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Internship & Pre-College Programs

American Legion Auxiliary of Ohio Buckeye Girls State

A week-long summer program offered to young women entering their senior year of high school who want to develop leadership skills, learn how government works and the duties privileges, rights and responsibilities of good citizenship.
PO Box 2760, Zanesville, Ohio 43702
(740) 452-8245
buckeyegirlsstate.org

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
ohiobuckeyeboysstate.com

AmeriCorps & ServeOhio

A work program for adults age 18 and older that helps pay for college in exchange for their service through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Members tutor kids, build homes, help with disaster recovery and more. The projects can be full-time or part-time over a 9 to 12 month period or during the summer in many locations throughout Ohio and the US. After serving, young adults are eligible for an education award to repay qualified student loans and to pay current educational expenses at eligible institutions of higher education and training programs.

  • 30 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 728-2916
  • CNCS State Office: 200 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 493-2755

National Service Hotline: (800) 942-2677
AmeriCorps: americorps.gov
ServeOhio: serveohio.org

Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs Exchange Programs

The U.S. Department of State sponsors multiple programs for educational, cultural, and professional exchanges across the world. Full scholarships for youth are available.
exchanges.state.gov/us
High School Study Abroad: exchanges.state.gov/highschool

Central Ohio Leadership Academy (COLA)

A six-day leadership development experience for rising high school juniors and seniors in central Ohio. The free program is offered annually during the summer. All eligible students are encouraged to apply. Visit the website for contact information.
2080 Citygate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
coleadershipacademy.org

Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD)

Offers Creative Summer Workshops, which are a series of workshops for youth in grades 1 through 12, offering quality art instruction taught by arts professionals. They also offer Saturday Morning Art Classes, which provide art and design education to children in grades 1 through 12, and a Pre-College Art program. Merit-based and need-based scholarships are available. Visit the website for contact information.
60 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
ccad.edu/take-class/youth-classes-workshops

Columbus Literacy Council (CLC)

Offers free adult education programs, basic literacy classes (including financial, workplace and technology literacy) for families, citizenship classes and GED test preparation. They also provide career coaching and entrepreneurship skill building, life and wellness coaching, ASL (American Sign Language) classes, Spanish classes and more. For youth they offer tutoring and homework help, summer camps for children ages 7-13 years old, internships, and an employment program (called A.M.P.) that provides job skills and work experience to youth and young adults between the ages of 14-24 in Franklin County.

  • 92 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
  • 1394 Courtright Road, Columbus, Ohio 43227

(614) 224-0501
clcworks.org

Columbus State Community College (CSCC) 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, East, West, Linden-McKinley or Maron-Franklin High School. Upward Bound has a 100% college placement rate.
55 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 287-5875
cscc.edu/services/upwardbound

Congressional Internship Program

Offers a hands-on educational work experience in the legislature. Examples of work assignments include attending meetings, sorting mail, assisting with constituent work, filing paperwork, updating databases, research on behalf of staff, answering phones, and drafting press releases. Visit the website for the internship form.
471 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 220-0003
beatty.house.gov/services/internships

COSI (Center of Science and Industry)

Offers interactive experiences, exhibitions and more. COSI features live shows, special events, family programs, single day and summer camps, and career exploration, workshops for homeschoolers. They offer a special Family Access Membership that is available for families who get WIC, Ohio Directions (EBT) or Ohio Medicaid.
333 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 228-2674
cosi.org

Cultural Arts Center (CAC) Crane Scholarship

Provides graduating high school seniors an opportunity to create art at the Columbus Recreation & Parks Department’s Cultural Arts Center (CAC). This opportunity comes at no (or very little) cost to the participant. No artistic history is required to participate. Artists who participate in this program may be eligible to have their work displayed in a future Cultural Arts Center exhibition. For eligibility and guidelines, please review the appropriate application on their website.
139 West Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-7047
culturalartscenteronline.org/classes-workshops/art-classes

Geosciences Bridge Program

Offers a 6-week paid internship for high school students planning to pursue a career in geoscience (earth science). The program includes lectures, field trips, hands-on activities, 2 courses for college credit (math and freshman seminar), housing, meals and travel to and from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
30665 Student Services Center, Princess Anne, Maryland 21853
(410) 651-7747
umes.edu/cscgeosciences

Girls Exploring Math

A summer program for young women in middle school and high school to experience mathematics through engaging activities in a nontraditional environment. Participants will build confidence in their math and programming abilities and develop a deeper understanding of a variety of topics, including mathematical and algorithmic reasoning and problem solving skills.
The Ohio State University, Department of Mathematics
231 West Eighteenth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
facebook.com/ExploreMathOSU
math.osu.edu/beyond-the-classroom-girls-exploring-math

