call (321) 449-4400.

For general information about Camp Kennedy, click on the link below.
Camp Kennedy Space Center

Q.What other programs are available at Kennedy Space Center for young people?
A. There are many exciting and educational kid-friendly programs to enjoy at Kennedy. Click on the link below for further information.
Kennedy Youth and Education Programs


Yale Young Global Scholars-Beijing

Program Dates: February
The Yale Young Global Scholars-Beijing Program (YYGS-Beijing) is an immersive 9-day pre-collegiate experience designed to cultivate the next generation of Chinese leaders and China scholars. Our original academic enrichment and skills-based curriculum has been designed for outstanding high school students from China and around the world to encourage their drive, energy, vision, and potential to make a meaningful impact as young leaders.
Through a highly competitive application process, up to 80 talented high school students will have the opportunity to learn from distinguished faculty, practitioners, Yale students, and Yale alumni, all while experiencing state-of-the-art facilities at the Yale Center Beijing. Each new cohort of Yale Young Global Scholars will join a global network of the world’s most talented young leaders, helping to build stronger links between China and a rapidly changing world.

Learn more about the program overview.

Learn more about eligibility requirements.
Learn more about tuition and scholarships.


Summer and Pre-College Programs (CollegeXpress)

Want to preview your dream school and improve your admission credentials this summer? Check out these summer programs for high school students at some of the country’s most selective colleges and universities. Because you can only binge watch so much Netflix in one summer.