School Year Events
Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA)
LEDA builds a diverse community of high-achieving student-leaders who are prepared to succeed in college and beyond. The LEDA Scholars Program begins with a fully funded (travel, room, and board included), seven week residential program at Princeton University between junior and senior year of high school.
At the LEDA Summer Institute at Princeton, scholars receive leadership training, writing instruction, SAT/ACT prep, and college guidance, while building a supportive community with students from all over the United States. The program does not end when they return home. During Senior Year, Scholars continue to receive personalized counseling and support through the college application process, and LEDA covers all costs associated with applying to college. 100% of the LEDA Scholars go on to four-year colleges and over 90% attend the most selective colleges in the country, where they have unparalleled opportunities and excellent financial support. In college LEDA scholars receive academic counseling and personal support from LEDA College Success as well as career counseling from the LEDA Career Network.
To be eligible for the program a student must be a junior in a public high school, a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident or have DACA status, and have a family income of less than $90,000. LEDA practices a holistic review process, but admitted LEDA scholars typically have a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.6, are enrolled in rigorous coursework available at their school, and have demonstrated leadership in their school, community, or at home.
Students can start the application process by visiting the LEDA website. Applications are due by December 10, 2018.
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National Youth Science Camp
This summer camp is for recent high school graduates. Two students from each state are selected to attend this STEM camp.
Application deadline: 2/28/2019
Youth STEAM Institute
This is a summer program produced by the National Youth Scienc Foundation. The Youth STEAM Institute provides students an opportunity to enhance their experience, confidence, and leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) through small-group projects.
Age: 12-16 years
Inspiring Girls Expeditions
Inspiring Girls Expeditions interweaves science, art, and backcountry travel to inspire future leadership, curiosity, confidence, and success. These are unique, tuition-free wilderness science expeditions for young women.
Each year, expedition teams of 8-9 teenage girls and 3 instructors are selected to spend 12 days exploring and learning about a remote wilderness environment. Through scientific field studies with a team of professional scientists, artists, and wilderness guides, the girls will build critical thinking skills, gain self-confidence, and make lasting friendships.
For North American expeditions, girls must be 16 or 17 years old on June 1, 2019 to apply.
Inspiring Girls Expeditions website
Online applications must be started by February 1, 2019.
Student Conservation Association (SCA) Youth Programs
The SCA provides students with meaningful conservation service internships and other outdoor/environmental/scientific opportunities.
For more information, visit the SCA website.
Juneau Icefield Research Project
The Juneau Icefield Research Project (JIRP) was established study glacial formation, botany, geology and other related topics. The Foundation for Glacier and Environmental Research manages this project, providing academic and field training for both educators and students.
Juneau Icefield Research Project website
Application deadline is January 4, 2019.
North Cascades Institute - Youth Leadership
Students are given the opportunity to participate in several youth leadership summer events:
Youth Leadership Adventures
Northwest Youth Leadership Summit
For more informaton, visit the North Cascades Institute website.
Alaska Wrangell Mountains Center - Youth Programs
These programs provide students with an increased understanding of complex national processes, a view of the human place in the natural environment, and new skills for taking effective action on their own local issues.
For more information, visit the Wrangell Mountains Center website.
Teton Science School
Teton Science School is an environmental education center, and provides a variety of youth-oriented educational programs.
For more information, visit the Teton Science School website.
National Outdoor Leadship School (NOLS)
NOLS offers various outdoor expedition and summer courses/programs.
For more information, visit the NOLS website.
This is an education program that provides adventures in the wilderness, urban settings, workrooms, and classrooms while inspiring students to care for the world around them.
Visit the Outward Bound website for middle school and high school programs.
Thse programs are designed to inspire girls to lead through outdoor adventure, inner discovery, and collective action.
For more information, visit the Girl Venutres website.
Girl Trek is a public health nonprofit for African-American women and girls in the United States. It encourages women and girls to use walking as a practical first step to inspire healthy living.
For more information, visit the Girl Trek website.
Americorps offers several community service programs for people ages 18-24.
For more information, visit the Americorps website.
Wildlands Studies provide field projects where students can join backcountry study teams and help researchers search for answers to important environmental questions.
Visit the Widlands Studies website for more information.
American Field School (AFS)
AFS offers study abroad opportunities.
For more information, visit the AFS website.
NASA Contests & Events
NASA provides various contests and educational opportunities for K-12 grades.
Visit NASA website for more information.
Girls Adventure in Leadership and Science (GALS)
GALS is a free summer science program for high school students to engage with science while backpacking through the wilderness. It was created to increase hands-on science opportunities for students who identify as female or nonconforming, students of color, student from low socioeconomic backgrounds, and other groups underrepresented in fields of STEM.
Visit the GALS website for more information.
UAF Inside Out Campus Life Night
UAF Inside Out Day
Free campus preview day for high school juniors or seniors and their parents.
It includes walking tours, academic presentations, information about admissions, financial aid, extra curriculuar activities, and more.
To registar visit UAF's website at http://www.uaf.edu/admissions/visit/inside-out/
or call 474-7500
Alaska Summer Research Academy (ASRA)
This is a fun two week academic experience offered by the College of Natural Science and Mathematics in cooperation with the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and industry partners. ASRA provides an opportunity for students in 6th-12th grades to work with university faculty, staff, and industry professionals. Field research is often part of the experience. ASRA emphasizes exploration and creativity as part of the learning process.
2019 Summer Academy is July 9-19, 2019 (Applications open 2/01/2019)
UAF Summer Day Camps
UAF Nanook Expedition Camp (ages 10-14)
& Nanook Adventure Camp (ages 7-9)
UAF Summer RecCamp
Ages 5-12 years old
UAF Summer Visual Art Academy
UA Museum of the North
Movies & Programs
Summer Job/Internship Opportunities
Disclaimer: This section contains external links to job/internship opportunities. The FNSBSD does not endorse any of these offerings, but instead this section is to be used for informational purposes only. The FNSBSD bears no responsibility for accuracy, legality, or content of the external sites. Please use caution when going to and interacting on external links.
Explore Fairbanks website
Fairbanks-area tourism & hospitality opportunities
Alaska Songbird Institute
High School Internship
Summer Internship in Senator Lisa Murkowski's Office
for recent high school graduates