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.

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16 – 19 July – Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer hosts this 4-day Student Leadership Academy (SLA) 2018 at Villanova University.  The program is for students interested in making a difference in the lives of kids with cancer and participants become official ambassadors of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation across the country.  The program, lodging, and meals are provided free of charge to accepted students.  Participants must arrange their own transportation to Philadelphia.  To discover more about the program and to apply, visit

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY STEM PRE-COLLEGE SUMMER CLASSES, dates vary, George Mason University Fairfax Campus – George Mason offers a variety of week-long STEM summer classes for middle- and high-schoolers and older in topics ranging from Web Development and Physics to CyberSecurity and Engineering.  The cost is $275 per session.  Limited need-based scholarships are available.  For more information and to register, visit


23-24 September, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA – The Grinnell Diversity Travel Opportunity offers Seniors the chance to apply for a FREE trip to campus to participate in a fall Discover Grinnell Program in September.  Applicants must be high school Seniors of color (African American, Latinx, Asian, Native American) OR the first in their family to attend college.  For more information and additional application requirements, visit   Applications are due 3 September.


This FREE program helps African-American Juniors and Seniors navigate the path to top colleges by directing students to reliable and comprehensive resources.  The Guided Pathway Support Program teaches students how to prepare for, apply for, pay for, persist in, and graduate from college.  GPS students are mentored by Ron Brown Scholars and Captains who are similar in racial identity, age, income, and life experiences to meaningfully engage students.  For more information and to apply for the program, visit  You must create an account and will be advised how to complete your registration via email.  The deadline for the 2018-2019 application process is 29 September.


16-18 September and 28-30 October, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY – This program is an opportunity for diverse high school Seniors to visit campus and experience life at Hamilton.  All are welcome to apply, but the selection process will prioritize applications from students from ethnically diverse backgrounds as well as first generation college students and those from families with limited financial resources.  If accepted, all transportation, lodging, and meal costs for the program are covered by Hamilton College.  Visit for more information and to apply.  The application opens 2 July, and decisions for both dates will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis.  Students are encouraged to apply by the priority deadline of 3 August. 


14 - 15 October, Syracuse University – The IT Girls Overnight Retreat is sponsored by the School of Information Studies (iSchool) at Syracuse University.  It is designed to inspire and create a pathway for Junior and Senior girls to study information technology as an academic discipline and to create meaningful connections between the participants and professional women, iSchool staff, faculty, current students, and iSchool alumni who work in the IT industry.  You should have an unweighted GPA of 3.3 to apply.  Students will get to attend a class, participate in hands-on workshops and team building activities, and hear from women in the IT industry.  Participants will also attend a sleepover in a local hotel with their peers.  Travel to and from Syracuse University is not included, however, $40 in registration and parking fees will cover room, board, and all activities.  For more information and to apply, visit application deadline is 1 October.


18-20, 23, and 24 July, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm, 25 July 5-8 pm (pitch competition and awards) JA Finance Park, 4099 Pickett Rd, Fairfax, VA – This five-day program is for rising 9th to 12th graders.  Participants will be presented with a business challenge and will work in teams to develop solutions they will ultimately pitch Shark Tank-style.  Throughout the summit, students will participate in mini-workshops and challenges that develop both technical skills and soft skills.  Technical skills covered will include ideation, business proposal development, customer discovery, marketing, and financing.  Soft skills covered include collaboration, teambuilding, public speaking, and leadership.  There is a $150 registration fee for this program.  For more information and to register, visit  Deadline to register is 30 June.


25 June – 3 August, (25-28 June teambuilding in Luray,VA), MWF 10 am – 2 pm  This is a five-week intensive program to help build leadership and community in northern Virginia. NAKASEC’s mission is to project a national progressive voice on major civil rights and immigrant rights issues and to promote the full participation of Korean Americans in American society.  Current programs and campaigns are centered around Immigrant Rights, Civic Engagement, and Youth Organizing. NAKASEC VA’s work is focused on the most vulnerable community members including low-income, recent immigrants, limited English proficient, undocumented, youth, women, and seniors.  There is a registration fee of $60.  For more information, contact Joshua Nam, Youth Organizer at or 703.256.2208.  To apply, visit deadline to apply is 18 June.


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.


16 - 20 July, 8:30 am – 3 pm, Washington, DC  – The World Affairs Council in Washington, DC is holding a one-week summer enrichment program that offers students from the DC metro area an opportunity to engage in international affairs with like-minded peers.  Students will explore globalization and its impact on the world through hands-on simulations, discussions with experts, and small group activities.  Topics include: refugees, climate change, and human rights in Iran.  Cost for the week is $150.  Visit for more information and to register.  Registration deadline is 25 June.


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.


9 - 13July, University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism, College Park, MD – This week-long journalism summer camp aims to provide learning tools and inspiration to high school students interested in sports media. Capacity is limited to the first 50 students to register.  Students will be immersed in sports journalism and taught tenets of basic journalism writing, as well as other sports journalism skills that include writing a game story and covering a press conference. Topics also will include social media, sports broadcasting techniques, interviewing, and how to find a job or internship. Journalism faculty, along with sports reporters, writers and broadcasters from around the region, will teach sessions.  Registration will close 25 June or when capacity reaches 50 students.  Cost for the week is $100.  For more information and to register, visit


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.


7 - 8 October and 11 - 12 November, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT – TAP provides an all-expenses-paid visit to campus for a select number of high school Seniors interested in attending one of Wesleyan University’s annual Open House programs.  Preference is given to students who would not otherwise be able to afford a visit to campus.  For more information and to apply, visit application deadline is 7 September for the October Open House and 12 October for the November Open House.  The priority deadline is 29 June for both open houses.


19-21 October, Smith College, Northampton, MA – The Women of Distinction program for rising Senior women highlights opportunities Smith College offers for African American, Asian American, Latina and Native American students. Participants in this three-day program will explore Smith College to determine whether it might be a fit for them. Students will live in campus houses, experience academic and social life at Smith, and attend panels and workshops on student life and the college admission process.  Admission to the program is a competitive process based on academic and personal qualities.  Only current high school Juniors are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously visited Smith. Smith will provide round-trip transportation, meals and accommodations for all selected participantsThe application deadline is 15 June.  Application requirements include a high school transcript, an essay and short answer section, and a list of senior courses.  For more information and to apply, visit


16 – 20July – The World Affairs Council in Washington, DC is hosting its 7th annual Leadership Academy on International Affairs.  At this program, students will engage in simulations and engage with experts in the fields of globalization, trade and economics, human rights, peace and conflict, and multilateralism and sovereignty.  Priority registration began 1 May, but registration will continue to be received on a space-available basis until 25 JuneThe program’s cost is $150.00, and financial assistance is available for qualifying students.  To participate, students must be entering grades 10-12 in the fall of 2018 and have their parent’s/guardian’s consent to the terms of the program.  The application includes two 250-word essay questions.  Visit for more information and to access the program’s application.