DATES

June 28, 2020 - July 10, 2020

July 12, 2020 - July 24, 2020

July 27, 2020 - August 8, 2020

LOCATIONS

Washington, DC

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Campus Overview

Summer Springboard offers programs on two campuses in the heart of Washington D.C. - Georgetown University and American University. Live in the heart of the capital of the United States and feel the energy of this dynamic city. Surround yourself with beautiful architecture, vibrant shopping areas, and important monuments to U.S. history.

Late June: June 28- July 10, 2020 (American University)
Early July: July 12-24, 2020 (American University)
Late July: July 27-August 8, 2020 (Georgetown University)

Residential Tuition: $4,998 USD
Extended Commuter Tuition: $3,398 USD
Commuter Tuition: $2,798 USD

Academic Courses

At Summer Springboard we believe learning should be inspiring and interactive. We have worked hard to design courses, field trips and guest lectures that reflect the resources of the Georgetown or American University campus area. Whenever possible, classes are held outdoors, on-site or in a lab-type setting to allow students as many ’hands on’ opportunities as possible.

Each afternoon in our summer program on the Georgetown University or American University campus, we break out into small groups based on your academic program. During this time, students will dive deep into a specific subject area with creative, dynamic instructors, engaging professors and professional experts. Field trips and guest speakers take the learning experience beyond the classroom and leverage all that DC has to offer.

Architecture

Are you considering a career in architecture or design? The Summer Springboard architecture course for high school students introduces architectural ideas, design principles, and methods of exploring problems of the built environment in a collaborative studio setting.

Excursions may include a tour of Healy Hall. Healy Hall, Georgetown’s flagship building, was also built between 1877 and 1879, though it is in the medieval Flemish Romanesque style rather than the Victorian. Its architects Paul Pelz and John Smithmeyer also designed the Library of Congress. Healy Hall was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1987.

Late June: June 28- July 10, 2020 (American University)
Early July: July 12-24, 2020 (American University)
Late July: July 27-August 8, 2020 (Georgetown University)

Business & Entrepreneurship

Students will learn firsthand from business veterans about starting and running a business. Over the course of the program, they will develop a plan for a new venture and pitch their idea to real world investors. Along the way, meet with leaders from different areas of business and finance.

Last year students got insight from the Better Business Bureau. Kelsey Coleman, Director of Communications & Public Affairs, shared the importance of integrity and performance in business.

Late June: June 28- July 10, 2020 (American University)
Early July: July 12-24, 2020 (American University)
Late July: July 27-August 8, 2020 (Georgetown University)

Computer Science

Do you wonder what it’s like to develop software for a living? Do you possess a natural curiosity towards computer technology and platform development? This program challenges students to think critically and creatively about today’s most pressing technology-related questions. Students will be exposed to the whole cycle of product development from database architecture and APIs to debugging.

Excursions may include startups and other technology companies in Washington D.C.

The curriculum is tailor-made to the skills of each individual student so beginner, intermediate, and advanced students are all welcome.

Late June: June 28- July 10, 2020 (American University)
Early July: July 12-24, 2020 (American University)
Late July: July 27-August 8, 2020 (Georgetown University)

Journalism

Journalism plays a vital role in a democratic society. Journalists are the truth seekers who keep our leaders accountable, and they share the stories that affect us all. Dive into this vital field, learn about news, and become a citizen journalist who can produce news on the go. Study journalism with professionals who will share their techniques and thoughts about the future of media. Regardless of what you major in, all students benefit from becoming a more organized, coherent and persuasive communicator.

Excursions may include visits to the Newseum and Washington Post.

Late June: June 28- July 10, 2020 (American University)
Early July: July 12-24, 2020 (American University)
Late July: July 27-August 8, 2020 (Georgetown University)

Medicine

Our summer medical program for high school students gives you a 360 degree view of the medical and healthcare field, as well as immersive learning through hands-on projects and simulations.

Last year students went to the Clinical Learning and Simulation Skills (CLASS) Center. The Clinical Learning and Simulation Skills (CLASS) Center provides one of the most innovative educational environments in the nation. Here, students supplement their classroom learning with comprehensive clinical exposure, feedback, and evaluation that prepare them to become both technically adept and compassionate caregivers.

Late June: June 28- July 10, 2020 (American University)
Early July: July 12-24, 2020 (American University)
Late July: July 27-August 8, 2020 (Georgetown University)

Politics & Public Policy

With the upcoming election in 2020, now is the perfect time to join the Summer Springboard politics and public policy course!

