Calling all future engineers, computer scientists, and data analysts! We’ve compiled a list of opportunities you can pursue this summer to boost your college applications while quarantined. These are great opportunities for you to highlight your passions and show that you stay motivated even during the summer.
CLASSES AND PROGRAMS
Many universities host programs for high schoolers centered around coding and tech. These are generally paid courses that give students a taste of college life. The following are some highlights that are still accepting applicants. If you have a specific dream school, we recommend looking on their website to see if they have a summer program that is still accepting applications.
GIRLS WHO CODE SUMMER IMMERSION PROGRAM
Description: This 2-week virtual program teaches girls the computer science skills they need to make an impact in their community while preparing for a career in tech. Participants will get exposure to tech jobs, and join a supportive sisterhood of girls in tech. Need-based stipends are available.
JOHNS HOPKINS BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING INNOVATION
Deadline: June 5th (for summer term 2)
Description: Biomedical Engineering Innovation is a fully online course that introduces biomedical engineering to high school students by (1) modeling biological systems and designing experiments to test those models and (2) introducing engineering principles to solve design problems that are biological, physiological, and/or medical. Students will model human efficiency, the arm, and the cardiovascular system.
UC BERKELEY PRE-COLLEGE SCHOLARS
Cost: $550 per unit
Deadline: June 22nd
Description: Prepare yourself for a summer full of academic growth and preparation available at your fingertips! From the convenience of home, you will be able to connect with UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty. All of the things that make Berkeley a great place are virtually waiting for you. In addition to academics, we have optional, online extra-curricular activities and events that will give you a chance to expand your personal and social horizon, learn practical information, and enjoy Berkeley outside the ‘classroom.’
COMPETITIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Competitions are a great resource to utilize, especially as most of them can be done in the comfort of your own home. They’re a way to stand out in admissions by highlighting your competitive strengths. Many competitions also have cash prizes, which will help you start saving up for college (or just treat yourself!). For even more opportunities we recommend checking out Scholarships.com.
CONGRESSIONAL APP CHALLENGE
Deadline: June 1 (when challenge launches)
Description: Every year the US House of Representatives in our districts challenges students to create and submit their original apps for a chance to win the Congressional App Challenge (CAC). Each challenge is district-specific. As U.S. Representatives we publicly recognize winning teams and each winning app may be put on display in the U.S. Capitol Building for one year. Additional prizes may be available.
Deadline: January 2021
Description: Summer is a great time to start working on a long-term project and MIT THINK provides a great opportunity for that. Rather than requiring students to have completed a research project before applying, THINK caters to students who have done extensive research on the background of a potential research project and are looking for additional guidance in the early stages of their project. The program is organized by a group of undergraduates at MIT.
THE CONRAD CHALLENGE
Deadline: N/A (begins in August 2020)
Description: The Conrad Challenge is an annual, multi-phase innovation and entrepreneurship competition that encourages young adults to participate in designing the future. Each year, teams of 2-5 students, ages 13-18, from around the world create products and/or services to address some of the most pressing global and local challenges. They become entrepreneurial problem-solvers, addressing challenging social, scientific and societal issues through utilizing their creativity and critical-thinking skills.
NASA internships and fellowships leverage NASA’s unique missions and programs to enhance and increase the capability, diversity and size of the nation’s future science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. Applications are open for Fall 2020, but the summer is a great time to develop your proposed research plan.
Colleges love seeing high schoolers take on their own initiatives. If you’ve always had an app you wish existed, the summer is a great time to create it!
FIGHTING THE PANDEMIC
With the global pandemic going on, there are many ways to help while showing off your coding skills to college admissions. Building websites, creating and analyzing pandemic data, and using AI and machine learning to find more efficient ways of contact tracing are great ways to highlight your leadership abilities and commitment to social justice.
We hope you found something exciting for you on this list. If not, don’t worry! We will be coming out with more opportunities everyday this week, many of which intersect with tech and computer science. If you don’t want to miss out, you can subscribe to our mailing list at the bottom of this page!