Business Summer Programs and Camps for High School Students
Introductory Information about Business Summer Programs
Business summer programs can provide an opportunity for high school students to explore a variety of topics in this field. For some students, a business summer program may be a chance to gain initial experiences with learning about topics and concepts in this area. For other students who may have taken a business class in school, a summer business program can supplement the learning that has taken place during an academic year.
This page of the summer programs directory focuses on opportunities in business and entrepreneurship. The page includes background information on business programs in general and this is followed by descriptions as well as listings of specific summer business program options.
Experiential Activities and Business Summer Programs
Researching and Finding Summer Business Programs
The exact nature of a business summer program is dependent upon the areas being emphasized. Summer programs may focus on general topics within the business field or they may emphasize areas such as business planning, marketing, entrepreneurship, leadership, financial literacy, and more.
It can be important for high school students to research and examine summer business programs to find those that best align with their interests. For example, some programs may emphasize business leadership while others may place more of a focus on learning how to build a startup business.
Pre-College Business Summer Programs
Summer Program Opportunities in this Directory
Exploring Summer Business Programs
Overall, there are many benefits to participating in a summer business program. It can be helpful for high school students to research and read about specific opportunities in order to find options that coincide with goals, interests, passions, and potential outcomes.
It can be particularly useful for students to examine the practical aspects of business summer programs to find information about the length, dates, daily schedule, type instruction, learning activities, cost, and more. Reading, researching, and learning about summer business opportunities can be useful with regard to finding programs that align with areas of interest, summer schedule, and other important factors for a student and a family.
There is information, below, about specific business summer programs. The descriptions and listing that follow may be useful for students as they begin the process of learning about and finding opportunities for the summer to pursue.
Featured Business Summer Programs for High School Students
Appalachian State University Summer Business Program – Boone, North Carolina
Drexel University Summer Business Camp – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Summer Business Academy – A part of the Summer Academies at Harvard – Cambridge, Massachusetts
During the program, students have the chance to learn about terms, ideas, and principles that are frequently used in the field of business. Participants also gain insight into a variety of practical and real-world aspects involved in the world of business. During the program, students can meet peers who have an interest in business, learn from and converse with instructors, and gain foundational knowledge that can be useful in business ventures.
Through the program, students also have a chance to engage in activities that allow them to apply their learning, collaborate with peers, and develop professional skills. Through a variety of learning exercises, students gain insight into what it takes to start a business. Participating students also have the opportunity to learn about college business majors as well as options in the field of business.
University of Michigan Summer Business Program – Ann Arbor, Michigan
The summer business academy is hosted and run by the university’s Ross School of Business. The program is designed to provide upper grade-level high school students with the opportunity to learn about a variety of significant business topics while also getting a feel for what it is like to be a business student at the university. This summer experience can give students a preview of pursuing a degree in business and help them begin to determine if they like to pursue a career in a business profession.
The program utilizes a variety of learning activities that enable students to gain insight into the field of business. Participants have the chance to learn from professors, hear from current professionals, take trips to see businesses in action, participate in high-level discussions about real-world issues, work cooperatively with other students, and engage in experiential exercises that simulate business-related issues. The multiple modes of learning and the experiences provided in the program can enable students to deepen their understanding of significant business principles and concepts.
This pre-college business program allows students to stay on the campus and gain experience living in a university-run dorm. One of the unique features of the program is that business students from the university take on an advisory role in the dorm. This enables participants to converse with and learn from current undergraduates who are pursuing a degree in business.
There is an application process for this program. There are scholarships available for the program, which are based upon financial need.
University of Pennsylvania Leadership in a Business World Summer Program – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Wharton School of Business sponsors a summer program that connects the importance of leadership and business in a global society. The program is designed for upper grade-level high school students, who have demonstrated leadership skills and have an interest in business.
Through the program, students have the opportunity to learn from business professionals, interact with professors from Wharton, take trips to see how business principles are applied in real-world settings, and learn from current business students at the university. During the program, students gain insight into the ways in which the use of effective leadership skills can impact businesses and industries.
One of the important aspects of the summer program involves the application knowledge. As students are acquiring new knowledge, they are able to utilize their learning through collaborative business activities and simulations. For example, students work together to develop a business plan and receive feedback from professionals in the field of business. The program also stresses the importance of collaboration and teamwork, which are fostered by effective leaders in the business field.
This pre-college business leadership program enables students to get a feel for campus life, as they can stay on the campus in dormitories while they are participating in the program. As a result, during this four-week program, students can preview life on a college campus as well as the academic expectations in a higher education setting.
There is an application for this program and it is considered to be selective in nature.
Summer Business Camp at Rutgers University – New Brunswick, New Jersey
Wake Forest University Summer Business Program – Winston Salem, North Carolina
Wealthy Habits Summer Business Camp – Multiple Atlanta locations
At Wealthy Habits, students learn everything from paying taxes to the importance of spending less than they earn. Through games and activities, students have fun learning and ultimately walk away with a better understanding of how good money habits yield a better financial future.
Camps began in 2012 and are structured specifically for Ages 11-19. Available at many Atlanta area locations starting Memorial Day and running each week until the last week in July, there is sure to be a program that will fit your summer.
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Additional College and Organizations that Sponsor High School Summer Business Programs
- University of Florida Young Entrepreneurs for Leadership and Sustainability (learn more on the Florida summer programs page).
- University of Georgia Terry Business Academy (learn more on the Georgia summer programs page).
- Indiana University Pre-College Summer Business Programs (learn more on the Indiana summer programs page).
- LaunchX Summer Business Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (learn more on our Massachusetts summer programs page).
- University of Texas McCombs Summer High School Business Programs (learn more on the Texas summer programs page).