Awards, Contests, Internships, Programs, Other Opportunities
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.
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:
Annual Leadership Conferences
College Application Guidance]
Scholarship and Financial Aid Assistance
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
4. History of Cisco
5. Personal Branding
6. Professional Etiquette
7. Customer visits
8. Persuasive Presentations
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.
• 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)
5. Video cover letter
• Applications accepted until February 29th, 2020.
• In order to be considered, students must submit the online application.
If you have any questions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.