Summer Programs

The following programs are excellent opportunities for high school students to sample college life, explore career interests and majors, get their foot in the door at various colleges, and p​ossibly earn college credit--a great and enjoyable way to spend your summer or weekends during the school year.

Missouri Legislative Black Caucus Foundation (MLBCF) Emerging Leaders Conference  Emerging Leaders is a four-day summer experience for rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. The conference will be held on Saturday June 27, 2020 through Tuesday June 30, 2020 and will be hosted by the University of Missouri-Columbia, Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity. This year, students will participate in four days of activities that foster leadership development, advocacy skills, interactive activities, legislative debate, and strategic college access-opportunity initiatives. Transportation to and from STL will be provided; cost to attend is $10. Space is limited, so please complete the application as soon as possible: to apply is 4/15/20. 

Webster University Media Camps
Webster University hosts camps for music recording, game design, scriptwriting, and filmmaking. For more information, visit

Gateway Region YMCA Serve Your City 
The Gateway Region YMCA is partnering with local St Louis community service organizations to provide a unique opportunity for a one-week conference-style experience hosted on Washington University’s Campus. Student participants will be educated on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a framework to address local and global issues. Students will then travel to local organizations to address the goals through action and community service. For more information, contact or 314-935-5010. Early bird registration deadline is 4/15/20; final deadline is 6/8/20.

WashU Focus On Language Summer Program 
Arts & Sciences Summer School is excited to announce the addition of six online language courses for the 2020 summer open to high school students: Beginning French I, Elementary German I, Intro to Basic Japanese I, Intro to Korean I, Elementary Portugese, Beginning Spanish I. All courses are taught fully online by WashU instructors, and require no prior experience studying the language to enroll:

Wash U High School Summer Academy
Through this program, students enroll in one 3-unit course for credit taught by a WashU professor. In addition to the traditional classroom experience, students will participate in a series of research-focused sessions and off-campus field trips leading to the development of an original research project.  High School Summer academy students live on campus and participate in specialized seminars, workshops, academic support groups, weekend outings, and evening social events.  For more information and to apply, visit

St. Louis Zoo: Zoo Teens ZooTeens is a summer volunteer program with opportunities at the Emerson Children’s Zoo, Education Department, Monsanto Insectarium, and Safari Gift Shop for high school teens, ages 15-18.  At a minimum, teens will volunteer for a weekly four-hour shift during the summer.  For more information, visit

Young Scientist Program at Washington University Are you a highly motivated 11th grader who is passionate about science or are you interested in a career in a laboratory? If so, consider applying to the Young Scientist Program Summer Focus at Wash U.  Summer Focus (SF) is a paid 8-week summer internship for rising seniors that places the students in a research laboratory at Washington University. Summer Focus is a highly successful program that seeks students from St. Louis schools who yearn for hands-on research opportunities. No experience is necessary. Applications for the Summer 2019 program are due February 18, 2020:

Washington University Programs for High School Students
Get your first glimpse of the college experience by experiencing WashU in the classroom and beyond:

Mizzou Mini Medical School
Missouri high school students interested in careers in medicine can preview what medical school is like during Mini Medical School. The program will highlight participation in medical school style curriculum, Patient Based Learning (PBL), hospital tours, and hands-on experience in anatomy, microbiology, and clinical skills. The one-week experience is intended for current high school juniors. The students stay in residence halls and eat in dining rooms on campus.​ Some financial aid will be available in cases of financial need, and those who wish to be considered must apply. For more information, visit the following website:​​. Applications and supporting materials are due by 3/1/20. 

BESt Pharmacy Summer Institute
BESt Pharmacy Summer Institute is a collaboration between Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Express Scripts, Inc. and St. Louis College of Pharmacy. The mission of the BESt Pharmacy Summer Institute is to expose and prepare local multicultural students for a future career in healthcare, with an emphasis in pharmacy. The mission is executed with a model that combines academics (improving math, science, and ACT/SAT skills), exposure, and professional development during a four to six week intensive summer program hosted on the campus of St. Louis College of Pharmacy. For more information and to apply, please visit the following website:​​. Deadline to apply is 3/13/20.

Ag Discovery 2020 Lincoln University in Jefferson City would like to invite middle and high school students to participate in the 2020 Ag Discovery Summer Outreach Program held on their campus this July. This program is designed to help teens explore careers in plant and animals science, wildlife and agribusiness. This program will also feature character development and team building workshops. For more information and to apply, visit Deadline to apply is 3/20/20.

Washington University Portfolio Plus Program: The Portfolio Plus Program invites high school students to take college-level art and design courses. Students will spend mornings learning the fundamentals of drawing and their afternoons pursuing a studio concentration of their choice: communication design, fashion design, or studio art. With guidance from Sam Fox School faculty, students will work throughout the intensive three-week program to develop strong portfolios for college admission. Studio work is rounded out by organized trips to museums, visits to artists' and designers' studios, and workshops.  This program is recommended for rising juniors and seniors (current sophomores and juniors) in high school. Upon completion of the program, students will earn two college credits. The application for this program opens on 12/1/19. The early application and scholarship deadline is 3/15/20. The final deadline is 4/15/20. For more information, visit

Washington University Architecture Discovery Program: The Architecture Discovery Program (ADP) is an exciting introduction to architecture and design for high school students. This rigorous two-week program offers intensive individual instruction by the Wash U Sam Fox School faculty. The explorations carried out in studio provide students with quality material to add to their design portfolios. This program is recommended for rising juniors and seniors (current sophomores and juniors) in high school. Upon completion of the program, students will earn two college credits. The application for this program opens on 12/1/19. The early application and scholarship deadline is 3/15/20. The final deadline is 4/15/20. For more information, visit

Missouri S&T Summer Camps
: Are you an adventurer? Cyber guru? Space explorer? No matter what your interest, Missouri S&T has a program for you: