Summer camps are a great way for students to get better acquainted with residential life on a college campus, meet new people, gain more experience, and/or figure out which academic fields they are interested in. Although most summer camp deadlines have already passed, there are still many opportunities for students to get the most out of their summer aside from attending summer camps. If you you do not have a camp or program available to you this summer, don’t worry! Here are a few great alternatives:
Research opportunities - You don’t have to do research as a part of a summer program. You may research professors or labs and contact them to ask politely if they are willing to take you in as an intern or volunteer. This could be a great experience because you’ll be getting personal mentorship from someone who specializes in your field of interest. Many people take the research projects (if the lab or professor permits) to enter science fair contests after the summer. Though keep in mind that finding an internship opportunity will be difficult, so don’t expect a professor to reply or agree to you after a couple emails.