Career Center - Special Opportunities

Special opportunities come and go throughout the year.  We are defining "special" as free or very affordable.  These opportunities will first appear in the Career Center Newsletter and will remain on this page until they expire.

Remember: This information is provided for your convenience and perusal. Postings do not indicate endorsement or sponsorship by W.T. Woodson, FCPS, nor any administrator or employee of either W.T. Woodson or FCPS.  Parents need to check and be satisfied with any program chosen for their children.  This web page contains links to one or more web pages that are outside the FCPS network.  Neither W.T. Woodson High School nor FCPS controls the content or relevancy of these pages.



24-29 June, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA -  The Frontiers of Energy Resources Summer Camp offers a preparatory, interactive training program focusing on various energy resources including fossil fuels, solar, biofuels, nuclear energy, and information technologies for energy efficient operations.  The program is designed to introduce exceptional rising high schools Seniors (current Juniors) to the opportunities and career possibilities available in the global energy resources industry.  Applicants must submit a sealed teacher recommendation, upload an unofficial transcript, and provide a statement of purpose with their application.  Costs of all materials, supplies, reference books, notebooks, housing, and meals will be provided by the program.  Transportation to and from LA is not provided.  For more information and to apply, visit  Applications are due 6 April


Dates vary by location.  Sponsored by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), AgDiscovery is a 2- to 4-week summer outreach program to help teenagers explore careers in plant and animal science, wildlife management, agribusiness, and more. The program allows students to live on a college campus and learn about agriculture from university professors, scientists, and administrative professionals who work for the U.S. Government in a variety of fields. Students will have the opportunity to study with entomologists, biotechnologists, plant pathologists, wildlife biologists, veterinarians, and/or animal care inspectors. Students chosen to participate in AgDiscovery will gain experience through hands-on labs, workshops, and field trips. Students will also participate in character- and team-building activities. APHIS partners with universities and colleges throughout the country to deliver the AgDiscovery program. There is NO COST to attend the AgDiscovery 2018 summer program. Tuition, room and board, lab supplies, meals, and activity fees will be covered by APHIS. Students selected for the program are only responsible for costs associated with traveling to and from the university campus hosting the program.  Application deadline is 12 March.  For more information and to apply, visit


20 March SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM – The Virginia Bankers’ Association offers Seniors an opportunity to learn about a career in banking on Virginia Bank Day.  Shadow a banker in his/her daily duties.  Learn more about banking, financial services, and the vital role banks play in the community.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA, a teacher/counselor who will “sponsor” them, and make a pre-arranged absence with the school.  Participants are expected to write an essay on What did you learn on Bank Day that will help you manage your financial future AND what did you learn about how banks support their communities.  13 participants will be recognized for their essay efforts with scholarships of $1,000, $2,500, and one $5,000.  Visit the Career Center to get all of the details and the registration form required by the program.  Don’t wait until the last minute!!  The deadline to register for VBA Bank Day is 13 March

CAMINOS AL FUTURO, 1-20 July, George Washington University, Washington, DC. 

Caminos al Futuro is a fully-funded summer scholarship program that engages high-achieving rising Seniors from U.S. high schools in a residential academic leadership development program at GW.  The program seeks to cultivate leadership potential and scholarship in rising Seniors who desire to shape issues impacting Hispanic and Latinx communities. Caminos al Futuro scholars will get a chance to examine the political, economic and social transformations impacting Hispanic and Latinx communities nationwide by conducting research, content, and media analyses; engaging in collaborative projects; engaging with leaders who help Hispanic and Latinx communities in the United States; and attending site visits and performing community service.  Current high school Juniors are eligible to apply.  Admission to the program is competitive and space is limited.  Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their academic performance and record of service and leadership within Hispanic or Latinx communities. Applications must include a recommendation and three essays.  All selected students will receive a full scholarship that covers roundtrip transportation to Washington, D.C. and the cost of attendance.  For more information, application requirements, and to apply, visit  The application deadline is 1 March


30 June – 10 August – Carnegie Mellon University’s Summer Academy for Math and Science provides rising high school Seniors, at least 16 years of age, with a strong interest in computer science, engineering and/or the natural sciences, with the opportunity to achieve essential skills necessary to pursue and complete majors in STEM fields. The Summer Academy curriculum includes seminars and highly collaborative hands-on projects, designed and taught by Carnegie Mellon faculty, teachers and graduate students. Upperclass college students also serve as classroom assistants, tutors and mentors.  Students eligible to apply have strong academic records, are U.S. citizens/permanent residents, and associate with one of the following backgrounds: underrepresented minorities, families of low socioeconomic status, which may be indicated by eligibility for public assistance programs or free/reduced lunch programs, potentially first in family to attend college, or attend a rural or inner-city high school with historically low rates of admittance to top-tier colleges.  Tuition, housing, and dining costs are covered.  A non-refundable deposit will be due upon admittance but it will be transferred to your student account after enrolling to assist with the purchasing of program supplies.  Students will be responsible for the cost of books, supplies, transportation, and recreational expenses. A limited number of funds are available for transportation or book costs. Requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  The application deadline is 1 March.  For more information and to apply, visit


3 March, 9 am – 3 pm, George Washington University, 800 21st St NW,  The Cloyd Heck Marvin Center, Washington, DC.  Sponsored by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the College Camp Series features FREE, bilingual, half-day college preparation workshops designed to help middle and high school students and their parents prepare, plan, and pay for college.  Students are grouped by grade level and parents can choose to receive information in Spanish or English.  Registration deadline is 26 February.  For more information and to register, visit


6 July – 2 August 2018, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI – The Entrada Scholars Program is an opportunity for academically gifted ethnic minority youth to fully access the college world – living in dorms, taking college courses, building relationships, and earning college credit.  Eligible high school Juniors and Seniors must have at least a 3.0 GPA.  Senior applicants must be planning to enroll at Calvin in the fall.  Students accepted into the program will have tuition, room, board, books, and activities covered by a grant.  Participants are responsible for transportation to and from Grand Rapids and for a $500 enrollment fee if admitted to the program.  The application deadline is 2 March 2018.  For more information and to apply, visit


24 February, 9 am, George Mason University.  The U.S. Marine Corps is offering a free volleyball clinic for students aged 15 – 19.  This leadership training opportunity includes a free T-shirt and lunch.  Get all the details and register to attend at


Fully Charged for College wants WTW students to have a computer when they go to college.  Seniors on Free-Reduced Lunch who will attend a 4-year college may receive an Apple computer to support your college studies.  Applicants must also be U.S. citizens attending a participating high school, including W.T. Woodson.  Applications must include a 250 – 500 word essay on one of three prompts: (1) What academic achievement are you most proud of? (2) Do you volunteer or take care of others? (3) What are some of the daily challenges that you face?  Applications with complete directions can be found at deadline is 5 pm on 1 March.  Additional documentation including a college acceptance letter and college enrollment deposit confirmation is due at 5 pm on 1 May.


25 June – 1 August, Washington, DC.  Girls Who Code is a free, 7-week summer program for 10th – 11th grade girls (rising 11th and rising 12th) who wish to learn computer science, gain exposure to tech jobs, and join a supportive sisterhood of thousands of girls across the US!  The program is an introductory computer science course, so no prior experience is needed.  The application consists of a single question with no reference to grades or recommendations.  Applicants need to be able to commit to the entire 7-week program.  For more information and the application link, visit  The final application deadline is 16 March.


1-20 July, George Washington University, Washington, DC.  The INSPIRE Pre-College Program is a full scholarship open to Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian rising Junior and Senior high school students, including 2018 anticipated graduates, who want to spend 3 weeks on the GW campus to learn about  intergovernmental relations between tribal governments and the federal government. The program is a full-day experiential undergraduate course, Native Politics and the American Political System, taught by GW faculty, which will offer opportunities for students to meet and interview influential Native advocates who work in Washington, D.C.  INSPIRE students live on campus and participate in recreational programs with the community of high school students enrolled in GW pre-college programs.  INSPIRE scholarships are awarded to students based on evidence of academic ability, leadership potential, and an interest in public service.  Students from all tribes and from every part of the U.S. are welcome to apply.  The scholarship covers the three-credit course, room and board at GW, airfare to and from Washington, D.C. (one round-trip ticket), all required textbooks, and required local travel related to the course.  Completed applications must include a transcript, proof of tribal enrollment or ancestry, a recommendation from a teacher or counselor, and a 350-word essay.  For more information and to apply, visit  Completed applications must be received by 1 March.  


6 - 7 April – The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers is inviting 75 high school students for a cost-free weekend to learn about college admissions, financial aid, university life, and UVA engineering.  Participants stay in dorms, eat at university hot spots, have the opportunity to talk one on one with current students, attend an engineering open house and lab tours, and attend cultural performances.  Transportation, food, and room and board are provided.  Applications close 29 March.  For more information, e-mail  To apply, visit


16 June – 27 July, Howard University, Washington, DC.  Funded through the Department of Health and Human Services, HSSESA is a support program offered to facilitate entry to the Doctor of Pharmacy Program at Howard University.  This six-week residential program is for rising Juniors and Seniors who demonstrate an interest in the sciences or a career in pharmacy or other health professions.  Twenty students will be selected for this competitive program.  The program consists of a five-day academic schedule that exposes students to pre-requisite classes that are required for a major in pharmacy or other health profession.  Classes include biology, chemistry, medical terminology, math, computer science, and career exposure in clinical settings.  Housing, meals, course materials, activities, clinical shadowing, and transportation to clinical sites and mandatory science-focused excursions are included.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA.  Finalists must interview.  Completed applications must have a transcript, three recommendations, and an essay.  Minorities and financially needy applicants will be given priority. with interviews to be conducted 9-27 April.  For more information, application requirements, and to apply, visit  The application deadline is 9 March,


17 February, 17 March, 14 April, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA – Virginia Tech’s National Society of Black Engineers’ Pre-college Initiative facilitates events with the goal of inspiring students in grades 9-12 to pursue a career in a STEM field, more specifically engineering. Participants learn more about becoming an engineer by participating in tours of on-campus research facilities, department presentations, and hands-on engineering activities. Students must register to attend PCI events.  There is a one-time fee of $10 to attend events throughout the school year.  Bus transportation is available from Northern Virginia for the 14 April event.  For more information and to register, visit


Questbridge provides high-achieving high school Juniors from low-income families an early advantage in college admissions.  As a College Prep Scholar, students receive specialized support and free opportunities to help them develop a strong college application.  The program is open to high school Juniors who demonstrate academic achievement, strength in character, and financial need (household income of less than $65,000 annually for a typical family of four), with minimal assets.  Typical College Prep Scholars often rank in the top 5-10% of their class, score greater than 1280 on the SAT or PSAT, or greater than 27 on the ACT, are among the first generation in their family to attend a four-year college, and qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.  The application requires academic and financial information, an essay and short answers, current high school transcript, a recommendation letter from a high school teacher, and any available standardized test scores.  For more information and to complete a free, online application visit  Applications are due by 21 March. 


15-20 July, Washington, DC.  Sponsored by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, this program brings high school students from across the nation to Washington, D.C. to spend five days learning about how the federal government works, meeting important leaders, visiting historic sites, and developing a deeper understanding of how they can affect positive change in their communities and their nation.  Rising Juniors and Seniors who demonstrate an interest in civic engagement are eligible to apply.  Preference is given to individuals with financial need.  There is no cost to participants and travel, lodging meals, and activities are included in the program.  Completed applications must include a transcript, recommender, resume, parent/guardian form, and three short essays.  For more information and to apply, visit  For questions, email  Completed applications are due 23 March


21 – 26 July, Rochester, NY.  College-bound students interested in the health care field can discover which health care careers fits their interests, be part of hands-on demonstrations, become CPR/first aid certified, make friends, and have fun.  Room, board, and other program costs are included in the camp fee of $700.  There are a limited number of scholarships available and space is limited so interested students should apply today.  All required application materials must be submitted by 15 May 2018. For more information, call 585.475.7695 (voice), 585.286.4555 (videophone), text/Facetime 585.448.9651 or by email

SOCIETY OF AMERICAN MILITARY ENGINEERS (SAME) 2018 ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION CAMP OPPORTUNITIES – The Northern Virginia Post of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) will again sponsor rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors in Northern Virginia to attend, all-expenses paid (including travel), one-week long Engineering and Construction Camps this summer.  Dates vary based on preferred camp.  Sponsored camps are listed below.  Interested students should review the eligibility requirements and complete the applications for all camps of interest at  If interested in more than one camp, please state order of preference.  Selection of sponsored students is made through a competitive process.  Sponsored camp attendees will be invited to present their experience at a Northern Virginia post golf outing held in Northern Virginia in July.  Learn more about the Northern Virginia Post of SAME at Northern Virginia Post must receive completed applications by 15 March.  Please mail or electronically send a PDF of your application to:

  • Jay Manik
  • Engineering and Construction Camp Director
  • Northern Virginia Post, SAME
  • 13373 Scotsmore Way
  • Oak Hill, VA 20171
  • (Office) 703.691.6564  (Mobile) 703.638.3259
  • Email:

The Camps:

  • SAME/U.S. Army Camp
  • 10-16 June
  • U.S. Army Engineering Research & Development Center, Vicksburg, MS
  • SAME/U.S. Army Camp
  • 10-16 June
  • U.S. Army Engineering Research & Development Center, Vicksburg, MS
  • SAME/U.S. Air Force Base Camp
  • 23-28 July
  • Scott Air Force Base, IL
  • SAME/U.S. Marine Corps Camps
  • 17-23 June
  • Camp Lejeune, NC


3 March, 9 am – Noon (pizza served after).  GW’s chapter of Learning Unlimited invites students in grades 7 - 12 to attend Splash at GW. For one day in March, you can come to The George Washington University campus and take short classes taught by undergraduate GWU students on varied topics from public speaking to psychology to the history of basketball.  Cost is $10 and full need-based financial aid is available.  Cost includes class and pizza lunch.  Registration is now open.  For more information, visit


15 July – 4 August – The USC Bovard Scholars Program helps high-achieving students with financial need gain admission to and succeed at top universities.  The program includes a three-week summer residential program on USC’s campus at NO COST to the student and provides support in four areas including career exploration, admission and financial aid guidance, test preparation, and leadership development.  The application deadline is 5 pm PST 16 February.  For more information, visit or call 213.821.4654.


16 - 22 July, Quantico, VA.  The U.S. Marine Corps sponsors this Summer Leadership and Character Development Academy.  Students selected will be chosen from a wide variety of backgrounds and invited to attend the week-long Academy held in Quantico.  During the week, students will be challenged to step outside of their comfort zone and to strengthen their confidence and leadership skills.  They will hear from notable leaders from around the country, such as entrepreneurs, Holocaust survivors and Marine Corps leaders.  Physical fitness will also be emphasized through physical training and scenario-based reaction courses.  Applicants must complete their Sophomore year and be 16-18 years of age by program start date; demonstrate strong academics with a 3.0 or better GPA; participate in athletic, leadership, and service-oriented activities; perform well on the Initial Strength Test; and possess leadership traits as well as strong moral and ethical standards.  Completed applications must include a reference, full body photo (dress in a shirt with a collar and slacks or khakis and stand up straight with your arms at your sides and take the picture in front of a wall with minimal distractions in the background), a media release, liability waiver, SLCDA waiver and health screening, and a 500-word essay or 5 - 10-minute video essay.   Completed applications are due by 1 April.  For more information, visit


Interested in starting your own business?  Have a great idea and want help getting started?  TyE Boot Camp is designed to help students develop strong business acumen, communication skills, time management, and confidence needed to succeed.  TyE is a free course held at George Mason University.  Meetings are held on Saturdays in February, March and April, where students develop business ideas and plans, then participate in a culminating business plan competition.  Winners of the business plan competition move on to national competition held in DC in June.  Get all the details and apply at  Admission is rolling until 31 January.


High school students ages 14 – 17 who give three weeks to serve as a crew member can earn $500.  Participants work as a team member in the Virginia State Parks Youth Conservation Corps to help maintain our state parks, work on environmental stewardship, and enjoy outdoor recreation.  There are two sessions: Session 1, 24 June – 14 July, and Session 2, 22 July – 11 August.  Applicants need to be physically fit to fulfill responsibilities/requirements, and applications require two references.  Get all the details and an application at applications are due 5 March. 

