Awards, Contests, Internships, Programs, Other Opportunities

Emerging Leaders (EL) Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce - Due May 22, 2020

Emerging Leaders (EL) offers a unique regional leadership opportunity for North Fulton high school students who wish to develop leadership skills, identify and address community issues and interact with local leaders. This is accomplished through a combination of interactive lectures, discussions, site visits, community service, and networking opportunities. Each class focuses on topics such as public safety, government, interviewing skills, personal finance, nonprofits, and leadership skills. The mission of Emerging Leaders is to provide students with an understanding of the concept of leadership, and provide skills and knowledge to become effective leaders in
our communities. Go to their web site for more information and a link to the application:  Cost is $250.


Fulton County Youth Commission 2020-21 - Due by June 26, 2020 by 5pm

The Fulton County Youth Commission is a LEADERSHIP PROGRAM designed to help get tomorrow's LEADERS involved TODAY! As Youth Commissioners, they will address the many issues presently facing youth through the influences of government mandates, policies and legislation. Students will become familiar with how local government resolves youth issues and will make suggestions for the best solutions, but most importantly, help facilitate change. For consideration, students must meet the following criteria:

 Must be a resident of Fulton County

 Must attend a school within Fulton County (public, private, charter)

 Must be in the 9th -11th grade during the 2020-2021 academic year

 Must submit a completed application and a two-page essay


Applications are due by Friday June 26, 2020 by 5 p.m. For more information, contact Reginald Crossley at (404) 612-7386; or visit our website at

Link to application.

Applications must be submitted via website or email:

Attn: Reginald Crossley

Fulton County Youth Commission

137 Peachtree Street SW

Atlanta, GA 30303

Fax (404) 612 - 3566

Cisco High School STEM Externship - Due February 29, 2020
Summer 2020 Program Details
The Cisco High School STEM Program is a comprehensive 2 to 4-week unpaid summer externship designed to give top, STEM and business focused students an introduction to Cisco’s history, culture, and the technology industry.
Students will be engaged in interactive project work, problem-solving, and learn to communicate with industry professionals and peers. 

Past example workshops and experiences include:

1. Intro to Networking
2. Intro to Programming – Build a Bot!
3. Cybersecurity
4. History of Cisco
5. Personal Branding
6. Professional Etiquette
7. Customer visits
8. Persuasive Presentations

Students will…

1. Shadow Cisco employees in the student’s field of interest
2. Work in teams under the guidance of professional mentors to creatively solve a business problem.
3. Participate in a day-long Innovation Challenge (Hackathon-style).
4. Participate in team-building and development activities.
5. Compete in a final project related to Internet of Things (IoT).
6. Receive school credit, where possible.

Eligibility Requirements:

• Current junior or senior (Graduating in 2020 or 2021)
• Minimum 3.5 GPA, either weighted or unweighted
• Demonstrable interest in Business and/or Technology
• Ability to commute Mon-Fri to the Cisco campus located at one of 9 locations during the following dates:

Lawrenceville: 4 weeks
June 1 – June 26
5030 Sugarloaf Pkwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044


To have a complete application, you must include the following:

1. Online Application:
2. 2 Letters of Recommendation (1 academic)
3. High school transcript (official or unofficial)
4. Resumé
5. Video cover letter

Application process:

• Applications accepted until February 29th, 2020.
• In order to be considered, students must submit the online application.
If you have any questions, please email:


The Princeton Summer Journalism Program (PSJP) - Deadline: February 17, 2020

The Princeton Summer Journalism Program (PSJP) is a free residential journalism and college preparatory program for high-achieving current juniors from low-income backgrounds who are interested in journalism. Over 10 days, students live on campus at Princeton University and learn reporting skills from professional journalists. They also attend lectures on liberal arts topics led by Princeton U professors. Participants hold a press conference, produce a short documentary, report on a professional sporting event from the press box, attend a play or theatrical production, visit 3-4 major news outlets, and interview subjects for their feature stories in the Princeton Summer Journal. After the program, students are paired with a volunteer college adviser, a professional journalist, to help them through their application process.


Program dates: Friday, July 31 – Monday, August 10, 2020


Cost: None. All program expenses, including meals, housing, airfare or train tickets to and from campus, are covered by the program.


Eligibility: To apply, students must be:

  • Current high school juniors (Class of 2021)

  • living in the United States

  • with an unweighted GPA of 3.5/4.0 

  • who have an interest in journalism (no experience required)

  • and meet one of the financial eligibility requirements below:

    • The custodial parent(s)/guardian(s)’ combined income (including child support received) must not exceed $60,000 annually

    • The student must be eligible for Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch. 

    • The student is eligible for a SAT or ACT fee waiver.


Applying: The online application is available on this website and due no later than Monday, February 17, 2020. Students must submit an unofficial transcript to be considered. You may read about the full application process here.

Georgetown Club of Metro Atlanta High School Writing Contest - Deadline: February 4, 2020

First place for this writing contest is $1,000.  See the flyer for more information on the topic and how to apply.

Summer Scholars Research Program (SSRP)/Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University - Deadline: Feb. 3, 2020

The Summer Scholars Research Program (SSRP) is a competitive non-paid internship for rising or graduating high school seniors hosted by Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. SSRP is a research immersion experience that pairs high school students with Atlanta’s top cancer researchers enabling them to get a real-world look at the field of oncology.  

SSRP allows high school students to experience the interdisciplinary nature of cancer research through academic lectures and practicum experience. Accepted students work one-on-one with a clinical researcher or basic scientist at Winship, who mentors them through a research project during the six-week program.


Students also attend weekly lectures from Emory University faculty and take field trips to places like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention David J. Sencer Museum and the Emory Proton Therapy Center.


Students will present their project at a Final Symposium held on the last day of the program to an audience of their peers, teachers, and Emory University faculty.


How-To Apply:


  • The 2020 program runs from June 3 – July 10.

  • There is a mandatory orientation on June 2 from 9:00AM – 1:00PM.

  • The application is available on the SSRP Website and is due on February 3.

  • Note: Students must be 17 years old by June 1 to be eligible for the program.

Hamilton Scholars - Deadline: January 29, 2020

Each year, Alexander Hamilton Scholars (AHS) selects 35 under-served high school juniors for their academic, personal, service, and entrepreneurial accomplishments, to participate in its no-cost, 5-year empowerment program. These students receive mentorship, practical guidance, and a comprehensive network of support, much like Hamilton did, so they, too, can leave a lasting legacy that will forever change their communities, our nation, and the world. Winners receive:

  • $500 scholarship

  • Annual Leadership Conferences

  • College Application Guidance]

  • Scholarship and Financial Aid Assistance

  • Professional Network

  • Internship Opportunities

  • And More

NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC)- Deadline November 5, 2019

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) honors 9th-12th grade students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary for their computing-related achievements and interests, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education. Since 2007, nearly 14,000 students have received an Award for AiC.