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.  

Summer School

Earn advanced credits to open up space in your schedule during the school year or recover credits you failed. The deadline to enroll for summer school is May 19. Click here for more information and for the enrollment forms or you can pick up one in the Counseling Office. 

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

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.

June 2 Deadline - Accounting Career Awareness Program (ACAP)

The Accounting Career Awareness Program (ACAP®), a part of NABA’s Center for Advancement of Minority Accountants (CAMA), is an innovative career development program designed specifically for minority students who are in high school. Its primary objective is to increase the number of high school students from under represented ethnic groups that attend college and major in accounting.

During a week-long summer campus residency program, a select group of students have the opportunity to explore careers in accounting and business via a rigorous class and study schedule, college-level content and valuable networking opportunities. ACAP® introduces minority high school students to accounting, finance, economics, technology and management while providing the foundation of financial literacy and the development of interpersonal skills. Prominent business leaders share their knowledge, provide tips for success and discuss educational opportunities. Students experience accounting first-hand through tours of local certified public accounting firms and companies in the private sector. The program concludes with a recognition luncheon for students, parents, speakers, and corporate partners.

The program takes place July 16-21 and the deadline to apply is June 2. The program is fully supervised and all-expenses-paid. Students selected for ACAP® will receive free tuition, room and board, books, materials, tours and mentoring. Students must have a 3.0 or higher GPA (some with GPAs of 2.5 or higher will be accepted with good letters of recommendation), complete the application, request through Family Connection to have your transcript sent (follow instructions for “Sending a Transcript to Another Institution), and obtain 2 letters of recommendation. Download the application for all details.

For more information, see the contact below:

Loretta McDonald, M.Ed, Director of Admissions

Harris-Stowe State University

P: (314) 340-3305          F: (314) 340-3555

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 Deadline - 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.

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!