Student Opportunities

The following is a list of college preparatory, internship and summer enrichment programs for high school students. Most programs take place in or around Los Angeles, though a few offer students the opportunity to travel to Sacramento or out-of-state. All programs listed provide either free tuition, stipends or financial assistance for low-income students. This guide lists a basic description of each program, along with eligibility requirements and application deadlines. You can follow the links to individual program websites for more information about each program.

In order to assist you with timely planning during the application process, programs are listed according to the month the application is due. It is best to start working on your application several months in advance, in order to give yourself enough time to prepare your application materials, and obtain letters of recommendation (if applicable). Please be sure to confirm the application deadline for any program you apply to on the individual program website.

This page is updated monthly, so be sure to check back regularly for upcoming opportunities.


Young Center College Prep Academy

Deadline: Fall 2016

The College Prep Academy is a year-long series of workshops designed by college admissions specialists to help students in grades 7-12 become highly qualified candidates for admission at colleges or universities of their choice. CPA workshops are held monthly (on Saturdays or Sundays) on the USC campus. There is a registration fee of $25 per session.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students in grades 7-12 with an interest in going to college

APPLY: Check back on the CPA website for the 2016-17 registration form. Official school transcript and personal statement are required.

Venice Arts Youth Workshops

Deadline: July 5–29, 2016

MORNING: 9am–12pm | Ages 10-13
AFTERNOON: 2pm–5pm | Ages 14-18

Venice Arts offers workshops in the arts for youth ages 6-18. Fall classes meet once a week, after school or on weekends, from September 12-December 12. Classes available in photography, animation, sculpture, film, comics and more. See the full workshop schedule here. All Venice Arts programs are free for low-income families. Venice Arts also offers aninternship program for high school students who have participated in at least one session in Venice Arts’ Advanced Studies Track.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Ages 6-18 (Workshops are age-specific; see schedule of classes for details)
  • Low-income families receive priority

APPLY: Click here for registration and application information.

UC Irvine Summer Academies in the Arts

Deadline: May 1, 2016

The Summer Academies in the Arts offer high school and middle school students intensive college and career preparation in the arts, self-confidence and leadership. Students receive practical and technical instruction in small classes taught by graduate instructors, professionals in the field and, in some cases, UCI faculty. Students ages 14 and older have the opportunity to experience life on campus as an undergraduate arts major through the residential program, which includes facilities access, housing, meals, 24 hour supervision and evening and weekend activities. Qualifying juniors and seniors may also receive university credit for participating in a Summer Academy course, for an additional fee. Students with demonstrated financial need qualify for partial scholarships if admitted to the program.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Varies; see individual program requirements

APPLY: Apply online by selecting the desired program and clicking on the blue button at the top of the page. Application includes personal statement and audition video. Please double check audition requirements for the particular program to which you are applying. Participants with financial need should review the eligibility requirements for partial scholarships, and submit the scholarship application at the time of registration.

Southern California Science Academy Research Training Program

Deadline: June 1, 2016

The Research Training Program gives high school students the opportunity to conduct individualized research with an expert mentor in any scientific discipline throughout the academic year. Participants attend three meetings throughout, visit professional laboratories, prepare an abstract and a written paper and will ultimately have the opportunity to present their work at the Academy’s annual meeting in May.

Eligibility Requirements:

Currently enrolled 8th-11th grade students
Project proposal
APPLY: Applications for the 2016-17 Research Training Program will be available online in the spring of 2016. Application includes resume, project proposal and letter of recommendation.

CAP Summer Arts Program at California Institute of the Arts

Deadline: April 2016

CAPSA is a tuition-free, three-week intensive arts program that provides teens exposure to the studio environment and guidance in creating their own original works of art. Participants choose from programs in Acting, Animation, Creative Writing, Dance, Music, Photography and the Visual Arts. They also have the opportunity to visit prominent L.A. arts institutions, attend talks with accomplished visiting artists, learn about college applications and financial aid programs, and exhibit or perform their work in an arts festival for family and friends.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled high school student (graduating seniors are eligible to apply)
  • Ages 15-18 by June 2016
  • Resident of Los Angeles County

APPLY: Applications for next summer’s CAPSA programs will be available beginning in 2016.Follow CAPSA on Facebook for updates about next year’s program.

