Summer Programs

Throughout the year, various organizations mail or email summer program information to our Counseling Suite.  Please look below to find a program just right for you! 

In-State Summer Programs 

Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop - UAB
June 12 - 30, 2017 
Writing is a living, breathing art form - the art of observing, inspiring, creating and changing. And that's exactly what Birmingham's brightest young authors will be doing this summer in the Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop.  
Location - Spencer Honors House on the UAB campus. 
Participants - 30 carefully selected student will join the workshops.  All students will be rising high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.  
Cost - $800 without college credit, $1,344 with college credit.  Financial aid is available for most students. 
For more information -  Or contact the director, Tina Brazeil, at (205) 934-8573.  

Auburn University
Choose from over 100 summer programs designed to educate and inspire youth in a variety of academic, athletic and extracurricular endeavors. Participants have the opportunity to further their education and skills while making new friends and experiencing life at Auburn University!

McWane Science Center
Deadline:  Some time after Saturday, April 1 (check their website listed below)
CJ Maher, Manager of Volunteer Services at the McWane Science Center, is looking for high school students to volunteer this summer.  To apply, students must submit an online application, a resume, a character reference letter and an educational/professional letter of recommendation.  The application deadline is currently April 1st, but since the information arrived the week before Spring Break, the deadline will be extended.  For more information and an application:  

Samford University - McWhorter School of Pharmacy
June 25 - June 30, 2017
McWhorter School of Pharmacy at Samford University is offering a one week Pharmacy Camp this summer for high school students that are interested in investigating a career as a Pharmacist. During the week of pharmacy camp students will experience hands-on learning about health careers in pharmacy, participate in tours of local health care facilities and local pharmacies, participate in compounding activities and hands on demonstrations in the McWhorter School of Pharmacy science laboratory. Students who attend the camp will have the unique opportunity to spend time on the Samford campus and experience campus life, for more information about this program, including application, click here.

S.M.A.S.H. - Student Medical Adventure at St. Vincent's Health System 
July 2017
Are you in the 11th or 12th grade and interested in a health care career?  If so, SMASH Camp is just the place to learn more about the dynamic world of healthcare. Healthcare is one of the fastest growing career fields with many different choices that many students may not know are even an option.  Click here for more information.   

Speed Reading (Birmingham-Southern College; Jefferson State Community College, Shelby Campus; Samford University)
If you want to become a better reader, this summer program is for you.  Topics will include Comprehension, Textbook Skills and Speed Reading.  
Program for Entering 9th-11th Graders - In these effective and enjoyable summer programs, you will improve comprehension in both fiction and non-fiction and learn to read twice as fast.  Students learn the best way to read and study textbooks and take notes. Students will learn how to complete homework more quickly and easily and enjoy reading more.
Program for Entering 12th Graders and College Students - In the speed reading program, students learn to read twice as fast in materials ranging from novels to non-fiction. The comprehension, concentration and retention techniques will enable students to get more and retain more.  
Click here to learn how to register and to see the dates/times/locations of each workshop.  

Tuskegee University - Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science 
June 21 - July 3, 2017
TSACS will be hosting a summer program for high school students ages 14 - 17.  They are targeting students who have an interest in the following areas:  architecture, interior design, construction management, planning and graphic design.  For more information about this summer program, including an application, click here.   

​​The University of Alabama - Culverhouse Majors Awareness Program
This is a program of the College of Commerce whose objective is to showcase each of the business disciplines in accounting, finance, economics, marking, management, management science, and information systems. Students will also participate in skill, career, and relationship development opportunities throughout the week. Student who will be first generation college graduates, students from low income households, and students of underrepresented groups are invited to apply.
Who:  11th or 12th Grade in Fall 2017
When:  June 11-16, 2017
Cost:  FREE (excludes transportation to/from Tuscaloosa, AL)
UA Accounting Career Awareness Program
A nationwide program of the National Association of Black Accountants. This program introduces high school students of underrepresented groups to career opportunities in accounting through a carefully tailored curriculum involving local university faculty and guest lectures from business and government. Students also participate in a group business case for the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship and enjoy fun extracurricular activities throughout the week.
Who:  10th, 11th, or 12th Grade in Fall 2017
When:  June 25-30, 2017
Cost:  FREE (excludes transportation to/from Tuscaloosa, AL)

The application window for both programs begins on February 1, 2017 and will close on April 15, 2017. More information about each camp and a link to apply can be found on their website: 

The University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Engineering
UAB School of Engineering summer 2017 camps are now open for registration. UAB - School of Engineering is offering many interesting and exciting summer camps for motivated kids at the UAB campus. ECE camps are designed for students 12-16 years old. First come first serve basis. For more information, please visit their website at

The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Summer Science Institute
Summer Science Institute is a multi-summer research experience for high school students interested in learning what it is like to do “real” science. During the first summer in Fundamentals of Cellular and Molecular Biology (formerly Student BioTeach), students are offered a “smorgasbord” of short, 2-3 day, introductory molecular biology experiments. The following summer in Advanced Principles of Biology and Neurobiology (formerly ChemTeach) these same students are invited back to participate in extended, 5-6 day, more focused biochemical investigations on different aspects of a specific, biologically important protein. Finally, during the last summer as Student Research Interns, students are placed in a research laboratory to work on their own original project under the supervision of premier UAB faculty and staff.
For more information, please visit the website UAB Summer Science Institute Website.