Godman Guild

Offer free adult education classes (like GED preparation, ESOL, job training, computer lab), community engagement programs, and youth programming (like after school homework help, mentoring, summer programs, internships and career exploration).
303 East Sixth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207 (Only adult education and workforce development services)
(614) 294-5476
godmanguild.org

John Glenn College of Public Affairs High School Internship Program (HSIP)

A public service internship program that allows high school students in the fall term of their senior year to gain first-hand experience within organizations in the public service sector. Applications open during the fall/autumn time.
1810 College Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-8696
glenn.osu.edu/programs/hsip

Junior Achievement of Central Ohio

Offers school and summer programs for grades K to 12 that teach money management and business skills. Programs are offered throughout central Ohio, partnering with schools and teachers. College scholarship opportunities and internships are available to students who have participated in Junior Achievement programs.
68 East Second Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 704-3707
juniorachievement.org/web/ja-centraloh
Summer Camp: juniorachievement.org/web/ja-centraloh/ja-biztown-summer-camp

Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA)

A national, non-profit organization that helps develop academic and leadership skills in public high school students who come from low-income households or will be first-generation college students. LEDA Scholars are recruited as juniors in high school and spend the following summer at the Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute. The 7-week summer program is free and includes leadership study, writing instruction, standardized test preparation and college guidance.
315 West Thirty-ninth Street, New York, New York 10018
(646) 787-0628
ledascholars.org

Martin W. Essex School for the Gifted & Talented

This residential summer camp at the campus of Otterbein University offers rising high school juniors and seniors the chance to explore the arts, sciences and humanities through a set of seminars, hands-on workshops, and field trips. Need-based financial assistance is available.
1 South Grove Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 823-1570
otterbein.edu/events-conferences/summercamps/essex

Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES)

A free six-week residential academic enrichment program for rising high school seniors who have a strong academic record and are interested in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering. Students’ housing, meals and activity costs covered and they only have to pay for transportation to and from MIT. Visit the website for contact information.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
oeop.mit.edu/programs/mites

Mosaic

Serves high school juniors and seniors from public schools in Franklin County. Students of the humanities program pursue in-depth research projects, engage with the local arts community and earn high school credit. Founded by the Educational Service Center (ESC) of Central Ohio. Visit the website for additional contact information.
(614) 202-8634
escco.org/MosaicHumanities-BasedEducationExperience.aspx

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Athletic Training Workshop

A workshop designed for high school students interested in emergency medicine, nursing, athletic training, physical therapy or other allied health and medical professions. Participants will also have the option of becoming certified in CPR.

  • Otterbein University
    1 South Grove Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081
  • Nationwide Children’s Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center
    584 County Line Road West, Westerville, Ohio 43082

(614) 355-6090
nationwidechildrens.org/athletic-training-workshop

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Futures Matter Program

An 8-week paid summer research experience on the campus of Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. High school sophomores and juniors will be placed with a researcher for a hands-on science experience, while being exposed to various careers in biomedical research. Visit the website for contact information.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
nationwidechildrens.org/research/training-opportunities/futures-matter-program

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Upward Bound Math & Science (UBMS)

Current high school students who attend or whose home Columbus City School is South or Marion-Franklin High, are able to have homework help, cultural field trips, college tours, test prep, career exposure, a six-week college-going experience with work-study opportunities and more. This program is free for eligible students. Visit the website for more information and how to apply.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
nationwidechildrens.org/upwardbound

Ohio Attorney General’s Teen Ambassador Board

High school juniors and seniors living in Ohio will serve a one-year term and meet twice in Columbus during their time on the Board. Members will advise their office on issues relating to teens and work with their peers to develop solutions to those issues. Students will be placed into small groups, advised by an Assistant Attorney General. Applications generally open in the late Spring months. Visit the website for contact information.
ohioattorneygeneral.gov/State-and-Local-Government/Schools/Teen-Ambassador-Board

Ohio State University (OSU) LiFEsports

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 that prepares 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
osulifesports.org

Ohio State University (OSU) Upward Bound

Provides high school students with year-round tutoring services, test preparation, college/cultural tours and personal/career development activities and workshops. They encourage 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
odi.osu.edu/upward-bound

OSU Manufacturing & Materials Joining Innovation Center (Ma2JIC) Summer Internship Program

A 8-week paid, summer internship program for high school students interested in exploring welding engineering. Interns are expect to work up to 24 hours per week; the position is flexible and can accommodate for other obligations. Students are not expected to have advanced knowledge of material science. Visit the website for contact information.
1248 Arthur E. Adams Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43221
ma2jic.osu.edu/resources/osu-summer-internship-program

Princeton University Summer Journalism Program

An intensive, ten-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. Applicants must meet eligibility criteria. Check website for more details.
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544
psjp.princeton.edu

Rotary Youth Exchange

Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens through an exchange program for youth ages 15-19, sponsored by your local Rotary club. Visit the website to find your local Rotary club.
rotary.org/en/our-programs/youth-exchanges
my.rotary.org/en/search/club-finder

