Explore – Career, Summer, & Volunteering

It may be too early to decide upon a career, but it is never too early to start gaining invaluable career experience. Jobs and extracurricular activities look great on a resume. More importantly, they build real-world skills and help students hone in on their interests. Where do you begin looking? Right here. Explore your options, everything from summer programs to internships to volunteer opportunities, and more.

Career Exploration

You can explore careers through several links. If you want to take the Holland Code Personality Test to find your career type, there are a couple types of tests:

Test 1: http://www.roguecc.edu/counseling/hollandcodes/test.asp

Test 2: http://www.123test.com/career-test/

Once you find out your Holland Code, you can explore many different types of careers that will fit your personality. Here are two sites to help you explore:


O*NET Career System

Your tool for career exploration and job analysis!  O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!

Summer Program Websites

Summer Program Finder – Want to find a summer program anywhere in the country? This is a great resource to help you.

137 Summer Programs by College – Go right to a specific college’s pre-college page. Not an exhaustive list, but very helpful.

Great Summer Program List (from N. Hollywood HS)

In-State Summer Programs

GRADES 7-9: DEADLINE BEGINNING OF MARCH  ASU Barrett Summer Scholars Program –  The Barrett Summer Scholars Program provides students with the opportunity to experience college firsthand and prepare for enrollment and success at Arizona State University and Barrett, the Honors College. Designed for academically-talented and motivated 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students, this residential program invites students to live on campus, engage in college-level coursework, and participate in a community of peers from across the state.

ASU Summer / Pre-college Programs

In-State Summer Programs (NAU’s list)

Cronkite Summer Journalism Institute

GRADES 7-12: DIGITAL CULTURE PROGRAM   Are you interested in using technology creatively? Are you interested in both art and engineering? Design and technology? Music, games, coding or 3D design? Join faculty and graduate students from ASU’s Digital Culture program this summer to engage your artistic and technical sides in project-focused modules with state-of-the-art software and a digital fabrication lab.

SUMMER DESIGN PRIMER – Are you Incoming Design freshman enrolling at Arizona State University for the fall semester?

University of Arizona Medical Scrubs Program

Over 300 high school students participate in the Scrubs Academy: a program that offers a range of medical activities and educational experiences. Gives students a glimpse of what it is like to work in the fast-paced, ever changing, medical field.

The academy offers two opportunities:

  • Saturday Scrubs: a monthly lecture and activity series offered during the school year
  • Summer Scrubs: a fully immersive experience introducing students to medicine through an extended program offered in the summer months.

Leadership/General Summer Programs

Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP) Free   6-week program for high achieving students from diverse backgrounds.

Performing & Visual Arts Summer Programs

Interlochen Summer Programs

Berridge Summer Theatre/Film Program  Grades 9-12

Nordstrom’s Fashion Ambassador Program

STEM Summer Programs

Google Computer Science Summer Institute – “There are a lot of people there whose schools didn’t provide many computer science opportunities and it would be perfect for anyone at ASA who is thinking of going into an engineering field.” — Past ASA student who attended CSSI.

PAID Internships / Summer Research Opportunities for High School students.

Pathways to Science – List of FULLY FUNDED summer opportunities in STEM for HS students

T-GEN Bioscience Leadership Academy – For rising Juniors & Seniors (current 10th/11th). Application opens in January and deadline is beginning of February.

Barrow Neurological Institute – High School Research Program

Volunteer Resources

Here are some links to help explore some volunteer opportunities:

Hands-on Greater Phoenix 

Do Something

Hospice of the Valley 

Best Buddies (Phoenix)