Summer Programs

Welcome Students and Recent Graduates!

Discover how spending time in the world outside the classroom may assist teens excel in the classroom, during the college admissions process, and in their adult lives. Pensacola Catholic High School is dedicated to connecting students and parents with experiential learning opportunities through summer programs, potential gap year programs, and with a multitude of volunteer opportunities.

Volunteering presents a great opportunity for teenagers and young adults to prepare for the future, as well as to improve their communities. In addition to boosting socializing skills and awareness of local organizations and social issues, high school students who volunteer often may have an advantage over their peers when headed off to college. 
  • Gaining new skills
  • Adding to the resume 
  • Show responsibility
  • Potentially earn credits

...and then are Job Opportunities as well.

Jobs can be purely that - jobs. Or it may be an experience-building stepping stone. For example, if you have an interest in going into business, working behind a register will give you practical building blocks. It is important to have realistic expectations. As you are just entering the job market, it is much more likely that you will receive the "lunch shift server" position and not that of "MTV intern." Don't turn down an opportunity just because it's not the perfect job or a volunteer position. It might lead to the job you really want, and become a valuable resume builder as you continue your education and/or career development. Sometimes the best compensation experience - and future employers love to see volunteer experience on the resume.

Don't get discouraged, but know what to expect. Familiarize yourself with the job search process and perform an internet search on the job title, the organization that is offering the job, as well as interview/chat with someone that you may be familiar with that works with that organization or in that field.  You can often get a feel for organizations by visiting their websites. The more you know about a company's culture and brand, the better your chances of impressing an interviewer.

Jobs have the opportunity to put you in contact with people organizations that might help you in the future. It may enable you to shadow someone in a job that interests you. Start with your interests and consider all the possibilities. Broaden your thinking to include as many options as possible.

Summer Opportunities
 Session Dates
Brief Description
Pathways for Students & Recent Graduates to Federal Careers

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Various Dates AvailableThe Federal Government has setup a program intended to help students and recent graduates learn, and potentially join the Federal service. The purpose is to provide meaningful training and career development opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school.

* New Opportunities will appear on USAJOBS as agencies post them. 
* You are encouraged to visite the site periodically, or set up a saved search.
Finding a Variety of Summer Study Programs

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Summer* Leading College Credit
* Pre-College Summer Enrichment
* Study Abroad and Middle School Programs
* Intensive Workshop Programs
* Meet students from across the United States.
Pensacola Museum of Art Summer Volunteer Program

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If you have any questions please contact Valerie Peacock at 
850-432-6247 or

SummerVolunteer Opportunities include:
* support for front desk
* galleries
* children's education
YMCA Lifeguard & Swim Instructors

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Summer* Now hiring lifeguards and swim instructors for all locations.
* Must be at least 16 years old.
* Must have completed YMCA Lifeguard or American Red Cross lifeguard certification course successfully, including First Aid and CPR/AED for professional rescuers. 
* Swim instructors must have all of the above plus have successfully completed a YMCA or Water Safety Instructor (WSI) certification course.
Duke University Summer Programs

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SummerA variety of programs exist for students of all ages, academic, and social interests including, but not limited to:
* 3D Printing
* Action Science Camp for Young Women
* Biosciences & Engineering
* Cracking the Code: High School Crypto-Camp
* Creative Writers' Workshop
* Drone Innovation
* Duke Neuro Camp
* SAT Summer Boost
* Video Production Camp
Pensacola State College
...continuing education

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Courses and programs for lifelong learning, recreation and leisure, and cultural events for individuals of all ages!
Courses are for a fee (specific to course). Courses of interest may include:
* Driver Improvement
* Foreign Language
* Reading and Writing
* ACT / SAT Preparation
NASP Aquatics - Lifeguards Needed

Contact NASP Aquatics Office for further information:
(850) 452-9429 or (850) 452-8293