Immerse yourself in the American political system as you draft legislation to represent your political goals. Use your power of persuasion to convince others of the value of your bill and move it from your committee to the Senate floor. Negotiate with other political parties and special interest groups that are attempting to change or derail your bill and ultimately, a debate and vote will decide if your legislation will become law.

Students will have a unique opportunity to visit the Supreme Court. Additional excursions may include visits to a think tank, legislator’s office, or another policy-making organization.

Late June: June 28- July 10, 2020 (American University)
Early July: July 12-24, 2020 (American University)
Late July: July 27-August 8, 2020 (Georgetown University)

Trial Law

This program introduces students to vital techniques that are used by trial lawyers throughout the United States. Real world experts will share their knowledge about Trial Law and students will hear the inside scoop on law school and the admissions process.

During the program, students will meet with legal professionals to gain insight into their daily activities and learn more about their career journeys. This will be a unique opportunity for students to ask questions and get exposure to a “day in the life” of legal and judicial experts. Excursions include the United States Supreme Court.

Late June: June 28- July 10, 2020 (American University)
Early July: July 12-24, 2020 (American University)
Late July: July 27-August 8, 2020 (Georgetown University)

Activities & Trips

Since we are based in the capital of the United States, this program combines visits to important institutions and historic landmarks with activities on the campus of Georgetown University or American University. Students have the chance to explore the upscale neighborhood of Georgetown and also visit the must-see tourist sites in Washington DC. In addition, student will enjoy the major attractions in the region. All excursions are fully supervised by Summer Springboard staff.

Monuments & Museums

Discover awe-inspiring monuments & memorials found only in Washington, DC. We'll spend a day exploring must see sights including monuments and memorials along the National Mall, photo stops at The White House and Capitol Building, and student’s choice at the Smithsonian museums.

Georgetown, DC

Enjoy a vibrant campus life that is shaped by Washington, DC’s attention to cultural and community experiences. The neighborhood is a charming area with Federal-style architecture, cobblestone streets and fashion and design shops. There are numerous shops and top-rated restaurants. A favorite is Georgetown Cupcakes!

Six Flags America

Six Flags America is DC's Thrill Capital featuring more than 100 exciting rides, shows, and attractions. Experience its brand new ride: Firebird, a new type of roller coaster with incredible twists, drops and inversions, all while seated in state-of-the-art floorless trains.

Track-Specific Excursions

In order to take full advantage of everything Washington, DC offers, each academic program may take their students on related trips. The goal of these trips is to augment their study and exposure to a particular subject area. Visits may include: World Bank, Supreme Court, National Institutes of Health, lobbying firms, and more.

Student Life

  • 8:00am

    Breakfast

  • 9:00am

    Academic Course

  • 12:30pm

    Lunch

  • 1:30pm

    Recreational Activity or Academic Excursion

  • 3:00pm

    Enrichment Elective

  • 5:00pm

    Commuter Students Depart

  • 6:00pm

    Dinner

  • 7:00pm

    Evening Activities

  • 8:00pm

    Extended Commuter Students Depart

  • 10:30pm

    Check-In

Georgetown University and American University are located in the heart of Washington D.C., just minutes away from some of the most famous landmarks in the country. In addition to the numerous upscale shops and restaurants in walking distance, the embassies of many countries are located there too.

Housing

Just like a college student at Georgetown or American University, students share a dorm room with roommates and use a common bathroom. Floors are gender-segregated and rooms contain an extra-long twin size bed, desks, drawers, mirror and a closet.

Even though you’re away from home, your Resident Advisor (RA) lives just down the hall and is there for anything you might need, and to ensure your safety and security. In addition, RAs create a community, provide support, plan activities and help you get the most out of your stay at Yale. Other members of the Summer Springboard staff also live on campus and are available to support students and tackle emergencies, 24 hours a day.

Security

During your Summer Springboard program at Georgetown or American University, you will live in a residential college on campus. All residential colleges have 24-hour security and use electronic key cards to enter gates and entryways. Georgetown Security is available 24 hours a day and actively monitor the campus.

Facilities

Our Georgetown summer program for high school students will be based on the Main Campus. Our American summer program for high school students will be based in Anderson Hall. Students will have access to the libraries, sports fields and nearby museums.

Dining

Most meals will be eaten at the dining hall, walking distance from our dormitory. Students may also take a short walk to dozens of restaurants and dining options in and around Washington D.C.

Note: Schedule is illustrative and is subject to change. Summer Springboard programs are not run by our campus partners. Universities and their affiliated departments are not responsible for the Summer Springboard program in any way.