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Portland Summer Opportunities

Portland summer opportunities.


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Where Saturday Academy facilitates about 150 internships to Oregon students each year. Selected students work with mentors in fields like Biology, Health or Medical, Earth or Environmental Science, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics. The application opens in late November and is due in early March each year.


2019 Invention Bootcamp Program at Portland State University. Applications open in the fall and are due in early March each year. This summer program is open to 25 high school students. All high school students are encouraged to apply, regardless of background or skill level. They encourage students to apply who are underrepresented or who haven’t previously considered a career in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) field but are interested in learning more. There is no experience necessary.

There is no cost to students and lunch is provided daily. (Program valued at $1,000)

The Application will require you to answer TWO free response questions.


ADX | Art Design Portland a maker space and custom fabrication shop offers teen programming

Art Adventures at Oregon College of Art & Craft includes classes, camps and workshops

BodyVox workshops and intensives for dancers (beginner-advanced)

Building Camps sponsored by Oregon Tradeswomen

Choir Camp at Marylhurst University

Fire Fighter Camp for Girls

Free Geek’s volunteers bring home a computer after 24 hours of volunteering

iDTech, a national tech education company, offers STEM education on the Lewis & Clark campus for the first time in 2014 (related Oregonian story)

Lewis & Clark College’s Summer Writing Program for high school students

Mercy Corps Summer Camp: International Development 101

Microsoft Coding Classes

Multnomah Arts Center’s summer catalog includes teen classes in visual and performing arts

Multnomah County Library, volunteer at the library

NW Film Center, Film Camps for kids + teens (animation, green screen, media arts)

Oregon College of Arts & Crafts offers weekly pre-college courses in fine arts and crafts (comics, glass fusing, drawing, etc.)

OMSI’s Youth Volunteer Program: Teen Youth Alliance – Thinkineers (applications due May 1)

Oregon Boys State: At Oregon Boys State you will be “learning by doing."  You can become a legislator and write the law, elected governor and enforce the law, or be appointed to the Supreme Court and interpret the law.  (Open to Juniors)

Oregon Girls State: At Oregon Girls State you will be “learning by doing."  You can become a legislator and write the law, elected governor and enforce the law, or be appointed to the Supreme Court and interpret the law.  (Open to Juniors)

Oregon Music Technology School, learn you your way around a music recording studio. Must be 18+ or request a parent waiver.

Oregon Museum of Science & Industry Summer volunteer program with two options: volunteer as part of the “Science Squad” or participating in a one-week design camp.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s summer program for juniors  

Oregon State University’s pre-college summer programs

Oregon Zoo has many volunteer opportunities for youth.

Outward Bound's wilderness adventures (some Oregon rafting/mountain trips, most programs in other states)

Pendulum Aerial Arts' Recreation Classes and Contemporary Circus Summer Intensives

PLACE, a youth civic engagement program with an urban planning focus

Portland Center Stage, Summer Intensives

Portland Community College, Summer Teen Program

Portland Parks & Rec, Teen Force

Portland Youth Rock Orchestra offers lessons and music programs for youth

Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest) offers POWGirls filmmaking classes for girls

Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls

Saturday Academy, more than 300 hands-on classes and camps

University of Oregon’s Architecture Summer Academy in Eugene

University of Oregon’s Design Camp in Portland

University of Oregon’s Youth Enrichment Program serving TAG students

Youth Empowered Action Camp

Young Entrepreneur’s Business Camp, one-week events at your choice of OSU, UO or the U of Portland

Here is an opportunity just for current freshmen and sophomores:

Young Leaders in Action sponsored by World Oregon (for next year’s sophomores or juniors) . App due early May. Program starts in June with monthly meetings through the following April. Here is last year’s app (check back for the new application):

But here is a great event that is open to all students who aim to be future change-makers:

World Oregon Events (open to all):

More info on this International Speaker Series: