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Summer Programs, Community Service, and Employment Opportunities

Summer Programs
NC Governor's School
The Governor's School of North Carolina is a 5-week summer residential program for intellectually gifted high school students, integrating academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on each of the two campuses. The curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline and does not involve credit, tests, or grades.  A limited number of students may be nominated from each school district.  MAHS nominees are selected by the Scholarship Committee.  Students who have questions about Governor's School should see Mrs. Henson or visit the NC Governor's School website before the start of their junior year.
The Perry Outreach Program
The Perry Virtual Experience is a free, 2.5-hour, interactive online experience for high school and college-aged women who are interested in pursuing careers in orthopedics and/or engineering. Participants will hear from women leaders in these fields and dive into online mock orthopedic surgery simulations and biomechanics experiments. Register for sessions in advance here
Wake Forest Summer Immersion Program
The Wake Forest Summer Immersion Program is a hands-on learning experience. High school students dive deep into a chosen field of study with access to world-class faculty, researchers, and industry professionals. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so apply as soon as possible if interested
Tarheel Girls State
This summer program is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary and allows rising senior females to spend a week on a college campus creating city & state governments, electing officials, writing & debating bills, and more!  Applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 18, be ranked in the top 1/3 of their class or have an unweighted GPA of at least 3.0, and have been NC residents for at least one year. If you are interested in applying, please contact Mrs. Henson or your local ALA Unit or AL Post to receive a nomination to apply. More information can be found here 
Red Cross "Leaders Save Lives" Program
Leaders Save Lives is a great program for students who are leaders at their schools, students who are looking for scholarships, and students who want to build their resumes.
 Here's what students can gain from the Leaders Save Lives program:
  • Leadership experience with the American Red Cross
  • The accomplishment of helping save lives
  • A chance to win a scholarship
  • An opportunity to earn a gift card
  • Achievements for the High School Leadership Program
Camp Med
Camp Med is designed to identify, recruit, educate, and prepare high school students for careers in health professions.  Camp activities include presentations, tours, observations, and clinical experiences. Applicants should be current 9th-12th grade students with an interest in the medical field who have at least a 2.5 GPA. More information can be found at
NC Youth Tour
The Surry-Yadkin Electric Membership Corporation sponsors one student each summer to travel to Washington, D.C. for a week-long educational experience.  Selected students will have the opportunity to visit D.C.'s most iconic sites, meet with legislators, and get to know other students from across the country.  Applicants must be current juniors.  More information can be found at  
UNC Catalyst Conference
The annual Catalyst Conference brings a select group of 100 North Carolina high school students (grades 9-12) to the UNC-Chapel Hill campus to explore social justice issues affecting both America and the world. Through leadership and personal development sessions, participants are empowered to serve as catalysts for positive change in their own communities. More information can be found at
NCSSM Summer Ventures in Science & Math
Summer Ventures in Science & Mathematics (SVSM) provides an opportunity for students to foster identified interests in science and math with its enriched program in a university research setting.  Selected students participate in a rigorous, four-week academic program intended to reward and stimulate students who have already demonstrated their commitment to academic growth and development in science and math.  The program is free for accepted students. For more information, visit or see Mrs. Henson.
Hamilton Scholars Program
The Hamilton Scholars program selects 35 underserved high school juniors each year to participate in its no-cost, 5-year empowerment program.  These students receive mentorship, practical guidance, and a network of support to help them transition to college and career, increase their financial literacy, and help them develop knowledge and leadership skills to move them forward in their journey.  Winners also receive a $500 scholarship.  Applicants must be high-achieving, service-focused juniors who are college-bound and have demonstrated need.  Winners must participate in New York Leader Week held over the summer.  More information can be found at
National Youth Science Camp
The National Youth Science Camp is a FREE residential honors program for two accomplished high school graduates from each state, as well as graduates from other countries.  NYS Camp includes a broad range of STEM topics and incorporates creative and performing arts as well as outdoor adventure.  More information can be found at at
PROJECT UPLIFT seeks to engage current high school juniors in an immersive two-day experience that connects them with UNC-Chapel Hill and other four-year colleges and universities. Participants will connect with current UNC students and each other; participate in an essay writing workshop; engage in educational, cultural, and social activities and learn about admissions and college affordability.
