Science Opportunities in the Community

  • Science Academic Programs

    Examples of science-related academic opportunities that are available to students annually are listed below. These programs are typically classes that are offered in the summer that involve no cost to the student. Most of these programs select students through an application procedure. Please refer to the program websites for more information about dates and application deadlines. In addition, Perth Amboy may offer enrichment programs in math and science during the summer that take place at NJIT or at our schools.

    • NJ Governor's School: There are two Governor's School programs sponsored by NJ universities. The Sciences program takes place at Drew University and the Engineering and Technology program takes place at Rutgers University. Both programs are 3-week, residential programs that take place in the summer. Juniors must be nominated through their high school. The selection process takes place in December, and the Governor's School informs students on their acceptance status at the beginning of April.
    • Columbia University Science Honors Program: This program is an academic enrichment program in science and math that takes place on Saturdays throughout the school year. Students attend during either 10th, 11th, or 12th grades. There is an application process that includes taking an entrance exam. The deadline is typically at the beginning of March.
    • Materials Camp: This program is sponsored by ASM and takes place at different college campuses throughout the United States each summer. Some locations offer residential programs, while other programs are commuter programs. Students study the interdisciplinary field of material science by applying their scientific and mathematical foundational knowledge. Most camps are one week, but they also offer one-day mini camps. This program is available to rising juniors and seniors. The application process takes place during the second semester.
    • MIT Research Science Institute: A 6-week summer, residential, academic program for rising juniors. Students get an introduction to advanced science, math, and engineering. Additional programs exist for groups that are under-represented in the field of engineering; scholarship opportunities are available based on family income.
    • Girls Who Code: Summer Immersion Program: A 7-week summer, commuter program for sophomore and junior girls. Students do not need any prior experience with coding. The program takes place in several cities across the country.
    • Princeton University Society of Women Engineers: Spring High School Colloquium: A one-day program for high school girls to introduce them to the field of engineering. This event typically takes place on a Saturday in November/December and March/April. Students must register a month in advance.

    Science Employment, Volunteer & Internship Programs

    Students can contact various organizations to inquire about internships and volunteer opportunities, including summer camps, environmental organizations, science centers, zoos and medical facilities. Examples are as follows:

    • NJ Audubon Society: Counselors for summer camp programs at several locations in NJ. The Plainsboro Preserve is located closest to East Brunswick.
    • Raritan Headwaters: A variety of volunteer opportunities for environmental projects.
    • Raritan Bay Medical Center: Adult and junior volunteer programs are available. Students must be 16-18 years old for the junior volunteer program; a weekly commitment of 3 hours is required.
    • Rutgers Gardens: A volunteer program is available in several areas. Volunteer orientation takes place one day each month.
    • Sierra Club: Volunteer opportunities are available at the state and local county levels.