Lifeguards Needed!
* 16+ years of age
* May expect $10.50 - $12.50 hourly pay
* Flex schedules
* Up to 40 hours weekly
* ARC Certified Nationally
* Lifeguard Prep Courses are available on Monday evenings at $10 per 1 hour class
* Lifeguard Training Courses are available as well: CPR/PR, First Aid, AED, and Rescue Skills 2 week evening classes. Pretest is $15 and the Course is $170.
The Barnard Summer Programs

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Summer*For current 10th and 11th grade GIRLS
*Some programs are residential-only, and other have commuter options available.
*All programs have varying length.
*Full-time supervisory staff.
*Pre-college experience while exploring New York City.
            -Summer in the City
            -Liberal Arts Intensive
            -Young Women's Leadership Institute
            -Dance in the City
            -Summer Science Seminars
Campus Oxford
UK Summer Courses

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Summer*Academically-relevant and culturally-enriching experience for high school students from sophomore year and above, primarily those who are aiming for a competitive college placement.
*Stimulating choice of classes taught in small tutorial groups, with individual supervisions.
*High school credits available on successful completion of each class.
*Optional SAT classes
*Scholarship essay competition is offered for specific programs.
National Flight Academy
Ambition Experimental Pilots

Further information may be obtained from:
Natalie Suarez Solis
(850) 458-7836

Click here for more information and to register.
6-day Sessions
begin in March
end in mid-August
* National Flight Academy's Ambition is a new "virtual carrier" that combines game-playing and the thrill of flight. 
* Students will experience aviation missions and flight simulation using premier technology, teamwork, and critical thinking.
* Full tuition scholarships are available (not based on financial need)! Students will write an essay to qualify.
* Course schedule available on the website with "missions" available each week of the summer.
University of Mobile Early Enrollment Program

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Term I: May 11-June 5

Term II: June 8-July 2

Term III: July 6-July 30

Term IV:
May 11-July 30
Who: Rising high school juniors and seniors!
*Take advantage of the Early Enrollment Program and start on your college career with freshman courses at the University of Mobile. 
*Early Enrollment Application and registration fee.
*Recommendation form, official transcript and ACT or SAT scores. 
*Schedule your registration and orientation with your personal UM Enrollment counselor by calling 251-442-2638.
Trent Lott Summer Leadership Institute

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Session 1:
May 27-June 29

Session 2:
June 24-July 27
* 3.2 GPA
* Mandatory trip to Washington, D.C. 
* Nomination by guidance counselor.
* Complete online application 
* Submit one letter of recommendation from a teacher.
* Submit all ACT or SAT scores to date.
* Costs for student will be around $1,000, but students are strongly encouraged to fundraise the required funds. This is a leadership-building exercise that is part of the program experience.
Pensacola State College (S.H.O.W.)
Summer High School Onstage Workshop

Please call the Performing Arts office at
(850) 484-1800 for more information.
June - July
The Summer Musical Theatre Program is open to all students who will be in grades 9-12 during the upcoming school year.
* Students will participate in selected workshops in music, acting, dance, and/or technical theatre with an emphasis on their particular interest or talent. 
* Auditions will be held for specific parts in the musical. 
The Ronald Reagan Student Leadership Program

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Session 1: June 19-23

Session 2: June 26-30

Session 3: June 26-30

Session 4: July 10-14

Session 5: July 17-21

Session 6: 
July 31-Aug 4
* Online application
* Teacher/Counselor/Principal recommendation
* Transportation and lodging are NOT provided and are the sole responsibility of the parent/student.
* Program is held on-site at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
* Session Hours are one week, Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
* Program cost is $400, with a $25 non-refundable application and processing fee. Students accepted into the program will have the application fee applied to total cost of the program.
Pathways to Cyber Camp

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Camp 1: June 25-29
Camp 2: July 9-13
* Camp deadline is June 8.
* Sponsored by UWF, NSA, and NSF and held on University of West Florida's campus
* from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
* Open to 24 high school students.
* Introduction to to the Cybersecurity First principles, cybersecurity careers and how to utilize the Linux operation system and command line.
Converse Campus    

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June and July* Variety of summer program opportunities ranging from Leadership, Acting, and Soccer.
Gulf Islands National Seashore
Youth Conservation Corps Summer Program

