10 Innovative Business Summer Programs for High School Students

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No matter what field you want to join in the future, having a strong business foundation can be valuable. Leadership, strategic thinking, problem-solving and networking skills are all taught at summer business camp, all of which can be useful in a variety of professions.

According to Lindsey Conger, an advisor at Moon Prep, even students interested in competitive direct medical (BS/MD) programs can benefit from gaining business experience. “Some BS/MD programs offer flexibility of major, and students may choose to study business administration even if they plan to pursue a medical degree.” Many doctors, she explains, will need to run a practice, and these kinds of summer programs can help a student gain a strong foundation in business. For example, during a business summer program, pre-med students can master analytical thinking and independent research, which can be used to build a successful practice in the future.

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For aspiring high school business students, the secret to success may be to start early and fill their summers with hands-on activities such as internships and summer programs. These types of opportunities are an ideal way to apply their knowledge while gaining relevant experience. Here are a few programs students should consider if they are interested in joining the corporate world.

10 summer business programs

*Details of program costs, deadlines and camp duration are subject to change. Check details directly on the program’s website.

Clark Scholars at Texas Tech University

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This competitive program only accepts 12 students each year. The eight-week research program allows students to apply to a variety of research areas, including economics, business, finance, and marketing.

The application opens on January 2, 2023 and closes on February 13, 2023. Students must be 17 at the start of the program. The program runs from June 18 to August 3, and students receive a $750 stipend at the end of camp.

Wharton Global Youth Program

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The Wharton Global Youth Program through the University of Pennsylvania has both virtual and in-person classes available for a variety of subjects. Students can choose from classes including Management and Technology Summer Institution, Leadership in the Business World, Data Science Academy, Essentials of Finance, Essentials of Entrepreneurship, Sports Business Academy, and many more.

Program dates and costs vary.

Business Opportunities Summer Session (BOSS) at Penn State University

Penn State University will host a two-week program from June 18-30 that will allow students to learn from faculty members in a hands-on environment. At the end of the program, students participate in a Business Case Competition to showcase what they have learned.

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Once accepted into the program, students must pay a $50 application fee and will be housed in a student house on campus with other program participants. Any emerging senior is eligible to apply. The application is already open and will close on March 31, 2023.

Berkeley Business Academy for Youth

Each summer, 50 students are invited to the UC-Berkeley campus for two weeks. Through the B-BAY program, they learn how to develop a business idea, create and present a business plan, and learn from Berkeley Haas professors and corporate guest speakers. This two-week program has two sessions: Session I from July 9-22 and Session II from July 22-August 5. Tuition is $6,050 for California residents and $7,050 for out-of-state residents. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, with a TSTIME of March 18, 2023.

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Entrepreneurial Academy at Georgetown University

The two-week camp at Georgetown University gives students the chance to learn the ins and outs of starting a business, including prototype testing, market research, and business operations. During the camp, students also practice their public speaking, communication, networking and leadership skills.

The camp will take place from July 2 to July 14 and will cost an estimated $5,500, including education, housing, and meals. The tuition fee for commuter students is $3,835.

Business Opportunities Summer Session (BOSS) at Penn State University

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Penn State University will host a two-week program from June 18-30 that will allow students to learn from faculty members in a hands-on environment. At the end of the program, students participate in a Business Case Competition to showcase what they have learned.

Once accepted into the program, students must pay a $50 application fee and will be housed in a student house on campus with other program participants. Any emerging senior is eligible to apply. The application is already open and will close on March 31, 2023.

Camp Business at Drexel University

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Camp Business, a week-long camp hosted by Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business, allows students to learn the basics of business, including accounting, finance, management, team building, and leadership skills. They also learn about the stock market, financial documents and technology. Students can choose between a commuter session (July 9 – July 14) and a residential session (July 16 – July 21)

To apply, students must submit an application and official high school transcripts. Applications are assessed on an ongoing basis.

Business is Global: Summer Language Program at Indiana University

The focus of this two-week program is on global affairs, culture and language. The 2023 program will introduce students to Arabic, Brazilian, Korean and Russian languages. Students are also introduced to business operations and how current events affect international business.

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The TSTIME is April 14 for the camp, which will take place from June 25 to July 8. To attend this in-person camp, students must be an upcoming sophomore, junior, or senior, and the program cost is $1,900.

Summer study for high school students at Babson College

The three week program at Babson has both live and asynchronous classes from July 7 – 28. Although it is online, the program requires a lot of teamwork. Students gain exposure to aspects of entrepreneurship, marketing, finance, and business communications. During the program, students gain a better understanding of the United Nations Global Goals so that they are better equipped to tackle real-world problems in the future.

The program is open to emerging juniors and seniors and the application TSTIME is March 1, 2023.

beta scale

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This virtual program helps students build a business by helping them create a marketing plan, financial model, and investor proposal. Students can choose between one-to-one or group programs, with each program lasting between four and twelve weeks.

Beta Bowl offers programs every month so students can start when it’s most convenient for them.

LaunchX summer program

This program is aimed at high school students who want to learn how to start a startup. Students collaborate with their peers to build real products and learn how to solve business challenges. LaunchX has three options: Entrepreneurship (online), Entrepreneurship (campus) and an Innovation Programme.

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Program dates and costs vary. The TSTIME for the regular round is February 15, 2023.

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