Enrichment Programs

The Counseling Center is notified throughout the school year of many summer programs offered by colleges and universities nationwide. Valley does not specifically endorse any program listed below and we recommend thorough research into any program before registering.


JJ Kapur (VHS ’18) and Jacob Bedia (VHS ’17) compiled a wealth of online resources for students in the areas of summer programs, internships, clubs, and scholarships.- https://sites.google.com/view/vhsenrichment/home?authuser=0


Northwestern University National High School Institute Cherubs Program

The Cherubs program dates back to 1931 and is comprised of three summer Institutes: Theatre Arts, Film & Video, and Debate. The Theatre Arts program is open exclusively to current high school juniors; our Film & Video program is open to current sophomores and juniors; and the Debate programs are open to current freshman, sophomores, and juniors. Find more information at https://nhsi.northwestern.edu. Each of the programs has various application deadlines with the earliest deadline being January 11, 2019 for early admissions for the Theatre Arts and Film & Video Program.

Belin-Blank Secondary Student Training Program

June 19, 2019 – July 26, 2019 – Starting November 1, 2018 and continuing until February 1, 2019 students can apply for the Belin-Blank SSTP at the University of Iowa. Participants spend approximately 40 hours a week conducting original research under the guidance of a University of Iowa faculty mentor. Nights and weekends are filled with social and academic activities. Find out more at sstpuiowa.wordpress.com or www.belinblank.org/summer.


(As we’re notified of programs being offered for Summer 2019, they’ll be moved above with updated deadlines)

BullD.O.G.S. in Healthcare – Drake Opportunities for Gaining Skills in Healthcare – June 28-30, 2018

BullD.O.G.S. in Healthcare is a program that introduces students to careers in the health professions by educating them about opportunities in health sciences and inspiring them to explore different pathways. Students participate in hands-on laboratory experiences, educational sessions, and interactive discussions with students and faculty in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to understand how to best prepare for a career in healthcare. Special emphasis is placed on promoting careers in athletic training, occupational therapy, pharmacy and many others. The overarching goal of this program is to expose students to a wide variety of opportunities within healthcare and educate them about how they can best prepare for a career in the health professions. For more information and to register visit http://www.drake.edu/cphs/visit/bulldogsinhealthcare/.


June 26-28, 2018 – Open to all students (not limited to member of the 4-H program) completing grades 8-12 at the end of this school year. The conference features keynote speakers, innovative workshops, community service projects in the Ames area, dances, and games. For information and registration materials visit http://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/iowa4hyouthconference.

Grand View University Summer Leadership Institute (GVSLI)

GVSLI is a leadership development opportunity for high school juniors and seniors in the Des Moines area and surrounding communities. The Institute helps students discover their potential as leaders and empowers them to lead effectively in a diverse world so they can make a positive difference in their schools and communities. It is available to a broad variety of students, particularly those of limited opportunity or means. For this reason, thanks to the sponsorship of generous donors, the institute is free. To learn more visit: https://www.grandview.edu.

AgDiscovery 2018

A summer in-residence outreach program at Iowa State University to help teenagers explore careers in plant and animal science, wildlife management, agribusiness, and much more! For more information, and to apply, visit www.aphis.usda.gov/agdiscovery

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies

In addition to the many year-round programs offered at Stanford for students in grades 7-12, there are several summer programs offered as well. Check out the Summer Humanities Institute, the Summer Arts Institute, the Pre-Collegiate Summer Institute, the University Mathematics Camp, the Medical Youth Science Program, Sports Business Academy, and AI4ALL (Artificial Intelligence) at https://spcs.stanford.edu/programs.

South Dakota School of Mines STEM Summer Camps

These summer camps are designed to be fun and hands-on, and are for high school students (grades 9 – 12). Each camp lasts five days and students come here from all over the country to attend. Students live on campus and also get to explore some of the activities and attractions that the Rushmore Region is famous for. The School of Mines offers unique and high-quality programming for the next generation of scientists and engineers. Their goal is to turn young minds on to the astounding, challenging, and FUN worlds of science and engineering, through hands-on activities and one-on-one interactions with faculty and graduate students. It’s a great opportunity for participants to get a glimpse of what their future might hold and meet other students who share similar abilities and interests.

For more information on each camp visit https://www.sdsmt.edu/SummerCamps/


At the Leadership & Service Summit students will learn how to best serve your community through team-building, self discovery, service learning, and leadership development. They will also earn college credit and a scholarship while exploring their leadership potential this summer. Choose from two locations: Wartburg College (Waverly, Iowa): June 24-30, 2018 or Wartburg West (Mt. Evans and Denver, Colo.): July 8-14, 2018. To learn more visit http://www.wartburg.edu/lss. Students who register by Feb. 1 will save $100 on the registration fee.

Washington University in St. Louis

High School Summer Scholars Program — 2018 courses will be available December 1,  2017  summerexperiences.wustl.edu/scholars APPLICATION DEADLINE APRIL 1, 2018

Session A: June 11-July 15 (five weeks)
Session B: July 16-August 18 (five weeks)
Session C: June 11-August 5 (eight weeks)

High School Summer Institutes — High School Summer Institutes combine traditional undergraduate class and lab curriculum with organized field trips, guest lectures, and hands-on activities in order for you to gain valuable academic and career experience. Institutes are divided into morning and afternoon sessions. You will have assigned readings and assignments throughout the program. Every student completes a student reflection essay and a final project which varies for each institute. In the evenings, students attend academic seminars, workshops, and social events. Institutes are open to current high school students from across the country and around the world. You will live on campus, enjoy a variety of social opportunities, and prepare yourself for college success! summerexperiences.wustl.edu/institutes