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Summer Opportunities

Summer break can be the perfect time to discover new experiences, friends, and passions. Below is a list of opportunities to explore a career you may be interested in, volunteer, or even study abroad. These opportunities can boost your college application by adding unique experience, and you could meet potential references.


PiPES Summer Program

Experience life as a student at the University of Tennessee while also visiting science and engineering labs. Transportation and meals are provided during this three-day summer program. Applications will be available in your school in February, and the program will be held in June. The camp is only open to students at our PiPES schools.

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Design Matters! Camp

Interested in architecture and design? This week long camp offers high school students the opportunity to experience what it is like as a design student at the University of Tennessee. For an additional cost, students may stay overnight in a residence hall. The camp is July 9-14, 2017, and registration opens in early February.

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The University of Tennessee Kids U programs

Kids U provides a microbiology and forensic science summer camp for teens. These camps are held from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Check the website for summer camp dates.

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AIM – Accounting and Information Management Academy

Explore the different careers possible through accounting at this four-day residential program at the University of Tennessee. This program provides financial assistance, but students must have a 3.0+ GPA. The camp will be held July 15-19 and applications are due March 31, 2017.

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Engineering Volunteers for Tenth Graders

This is an opportunity for rising sophomores to spend a week exploring chemistry and engineering careers while staying in a residence hall at the University of Tennessee. The application is now open, but there are some academic requirements to apply. This program will be June 4-10, 2017.

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High School Introduction to Engineering Systems for Eleventh and Twelfth Graders

The Tickle College of Engineering provides an opportunity for high school students to explore engineering and campus life at the University of Tennessee. This is a week long residential program, but there are some academic requirements to apply. The camp for rising juniors will be held July 16-21, 2017, and seniors will be July 9-14, 2017.

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Business Education for Talented Students

BETS is a 10-day residential program at the University of Tennessee that provides students with the opportunity to explore the various fields of business. This program provides financial assistance for students with a 3.0+ GPA. Applications are due March 31, 2017 and the camp will be held June 14 – 24.

Medical Explorations Program

This program at the University of Tennessee is intended for high school students who want to learn more about a career in healthcare. This program offers a stipend to assist students with financial obligations. The website is currently under construction but is estimated to be ready in January 2017.

Summer Nursing Camp

Carson-Newman University offers a week long residential camp to learn about the nursing profession. This camp is offered to rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. This program’s 2017 dates should be available on their website in the spring.

Pellissippi State Summer Day Camps

Pellissippi State Community College offers day camps for high school students, including a self-defense class for teen girls. They have not yet updated their website for summer 2017.

Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont

Tremont offers three different camp experiences for ages 13-17, but all of them include being surrounded by nature while also learning about the environment. These camps are one week long and offered at different times throughout June and July. Tremont offers a financial aid application that must be submitted by April 15, 2017.

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Volunteering at Children’s Hospital (VolunTeen Program)

Gain experience while helping others at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. They provide a volunteer program specifically for teens.

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Ciee – High School Study Abroad

Step far outside your comfort zone this summer by choosing from the diverse programs that Ciee has to offer. You can gain college credits or international community service hours while exploring the world. There are possible scholarships available on their website.