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Massachusetts Summer Programs for High School Students

This page of the directory includes information about Massachusetts summer programs. Scroll down to view summer opportunities for high school students and teenagers in Massachusetts.


Overview Information about Summer Programs in Massachusetts

The state of Massachusetts has summer programs that are available for high school students. Massachusetts summer programs are available in different locations around the state such as Amherst, Babson Park, Barrington, Boston, Cambridge, Medford, Worcester, as well as other locations. Massachusetts has a variety of universities and many summer programs take place on college campuses. This provides pre-college opportunities and a chance for students to gain experience on a college campus.

There are summer programs with different areas of focus such as art, business, entrepreneurship, enrichment, fashion, science, technology, writing and more. The summer programs can give students the opportunity to extend their learning from the school year, develop new skills, work collaboratively with peers, and explore areas of interest. Students can contact a specific program for detailed information and to determine if the program would align with their interests and goals. .

Massachusetts Summer Programs and Camps for High School Students




  • Boston Leadership Institute Summer STEM Programs for High School Students and Middle School Students
    Boston Leadership




  • Emagination Tech Summer Camps for High School Students and Middle School Students – Held at Boston College
    Emagination Tech Camps



  • epiic solutions Entrepreneurship/Business Summer Programs for Teens


  • Fashion Academy – School of Fashion Design Summer Program for High School Students
    Fashion Academy




  • iD Tech Camps Held at Universities in Massachusetts for Kids and Teens
    iD Tech Camps


  • Juniper Institute for Young Writers for High School Students – Held at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    Juniper Institute


  • LaunchX Summer Entrepreneurship Program for High School Students – Held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    LaunchX Summer Program



  • Summer Discovery Pre-College Enrichment Programs for High School Students – Held in Boston, Massachusetts
    Summer Discovery


  • Summer Global Leadership Institutes for Students in Grades 7 – 12 – Held at Harvard University
    UNAGB Summer Institutes





  • Discover@Wheaton Summer Program for High School Students – Innovation and Social Change



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Program: Babson College Summer Study Pre-College Program for High School Students: Babson Park, Massachusetts

Description:Babson’s Summer Study for High School Students provides a living/learning laboratory for students to focus on applying and advancing their knowledge in business and entrepreneurship. In this collaborative community, students will gain the tools and experience first-hand how to impact and reshape organizations, industries, and the world.

Babson Entrepreneurial Development Experience is a residential, academic credit bearing experience for the current or aspiring entrepreneur who wants to create innovative, real-world solutions to economic, social, and environmental issues through the lens of Entrepreneurial Thought and Action. Students will work together on new venture ideas to discover how to develop and grow new ventures through lessons of market research, feasibility analysis, and other business concepts while identifying the ways in which their businesses fit into the greater world picture.

Participants:High school students.
Program website: Babson Summer Study
Program: Boston College Summer Experience for Rising High School Seniors: Boston, Massachusetts
Description:Rising high school seniors spend six weeks living on the Boston College campus and taking courses for credit alongside undergraduate students. Choose from our broad summer course offerings, or apply to one of our specialty programs in math or writing. During your Boston College Experience you will tour area colleges, explore the city of Boston on weekend day trips, participate in service learning projects and reflect on your path to college and your career goals. You will also hear from BC students and staff about getting into college, transitioning to college life and how to succeed in college.

Participants:Rising high school seniors.
Program website: Boston College Summer Experience
Program: Boston Leadership Institute Summer STEM Pre-College Programs for High School Students:Boston, Massachusetts
Description:The Boston Leadership Institute offers award-winning STEM programs that give students the opportunity to engage in hands-on research. Programs are led by outstanding teachers from top schools who have received formal recognition for teaching and professional excellence who have experience teaching high-achieving students.

