Summer Opportunities

Looking for Summer Opportunities?! Senn High School students can find summer programs, internships, and jobs below!

 Do not miss out on these amazing opportunities! 
 
 
One Summer Chicago is now accepting applications.
One Summer Chicago brings together government institutions, community-based organizations and companies to offer over 30,000 employment and internship opportunities to youth and young adults ages 14 to 24. Please visit One Summer Chicago for more info. Everyone Can Code

Teen Summer & Pre-College Enrichment Opportunities

Below is a list of teen summer and pre-college enrichment programs that students can apply to.  Many of these programs were present at the Opportunities Expo in February. Leadership and enrichment opportunities are critical to building academic portfolio, exploring career interests and building professional skills you can use in school and life.  Colleges are looking for students with these experiences!

If you have questions or need assistance completing your application, please reach out to your counselor or contact Ms. Leyva in GEAR UP at m-vega3@neiu.edu.

Note:  Some programs have adjusted their deadlines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This list is updated as we become aware of changes. However, you should also reach out to the contact listed on the program’s website if you have questions about the deadlines or application process.

Adler Planetarium Teen Opportunities

The Adler Planetarium provides teens with a variety of opportunities including internships, workshops, and after-school programs focused on topics from building a website or programming a robot to blogging about current space science or facilitating a workshop for other teens.  Reference their website for details about each program.
Program dates: Ongoing.  

 

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Program Requirements: Aged 14+

 

Cost: Free

   
 

Application Deadline:  Rolling

A group of Adler Teens posing outside of the Adler and in front of the Chicago skyline.

 

After School Matters

Provides teens with internships and apprenticeships through project-based after-school and summer programs in the arts, communications and leadership, sports and STEM. 
Program dates: Ongoing.  

 

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Program Requirements: Aged 14+

 

Cost: Free

   
 

Application Deadline:  Rolling

 

 

 

Chicago Public Library, Edgewater Branch

Edgewater Library offers an array of teen programming both during the school year and summer. Contact Shira sbelenke@chipublib.org for more info.
Program dates: Ongoing.  

 

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Program Requirements

 

Cost: Free

   
 

Application Deadline:  Rolling

Chicago Summer Business Institute

Provides paid summer internships, business and financial literacy education and scholarships to qualified Chicago high school students. 
Program dates: TBA.  

 

Grades: 10, 11

Program Requirements: GPA 3.0+; Family income <$60,000, Social Security Card

 

Cost: Free

   
 

Application DeadlineApril 3, 2020

 

City Colleges Dual Enrollment

 

Beginning the summer after a student’s Sophomore year, qualified students are able to enroll in college courses and begin earning college credits – many of which a transferable to most colleges - for FREE. 
Program dates: Depends on course and location.  

 

Grades: 10, 11

Program Requirements: GPA 2.5+ and 90% attendance; Placement exam

 

Cost: Free

   
 

Application Deadline:  See your Counselor or GEAR UP Coach for more info

 

CCC

DePaul University - College Connect

Summer enrichment program that exposes students to college-level courses and provides college readiness workshops, career exploration, and cultural experiences. Tuition, books, and course materials are free for admitted students. Ventra cards for commuting provided. 
Program dates: June 29 - July 31, 2020.  

 

Grades: 10

Program Requirements

 

Cost: Free

   
 

Application DeadlineExtended to May 15

 

Kuumba Lynx

KL energizes affirming spaces that challenge youth and their communities to deeply engage & listen, critically observe and react, and creatively speak with one another.  KL offers performances & productions, film screenings, art making workshops, youth artist apprenticeships, community cultural events rooted in indigenous culture of urban activism. 
Program dates: Ongoing.  

 

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Program Requirements

 

Cost: Free

   
 

Application Deadline:  Rolling

K Lynx

Lincoln Park Malott Family Zoo Intern Program

The Malott Family Zoo Intern Program provides Chicago high school students the opportunity learn about Lincoln Park Zoo and educate guests about animal and conservation sciences. This is an eight-week, paid internship that takes place from late-June through mid-August. During the program, interns will learn and apply informal education techniques, develop public speaking skills, interact with zoo guests, and create a collaborative project. Interns will also meet with researchers and Animal Care staff to learn more about potential careers in the animal science field. 
Program dates: 8 weeks, 2020 dates TBA.  

 

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Program Requirements: Must be 15 by June 25, 2020

 

Cost: Paid Internship

   
 

Application Deadline:  Saturday, March 23, 2020

 

Lincoln Park Malott Family Zoo Research Apprenticeship Program

Chicago high school students ages 16–18 have the opportunity to spend eight weeks working alongside zoo scientists during this educational paid apprenticeship. Applicants must be entering grades 11, 12 or freshman year in college. 
Program dates: June 24 - August 16, 2020.  

 

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Program Requirements: Must be age 16-18, 8 weeks

 

Cost: Paid Internship

   
 

Application Deadline:  March 15, 2020

 

Lincoln Park Zoo Camp Teen Volunteer

Chicagoland area high school students ages 13–18 have the opportunity to spend five weeks assisting in the day-to-day running of Conservation Camp. Camp Teen Volunteers will be mentored by Camp Instructors and Camp Teen Mentor(s) on how to care and educate our PreK-8th grade Conservation Camp campers. 
Program dates: 2 Sessions; June - July and July - Aug, 8:00 - 3:15, exact dates TBA.  

 

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Program Requirements: Unpaid

 

Cost: Volunteer Internship

   
 

Application Deadline:  March 15, 2020

 

Malcolm X Pre-College Health Science Summer Program

The Health Science Summer Program’s mission is to prepare Chicago African-American high school students for a career in health science. The Health Science Summer Program is an intensive academic program intended for rising freshmen through seniors interested in pursuing a career in science. 
Program dates: Summer 2020.  

 

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Program Requirements

 

Cost: Free

   
 

Application Deadline:  Rolling until full

 

Marwen Arts

Whether you’re new to the visual arts or have lots of experience – Marwen has something for you.  Marwen provides FREE visual arts courses including painting, photography, fashion and more for Chicago’s young people from under-resourced communities. 
Program dates: Ongoing.  

 

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Program Requirements: Parent & Student Orientation Required

 

Cost: Free

   
 

Application Deadline:  Rolling

 

Medill Northwestern Journalism Institute Summer Program

This five-week residential (live on campus) summer institute, also known as the cherub program, is for rising seniors seeking the inside scoop on professional journalism and looking to connect with peers who are just as passionate about pursuing a journalism career. 
Program dates: June 28 - July 31, 2020.  

 

Grades: 11

Program Requirements: Top Quartile Students

 

Cost: $6,100

Scholarships Available? Yes

Scholarship Deadline: March 16., 2020

 

Application Deadline:  Monday, March 16, 2020

 

 

Mikva Challenge

MIKVA Summer Fellows Program provides paid internship opportunities in the fields of civics, politics, and leadership. 
Program dates: Ongoing.  

 

Grades: 10, 11

Program Requirements: Interest

 

Cost: Free

Scholarships Available? Not applicable

Scholarship Deadline

 

Application Deadline:  Rolling

 

Northwestern Academy for Chicago Public Schools

Northwestern Academy is a multi-year outreach program designed to prepare diverse, academically motivated Chicago Public School students to matriculate to highly selective colleges and universities around the country. The Academy is intended to support students from households of limited financial means. 
Program dates: Ongoing.  

 

Grades: 9

Program Requirements: Leaderhsip and Extra Curricular emphasis; 3.6 GPA  +

 

Cost: FREE

   
 

Application Deadline:  March 2, 2020

 

School of the Art Institute of Chicago-Early College Program Summer Institute

Residential 2-and 4-week art program offering students the opportunity to live on campus while working alongside practicing artists, designers, and art scholars (This program has a fee) 
Program dates: June 15–26; June 29–July 10; July 13–24; OR June 29–July 24.  

 

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Program Requirements

 

Cost: $3,894

Scholarships Available? Yes

Scholarship Deadline: March 2, 2020

 

Application Deadline:  Rolling until classes fill

 

UIC - Future Leaders in Business Program

The UIC Future Leaders in Business Program is a free, 5-week pre-college summer experience for rising high school seniors interested in business. 
Program dates: June 22 - July 24, 2020.  

 

Grades: 11

Program Requirements

 

Cost: Free

   
 

Application DeadlineExtended to April 5, 2020

 

UIC CHANCE - STEM Academy

The UIC CHANCE STEM Academy is a five-week academically intensive STEM program offered during the Summer. There are two tracks for the program: Computer Science and Engineering.  Students can spend 1 week living on campus. 
Program dates: June 22 - July 24, 2020.  

 

Grades: 11

Program Requirements: 3.0/4.0 GPA, Considering UIC for college

 

Cost: Free

   
 

Application DeadlineExtended to April 5, 2020

 

UIC Women in Engineering Summer Program

A 4-week, non-residential program that offers high school students an unparalleled opportunity to learn more about engineering through hands-on projects and field trips. Participants will also have an opportunity to work with world-renowned professors, make new friends, and earn a stipend upon successful completion of the program! 
Program dates: June 22, 2020 – July 17, 2020.  

 

Grades: 10, 11

Program Requirements: 3.2+ GPA and As and Bs in Math and Science

 

Cost: Free

   
 

Application Deadline:  Tuesday, March 31, 2020

 

University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign Research Apprentice Program 

5-week residential program where students participate in hands-on mini-lab and science exercises to help understand math and science application in food, human, and environmental sciences. 
Program dates: July 5–July 25, 2020.  

 

Grades: 10, 11

Program Requirements: Ranked in the top 20%; and B average in English, Math & Sciences

 

Cost: $50, plus transportation

Scholarships Available? No

 
 

Application DeadlineStudent must complete online application by March 31; transcripts and letters of recommendation due 2 weeks after the day we return to school (date still TBA).

 

University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign USDA AG Discovery ACES

Learn how the United States Department of Agriculture protects our food security by participating in field trips, demonstrations, and hands-on science-based activities supervised by professional veterinarians, wildlife specialists, and environmentalists with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). 
Program dates: June 25 - June 30, 2017.  

 

Grades: 10, 11, 12

Program Requirements: Ranked in the top 20%; and B average in English, Math & Sciences

 

Cost: $50, plus transportation

Scholarships Available? No

 
 

Application Deadline:  Friday, March 20, 2020

 

UW Madison Business Emerging Leaders (BEL)

The BEL Program is designed for promising students who come from diverse backgrounds and have strong academic records and demonstrated leadership skills. Students gain a distinct competitive advantage when adjusting to college life, learning in classes, and applying for internship opportunities, ultimately preparing them for successful careers in business. Program dates: TBA, Program runs for 3 summers following 10th grade.  

 

Grades: 10

Program Requirements: Admitted students earn college scholarship to UW–Madison.  

 

Cost: Free

   
 

Application Deadline:  Monday, February 17, 2020