VIRGINIA TECH NATIONAL RECRUITING INITIATIVE FOR STUDENT ENGINEERS (RISE), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA – High school students who are interested in engineering are invited to join the Center for Enhancement of Engineering Diversity where you will meet students, alumni, staff, and faculty who want to introduce you to Virginia Tech.  The RISE program consists of a series of events, one per semester, starting with the spring of a student’s Sophomore year. Students may apply to the program as Sophomores or Juniors.  Food and lodging (when needed) as well as transportation for students traveling from the Tidewater area, Richmond, and Woodbridge are provided free of charge.  The spring Sophomore event is on 14 April.  The spring Junior event is 8 - 9 April.  Completed applications require two recommendations (STEM teachers) and an official transcript.  Completed applications are due 12 March.  For more information and to apply, visit


21 April.  The Society of Women Engineers at UVA invites Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors to apply to its High School Visitation Program.  This program gives young women a comprehensive look at the engineering field and UVA’s engineering curriculum through informative speakers and hands-on design activities.  It is designed to benefit participants with all levels of engineering experience, but is targeted to students who are not yet familiar with the field and may be interested in applying to engineering schools or pursuing a STEM career.  To apply, students should complete the HSV Spring Application which can be found at  The spring semester targets high school Juniors, but Sophomores and Seniors can also apply.  Students who have previously applied, are in the targeted grade level, and demonstrate strong interest in engineering through their essay will receive priority acceptance and priority consideration for an overnight stay.  For more information about this event and how to apply online, visit the website at application must be completed online by 11:59 on Saturday, 17 March or until capacity is reached.


The WRAIR GEMS Program invites high school students to work along-side college-age mentors in a professional laboratory environment.  During the one-week sessions which are free-of-charge, students participate in hands-on learning experience and gain exposure to the diversity of STEM field and careers.  Students can apply for a one-week session during the summer in biomedical or engineering programs at the Intermediate Level (9th-10th grade) or Advanced Level (11th – 12th grade).  Sessions will be held at WRAIR in Silver Spring, MD and at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, MD.  Upon completion of the program, students earn a $100 stipend for their participation.  For more information and to apply, visit  Selected students will be individually notified via email beginning 5 May.  For questions, email or call 301.319.7129.  The application deadline is 30 April. 


8 - 12 July, Virginia State University.  The Youth Leadership Academy is a new opportunity for rising Virginia Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors to participate in customized learning and fun through personal and career, advocacy, and leadership development activities designed for youth with disabilities.  Delegates will learn directly from peer mentors and successful adult role models while they work on their own personal leadership plans, improve their communication skills, visit the state capitol, and have a chance to speak directly to state legislators and policymakers.  All expenses are paid by the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, including food and lodging.  Completed applications must include activities, two recommendations, and a few short-answer responses.  Only 25 students will be selected through a highly-competitive application process.  For more information and to apply, visit must be received by 5 pm on 15 March.  Applications must be received by 5 pm on 16 March 2018.


Khan Academy offers great opportunities to learn from Pixar and computer programming.  Visit; search for “Pixar” to discover how to write a short story as well as hints on animation.  Search for “computer programming” to learn more from the pros.  Not only does Khan Academy offer advice from these pros, it offers FREE tutoring in virtually every subject.


The American Youth Leadership Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, offers opportunities for American high school students and educators to travel abroad on a three to four week exchange program to gain first-hand knowledge of foreign cultures and to collaborate on solving global issues.  Academic and experiential educational exchange programs focus on dialogue and debate, leadership development, and community service. Recruitment areas, eligibility requirements, and application deadlines vary by program, so please check for more information.


Thinking of visiting campuses far from home?  The Center for Student Opportunity provides a list of programs that often provide transportation to qualified students for special college visit programs.  To see the complete list, go to: fd68e62f52/


Students who are more geared towards a hands-on type of career may be interested in an associates degree through NOVA’s automotive program in Alexandria.  Attend school for half of the semester while working with a porspective sponsor, earning money and gaining experience.  Rolling enrollment is available.  See for more information and to submit an application.


24/7 online tutoring and homework help free for U.S. Military families.  Students connect with a professional tutor for a one-to-one learning session the moment they need help.  Get help with math, science, English, social studies and standardized tests from the secure online classroom, with real-time chat, and an interactive whiteboard.  Visit   or call 800.411.1970 for more information.


The U.S. Department of State sponsors a number of exchange programs. Discover what options exist and what is required. Then, check frequently to discover when a program you want opens. Go to to discover everything you need to know.