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Further information may also be obtained from:
Chaunita Webb
(850) 934-2611
Gulf Islands National Seashore Headquarters
Naval Live Oaks
1801 Gulf Breeze Pkwy
Gulf Breeze, FL
June - August* The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is an opportunity for youths to spend the summer working, learning, and earning together by doing projects on public land.
* Applicants must be U.S. citizens between the ages of 15 and 18, and must not reach their 19th birthday before the program end date.
* Program runs from June through August of each year.
* Applications are accepted during the recruitment periods of March to April of each year.
Loyola University Chicago's Summer Scholars program

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June - August* Be a current freshman, sophomore or junior in high school.
* Have a strong academic standing.
* Be ready for the challenge of a rigorous, study-intensive summer
* Have an excellent record of attendance.
University of Southern Mississippi Student Athletic Training Workshop

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June 5-7The University of Southern Mississippi will offer a Beginner, Intermediate, and two Advanced Student Athletic Trainer Workshops.  The workshops are for 8th grader to junior college students who assist their schools' athletic training and sports medicine.

* Enrollment is limited.
* Pre-registration must be returned by May 22, 2015.
* Workshop confirmations will be mailed to each participant upon receipt of their pre-registration form.
American Legion Auxiliary Girls State

Contact the Guidance Department for details.
June 30- July 8
* Females who have successfully completed their junior year of high school and will be returning for their senior year.
* Applications must be turned into the Guidance Department 
* Resident of Florida
* Interested in government and current events.
* High moral character
* Strong leadership abilities.
* Candidates will be interviewed by assigned Auxiliary officials.
Florida State University Young Scholars Program

Further information may be obtained from:
Young Scholars Program FSU
(850) 644-0643

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June 7-July 18A residential science and mathematics program for Florida high-school students with significant potential for careers in the sciences, engineering, and health professions. The Young Scholars Program is supported with funding from Florida State University.
* Participants will be selected from nearly 200 qualified applicants. 
* Completed applications are due March 1 (postmarked)
* Official high school transcript
Reading Skills and Speed Reading Programs

Call 1-800-978-9596 for more information or to register.
June 9 - July 7For entering 9-12th graders, college students, and adults.
* Tuition varies by program level. Please ask about their family discount.
* Students double reading speed, make substantial gains in comprehension, and learn study skills. 
* Excellent preparation for SAT, ACT, and college.
* Program is intended to transform your reading skills.
* Improve concentration, and retention.
American Legion Boys State

Contact the Guidance Department for details.
June 17-23* Only males who have successfully completed their junior year of high school and have at least one semester of high school remaining.
* Applications must be turned into the Guidance Department
* An interest in governmental process.
* Outstanding qualities of leadership, character, scholarship, loyalty and service to their schools and community should be considered.
* Residents of Florida.
* Candidates will be interviewed by assigned Post officials.
Dauphin Island Sea Lab

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Contact DHP Registrar for further information:
(251) 861-2141 
June 21 - July 17
Deadline: April 10
*During the summer the Discovery Hall Programs offers a course in marine science to high school students. 
*Course is 4 weeks, during which time students live on campus and participate in over 150 hours of supervised academic activities.
*Any high school student in grades 9-11 who has completed (by summer) a course in general biology.
*Program cost is $2,250 (Includes meals, housing, tuition,m and field trips)
University of Notre Dame
Summer Scholars Program

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June 25 -  July 9* Two-week program that introduces students to college-level academics in field ranging fro liberal arts to the sciences and businesses.
* For rising Juniors and Seniors.
* 2 short essays, teacher recommendation, counselor report, high school transcript, and copy of standardized test scores (i.e. PSAT, SAT, ACT, and/or PLAN)
* Application Deadline: January 29  (
Bulldog Pharmacy Camp - 
A prescription for success