Teens wanting one-week science or math opportunities may choose Forensics, Anatomy, Sports Statistics, Contagion, Chemistry Edge, Intro to Surgery, Physics Edge, or Marine Biology. Students take fun, behind-the-scenes field trips. These adventures are combined with stimulating classroom enrichment and challenging laboratory activities. Our edge programs are designed to give students the edge they need to excel in their Fall Chemistry or Physics courses and on standardized tests. No application is needed for one-week programs. Three-week research programs are rigorous and designed for high-achieving high school students. These programs require an application. Outstanding students from all over the US and the world are selected. Students develop high-level research skills and subject matter expertise that strengthen credentials valuable for college admissions, interviews, and essays. Programs provide students with an opportunity to gain job-related experience and to explore career choices and possible undergraduate majors. Award-winning summer STEM research programs for teens include: Biological Research, Applied Physics Research, Chemistry Research, Neuroscience, Drug Discovery, Biomedical Engineering, Forensic Pathology, Mars Mission, Biomedical Research, Marine Biology, Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology, Engineering, and STEM Entrepreneurship.

Participants:High school students and middle school students.
Program website: Boston Leadership Programs
Program: Boston University High School Summer Honors Program for High School Students: Boston, Massachusetts
Description:Boston University offers a summer honors program for high school students. This program is designed to allow high school students to enroll academic courses at Boston University during the summer. Participating students have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of subjects and learn in classes with current undergraduate students. High school students also have the opportunity to meet peers from across the country, participate in workshops, and participate in social activities on the campus and in Boston.

Participants:High school students.
Program website: Boston University Summer Honors Program
Program: Discovery Internships – Summer Internship Programs for High School Students – Discovery Internships in Boston
Description:The Discovery Internships program is a 4 week all-inclusive summer internship experience. We offer customized internships in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Boulder, and London in 25+ industries including Finance, Entrepreneurship, Medicine, Law, Fashion, Film & Television, Public Relations, Veterinary Medicine and many more. Whether you are a high school student looking to gain clarity on college choices or fields of potential study or just looking for a meaningful summer in one of the greatest cities in the world, you’ve come to the right place. Whatever your needs, Discovery Internships’ customized programs will help you explore your future. In addition to gaining hands-on, career-focused learning opportunities, participants explore and live in an exciting city. Our programs feature a safe and fun living and learning environment based in a college residence hall. A meal plan, 24-hour staff supervision, and a host of cultural, recreational, and other community events and excursions around the city are all included. Our participants receive access to supplementary professional development workshops that enhance the internship learning experience and help students excel in both the college classroom and the workplace. Students receive academic credits for their internship and completion of coursework from Marist College.

Participants:High school students in grades 10, 11, and 12 (ages 15-18).
Program website: Discovery Internships
Program: Emagination Computer Camps for High School Students and Middle School Students: Held at Boston College in Massachusetts
Description:Technology learning PLUS Summer Camp Fun!

Emagination blends the latest in technology with fun non-tech activities that create a well-rounded summer camp experience for kids & teens ages 8 -17. Two-week sessions allow time to make friends and become part of a community.

Beginners to experts choose three technology workshops. Create Digital Media – 3D Modeling, Digital Music, Photoshop. Learn to Code – Minecraft Modding, iApps, Scratch, Java, C#. Design Video Games – RPG, Action, Strategy, Mobile, Minecraft. Discover Engineering – Robots and RC Cars. Recreation and socializing are important! Campers get unplugged in outdoor games, swimming, a talent show, camper groups and more.

The experience at Emagination Computer Camps differs from typical weeklong technology camps. Emagination balances technology learning with the fun activities and lifetime benefits of traditional summer camps.University locations in Fairfield, Connecticut and near Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Atlanta bring together “kids like me” from nearby towns, states across America and many foreign countries. It’s Worth the Trip!

Participants:: Kids and teens: ages 8 – 17
Program website: Emagination Computer Camps
Program: Emagination Game Design Summer Program for High School Students: Held at Boston College in Massachusetts

Teens create a 3D video game. Learn creative and technical skills > Join a development team > Build a playable game > Present to a panel of experts > Tour a game design studio > Learn from guest speakers. Teens 15 – 18 who are serious about learning game design will have fun while learning valuable real world skills in this immersive 14 day 13 night pre-college program.

Choose your role on the development team. Will you be a 3D Animator, Level Designer, Audio Artist, or Programmer? Learn valuable skills using industry standard software — Maya and 3ds Max from Autodesk, Adobe Photoshop® and Unreal Engine 3 from Epic Games. Design and build your own 3D video game under the direction of Lead Designers (aka the Instructors). Present your game to a panel of industry experts, tour a game studio and learn from game studio guest speakers. Studios providing tours and speakers have included Electronic Arts, Blizzard Entertainment, Rock Star Games, Turbine Inc, Hi-Rez Studios.

