Volunteer & Summer Opportunities

Maximize Your Summer!

Check out some great ways to maximize your summer below. You can find more ideas at The College Board's website, as well.  

A+ Tutoring

All Park Hill South students should consider pursuing the A+ Scholarship. Part of the requirements for the scholarship involves tutoring/community service. For more information about the requirements, including the tutoring/community service opportunities, click here

Americorps National Civilian Community Corps

AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) is a residential team-based national service program for young Americans ages 18-24. The program is funded by and managed through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). NCCC Corps members sign up for 10 months of national service. Each member receives transportation at the beginning and end of the year to one of the five NCCC Campuses (Denver, Sacramento, Vinton (IA), Vicksburg (MS), Baltimore) where he or she goes through the Corps Member Training Institute. Upon completion of training, Corps Members are assigned to a team of 8-12 members who spend the next nine months together serving in a variety of service projects across the country. The traditional NCCC track works with non-profit and independent service partners to complete service projects in areas such as environmental protection, education, public health, etc. The FEMA Corps track works exclusively through a project with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to complete service projects pertaining to disaster response, recovery, and preparedness. Click here to learn more about this program, including its application requirements and deadlines. 

Study Abroad 

The companies/services shared here have provided their contact information to Park Hill South and their inclusion does not constitute an endorsement. Prospective foreign exchange students at Park Hill South must pass a screening process and host families are urged to contact PHS prior to agreeing to serve as a host family to become familiar with that screening process. 

AFS Intercultural Programs USA


High School Summer Abroad: Our Leadership Academy has been re-vamped is now called High School Summer Abroad, and many locations have been added, for a total of 16 destinations now available!  This program is 3-4 weeks in length, and Freshman-Seniors are eligible to enroll, with beginner to fluent language levels.  Each location has a unique focus, which will be based in language & cultural immersion, service & leadership, and content studies.  Our summer program website may be found at: http://www.ciee.org/high-school-summer-abroad/

IES Study Abroad 

SPI Study Abroad 

Summer Opportunities

January 27 Deadline: Bank of America Student Leaders Program

Every year, the Bank of America Student Leaders program connects 225 community-minded high school juniors and seniors to employment, skills development and service. They’re awarded paid summer internships with local nonprofits such as Habitat for Humanity and Boys and Girls Clubs of America and participate in a national leadership summit in Washington, D.C.

The program is part of Bank of America's ongoing commitment to preparing young people for a brighter future. If you or someone you know have a passion for improving the community, applications will be accepted through January 27, 2017. Click here to learn more and to apply.

March 1 Deadline - Summer Program MU-School of Medicine

MU’s High School Mini Medical School is a one-week program that gives students a preview of life as an MU medical student. The program includes:

Hands-on experience in anatomy, microbiology, and clinical skills

Introduction to MU’s innovative patient-based learning (PBL) curriculum

Seminars on college and medical school entrance and medical school life

Mini Med School is intended for students who will begin their senior year in the Fall of 2017.  Selection criteria have been modified, and while ACT scores and GPAs are considered, the selection committee is very interested in the following: 

Student response to essay question

Academic effort and success

Involvement in extracurricular activities (school and community)

High school science teacher recommendation

 Students from disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Scholarships are available. Please help us reach students who you believe will particularly benefit from this type of experience.

 Interested high school juniors can find more application information at our website http://medicine.missouri.edu/admissions/minimed.html. Applications will be available after January 1st on that website and should be submitted electronically. 


The application deadline is March 1, 2017.


For additional information please contact me at 573-884-5056 or umhssomminimed@health.missouri.edu.  

March 1 Deadline: Ag Discovery 2017

AgDiscovery is a 2 week residential outreach program sponsored by different USDA programs for high school students in partnership with selected universities. AgDiscovery is a unique opportunity for students to gain a first-hand look at many career paths open to them in agriculture. The program allows students to live on campus and learn about different agriculture careers from university professors, scientists, and other professionals who work for the US Government in a variety of fields. Check out the website for application process.


Mid-March Deadline: Summer Program for Aspiring Designers -  at UMKC. 

Kansas City Design Discovery is a 4 day program for high school students interested in the design professions of: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Architecture/Product Design, and Urban Planning and Design.  If you are considering studies in one of these design fields, this is your opportunity to find out more about what college might be like, as well as learning some great design fundamentals and design history.  We'll also cover how to prepare for college now, what to look for in a collegiate design program, and more about the design program at UMKC and the unique partnership with Kansas State University.  Find out more info at UMKC Design Discover Program.

March 1 (or later) Deadline - Stanford University - High School Summer College

Students ages 16-19 choose from more than 145 college courses in 30 academic departments, earning Stanford undergraduate course credit and an official Stanford University transcript.  Students in the residential, commuting, and online Summer College programs create their own course schedules and experience what life is like as undergraduate students at Stanford. Click here for more information.

April 5 Deadline - Indiana University- Kelly School of Business

The Business is Global program is a 2-week summer opportunity for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in experiencing the intersection of business, language & culture.  Contact the counseling office if you are interested.