LACMA High School Internship Program

Deadline: May 2016

The LACMA High School Internship program offers a small group of students from LA-area public schools an opportunity to be introduced to the museum and its exhibitions and staff, take part in special projects, and work with exhibiting artists. Through training sessions, participants gain knowledge about exhibition and gallery teaching techniques and work on public-speaking skills. At the conclusion of their training, interns lead exhibition tours for younger students and peers. To learn more, contact the Education Coordinator at

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled high school student who is not a graduating senior

APPLY: The application period for the upcoming school year has passed. Check the website in 2016 for the 2016-17 application. Application includes short answer questions and resume.

California African American Museum Young Docent Program

Deadline: May 2016

CAAM’s Young Docent Program exposes students to the responsibilities of work and the world of professional museum opportunities. The program begins with an intensive, two-week summer training, in which students gain specialized knowledge of museum exhibitions and programs and also learn to greet the public, research and develop tour scripts, conduct guided tours, invent activities to supplement their tours, conduct art workshops and give dramatic readings. After initial training, successful students are employed at CAAM for five weeks during which time, they will create a two-dimensional work of art and have it displayed at the museum!

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Enrolled in high school
  • Ages 15 1/2-18

APPLY: Applications for next year’s program will be available on the museum website in the spring of 2016. Application includes personal statement and letter of recommendation. An in-person interview is also required.

California Science Center Community Teen Internship

Deadline: September 2016

The Community Teen Program provides an opportunity for high school students who love science to support community education and develop public speaking, customer service, workforce preparedness and leadership skills. Junior interns (students currently enrolled in their sophomore year) interact with guests of all ages, doing cart presentations and hands-on activities in various exhibits in the museum. Teen interns work five days a week (days vary) and earn $9.00 an hour. Senior interns (currently enrolled juniors) are trained to serve as mentors and teaching assistants for the Curator Kids Club, a science enrichment program for kids ages 11-13.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled high school sophomore or junior with a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Ability to work 5 days a week in June & July
  • Positive, enthusiastic attitude and strong work ethic
  • Preference given to applicants who live within one mile of the California Science Center

APPLY: The 2016 Community Teen Internship application can be downloaded online or picked up from the Science Center information desk starting in the spring. Application includes personal info, recommendation, transcript, essay questions and personal statement.

Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project Los Angeles Institute

Deadline: April 2016

Open to 50 students from Los Angeles County, this three-day institute is designed to develop leadership potential and increase knowledge of the region’s cultural and political landscape. Participants interact with education, business, political and community leaders and also have the opportunity to attend workshops on the college application process. Housing, meals and program materials are provided at no cost to the participants or their families.

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Currently enrolled sophomore or junior at a high school in California
  • Resident of Los Angeles county
  • Have not previously attended CLYLP Los Angeles Institute or Sacramento Leadership Conference as a participant
  • Must be able to attend the entire, 3-day program

APPLY: Applications for the Summer 2016 Institute will be available starting in 2016 on the CLYLP website. Application requirements include background information, extracurricular activities, official high school transcript, two letters of recommendation and three essay questions. Essays written in Spanish are accepted.

Chicano Latino Sacramento Leadership Conference

Deadline: April 2016

Every year, the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project (CLYLP) brings 120 high school students from around California to the Sacramento Leadership Conference, a week-long, intensive leadership program. Conference participants are housed on a university campus, and attend workshops and seminars to enhance leadership skills, academic preparedness, self-esteem and cultural awareness, and provide an understanding of state and local government. Participants also have the opportunity to meet with college recruiters and participate in mock hearings with legislators at the State Capitol. Housing, meals, program materials and transportation to and from the conference are provided at no cost to the participants or their families.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled sophomore or junior at a high school in California
  • Have not previously attended Sacramento Leadership Conference as a participant
  • Must be able to attend the entire, week-long program

APPLY: Applications for the 2016 Conference will be available starting in 2016 on the CLYLP website. Application requirements include background information, extracurricular activities, official high school transcript, two letters of recommendation and three essay questions. Essays written in Spanish are accepted.