Senate Page Program

High school students ages 16 or 17 years old have the opportunity to be “pages” and see the inner workings of the Senate up close. Their responsibilities range from delivering correspondence to Senators to helping prepare the floor for the legislative workday. There are four sessions of the Senate Page Program. During the school year, pages attend classes at the Senate Page School in the morning before work. Pages live in dorms during their session. The cost of rent and food is automatically deducted from the page’s salary (of $25,605).
200 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 469-2083 or (888) 896-6446
brown.senate.gov/services/students/pages

STEM Summer Bridge Program

This program is an annual no-cost STEM program that prepares high school students to earn their Associate of Science degree at Columbus State Community College (CSCC). Visit the website for contact information.
600 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
cscc.edu/academics/departments/science/futurescientists/stembridge.shtml

Stratford Ecological Center

This non-profit educational organic farm and nature preserve offers workshops and classes for children, farm tours, summer camps and family programs. They also offer leadership opportunities for youth through their junior camp counselor program and internship program.
3083 Liberty Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015
(740) 363-2548
stratfordecologicalcenter.org

Summer Law & Trial Institute

A free 12-day program that aims to increase understanding of the law and its possibilities among Ohio high school students. Students participating will have daily interactions with lawyers, judges, and Ohio University (OU) faculty, and develop knowledge and skills that will prepare them for collegiate study.
1 Ohio University, Athens, Ohio 45701
(740) 593-0835
ohio.edu/cas/law-center/about/summer-institute

Summer Linguistics Institute for Youth Scholars (SLIYS)

SLIYS (pronounced “SLICE”) is a week-long summer program for high school and pre-college students with an interest in foreign languages. Participants will explore how language works and gain insight into the ways in which individual languages are similar to and different from each other. They offer a commuter and residential option. Need-based financial aid is available.
The Ohio State University Department of Linguistics
1712 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 688-3109
linguistics.osu.edu/sliys

Summer Scholars Program

A two-week early college experience for rising high school juniors and seniors at Miami University. Students will join an engaged community of learners and participate in challenging, immersive academic modules and attend workshops on topics such as the college admission process and financial aid. Need-based financial scholarships are available for students to attend this program.
301 South Campus Avenue, Oxford, Ohio 45056
(513) 529-2531
miamioh.edu/admission/high-school/summer-scholars

Teen Corps

A summer internship for 15-18 year old teens designed to teach life and work skills through hands-on experiences in urban farming. During the 8 week program, they learn about horticulture, the environment, cooking, health and nutrition, customer service, budgets and money matters, entrepreneurship, teamwork and communication. Participants receive 20 hours per week paid work experience. They begin recruiting Columbus City teens in early spring.
Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
1777 East Broad Street Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 715-8034
fpconservatory.org/education-programs/outreach-programs/teen-corps

United States Senate Youth Program

A week-long experience for two high school juniors or seniors from each state to see national government in action and meet and hear from senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense, directors of other federal agencies and more in Washington, DC. All transportation, hotel and meal expenses will be provided by The Hearst Foundations. In addition, each delegate will also be awarded a $10,000 college scholarship. In Ohio, the United States Senate Youth Program makes its student selections from among participants who attend Buckeye Boys State, Buckeye Girls State or the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) program.
(614) 387-3200
ussenateyouth.org
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/Scholarships/US-Senate-Youth-Program

Urban GEMS (Gardening Entrepreneurs Motivating Sustainability)

Through this program, middle and high school age students can participate in after school and summer youth internships to gain skills growing vegetables in sustainable aeroponic towers. In the free youth development program, they gain leadership and entrepreneurial skills while preparing weekly cooking demonstrations and having fun.
The Ohio State University
1787 Neil Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 247-4004
urbangems.ehe.osu.edu

Young Entrepreneur Academy (YEA!)

Provides an experience-based, year-long entrepreneurship program for students in grades 6-12. Students learn to generate business ideas, conduct market research, write business plans, pitch to a panel of investors, and launch their very own companies.

  • YEA! Otterbein University The Point
    1 South Grove Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081
    (614) 915-6636
  • Union County Economic Development Partnership
    833 North Maple Street, Marysville, Ohio 43040
    (614) 989-2429
  • Ohio Christian University
    1477 Lancaster Pike, Circleville, Ohio 43113
    (614) 989-2429

yeausa.org

Young Scholars Program (YSP)

Provides opportunities for academically talented first generation students in Ohio with demonstrated financial need. Student scholars receive pre-college preparation through college advising, academic coaching and mentoring, college planning tools and resources and more.
154 West Twelfth Avenue, Columbus Ohio 43210
Program Administration: (614) 292-4884
Columbus Program: (614) 688-4240
odi.osu.edu/young-scholars-program