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Opportunities in Science

Awesome Opportunities in Science

Below is a list of  internship, volunteer and summer learning/research experiences. If you are interested in applying for any of these and need help with the application process, you should talk with your science teacher--we are always happy to help!

Allens Guide
A national listing of summer camps and travel opportunities.  

BlueStamp Engineering Camp
A 6-week long engineering camp held locally at Auraria Campus, as well as in Houston, New York and San Francisco, in which students develop their own projects while exploring engineering, technology and entrepreneurship.  The cost of the program is appx. $3000, but scholarships and financial aid are available.  

Camp Neuro
Week-long camp in Denver that is run by local medical students to introduce students to careers in medicine and psychology.  Scholarships available.  

CDC Disease Detective Camp
A week-long day camp at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia.  The program is free but does not provide accommodations during the camp.  If interested in attending this camp, check with Ms. D about possible housing options.

Children's Hospital Medical Career Collaborative (MC2)
Two-year summer internship experience for rising juniors and seniors to explore careers in healthcare at Children's Hospital in Denver.

CHORI/DDCF Summer Research Program for Under-Represented HS Students
A 6-9 week research experience for minority/under-represented students at Children's Hospital in Oakland, CA.  Participants receive a stipend of $2500.  

Colorado College Southwest Scholars Summer Session   
An opportunity for high school juniors to attend a summer block of study at CC and earn college credit.  The scholarship includes: tuition, room & board, books and possibly a travel allowance.  

Colorado School of Mines EPICS Engineering Design Summer Camp
A week-long experience learning about the principles of engineering design.  

Colorado School of Mines SUMMET (Summer Minority Engineering Training Program) 
A three-week residential program at CSM to explore careers in STEM.

Colorado State University's SciTrek Program for Future Scientists
A week-long outdoor science program in Fort Collins.  Although there is a cost for this program, full scholarships are available.

Colorado State University's Summer Vet Program
A week-long summer vet shadow experience at CSU's Veterinary School.  Although there is a cost for this program, full scholarships are available.

Colorado Summer Camp
A national listing of summer camps ranging in topic from science and engineering to sports.  

Crow Canyon Archeological Center's Archeology Camp & Field School
Choose between a week-long or 3-week long residential experience participating in research at an authentic Anasazi dig site.  Scholarships are available, especially for Native American students.  

Denver Museum of Nature & Science Teen Science Scholar Program  
An opportunity to participate in authentic research at the museum, working in the fields of Health Sciences, Paleontology or Zoology.  

Denver Zoo's Teen Summer Volunteer "Zoo Crew" Program 
An opportunity to volunteer at the Denver Zoo, to support education activities, help run special events and work with senior volunteers on animal husbandry.

Fairview High School's List of Student Opportunities
A listing of summer camps and internships for teens that includes both local and national opportunities, in a variety of different content areas.

Google's Computer Science Summer Institute
A three-week introduction to computer science for graduating high school seniors, especially targeting minority students.  Learn basics of programming and explore Google's emerging technologies.  Google pays for all expenses, including travel to and from the camp. 

Junior Ranger Program
A five-week summer opportunity for 14-17 year old students to participate in teams working on park maintenance while learning about the environment and conservation.  

A 5-week summer intensive learning about advanced math topics.  Applicants must take a qualifying exam.  Tuition is appx. $4000, but LOTS of scholarships are available.  The program is FREE for students whose annual family income is less than $60,000.

Keystone Science School's Teen Leadership Programs
Opportunity to help lead summer day and residential camps while learning leadership skills and learning about environmental science.  

Lewis' Educational & Research Collaborative Internship Project  
A 10-week paid summer internship for high school seniors (after graduation) to work with NASA/Glenn Research Scientists and learn about future careers in STEM.

MITES (MIT's Minority Introduction to Engineering & Science)  
A rigorous 6-week program for high school students to study math, science and/or engineering at MIT.  The program is free for accepted students.

MIT's Women's Technology Program  
A rigorous 4-week program for high school junior (rising senior) girls interested in engineering. Partial and full  scholarships are available to cover the $3000 tuition.  Note:  Applications are due EARLY (Jan 1)!

National Youth Science Camp
A month-long opportunity for 2 graduating seniors from each state to participate in research and learn more about STEM careers.  All expenses paid!