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Call or email 205-726-2008,
June 26 - July 1* McWhorter School of Pharmacy Samford University sponsored
* Bulldog Pharmacy Camp is a dynamic opportunity for rising high school juniors, seniors, and college freshmen to learn about careers in pharmacy and about pre-pharmacy courses that can prepare your for pharmacy school.
* Apply by February 1st
* Completed application
* Official high school transcript, including SAT/ACT scores
* Recommendation letter from your math or science teacher
* $100 Nonrefundable deposit
* $500 includes overnight accommodations for five nights, all meals and camp activities (full payment must be received by April 1)
* A limited number of scholarships will be available for the deposit and camp fee
Regis Summer Scholars Program

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For additional information please email: 
June 28-August 4Earn six college credits and experience University Life through a blend of both online and campus courses. At the end of the program, students will spend a week living as a college student in suite-style residence halls and participated in activities on Regis' beautiful suburban campus. They will also explore the city of Boston with a trip to Faneuil Hall, a Red Sox game, and a Boston Harbor Cruise.
* Program Cost: $1,500 which includes costs of 6 college credits, room, board, and excursions. Cost does not include textbooks. 
* $1,000 deposit is due by June 1st to confirm your spot.
*Be a rising Junior or Senior in high school.
* Submit an application, high school transcript, and a letter of recommendation.
Lipscomb University Summer Scholars
Nashville, TN

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Contact Johnathan Akin for more information:
615-966-6150 or
July 8 - 16*Rising seniors (current juniors)
*Accepted students will receive a scholarship covering the entire cost of their coursework.
*10-day residential academic program that emphasizes experiential learning and includes visits to Nashville area attractions and activities.
*Student consideration must have obtained an ACT score of 24 or better OR a SAT score of 1090 or better.
University of Notre Dame
Leadership Seminars

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July 16 - 27* Leadership Seminars is a 1-day, all expenses paid program for advanced students who wish to hone their critical thinking and expressive skills in the company of dynamic peers. 
* For rising Seniors only.
    - Global Issues: Toward a Just Peace
    - Science, Ethics, and Responsibility
    - American Arts, Popular Culture, and Social Change
* 2 short essays, teacher recommendation, counselor report, high school transcript, and copy of standardized test scores (i.e. PSAT, SAT, ACT, and/or PLAN)
* Application Deadline: January 22 (
Thomas Aquinas College Summer Great Books Program

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July 17 - July 30*Students who have completed 3 years of high school.
*Cost is $975
*Two weeks of fun 
*This program encourages wonder and leads participants toward wisdom.
Adelphi University Summer Pre-College Programs

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July 17 - July 30* Pursue credit-bearing and non credit courses in the following disciplines: Nursing, Business, Game Programming, Psychology, The Arts, Sciences and Health Professions.
* A nationally recognized faculty and collaborative relationships with Columbia University and New York University.
* May reside on campus (optional for some programs) and air-conditioned housing that includes suites with a private bath, and get personal attention from our instructors, advisers and support staff.
* Program costs include a college-level class, housing (options for some programs), and off-campus trips and events.
Gulf Coast Diplomacy Council
Young Leaders Exchange Program (YLEP)

Contact Matt Rizzo for additional information at: (850) 417-1326
223 Palafox Pl, Rm 200
Pensacola, FL 32591
July 20 - August 1
* YLEP is a youth leadership exchange based in the U.S. for foreign and American teenagers, which aims to develop a cadre of young adults in both countries who have a strong sense of civic responsibility, a commitment to community development, and an awareness of current & global issues.
* This exchange is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, foreign government, and the private sector.
* Looking for families with students their own to host these English-speaking teens and provide each student with a separate bed.
* Ten teenagers from Escambia & Santa Rosa Counties will be invited to join the Iraqi students in exploring civic participation through site visits, volunteerism, experiential learning activities, and leadership training for this summer.
Summer Leadership Camp in Costa Rica

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  July 22-31
* Leadership Development
* Environmental/Nature Awareness
* 20+ hours of community service
* Awesome Adventures and Amazing Experiences
National Outdoor Leadership School  
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Various Programs* National Leader in outdoor education
Outward Bound
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Various Programs* Outdoor Education
* Leadership, Self confidence, ethics, and compassion.

Mary Kyte,
May 4, 2012, 10:06 AM