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.


August Wilson Monologue Competition

Interest Forms made be filled out for 2019

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.

LACMA High School Internship Program

Deadline: Applications opening soon

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

Eligibility Requirements:

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

APPLY: .Application includes short answer questions and resume.

Summer Scholars Program at UCLA

Deadline: April 1, 2018



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 2017
  • 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 2017 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 Music Center Spotlight Program

                                                                                                             Deadline: Please check back in June 2018 for more info on Spotlight 2019

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: Check back later for 2019 Ambassador Openings. For additional questions, please email us or call 213.972.7587.


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, 2018

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.

California Science Center Young Curators Program

Deadline: May 18, 2018

Young Curators Program provides an opportunity for middle school student who love science to support community education and develop public speaking, customer service, workforce preparedness and leadership skills. Eligible students and their families participate in free and exclusive science programming at the California Science Center.

link here for more information

Year around activities include :

  • Science Ambassador Program– One day program where participants learn about the California Science center by engaging in interactive activities at the Science center.
  • Hands-On Science Camp– Participants attend two full day weeks of camp at a topic of their choice.
  • Family Science Days- Six exclusive educational program days during the school year. Programming may include : meet and greet with astronaut, hands-on science activities, and special exhibition showings.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 7th or 8th grade in Fall 2018
  • Must live within 5 miles of the California Science Center

APPLY: Download application here  http://2018-young-curators-app-english.pdf 

For further information about Young Curators email or call 1-213-744-7444



United States Senate Youth Program

Deadline: October 2, 2018

Dates of event: March 5-12, 2019

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, 2019. 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 $10,000 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

Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project Los Angeles Institute

Deadline: April 11, 2018

Dates: Friday August 3 to Sunday August 5, 2018.

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.

Activities include:

  • Civic Day: Students learn about the legislative process through active participation in mock hearings and interaction with city lawmakers and staff.
  • College and Career Day: Students participate in workshops about financial aid, university requirements and admissions process.

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 2018 are available now 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.

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

Deadline: April 9, 2018

Dates of event: June 24-August 2, 2018

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 17 cities in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.The program covers stipend, 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. Link here for more info:

Eligibility Requirements:

  • High school senior graduating in 2018
  • 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
  • Be fluent in English
  • Commit to participate in the one-week training seminar at Smithsonian Institute and complete the four week paid internship.
  • Enrolled full-time in a degree-seeking program at an accredited college or university for the Fall of 2018

APPLY:   Go to website to apply.  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.

Samuels Family Latino and African American High School Internship Program (LA-HIP) 2019

Deadline: January 31, 2019

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 2018. An unofficial transcript and recommendation from your science teacher or academic counselor is also required.

Grammy Camp 2018 in Los Angeles

Deadline: March 31, 2018

Dates of event: July 17-July 21, 2018

GRAMMY Camp is a week-long, music industry program for students interested in pursuing a career in music. Students can apply for 8 different career tracks (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 $1,500 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 2018 will be available online now. Applicants submit an application form,video essay and audition video.  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.