UPLIFT PLUS is a five-week program for Project Uplift participants. During the program, participants attend SAT/ACT coaching sessions and take English 100 (3 credits). Participants also engage in college application prep, research, leadership development, as well as a wide variety of experiential learning opportunities. There is no separate application for Uplift PLUS. Students must indicate on their Project Uplift application whether they would like to be considered for Uplift PLUS. Students must attend Project Uplift to participate in Uplift PLUS.
Questbridge College Prep Scholars Program
The College Prep Scholars Program equips high-achieving high school juniors from low-income backgrounds with the knowledge, confidence, and resources to apply to top colleges. More information can be found at
Google Computer Science Summer Institute
Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute: Online is a 4-week introduction to computer science for rising college freshmen with a passion for technology - especially students who’ve been historically marginalized from the field. CSSI: Online is not your average virtual summer camp. It’s an intensive, interactive, and fun program that seeks to inspire the tech leaders and innovators of tomorrow by supporting the study of computer science, software engineering, and other closely-related subjects. Check out the CSSI: Online and CSSI: Extension tabs for more information. More information can be found at
US Naval Academy Summer Seminar
If you are currently in your junior year of high school and considering the Naval Academy as your college of choice, the USNA strongly recommends you consider applying to Summer Seminar. Summer Seminar will introduce you to life at the Academy, where you will experience first-class academic, athletic, and professional training. Your Summer Seminar application will also serve as a preliminary application to the Academy that you will complete before or during your senior year.
More information can be found at
Fred Hutch Summer Internship Program
The Summer High School Internship Program (SHIP) is a competitive, eight-week, full-time paid internship for rising 12th graders. The program is specifically designed for students from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical science. Selected interns attend an orientation day, then begin the internship with one week of hands-on training on laboratory safety techniques and skills in the Fred Hutch Training Labs. For the remaining seven weeks, interns are paired and immersed in mentored activities in a Fred Hutch research group in Seattle. Interns also participate in research education seminars, attend professional development workshops focused on college and careers and enjoy social activities with their teams and peers. The program culminates with intern presentations to the Fred Hutch community. This program will be held in-person in Seattle. More information can be found at 
NC State Pre-College Programs
North Carolina State University offers Pre-College Programs in a variety of academic disciplines – each aimed at helping students prepare for college while experiencing life at NC State. Disciplines include cultural education, design, engineering, leadership, math, science, technology, writing, and more. Programs are available both during the summer and throughout the school year. Many summer programs have application deadlines in March and April, so apply early!
GALS is a free summer science program for high school students to engage with science while backpacking through the wilderness. GALS was created to increase hands-on science opportunities for students who identify as female or gender nonconforming, students of color, students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, and other groups underrepresented in fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). More information can be found at
Hispanic Scholarship Fund Youth Leadership Institute
YLI is a free, five-day, college empowerment program for high achieving Latino high school juniors held at two top universities across the US (Due to COVID-19, YLI 2021 will be held virtually). This highly selective program is designed to give young leaders the practical tools they need to successfully apply to top universities, have full access to scholarship and financial aid opportunities, and set a course for academic and career success. Attendees will enhance their leadership abilities and expand their professional networks by participating in college and career workshops and interacting with college students and professionals who serve as their mentors. More information can be found at 


UNC-G CHANCE is a 5-day summer program for Latinx rising seniors. During their 5-day experience, students will participate in college preparation and leadership skills development. Participants engage with university professors, students, and staff to develop a peer/professional network forging positive, healthy mentorship connections focused on academic success and personal growth. More information can be found at

Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar (HOBY)
HOBY allows high school sophomores to recognize their leadership talents and apply them in becoming effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace, and community. Students attend three- or four-day seminars and participate in hands-on leadership activities, meet leaders in their state, and explore their own personal leadership skills while learning how to make a positive impact in their community. Interested sophomores should contact Mrs. Young and be prepared to discuss the most rewarding and challenging aspects of being a leader in his/her school and community. Visit for more information!
Community Service Opportunities


Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Mount Airy Museum of Regional History
Shepherd's House
Helping Hands of Surry
Seeds of Hope Summer Camp
Employment Opportunities
Reeves Community Center