UCLA Science Mathematics Achievement and Research Technology for Students (SMARTS)

Deadline: April 2016

SMARTS is a six-week summer college prep program sponsored by UCLA’s Center for Excellence in Engineering and Diversity, designed to engage traditionally underrepresented students in rigorous science, technology, engineering and math instruction and training. SMARTS participants take classes in math, SAT preparation, research, and college and career planning. Some students also participate in the Research Apprentice Program, where they conduct research projects in UCLA labs with graduate students.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in 10th or 11th grade
  • Completing any of the following math classes by June 2016: Trigonometry or Math Analysis or Pre-Calculus, if taking Calculus (current 9th grade students who have completed one or more of these classes are also eligible to apply)
  • Students who attend schools within LAUSD or Inglewood Unified School District, and/or MESA participants receive priority consideration
  • Ability to commute daily to UCLA campus

APPLY: The 2016 SMARTS application will be available to download on the program website in February. Application includes essay, transcript and two teacher recommendations.

Smithsonian Latino Center Young Ambassadors Program (Washington D.C.)

Deadline: April 2016

The Young Ambassadors Program is a national college preparatory and leadership program for graduating high school seniors in the U.S., which fosters the next generation of Latino leaders in the arts, sciences and humanities. The program includes a week-long training seminar at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and a four-week internship in one of 19 cities in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Students who complete the seminar and internship receive a $2,000 stipend. The program covers expenses for the training seminar, including meals, accommodations and round-trip travel to and from Washington, D.C.; however, participants are responsible for their own expenses for the duration of the internship. Internship placements are available in Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • High school senior graduating in 2016
  • U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident with valid social security number at the time of application
  • Weighted cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • Enrolled full-time in a degree-seeking program at an accredited college or university for the Fall of 2016 A

APPLY: Application information for next year’s program will be available on the website in 2016. Applicants are evaluated based on the following criteria: (1) Excellence in the arts, sciences or humanities; (2) Academic record; (3) Leadership experience; (4) Commitment to education; and (5) Service learning and engagement with the Latino community. Application includes transcript, letter of recommendation, two 500-word essays and a short video.

Summer Scholars Program at UCLA

Deadline: April 1, 2016

Summer Scholars Support provides financial aid to high school students enrolled in an academic course or pre-college Summer Institute through Summer Sessions at UCLA. You have the opportunity to enroll in a college-level course, earn college credit and study alongside UCLA students, or choose from a number of summer institutes specifically for high school students on subjects such as nanoscience, performing arts, mock trial, media design and more.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Registered and attending a high school in California
  • Continuing high school student in Fall 2015
  • Have not previously received Summer Scholars support
  • Be enrolled in an eligible academic course or pre-college Summer Institute at UCLA

APPLY: Complete Online Application Form. Applicants should also submit an official copy of your most recent high school transcript, a recommendation form and a recent copy of your parent/guardian’s W2s and 2015 Federal Income Tax Return (1040). Please note you must first be enrolled in a UCLA Summer Sessions Academic Course or pre-college Summer Institute in order to apply for financial aid through Summer Scholars. Enrollment requires a $150 non-refundable deposit.

The Intern Project

Deadline: Check back for 2016 Program Information

The Intern Project (TIP) engages high-profile businesses to provide mentorship, professional development, and paid summer internships for LAUSD students. TIP interns work in one of the following areas: (1) Arts, Media, & Entertainment, (2) Energy, Environment, & Utilities, (3) Health Science & Medical Technology; and (4) Government, Philanthropy, & Social Impact. Interns also have the opportunity to participate in job training, bond with other interns through group activities and blog about their experiences.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • LAUSD students 16 years of age and older (preference given to current high school juniors)
  • Interest in one of the internship program areas
  • Ideal candidates have a record of high academic achievement (GPA of 3.0 or better), consistent attendance and knowledge of social media

APPLY: Applications can be submitted online at the TIP Hub. Application includes personal information, resume, leadership experience, extracurricular activities, work/volunteer experience, essay questions and 2-minute video.

Samuels Family Latino and African American High School Internship Program (LA-HIP)

Deadline: January 31, 2016

LA-HIP is a summer research training and college preparatory program for Latino and African-American rising senior high school students from public schools in Los Angeles County. The overall goal is to provide students that have a genuine interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) with the opportunity to learn hands-on laboratory-based research and to promote their careers to become future scientists or physician scientists. Interns conduct their own research projects and also receive professional college and financial aid counseling to help them with the college application process.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled junior at a public high school
  • Resident of Los Angeles County
  • Genuine interest in STEM as evidenced by courses taken and extracurricular activities
  • Academically outstanding student
  • Committed to your education and rigorous learning

APPLY: The online application will be available beginning in October 2015. An unofficial transcript and recommendation from your science teacher or academic counselor is also required.

Grammy Camp

Deadline: Early Decision – October 22 (10% off tuition cost); Regular – March 31

GRAMMY Camp is a week-long, music industry program for students interested in pursuing a career in music. Students can apply for a number of different career tracks, like songwriting, audio engineering, music journalism and video production. (See the camp website for a full list of programs.) Campers participate in intensive workshops, meet industry professionals, visit cool music sites and collaborate on projects together. Tuition is $2,200 for the week-long program; however financial assistance is available to students with demonstrated need. For more information, see the GRAMMY Camp FAQ.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in grades 9-12

APPLY: Applications for GRAMMY Camp 2016 will be available online beginning in August. Applicants submit an application form and video essay. In addition, each career track has supplemental application requirements. With the application fee of $25, students can apply for as many career tracks as they want; however, they will only be able to participate in one if they are accepted. Students interested in a scholarship should also have a parent or guardian complete the online Financial Assistance form.

August Wilson Monologue Competition

Deadline: Register by October 22, 2015. Students registering by October 8th will receive a free copy of an August Wilson play at the preliminary auditions!

The August Wilson Monologue Competition is a chance for high school youth to gain professional audition experience, meet other students from around Southern California and the bring the memorable characters of playwright August Wilson to life on stage. The first round of auditions will be held at Center Theatre Group in Downtown L.A. on November 14, 2015. Up to 50 students who participate in preliminary auditions will be invited to compete in the semi-final auditions, 12 of whom will advance on to the Regional Competition. The top three regional finishers will receive scholarships, master classes and the chance to compete nationally. You do not need formal acting experience to register; students of all experience levels are encouraged to participate. To learn more, see the Program FAQ. View the list of approved monologues for the 2015-16 competition here.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • High school student enrolled in grades 10, 11 or 12
  • Attending school in Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, Riverside or San Bernadino Counties
  • Must remain enrolled in school throughout the academic year and be no older than 19 on the day of the National Finals in May

APPLY: Fill out the online interest form to receive more information and registration documents.

The Music Center Spotlight Program

Deadline: October 19, 2015

Spotlight is a nationally acclaimed scholarship and arts training program for high school students in the performing arts. Applying to Spotlight gives you the chance to attend master classes with professional artists in your chosen discipline, participate in the Spotlight Academy, have a live audition experience at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and win cash scholarships of up to $5,000. Students can apply to Spotlight in the following categories: acting, ballet, classical instrumental, classical voice, jazz instrumental, non-classical dance and non-classical voice. For more information, see the Spotlight FAQ or email

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Southern California high school student who attends a public, private, parochial, online or home school, completing high school curriculum (Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Riverside or San Bernardino counties)

APPLY: Access the online application form here. Application includes audition video. (SeeCategory Rules for specific audition video requirements for each program.) Applicants advancing to the second and semi-final rounds audition live.

Center Theatre Group Student Ambassador Program

Deadline: October 8, 2015

The Center Theatre Group Student Ambassador Program is for high school students who are curious about the arts and want to build leadership and teamwork skills. Student Ambassadors work with theater professionals and with one another on exciting projects to involve more young people in the Los Angeles arts community. This year’s ambassadors will work on one of four teams: Arts Education; Arts Advocacy; Community Engagement; and Young Artist Recognition. This is a six-month, approximately 60-hour program, including regularly scheduled meetings as well as occasional evening and weekend events. A $500 stipend will be provided upon completion of the program; students can also choose to receive community service / volunteer credit instead. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the program; however, free parking is available in the Music Center garage, and a Metro pass will be provided to participants who use public transit. See the program FAQ for more information.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Arts-interested high school students ages 13-18
  • Resident of L.A. County
  • No previous leadership or theater experience required

APPLY: Download the online application and submit in person or via email.

