Summer Opportunities

Summer Internships:
This is a website that lists student internships offered by the federal government.  Some are paid, and some are unpaid, and they range from internships doing IT for the US Supreme Court to doing historic preservation at the Dept. of Agriculture, to working at the US Patent Office.  Although these might not apply to our IB students currently, it is a useful website to keep in mind for summers during college.

This website provides a general listing of internships around the United States, but you can narrow the search by zip code.  Right now, it lists internships at Lowry Park Zoo, Home Shopping Network, Raymond James, and others, but it appears that most of the internships are only offered to college students.  It is still a useful website to have as a backup as our children get older.

Summer Pre-College Academic Programs:
This is a website that links to the hundreds of pre-college (academic) programs for high school students held on college campuses across the USA and beyond.  Although this website looks like it is asking you to share information about yourself, you can skip over that part to peruse their links.

This is the website for the summer pre-college program at USF.  There are 9 programs for high school students, some are residential and some are 2-day workshops.  There are scholarships, and the prices range from $595 and up.

Math-oriented summer camps are listed at this comprehensive website.

This is an article that lists a variety of programs that offer financial aid to their students.

This is a link to a blog written by someone I have never heard of, but the list of links to free or low-cost programs looks fabulous and might be worth perusing.

Summer Travel/Volunteer Programs:
There are many programs that will expose your student to cultures and experiences that they would never have access to in Florida.  This listing is NOT an endorsement of any of these programs.  I found these programs through searching through websites and hearing from people who have children who have attended some of them:

Rustic Pathways

Global Leadership Adventures

Walking Tree Travel Summer Program

This website lists a large variety of programs (some are for the summer, and some are for a full year) that can enrich students’ lives.  Although it is labeled “Gap Year”, it lists a lot more than just “gap year” programs.

Language Immersion Programs:
This is the website for EF Tours, an organization that is highly regarded and used by Girl Scouts and lots of schools to organize academically oriented travel for students.  They have a variety of language immersion programs, service learning programs, and others.

This is a website for a 4-week long language immersion program that is held in 5 different locations: Spain, China, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and California.

This is a program that looks like they do mostly Spanish immersion programs in Peru, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and other places, along with a lot of other types of summer programs (adventure, scuba diving, etc.)