Offered at Bentley University near Boston and Mercer University in Atlanta, Emagination Game Design attracts teens from all across America and many foreign countries. We help with transportation by picking up and dropping off at airport and train terminals. It’s Worth the Trip!

Participants:High school students: ages 15 – 18
Program website: Emagination Game Design Summer Program
Program: Emerson College Summer Pre-College Programs for High School Students: Boston, Massachusetts
Description:Emerson College offers 5-week pre-college academic summer programs in filmmaking, acting, musical theatre performing, stage design, and creative writing; and 3-week programs in journalism and political communication (PAL). At Emerson, students focus on acquiring skills by doing, meet other students who share their passion for arts and communication, and gain an understanding of college life.
Participants:High school students entering grades 10, 11 and 12 during the 2015-2016 academic year should apply to Filmmakers Studio, Creative Writers Workshop, Journalism Institute, or Political Communication Institute (PAL). Students entering grades 11 or 12 should apply to Stage Design Studio, Acting Studio or Musical Theatre Studio.
Program website: Emerson Summer Pre-College Programs
Program: epiic solutions Entrepreneurship/Business Programs for Teens: Boston, Massachusetts
Description:epiic solutions is Boston’s coolest summer program to explore entrepreneurship, innovation and startups. Our programs treat Boston’s entrepreneurship ecosystem as our classroom as we explore how startups develop, prototype, test and pitch their solutions to transform them into successful businesses.

Each one-week program is hosted at an innovation hub where you’ll be rubbing elbows with entrepreneurs and startups. During morning workshops, teens work in small teams to explore customer problems, develop innovative ideas, prototype and test solutions, and prepare a pitch. In the afternoons, we travel across the city to visit some of Boston’s leading founders, startups and companies to get behind-the-scenes access to their stories and solutions. Each program culminates with a Friday afternoon Pitch Competition complete with a panel of judges and live audience.

If you want an authentic, real-world experience that puts you in a startup founder’s shoes, epiic solutions summer experiences is perfect for you.

Participants:High school students (grades 9-12).
Program website:: epiic solutions
Program: Fashion Academy – School of Fashion Design Summer Program: Boston, Massachusetts
Description:School of Fashion Design summer program for teens! Beginner and advanced levels. Taught by SFD expert faculty in our Newbury Street, Boston studio classrooms. Explore: color & design, figure drawing, fashion sketching, portfolio presentation, clothing construction, pattern manipulation, fabric selection, sewing fundamentals, pressing and finishing. Choose from one of the 2-week sessions.
Participants:Students entering grades 9-12.
Program website: Fashion Academy
Program: GoGirls Entrepreneurship Summer Program for High School Young Women: Boston, Massachusetts
Description:The GoGirls Entrepreneurship Program is a summer business program for young women in Boston. Do you like to create new things, think outside the box, find solutions to problems, do things their own way, be in control and succeed? If so, the GoGirls program will provide the tools and environment for you to do all these things.

During the first two weeks of the course, students will learn the basics of entrepreneurship through in-class instruction, and discuss the unique challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship with local female business leaders. During the next two weeks, students will create their own business plans and work collaboratively to find solutions to problems encountered in the making of the business plan. During the last two weeks, students will create apps to inspire and encourage entrepreneurship education and practice among others.

The program is free of cost. Each student will receive a stipend to cover food and transportation.

Apply by June 20th for Summer 2016. To access the application go to http://www.gogirlsentrepreneurshipprogram.comor email

Participants:High school aged young women.
Program website: GoGirls Entrepreneurship Program
Program: Harvard Summer Business Academy for High School Students: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Description:The Summer Business Academy is a week-long course designed to teach high school students the essentials of business and leadership and the pathway to entrepreneurship in the environment of a collegiate campus. With a comprehensive curriculum concentrated in five days, SBA will give students the knowledge, guidance and resources they need to understand the workings of business as well as create a business of their own, building up to a business pitch competition at the end of the week.

At SBA, we seek to promote both technical and social management skills. Each day, we begin with a technical deep-dive into one aspect of business, whether that be developing an effective pitch or managing the financial side of a venture. We then transition into team-based activities in the afternoon that promote effective cooperation and collective execution.

Over the course of five days, our program guides students through the integral parts of launching a business. We aim to equip students with a comprehensive education of business fundamentals and to provide valuable hands-on experience so they will be ready to enter and succeed in the business world. Visit our website for more information.

Participants:Rising sophomores, rising juniors, rising seniors, and graduating seniors with an interest in business.
Program website: Summer Business Academy at Harvard
Program: iD Tech Camps – Held at Universities in Massachusetts
Description:Code, game, and create at the world’s #1 summer tech camp! Students ages 7-17 can learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, engineer robots, model 3D characters, build websites, print 3D models, and more! These weeklong, day and overnight summer programs are held at prestigious campuses nationwide, including Stanford, Caltech, Rice, Northwestern, Emory, Princeton, Columbia, Yale, and more.

iD Tech summer courses are inclusive of every skill level and learning style. We guarantee an 8:1 student-to-instructor ratio and every location so both beginners and advanced students will receive personalized, 1-on-1 instruction.

iD Tech instructors are recruited from top universities like UCLA, Stanford, and NYU, and they’re passionate about the subjects they teach—iD Tech has been voted a Top Workplace by Bay Area News Group for 6 years and running!

Come see why more than 235,000 students have chosen iD Tech. Your child will meet new friends, use big-name software from companies like Autodesk and Adobe, learn awesome STEM skills, and build a foundation of knowledge that will make a positive impact in school, college, and future careers.

iD Tech also offers early-education STEM programs, all-girls tech camps, teen-only academies, and an online learning platform. Visit us online at our website to find what’s near you.

Join us as we inspire the makers of tomorrow.

Participants:High school students, middle school students, and elementary students (7-17).
Program website: iD Tech Camps
Program: Juniper Institute for Young Writers – A Pre-College Summer Creative Writing Program: Held at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
Description:The Juniper Institute for Young Writers is an extraordinary nine-day creative writing program for writers who are finishing their sophomore, junior, or senior years of high school. Hosted by the University of Massachusetts MFA Program for Poets and Writers, the Institute offers participants a unique opportunity: intensive workshops, craft sessions, and studio courses designed especially for young writers and unparalleled exposure to world-renowned authors through readings and Q&As.
Participants:High school students.
Program website: Juniper Institute
Program: The Art Institute of Boston (Lesley University) Summer Pre-College Program for High School Students:Boston, Massachusetts
Description:The Art Institute of Boston offers a summer program program that provides students with the opportunity to study art in a college environment with professional artists. The pre-college program are designed to promote imagination and encourage creativity. Participants: High school students
Participants:High school students
Program website: The Art Institute of Boston Summer Program
Program: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Summer High School Launch Entreprenuership Program:Cambridge, Massachusetts
Description:The MIT Summer Lauch Program provides students with the opportunity to learn about entreprenuership through coursework, hands-on activities, and autehntic experiences. Students have the chance to learn from professionals and connect with peers. Participants also explore career options in the field of business.
Participants:High school students.
Program website: MIT Summer Launch Program
Program: Northeastern University Marine Science Center – Coastal Ocean Science Academy (COSA):Nahant, Massachusetts
Description:The Coastal Ocean Science Academy (COSA) is a marine science summer day program that aims to introduce and connect young people to local coastal habitats and the factors that shape them. The program is based on Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center (MSC) campus on the rocky shore of Nahant, but also includes off-site field trips to locations around Boston and the North Shore! COSA provides students with the unique opportunity to perform hands-on experiments in the field and learn what it means to be a marine scientist through the exploration of a variety of habitats.

This summer we are offering a one-week middle school program (July 17 to 21, 2017) and two-week high school programs (Aug. 14 to 25, 2017). Thanks to the support of generous donors, we are pleased to offer a limited number of full and partial scholarships to students interested in participating in the program.

Need transportation to COSA? A daily shuttle is available between Ruggles, Wonderland & Lynn MBTA stations and the Marine Science Center.

Participants:High school students and middle school students.
Program website: The Coastal Ocean Science Academy
Program: Summer Discovery Pre-College Summer Enrichment Programs Held at Emerson University: Boston, Massachusetts
Description:Summer Discovery pre-College programs at Emerson University includes special programs in college admissions prep, marketing & advertising, and English language. For over 50 years, high school students from around the globe have enjoyed summers filled with fun, educational, and innovative activities. While visiting our website, take time to learn about our over 300 course offerings at your program of interest – college credit, research, engineering, sport management, leadership programs, SAT prep, enrichment, writing, community service, college admissions prep, tennis, cooking, and many others. Summer Discovery offers programs at 13 different locations in 3 countries, and works with universities of the highest caliber, such as University of Pennsylvania, UCLA, Georgetown, and many more! We invite you to join a wonderful group of teenagers from all over the U.S. and around the world this summer and experience a great summer program for teens!
Participants:High school students in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 (ages 14-18).
Program website: Summer Discovery at Emerson in Boston
Program: Summer Institutes in Global Leadership – United Nations Association of Greater Boston: Boston, Massachusetts
Description:The United Nations Association of Greater Boston holds a Summer Institute at Harvard University beginning in June, where we educate students on global issues. Each program is a week long and is focused on different topics like international security, human rights, and environmental issues. These programs involve workshops, public speaking, and conversations with local experts and diplomats. At the end of each program, we hold a Model United Nations Conference where students come together to discuss what they learned. It is a chance for students to work together, learn about the world, and have fun. These events are for all levels and we encourage any student in grades 7-12 with an interest in global issues to attend.
Participants:Students in grades 7-12.
Program website: Summer Institutes in Global Leadership
Program: Summer Institute for Youth Leadership for High School Students and Middle School Students at Framingham State:Framingham, Massachusetts
Description:The Summer Institute for Youth Leadership is designed for teens looking to make an impact in their community while developing leadership skills. The program underscores the importance of active community involvement, and participants ultimately work to award grants to local nonprofits. The program is structured as a mix of ice breakers, full-group discussions, small-group chats, guest speakers, and off-campus site visits to local nonprofits.
Participants:High school program: rising 9th graders through 12th graders and Middle School Students: rising 7th and 8th graders.
Program website: Summer Institute for Youth Leadership
Program: Tufts University Summer Study Pre-College Program for High School Students: Medford, Massachusetts
Description:Tufts University offers a summer program, known as Summer Study, for high school students. Students have a chance to study topics of interest, experience college life, work with highly qualified instructors, and meeting other students. The program is designed to give students a head start on their college careers.
Participants:High school students.
Program website: Tufts Summer Study Program
Program: Walnut Hill School for the Summer Programs in Dance, Theatre, Visual Art, and Writing & Film: Natick, Massachusetts
Description:The Walnut Hill Summer Programs in Dance, Theater, Visual Art, and Writing & Film, offer students a challenging and fun experience, surrounded by supportive faculty and other young artists who share their passion.
Participants:High school students and middle school students (ages 12-17).
Program website: Walnut Hill School for the Arts
Program: Wheaton College Summer Seminar for High School Students – Innovation and Social Change:Norton, Massachusetts
Description:The Innovation and Social Change Seminar is an opportunity to truly become a change-maker! Under the guidance of Wheaton College President Dennis Hanno and our elite faculty, you will learn the fundamentals of business and discover the pathway to making meaningful change. You will develop the confidence to pursue your passions and the organizational knowledge and expertise necessary to begin your own entrepreneurial endeavor. By the end of the week you will be prepared to launch an organization that can help you achieve your dreams of making a difference in the world.
Participants:Students entering 10th, 11th, 12th grade and recent high school graduates.
Program website: Discover@Wheaton Summer Seminar
Program: WPI Pre-Collegiate Outreach Summer Programs for K-12 Students: Worcester, Massachusetts
Description:Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs to elementary, middle, and high school students. Depending on students’ interests and summer schedule, WPI offers various academic programs during the day as well as overnight residential programs for older students. All programs are designed to engage students in exciting STEM applications while developing leadership and collaboration skills. These preeminent programs highlight areas such as robotics, physics, video game design, music, engineering, humanities/arts, and women’s leadership. No matter a student’s age or experience level, WPI’s summer academic programs have something to offer. They are offered both during the school year and over the summer by WPI faculty and staff along with area educators. WPI also offers an assortment of sports camps for students entering grades 2-12 during the summer and school year. Some of the programs are registration based, while others require an application.
Participants:Programs available K-12, but each individual program has different age requirements.
Program website: WPI Pre-Collegeiate Outreach