CalArts Community Partnership Programs

Deadline: October 4, 2015

The CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP) offers free, after-school youth programming in music, theater, animation, film, photography and digital media in locations around Los Angeles. Program descriptions and schedule of classes are available here. Includes the Media Mashup Program, a 20-week program for high school youth to explore specific social issues through a variety of artistic media, including printmaking, stop-motion animation and digital video production at Self Help Graphics in Boyle Heights.

Eligibility Requirements:

Resident of L.A. County
Students in 5th-12th grade
Some programs have more specific age requirements (i.e. high school youth)
APPLY: Fill out the online application form. If you are applying for multiple programs, you only need to fill out the form once; just make sure to specify all programs you are interested in. The deadline to complete the form is October 4th, however admission for several programs is on a first-come, first-served basis, so you should try to complete the form as soon as possible.

United States Senate Youth Program

Deadline: October 2, 2015

The United States Senate Youth Program, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. The 54th annual program will be held in Washington, D.C., from March 5 – 12, 2016. Two student leaders from each state will spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action. Student delegates will hear major policy addresses by Senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies, as well as participate in a meeting with a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. All transportation, hotel and meal expenses will be provided by The Hearst Foundations. In addition, each delegate will also be awarded a $5,000 college scholarship.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled high school junior or senior
  • Resident of the United States
  • Currently serving in an elected or approved capacity in a student government, civic or educational organization
  • Nominated by high school principal

APPLY: Students must be nominated by their high school principal to be considered for USSYP. Students are unable to apply to the program directly. Each principal can nominate up to two students. Nominated students submit an application, including an outline of extracurricular activities and career goals, an unofficial transcript and the California Qualifying Examination.

For Principals: California state nominations are made through the California Department of Education. For more information, see the Dept. website or contact the state selection coordinator David Carriker at

HIRE LA’s Youth / Summer Youth Employment Program

Deadline: Rolling

HIRE LA’s Youth is a program endorsed by Mayor Eric Garcetti designed to put L.A. youth to work and put them on the path to becoming lifetime earners. Once enrolled, youth can sign up for Job Skills Workshops, held all around the city, and earn their Work Readiness Certificate to make them more competitive for a job. HIRE LA’s Youth also administers the Summer Youth Employment Program.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 14-24 years old
  • Resident of the City of Los Angeles
  • Family meets low-income criteria or receives public assistance; OR foster youth; OR homeless
  • Right to work in the U.S.

APPLY: Enroll online for access to workshops and certification sessions

L.A. County Earn & Learn

Deadline: Rolling

Earn and Learn is L.A. County’s youth jobs program, providing paid work experience during the summer and year-round, including on-the-job training and personal enrichment training. Different programs available depending on if candidate is CalWORKs or in foster care. See website for details.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • L.A. County Resident
  • CalWORKs recipient ages 16-18; OR foster youth ages 14-21
  • Right to work in the U.S.

APPLY: Complete the Online Application Form. Applicants will be selected randomly through a lottery.

Venice Arts Advanced Studies Internship

Deadline: Rolling; first-come, first-available basis

The Venice Arts Internship Program was created to provide talented, responsible low-income teenagers enrolled in Venice Arts Advanced Studies programs an opportunity to learn about the education, experience, and skills required to work in creative industries. This career development training program includes internship placements at Venice Arts and in a creative business in the local area. An interest in pursuing an advanced degree in the arts, or working in a creative field, is not a requirement for participation: simply a commitment to your own learning and growth! For more information, see the program overview and application form, or contact Brigid McCaffrey at (310) 392-0846.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 14-18 years of age
  • Be from a low-income family, as determined at registration
  • Have participated for at least one session in Venice Arts’ Advanced Studies Track
  • Have demonstrated responsibility (for example, regularly attended your workshops at Venice Arts, helped with exhibits or class set-up, etc.)
  • Show a spirit of initiative
  • Are available to intern at least 4 hours per week after school
  • Have the approval of your parent/guardian

APPLY: Download the application form and instructions online. Application can be emailed, mailed or dropped off in person.