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15 Country-Wide (Or Couch-Accessible) Summer Ideas

Have you made plans for the summer yet? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with ideas for the budding scientist, creative writer, aspiring doctor, and more!


Brown offers courses in a wide-range of subjects including: engineering, political science, creative arts, and women’s studies. You can view more information about Summer@Brown here

  • Things to know:
    • The deadline for applying is Friday, May 12, 2023.
    • Brown offers virtual, residential, and hybrid summer programs. 


The Red Cross makes it easy to become a lifeguard wherever you live. Type in your zip code to find a convenient place to train or choose the “online only” option to get certified that way.


Grubstreet’s Teen Summer Writing Classes offers in-person (at their new Boston Seaport location) or virtual writing courses with focuses in: science fiction, poetry and performance, and activist writing to name a few. 


The Biomedical Research Academy at Penn Arts & Sciences allows a high school student to dive deeper into the studies of genes, cells, and molecules with a focus on diseases. 

  • Things to know:
    • The deadline for applying is May 1, 2023.
    • The academy is only a residential program located in Philadelphia. 


Bentley offers an experiential program for high school juniors interested in learning more about finance called Wall Street 101

  • Things to know:
    • Applications are accepted on a rolling, space-available basis up until one week prior to the start of the program, (June 12th). 
    • There are residential, commuter, and virtual programs available.


With North Cascades Mountaineering high school students can immerse themselves in a variety of expeditions and take wilderness medicine courses. 

Musically inclined? Berklee may be the place for you. This Boston-based campus provides virtual, residential, and commuter program options

  • Things to know:
    • Programs are opened on a first-come first-served basis. Deadlines are open until payment is due (May, June, or July 1st). Check with the program directly to see if there is still availability.
    • Several programs are college-credit eligible. 


It isn’t too late to study abroad with API, with numerous countries to visit and a user-friendly website, it’s easy to find available summer programs with a May (or later) application deadline. 

Want to write from your bedroom? The Young Writers Summer Online Workshops hosted through Kenyon College’s, Kenyon Review are week-long immersive workshops where 16-18 year olds write, edit, and hone their craft. 

  • Things to know: 
    • The application will be available in early March. 


Boston University will host their Summer Journalism Academy this summer for rising juniors and seniors with an interest in journalism, photography, and writing. 

  • Things to know:
    • There are program options including: residential, commuter, and virtual.
    • The deadline for the virtual program is May 5 and for the residential and/or commuter programs it is May 13. 


With the city as your backdrop, New York Summer Intensive Studies in fine arts and design, hosted by The New School’s Parsons Academy, is a residential or commuter program for 16-18 year olds with a concentration in art and design.

  • Things to know:
    • Two sessions are offered with the respective dates of: May 15 and June
    • College credit is offered for both sessions. 


The NSLC (National Student Leadership Conference) has programs based in: Medicine & Biological Sciences, Government & Law, Business & Leadership, Engineering & Computer Science, and Design, Art, & Media. Programs are hosted in many locations including: Washington DC, New York City, and California.

  • Things to know:
    • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but many sessions will fill by late March. 


From the lab to the lecture hall, the one-week Hoya Summer Sessions Medical Academy at Georgetown University provides a hands-on introduction to the medical field.

  • Things to know:
    • The application deadline is May 15. 

Dive below the surface with Marine Quest, a program by University of North Carolina Wilmington, perfect for those students who want to study marine biology and science. 

  • Things to know:
    • 6 programs offered with commuter and residential options. 


Dean College has a summer opportunity for those interested in sports broadcasting currently accepting applications. 

  • Things to know:
    • Residential and commuter options offered. 


Boston Summer Opportunities: 

Tenacity Summer Tennis and Reading Program provides volunteers with an opportunity to teach light reading and physical education, including tennis, to 4,200 Boston youths ages 6-15. 

  • Things to know:
    • Contact Matthew Johnstone if you are interested in volunteering for summer 2023. 
    • There are programs offered in: Boston, Worcester, and Chelsea.

Students interested in social justice can immerse themselves in a 3-day opportunity at Rosie’s Place where they will learn more about the guests they will be serving and become familiar with some of the issues their communities are facing.

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