April 24 Deadline - Indiana University- Kelly School of Business

The Business is Global program is a 2-week summer opportunity for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in experiencing the intersection of business, language & culture.  Contact your counselor if you are interested.

April 24, final Deadline - Penn Engineering Summer Academy Business

Penn Engineering offers a unique program for a selective group of high school students (rising 10th-12th graders) to experience rigorous and challenging college-level coursework. Our 3-week program combines sophisticated theory with hands-on practical experience in cutting-edge technologies.  Students can earn college credit in one of six programs, Biotechnology, Computer Graphics, Computer Science, Complex Networks, Nanotechnology and Robotics. Check out the website for more information and application.

May 1 Deadline - Smith College- Summer Precollege Programs for High School Girls

Summer Precollege Programs at Smith College offer intellectually stimulating and unique opportunities for high school girls who wish to pursue their academic interest in the classroom and beyond.  Programs include Science & Engineering, Writing, History, Sustainability & Applying to College.  Important deadlines begin March 1st.  Visit their website for more information. 

July 25 Deadline - Boston University Summer Investigative Reporting Workshop for High School Students   - 

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting is a nonprofit news organization affiliated with Boston University whose mission is to hold the powerful accountable and to train a new generation of investigative reporters– Final Deadline July 25, 2016.


Our summer investigative reporting workshop for high school studentsis a two-week intensive journalism camp where high school students from around the the world engage in hands-on investigative reporting seminars taught by industry professionals. Students work individually and collaboratively while participating in an active student community and living on campus at either Boston University or Boston College.

 Our alumni go on to study journalism and related fields at some of the country's best colleges, and often discover a passion for investigative reporting that informs their career. 
Here's the program websitehttp://studentprograms.necir.org/

Here's a blog our students and staff kept last summerhttps://investigate2015c.wordpress.com/

 Space is limited, as is financial aid, so please get in touch or encourage your students to do so soon!

Rolling Deadine - Oxford Summer Seminar -  Corpus Christi College, Oxford University

This Seminar provides students grades 10-12 with the opportunity to immerse themselves in subjects that fascinate them and to brush up on the skills required for university applications, all under the guidance of experts from Oxford University.  Students choose one of the Majors which meet every morning for three hours.  Student rotate through their choice of five classes as a Minor course, which meets every afternoon for two hours.
    -Business                    -History's Secrets
    -Creative Writing          -International Relations
    -Critical Thinking          -Law
    -Economics                  -Medicine
    -English Literature        -Politics
    -Genetics                    -Psychology
Students are accepted on a first come, first served basis until the programs are full. Click here For more information or to apply. 

May 5 Deadline - Investigative Summer Science - Newman University

This program is designed to enhance enthusiasm and interest of current high school sophomores, juniors & seniors in the sciences and motivate them through exploration and testing of ideas for careers in the sciences. In an effort to teach critical thinking and analytical skills, this program seeks to reveal the value and significance of the scientific method in the classroom, in a career and in everyday life.
Students can apply here online and complete a 200-word essay about why they think they would be a good candidate for the program.

May 12 Deadline - University of Nebraska-Lincoln, High School Workshops

Career Explorations-Architecture, Interior Design & Landscape Architecture  June 4-10, 2017. This workshop, developed for high school students at all levels, provides a unique experience to investigate issues surrounding design and learn more about the design professions.
Discover Landscape Architecture, June 11-16, 2017. 
This workshop provides high school students with a unique experience to explore and discover the design profession of Landscape Architecture.

This program costs $585 per participant and is designed for high school juniors and seniors.  Each applicant must complete the online application, provide two references and submit a 500-word essay which describes why you are interested in architecture, landscape and/or interior design and why you wish to attend the workshop.  Please be specific.

April 1 Deadline - Leadership In Practice, June 25-28, 2017

The Leadership In Practice program was developed by the Missouri Chamber Foundation to engage Missouri high school students in hands on, real world leadership training. The program is divided into five areas:  global leadership, civic leadership, economic leadership, ethical leadership and personal leadership. The key to the training is that students learn by participating in small group discussions, activities and simulations. The students are mentored by experienced business, civic and education leaders from across the state, imparting real world knowledge to help guide their development during the forum. Students evaluate their leadership skills based on what they learn and then set goals on how to improve those skills during the rest of their High School career. 

Rolling Deadline - Duke University Summer Programs

We are accepting applications starting TODAY for your unforgettable summer at Duke University!  We invite you to Duke Summer College for High School Students (grades 10 & 11) to earn academic credit or Duke Summer Academy for High School Students (grades 9-12) to enroll in personal enrichment courses with a global perspective.  Make friends from all over the world as you learn in a classroom environment that is intimate enough to gain the individual attention you need to thrive. Below is just a sample of some of the Science-related courses offered: 
Love and Hate Between Humans and Micro-Organisms
The 3-D Genome and Human Disease
Mathematics of the Universe
Sensory Biology: Sight, Smell, Taste, Touch, Sound and Beyond
Introduction to Evolutionary Anthropology
The Ecology of Urban Environments
Introductory Seminar on Big Questions in Physics
The Hard Truth of Evolution

Click the link above for a full list of courses. 

We encourage you to apply online today as spaces fill quickly!