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Internship & Pre-College Programs

African American & African Studies Community Extension Center (AAASCEC)

Offers many programs for youth, including a week-long summer overnight program at OSU for high school students, poetry workshops, computer classes and a science club. Programs are designed to provide students with an appreciation for African American culture. Financial help is available, and many of the activities are free.
905 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 292-3922

American Legion Auxiliary of Ohio Buckeye Girls State

Girls State is for teens entering their senior year of high school who are in good academic standing and want to learn how government works, develop leadership skills and practice good citizenship. The week-long program is offered every summer to more than 900 girls across Ohio.
PO Box 2760, Zanesville, Ohio 43702
(740) 452-8245

American Legion Buckeye Boys State

Boys State is for teens entering their senior year of high school who are in good academic standing and want to learn how government works, develop leadership skills and practice good citizenship. The program is offered every summer to more than 1200 boys across Ohio.
PO Box 8007, Delaware, Ohio 43015
(740) 362-7478

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Disease Detective Camp

The Global Health Odyssey Museum, in association with the Smithsonian Institution, presents this academic day camp in Atlanta for students who will be high school juniors and seniors. Campers learn how the CDC safeguards the nation’s health and learn about careers in public health. The program is free, but campers must pay for their own lunches and transportation.
1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30333
(800) 232-4636

Columbus Council on World Affairs

Provides excellent programs for Columbus high school teens who are interested in leadership and international issues. Students collaborate with community groups and businesses to learn skills in areas such as interacting with the media, making legislative change, direct social service, event planning, speech-making and more.
51 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 229-4599

Columbus State Community College Upward Bound

Provides high school students the skills and motivation needed to complete an education at a college of their choice. The Upward Bound program at Columbus State Community College is available to income eligible students attending Mifflin High, East High, West High and Linden McKinley STEM. Upward Bound has a 100% college placement rate.
550 East Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 287-5340

COSI Academy

Offers a career exploration program for high school students in grades 9 to 12 who dream of pursuing careers in science, math, engineering, health or technology. Financial aid is available.
333 West Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215
(888) 819-2674 or (614) 228-2674

Expanding Visions

Offers career development service to teenagers preparing for success in the workforce, adults looking to further their careers and middle school students developing leadership skills that will propel them to successful careers. They also offer life coaching to help graduates along their career paths.
PO Box 245, Brice, Ohio 43109
(614) 804-6200

Godman Guild

Offer free adult education classes (like GED preparation, ESOL, job training, computer lab) with free childcare services and transportation, community engagement programs, health and wellness programs and services, and youth programming (like after school homework help, mentoring, summer programs, internships and career exploration).
303 East Sixth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 294-5476

MIT Minority Introduction to Engineering & Science Program

MIT offers a 6-week overnight, academic enrichment summer program in Massachusetts for talented minority high school students who are interested in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering. Selected students have housing, meals and activity costs covered and only have to pay for transportation to and from MIT.
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
(617) 253-8052

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Volunteen Program

Volunteens work in many areas, including the information desk, gift shop, sibling clubhouse, clinic waiting rooms and in office settings. Teens must be 14 and in high school to participate, and opportunities are available during the school year and summer.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-3635

Princeton University Summer Journalism Program

An intensive, 10-day summer seminar for high school students from low-income backgrounds who have at least a 3.5 GPA and an interest in journalism. The cost is free, including travel costs to and from Princeton. Check web site for more details.
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544
(609) 258-8046

The Ohio State University (OSU) LiFEsports

LiFEsports is a free youth development program dedicated to serving economically disadvantaged children in the Columbus community. Their programs include a sports summer camp for youth ages 9 to 15, a youth leadership academy preparing youth ages 15-18 for college and future careers and community-based sports clinics throughout the year. Transportation is free to all campers via buses.
2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio, 43210
(614) 688-3875

The Ohio State University (OSU) Upward Bound

Provides high school students the skills and motivation needed to complete an education at a college of their choice. The Upward Bound program at Ohio State University encourages first-generation and/or low income college bound 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students who attend or live in the service areas of Briggs, East, South, or Walnut Ridge High Schools to apply for admission.
154 West Twelfth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-2344

U Give

This website connects high school students with volunteer opportunities in the community for free. Students have free access to volunteer opportunities for all types of causes that meet their own interests and schedules. Students can sign up for activities online. When students sign up for an event, their service activities go onto their resume which they can build during their high school career.
470 Glenmont Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 255-6968