Summer Programs

  • Colgate University 2-4 week sessions, ages 10-18, pursue musical studies through individual, class and group instruction; perform a wide range of instrumental and choral works in ensemble and concert; students may participate in several groups and on more than one instrument.

  • Hartford Youth Scholars Foundation at Trinity College– Year round program, dedicated to strengthening the city of Hartford by developing and implementing academic programs that increase college access for Hartford school children.

  • HartBeat Ensemble's Youth Play Institute (YPI) – a 5 - week paid internship in acting, playwriting, theater design or stage management for young adults between the ages of 16 and 21 years old. In this YPI session, a group of 12 young people will create and perform their own one act play.

  • Let’s Get Ready Program at Wesleyan University–Summer enrichment program providing assistance with college selection, application essays and financial aid opportunities during nine-week sessions that run in the spring, summer and/or fall depending on the program’s location.

  • Penn Art and Architecture: Summer– a 4-week intensive studio program in art and architecture.

  • Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program – A tier structured 5-6 week, summer "work and learn" experience in July and August designed for students between 8th – 12th grades. Students are trained using the Capital Workforce Partners Career Competencies System. The Career Competencies are "must haves" according to a broad range of employers who have been interviewed.

  • Skidmore College–2 to 4 week courses for Skidmore credit in liberal, studio arts, dance, writing, music, etc. Grades 10-12. Current freshmen may enroll in non-credit studio art workshops.

  • Snow Farm– 2 to 4 week sessions in Williamsburg, MA. Open to 14 to 18 year olds, working in two studios of your choice in a small-group setting, with an emphasis on process, not product.

  • Wesleyan University Summer Residency in the Arts (Center for Creative Youth)– Intensive study in the arts for ages 14+, morning classes allow major in a chosen art form (theater, musical theater, technical theater, music, dance, creative writing, filmmaking, visual arts, photography), afternoon classes are in interdisciplinary arts subjects, audition required, financial aid available.

  • University of Hartford High School Visual Arts Portfolio Program– 1 week program, designed for student artists in the junior and senior years of high school who are committed to art making and the pursuit of art study at the college level.

  • Yale University – offering an opportunity for students in grades 7-12 to spend a day on campus taking courses taught by Yale undergraduates, through their SPRING SPLASH program, on April 2, 2016. The cost for the program is $20 which includes lunch. If you would like more information please visit:

  • Neighborhood Studios - Greater Hartford Arts Council :Paid Apprenticeship summer opportunity for students interested in Photography, Film, Writing, Production, Nature and Dance.

  • University of Connecticut Health Career Opportunity Programs - A top priority for the Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine has long been the recruitment and retention of students from diverse groups who are underrepresented in American health care professions. The Department of Health Career Opportunity Programs actively recruits minority medical and dental students and supports those who are enrolled throughout the academic year. The Health Disparities Clinical Summer Research Fellowship Program, Medical/Dental Preparatory Program, and the Summer Research Fellowship Program also serve as pre-matriculation programs for interested students accepted to the School of Medicine or Dental Medicine. Housing and a stipend are provided.

  • Capital Summer 2016 Program - This program is aimed at high school juniors and seniors, designed to give them a jump start on their collegiate studies. There will be an integration of career preparation and personal development content to create a dynamic, well-rounded learning experience that will benefit the students on several levels.

    Upon successfully completing the course work students will receive 6 college credits (College Success Studies and General Psychology).

    After the academic class each day, students participate in one hour seminars or workshops on topics such as, insurance and financial services industry, professional and personal development, and financial literacy (with a focus on student financial aid/grants, budgeting, and responsible revolving credit).

    Students will enjoy a day-long field trip to Travelers Claims University for an inside look at how the liability insurance business works.

    Students will have an opportunity to reflect upon and share what they’ve learned when they conclude the program with presentations to their classmates, Capital staff and faculty, and business partners from Travelers, United Health Care, and Guardian Insurance.
    For details see documents listed below.

  • Connecticut River Institute camp by Project Oceanology- The camp is 2 weeks long, free, and provides transportation (also for free). Callie Scheetz is the contact through Project Oceanology

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