NCAR's SOAR / Pre-Collegiate Internship Program (PRECIP)
For more information about internships, contact:  

NOAA's Internship & Volunteer Opportunities
NOAA offers a variety of ongoing opportunities for students to participate in authentic research on energy and earth systems. 
A listing of Internship and Fellowship opportunities for students in science

SEAP (Army's Science and Engineering Apprentice Program)
An 8-week summer internship experience for students to conduct research at Army research laboratories near Washington DC.  Stipend provided but living accommodations are not.  Note:  Applications are due Early!!! (November)

SEAP (Department of the Navy Science & Engineering Apprenticeship Program)  
An 8-week summer internship experience for students to conduct research at a DoN laboratory, including the US Naval Observatory Master Clock in Colorado Springs.

SERI MedAdvance Program
A year-long pre-professional program for high school seniors and college students to explore careers in health care and prepare for applying to post-graduate medical career programs.  

SERI Summer Science Camp
Four-day summer science camps for children ages 3rd grade through 12th grade. Students are expertly led through a variety of science-based experiments and activities emphasizing subjects such as physics, chemistry, biology and forensics. Cost is $350, but scholarships are available.  

Smith College Summer Science & Engineering Program for Girls

A month-long residential STEM experience for girls.  Although the costs for participation are rather extensive, full-scholarships are available.

Success Institute at CU 
A week-long residential engineering experience for rising high school seniors who are underrepresented in science. 

Teen Ink
National listing of summer programs and summer camps for teens. 

Teen Science Cafe
Science Discovery’s new Teen Science Café offers Colorado teens opportunities to meet and interact with local scientists in a fun and informal setting. The Teen Science Café meets monthly at each of two locations, one in Boulder and the other in Denver. 

A website that has a searchable national database for summer engineering camps, scholarships, internships and more.

University of Colorado's Summer Cancer Research Fellowship
An opportunity for undergraduate and top high school students to spend 10 weeks participating in research at one of CU's Denver or Boulder campuses.

University of Colorado's Science Discovery Program
A program through CU that offers a range of activities for high school students, including outdoor field experiences.  

UNC's Frontiers of Science Institute (FSI)
A six-week residential STEM research experience at UNC.  The cost of the program is $800 but scholarships are available to cover this cost. 

UPCI Academy 
The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute offers an 8-week research experience for rising high school seniors at one of seven different research labs where students get to learn about one cancer research at a site with one of the following foci: Cancer Biology; Cancer and Bioengineering; Drug Discovery; Bioinformatics; Tumor Immunology; and Cancer in Women.  The total cost of the program is nearly $7000, however, financial aid is available to under-represented/minority students.  

US Air Force Academy's Summer Seminar
A week-long residential immersion into the life of an Air Force Cadet.  Student will work with mentors to learn about academics, athletics, officer careers and the application process for the USAFA.  Cost is $300 and does not include transportation to the Academy.

US Naval Academy's Summer STEM Program
A 5-day STEM experience for 9th, 10th and 11th grade students to learn about engineering design and improving the world through STEM.  Cost is $425 and does not include transportation.  

US Naval Academy's Summer Seminar
A 6-day immersion for high school juniors (rising seniors) to learn about the Naval Academy and the application process.  Recommended for students who are seeking appointment at one of the military academies.  

List of Summer Programs by Topic

Local Science Experiences

Below is a list of local science attractions to visit with family or friends.  

Anatomy in Clay Workshops

Aurora Water * Treatment & Conservation

Barr Lake

Butterfly Pavillion

CoderDojo (Denver Public Library)

Colorado Geological Survey's Geological Excursions 

CSU's Little Shop of Physics (Open House on February 28, 2015)

CU Engineering's Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory

Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver Federal Center Solar Park

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Denver Public Library's Teen Programming

Denver Zoo

Dinosaur Ridge

Doors Open Denver Architectural Open House Tours

Fiske Planetarium & Science Center

Girls Only Idea Lab (Denver Public Library)

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

National Institute of Standards and Technology (JILA)

National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)

Rocky Mountain Arsenal

Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge

SparkFun Factory Tour

Tesla Museum

University of Colorado's Museum of Natural History

Wild Animal Sanctuary

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum