Summer Enrichment Opportunities

On this page students will find information about summer enrichment opportunities which have been sent to Westwood. Most of these opportunities have a fee, but some may be free. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Browning in the D1127. 

Looking for a job? This website is a great resource to help explore jobs out there available to teenagers.It's focused specifically on helping teenagers find jobs and it's 100% free to use for the students. It has very useful information including work permit requirements, labor laws, jobs for teens by city/state, job ideas, jobs by age, and more.

The Texas Internship Challenge is a program from the Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Education Agency, and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, as part of the Tri-Agency Initiative, challenging industry and employer partners to offer more paid internships for Texas high school, college, and graduate school students. The Texas Internship Challenge addresses a workforce need which we hear frequently from employers: students need to acquire workplace readiness skills to be more competitive for the full-time job search.

Internships provide students the opportunity to explore in-demand occupations, gain professional experience, and make connections with professionals which can lead to a reference or a job. Internships provide employers the opportunity to explore talent, benefit from different and developing skill sets, train candidates for full-time positions, and, by searching for candidates statewide, diversify their talent pool. Launched in 2017, is designed to meet accessibility guidelines, offers veterans’ preference hiring, and supports technical as well as non-technical positions.

Cambridge Immerse is a unique two week residential educational experience with a diverse and enriching curriculum. Participants are taught by highly regarded tutors who are current or previous members of Oxford University or Cambridge University, and have tutored undergraduate students.

Cambridge Immerse fosters an optimal learning environment that stimulates academic enquiry and instils a passion for learning. Participants learn in small classes, with supplementary workshops and outstanding tutorials in the subject of their choice. Click here for more information and the application.
UT Austin-
Summer programs in the following areas: Business & Communication, Computer Science & Programming, Engineering, Fashion, Law & Criminal Justice, Medicine, Sports Medicine, Psychology, and Sports & are available(516-621-3939)

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies produces an array of programs for academically talented young students everywhere. Our programs are available online and in-person, during the summer and year-round, and feature broad exploration or intense study in a single subject.

University of Southern California Summer Programs- visit for more information. Programs available in Architecture, Business, Engineering & Informational Technology, Global Studies, journalism, Pre-Health & Science, Pre-Law, Performing Arts, Summer Theater Conservatory, and Creative Writing

NYU 's TISCH School of the Arts Summer Programs- Dance, Drama, Dramatic Writing, Filmmaking, Game Design, Photography & Imaging, Production & Design, and Recorded Music. Click here for more Information NASA Summer Program:

UPENN Summer Engineering Academy. Classes in Biotechnology, Computer Graphics, Computer Science, Computer Networks, Nanotechnology and Robotics. Click here for more info.

The High School Aerospace Scholars application is now open at:
High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) is a NASA unique opportunity for juniors who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) at no cost to participants.
Selected students will participate in an interactive, online course during the school year that culminates in an all-expense-paid trip to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in the summer. During the online course, students will investigate space exploration challenges by creating technical drawings, solving math problems, and participating in discussion forums with NASA engineers and scientists. Texas certified teachers guide students through the online curriculum and grade their work. After a competitive review of online material completed and submitted, selected students are invited to Johnson Space Center. Throughout this six day trip, participants will work with NASA mentors to complete engineering design challenges and plan a mission to Mars. Students will be briefed on the past, present, and future of space exploration by NASA engineers, scientists, and special guests while touring NASA’s facilities.
For more information and application deadlines, please visit the HAS website at:

Duke Summer Session Programs
  • Summer College at Duke (four-week academic credit program for US students currently in grades 10 or 11 and international students currently in grades 10 – 12)
  • Summer Academy – Traditional (three-week academic enrichment program for students currently in grades 9 – 12)
  • Intensive STEM Academy (one-week academic enrichment program for students currently in grades 9 – 12)

Stephen F. Austin State University invites you to apply to the only pre-law academy in Texas designed for high school juniors and seniors. Scholarships available to cover costs (due March 1st). Click here for more information
The Yale Young Global Scholars Program (YYGS) is a summer academic enrichment and leadership program that brings together outstanding high school students from around the world for intensive two-week sessions on Yale’s campus in New Haven and the Yale Center Beijing in China. YYGS offers six unique sessions in New Haven and one session in Beijing, China.
Participants attending a YYGS session in New Haven can expect an amazing summer experience studying in beautiful campus lecture halls and classrooms, living in Yale’s historic residential colleges, eating in award-winning dining halls, meeting a talented community of fellow students, engaging with world-renowned professors, and interacting with extraordinary visiting practitioners.
Participants attending a YYGS session in Beijing, China will have the opportunity to experience Yale’s world-renowned education while exploring one of the most culturally-vibrant and influential cities in the world. In addition to bringing some of Yale’s most renowned professors to China, this session will take advantage of its location by inviting distinguished professionals with real-life experience to lecture on relevant, important issues. Students will also have the opportunity to visit significant cultural sites, such as the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. YYGS-Beijing is limited to 90 students, making an intimate atmosphere for students to learn and make connections with their instructors and peers. This is the third year YYGS is offering a session in China, but the first time it is doing so during the summer. Read more about this new offering >
Yale Young Global Scholars is an official Yale University program. Click here for more information

WPI’s summer academic programs challenge students to explore their interests and try something new. Focused on the science, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines, K-12 students can make new discoveries!
These preeminent programs highlight areas such as robotics, physics, video game design, music, computer science, the humanities and arts, and women’s leadership. No matter a student’s age or experience level, WPI’s summer academic programs has something to offer.
Depending on students’ interests and desired schedule for summer months, WPI offers academic programs during the day as well as overnight programs for older students. All programs are designed to engage students in exciting STEM applications while developing leadership and collaboration skills.
Explore our offerings in the day programs or residential programs

Smith College- Experience precollege programs that offer limitless ways to explore the world. You will join more than 200 other high school girls who want to pursue their academic interests in and out of the classroom, strengthen their college applications and meet other motivated and ambitious college-bound young women. Explore their summer programs here

Discover Carnegie Mellon:  June 30 – August 11, 2018
Are you going to be a junior or senior in high school? If so, consider spending the summer in one of our Summer Pre-College Programs:

Our Summer Pre-College Programs will show you what life at Carnegie Mellon is all about - from the classroom to what's happening on weekends. You'll meet people from all over the world, be inspired by our world-renowned faculty, take part in the excitement of campus and have the opportunity to explore the city of Pittsburgh.Apply Now!

Rutgers University–New Brunswick is excited to announce an opportunity for students interested in engineering. The Rutgers School of Engineering is offering the chance for students to participate in a new Pre-Engineering Summer Academy to develop their knowledge and skills through real-world field experiences.

This intensive one-week certificate program will introduce students to a variety of engineering areas including:







Eligible students must: 

Be between the ages of 16-18

Have completed courses in precalculus and physics

Submit an online application
Interested in learning more? Attend an online information session or visit Pre-Engineering Summer Academy
Rochester Institute of Technology-Magic Spell Studios, summer 2018
Do you know a high school student who dreams of entering
the film or gaming industry; either as an artist or scientist?
Magic Spell Studios will be the place where higher education and
these industries collaborate in a unique vision.
For student animators it will be a studio where game designers, programmers and animators partner to produce commercially viable games.
For student filmmakers it will be a studio where outside producers will bring their production needs to a qualified New York State Tax Incentive sound stage (one of very few in upstate NY) and use film students on their crew, give them appropriate screen credit and pay them.
For motion picture student scientists it will be a facility that will allow research and practice on state of the art industry equipment.
Magic Spell Studios establishes a large-scale partnership between the School of Film & Animation and the School of Interactive Games & Media that offers students matriculating in all our degrees opportunities in project development, research and marketable deliverables.
 RIT has been supplying the Motion Picture Industry with qualified graduates for over 35 years.  Alumni have established careers at Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks,  Blue Sky Studios, Industrial Light and Magic, Paramount, HBO, Fox Searchlight, Lucas Films, MTV, Nickelodeon, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Dolby, Imax, etc.

