Summer Career Camps: Putting the Pieces Together

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Clients are contacting us asking how to best utilize the summer time for their young adults. As a parent of a high school student, I'm doing the same thing, so I thought sharing information would be helpful. There are many great ways for young adults to get hands-on experience for careers they are seriously considering. In addition, universities want students on campus as a recruiting tool. I even met a young girl once who said she wanted to attend a certain college because she went to camp there. When I asked her what her major was, she answered she had no idea, but she really liked the campus. That is what universities are banking on.

Tip: If you do attend a college summer camp program and are interested in attending that school, make time to take a campus tour and meet with the admission staff. You want them to know you were on campus because it shows demonstrated interest which is tracked.

Here are a few camps we've heard great things about, hyperlinked to their page. If you know of others, email them to us and we will continue to update this page as a resource.

SeaWorld Career Camps

Get an inside look at animal behavior and care, as well as an understanding of what it's like to work with animals! SeaWorld Resident Camp is an all-inclusive experience allowing students going into 5th grade through college exclusive insight to the amazing animals that call SeaWorld San Antonio home! Campers will have the opportunity to interact with animals, go behind the scenes of our immersive animal habitats, and have access to our world-class attractions.


This year, UTSA will offer science, engineering, architecture, sports, music, writing and language and culture camps for kids, teens, and adults. Some camps are day-long programs; others last a week or two. But each of their camps offers participants the chance to have fun, make friends and learn something new. There's truly something for everyone.

Engineering Education Service Center

The following camp directory lists some of the summer camps for K-12 students in engineering throughout the United States and Canada that are and were previously offered. The directory lists camps that have been hosted by Universities and research centers in the past. Please note that all camps may not be offered every year and that new camps and programs are currently being added. Old or unsuccessful programs are always being eliminated or modified. A substantial number of programs specifically target minorities, women, and other groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences. The programs offered change frequently, and this database is not comprehensive. This is only meant to be a guide to aid your search for engineering education preparation tools. Many of the programs offer scholarships and may have application deadlines as early as January. If you are interested in a program, please email, call or write the organization listed for an application and the most current information available.

St. Mary's University Summer Camps

St. Mary’s offers a variety of summer day camps designed to inspire and inform. Camps vary in length and subject – some of the most popular offerings include the Robotics and Java Summer Camp. Many camps are designed for middle school or high school students in subjects such as computer science, environmental science, girls code, pre-medical, physics and pre-engineering robotics & java.

Texas A&M University at Galveston SeaCamp

Texas A&M University Galveston Campus offers educational outreach programs to people of all ages. Sea Camp is a week-long residential adventure exploring the wonders of the marine and estuarine environments for campers ages 10-18. As a Sea Camper, you will have access to research vessels, oceanographic equipment, laboratory facilities, and a professional staff enabling you to learn about the ocean through hands-on experiences.

Talented & Gifted (TAG) Career-oriented Sea Camp programs for high ability students ages 14-18. Internships for Educators Texas A&M University Galveston Campus sponsors free summer internships for school teachers, counselors, administrators, and other individuals involved in education. Internships are operated in conjunction with Sea Camp and Talented & Gifted (TAG).

Trinity University Summer Tech Camps-iDTech

This is the eighth season hosting summer programs at Trinity University. Kids and teens discover coding, cybersecurity and encryption, AI and machine learning game development, robotics, and design in an inspiring, collegiate setting. With an average of just 8 students per instructor, their guaranteed small class sizes ensure you'll receive personalized instruction and excel at your own pace. Come explore for one week, or return for multiple sessions to build an impressive portfolio. The top universities on the planet—Stanford, MIT, Caltech—have trusted and hosted this program for over 19 years, inspiring students to dream BIG. Spaces are filling up with some weeks almost full.

UT Health San Antonio offers a variety of summer programs for undergraduate students seeking research experiences in the Biological Sciences. Several summer programs utilizes a single application which permits students to select up to three programs in which to apply. In addition, there are 4 programs for high school students and teachers.

Summer Legal Institute For High School Students

The Summer Legal Institute or “SLI” is JTB’s cornerstone youth program. The SLI is a one-week legal immersion program for high school students in Baltimore (MD), Chicago (IL), Detroit (MI), Indianapolis (IN), Los Angeles (CA), Twin Cities (MN), New Orleans (LA), Springfield (MA) and Washington (D.C.)

The goal of the SLI is to enhance skill sets that are essential for students to progress successfully through high school, college and law school. Scholars experience interactive sessions that will develop skills such as reading, writing, critical thinking, professional etiquette, financial literacy and public speaking. Through a unique curriculum designed to enhance these skill sets, the SLI program inspires diverse students to pursue advanced degrees and careers in the legal profession.

The key to every Summer Legal Institute is the unique learning experience created by attorney volunteers from corporations and law firms that actively collaborate and work with the students. Through skills-based volunteerism, that allows attorneys to share their experiences and talents, students are given a unique view of the legal profession that is personal and insightful, while law firms and corporations are given a unique opportunity to come together and empower the next generation of promising scholars. Sponsorship funds are used to ensure that the JTB pipeline programs remain 100% free for young student scholars accepted into the program.

The University of Texas at Austin Computer Science Camp. Applications for free camps are open! Texas Computer Science Summer Camps offers five one-week residential summer camps for high school students designed to intrigue campers with the potential of computing and the excitement of problem solving. Camps offer a hands-on experience in learning computer science through team-building activities, educational sessions, and recreation. Registrations for fee-based camps will open soon!

The four distinct camps at the University of Texas at Austin Department of Computer Science department includes: First Bytes, Code Longhorn, Cybersecurity and Robotics for freshman through seniors, depending on the camp.

At The Perry Initiative, they are committed to inspiring young women to be leaders in the exciting fields of Orthopaedic Surgery and Engineering. They advance their mission principally by running hands-on outreach programs across the country for women students in high school, college, and medical school.

Duke Youth Programs is a part of Duke University Continuing Studies and has provided summer academic enrichment for academically motivated youth for over 35 years. Each summer approximately 650 youth from around the nation and world, representing some 22 states and 5 different countries, attend one of our summer programs. All programs seek to engage learners in innovative, interactive, transformative learning experiences. Co-curricular social and recreational activities are carefully planned and delivered to complement the instructional day. The camp “learning community” approaches learning as a shared responsibility among students, instructors, and counselors.

In addition, Duke host Summer Sessions through a Summer College, Summer Academy, and Accelerated STEM Academy.

The Summer College is a 4-week, credit-bearing program that immerses 10th - 12th grade students into the college experience. This elite program lets them study with Duke under- graduates, socialize with peers from around the world, and position themselves for future collegiate success. If you are a student currently in grades 10 – 12, you are eligible to apply as early as December 3, 2018. This 4-week credit-bearing program offered by Duke University attracts students who represent the next generation of leaders from around the world. Immerse yourself in an international college experience by enrolling in this élite program designed to provide high school students with an academic and residential environment conducive to collegiate success.

The Duke University's Summer Academy programs offer transformative opportunities for 9th – 12th grade students through personal enrichment classes with academically-motivated students from around the world. This three-week, non-credit-bearing program attracts students who represent the next generation of innovators and global citizens from around the world. Enroll in this élite program and immerse yourself in an international experience designed to expose you to leading-edge fields and equip you to be a leader in an ever-changing tomorrow.

The Accelerated STEM Academy is an opportunity to spend your summer alongside the next generation of innovators at Duke University’s Accelerated STEM Academy and engage with some of the world’s top researchers. During this one-week program, you will explore Duke’s state-of-the-art laboratories, learn about trailblazing research, and experience the life of an élite researcher. Students currently in grades 9 – 12 are eligible to apply to this prestigious program. Enroll in this program and take what may be a powerful first step in a lifelong pursuit of innovation.