Birmingham Southern Entrepreneurship Camp
Birmingham-Southern's Entrepreneurship Summer Camp immerses aspiring entrepreneurs in their junior or senior year of high school into a highly collaborative week-long, residential business program. Over six days, campers will work in teams to construct their own unique business plans with the opportunity to win a $4,000 Stump Entrepreneurship Scholarship to BSC. Teen entrepreneurs will engage in a curriculum based on sound business principles to enhance their entrepreneurial mindset and skills. Campers will experience real-world business activities through case studies, role-playing, and sessions with local entrepreneurship experts and business leaders.
To learn more, visit their website Birmingham Southern College (BSC) Entrepreneurship Camp.

Out-of-State Summer Programs

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jump start your future with Carnegie Mellon Summer Pre-College Programs.
July 1 - August 11, 2017
Advance Placement/Early Admission
Fine Arts:  Architecture, Art, Design, Drama, and Music.For more information, click here.

Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Explore engineering, nursing or business for a week. 
Week One: July 9-14, 2017 
Week Two: July 16-21, 2017 
Week Three: July 23-28, 2017 
Explore Camps are an opportunity for students to spend the week rotating through half-day programs to learn about each of MSOE's engineering and business majors and determine which interests them the most.  
Discover Camps cover four corresponding areas of engineering and are ideal for students who are not quite sure what field of engineering most interests them.  Areas include: Build and Design, Computing Systems, Medical Innovation. 
Focus Camps enable students to choose from ten different degree program areas to dive deeper into a specific subject field.  
Sign up early!  Registration opens in December.  For more information, click here.  

Seaworld - Explore Animal Careers 
Explore your interest in working with animals by taking part in a career camp at SeaWorld Orlando.  Work alongside experienced staff and learn about amazing animal careers.  Swim with a dolphin, snorkel with sharks, prepare a penguin-sized lunch, touch a stingray and make friendships that will last a lifetime.  Visit to learn more.  

Stanford University, Stanford, CA 
Stanford University welcomes top high school students from around the world to participate in engaging academic programs designed just for them.  This opportunity gives students a chance to investigate topics not typically taught in secondary schools.  Students engage in small classes taught by instructors who are experts in their fields and passionate about teaching.  In this setting, students hone their academic skills and form new friendships with intellectual peers.  Students in their residential programs get a taste of college life on the beautiful Stanford campus.  Past students have described their Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies experience as life-changing.  
Stanford Sports Business Academy - This program gives high school students an overview of careers in the sports and entertainment industries, with a focus on management, law, negotiation, marketing and leadership.  Students will experience what it is like to work in the business of sports and entertainment and will meet leaders and athletes in professional sports. 
Summer Humanities Institute - Students explore the big questions at the heart of the humanities in seminars led by distinguished Stanford professors.  Students spend the first two weeks intensively studying and researching a topic in history, philosophy, or literature, attending daily lectures by the faculty members, and participating in group discussions. During their third week, students work closely with their professors, graduate students and writing mentors to produce original research projects. 
Summer Arts Institute - Students participate in a three-week intensive program offering academically engaging interdisciplinary courses in photography, product design, music and architecture.  The Summer Arts Institute's six courses emphasize the essential connections between the arts and other areas of study, including cognitive science, psychology and engineering. 
Artificial Intelligence Laboratory's Outreach Summer Program - The goal of this program is to increase diversity in the field of Artificial Intelligence.  Current ninth grade girls are encouraged to apply.  Students will learn about Artificial Intelligence through a combination of lectures, hands-on research projects, field trips and mentoring activities during this two-week residential program.  
To learn more information or to apply:

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana 
The Summer Scholars program, held on campus from June 24 to July 8, 2017, offers 300 talented rising high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to explore one of the 20 diverse fields of study at the college level.  Taught by Notre Dame faculty, these classes are small in size, allowing for a more personal and in-depth experience.  Students live in residence halls, eat in the dining halls, and participate in numerous social and service activities, truly immersing themselves in the life of a Notre Dame student.  To explore this year's course offerings, visit the Pre-College website:  click here.  

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