For more information contact Mary Barnard at or 585-475-6175

University of Notre Dame Pre-College programs offer high school students a taste of college life, academics, and the Notre Dame community. Check out our new website for more information, and please encourage promising students to apply to one of our stellar on-campus programs or our summer study abroad opportunities! 

 Summer Discovery and Discovery Internships  we're ready for another year of creating exceptional educational experiences for middle and high school students. We're pleased to announce our 2018 application is open

Putney Student Travel. 
Since 1951, Putney Student Travel has offered high school students powerful travel and experiential education programs that help them prepare for college, shape their futures, engage with people from different cultures, and form lasting friendships. Our summer programs range from two to five weeks in length and include pre-college enrichment, community service, language immersion, outdoor adventure, and cultural immersion. These life-changing programs are offered in Latin America, Europe, Asia, the South Pacific, Africa, and the United States. Visit us at or call 1-802-387-5000 to learn more. 

National Geographic Student Expeditions offers high school and middle school students from around the globe the opportunity to embark on small group summer programs over the world - focusing on Photography, Wildlife & Conservation, Archaeology & Ancient Culture, Film making, Creative Writing, Community Service, Climate & Geology, Marine Biology, and more.  Our unique University Workshops allow students to work alongside National Geographic Explorers on themes such as Technology and Innovation, Engineering and Robotics, and Science and Storytelling, while experiencing life on a college campus. More information can be found at

New York Times Student Journeys offers opportunities for high school students to travel to fascinating places and explore themes prominent in Times coverage—from immigration in California and public health and development in Peru, to fashion in New York City and Milan and arts criticism in London. Each journey is joined by a New York Times journalist or Times-selected expert and students benefit from the organization’s special understanding and insider’s view as they dive into topics and destinations that capture their interest. 

SPI Study Abroad's summer language immersion programs for college credit, Learn more about SPI

Each summer Pratt Institute’s PreCollege program welcomes over 400 high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to our Brooklyn campus for nearly a month, where they encounter life as an art and design college student.
Students choose a major focus modeled after Pratt's undergraduate offerings. To complement this chosen major, students are automatically enrolled in foundation, art history, and portfolio development classes. Upon completion of the program, students earn four elective college credits.
PreCollege students get a head start on college by living and studying with peers from across the country and around the world. The program welcomes both domestic and international students with diverse backgrounds and experiences to share a common interest in exploring creative fields in a vibrant urban setting.
The program culminates in an exhibition of students’ work curated in gallery spaces throughout campus. Family members, friends, and members of the creative community are invited to our final exhibition to share in the joy of students’ accomplishments. PreCollege students leave enriched, empowered, and ready to be our future artists, designers, and creative thinkers.
·         Explore the possibility of studying art, design, architecture, creative writing, or cultural studies. 
·         Confirm that this is the subject you want to study in college. 
·         Develop your skills through college-level coursework, and earn 4 college credits. 
·         Develop a body of work for your portfolio to support admission into college. 
·         Meet other students who share your interests. 
·         Get a preview of the college experience.
By email:
By phone: 718.636.3453

Banson NYC Fashion Week Adventure
Please let your students know!

We are excited to offer a NYC Fashion Week Adventure for your students in February 2018.  The program is designed for high school and college students to either come on their own, with a friend or with a relative (parents, aunts and grandmothers are welcome!).  The five-day experience will allow participants to see what NYC Fashion week is all about by assisting with fashion shows during this exciting time.  The students will stay at a deluxe hotel in midtown Manhattan.  Each morning the group will be picked up at the hotel by a Banson NYC representative. From there we will depart for our activities of the day.  The adventure will be busy with visits, food tours, seminars and shopping trips but will leave a bit of free time for participants to explore on their own.  We accept applications on a first come, first served basis with a maximum of 20 participants.  Click here to be directed to our website.