Underclassman Update: Great Summer STEM Programs in the SF Bay Area

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/23/20 7:00 AM / by Natalie Thompson

If you really like science or mathematics and would like to study a STEM major in college, there are incredible summer programs to inspire and motivate you. The better summer programs offer intensive 4-8 week long experiences that require an application to be admitted as well as commitment to sciences or math. Why wait? 

In fact: you can't afford to wait. If you want to earn a place at some of these competitive programs, and potentially earn financial aid or scholarships, you should start working now. The winter break is the best opportunity to prepare for upcoming deadlines in late winter and early spring. 

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How Empowerly's High School Internship Program Helped Me

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/16/20 11:00 AM / by Julia de Raadt

As a junior, Ashika was keen to get marketing experience in a real business environment, but like most high school students, securing one wasn't easy. Through Empowerly, she was able to intern with Spero Ventures where she managed the social media platforms, regularly posting and sending marketing emails for the company over a summer. 


Most high schoolers like Ashika hit a wall when looking for internships.  A search on Chegg brings up internships that are mostly targeted at college students. Not only that, but opportunities are even more scarce during the pandemic. According to Glassdoor,  over 1 in 2 U.S. internship openings have been closed since the coronavirus crisis began in March this year. How can high school students compete with a college student who has more experience and specialized knowledge? It's asking the impossible of a company to take a chance and hire a high school student, right?


Wrong! While they are difficult to land on your own, they can be secured with the help of Empowerly.

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Summer Scoop: STEM Summer Programs Part 2

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/12/20 11:15 AM / by Empowerly Team

Looking for summer programs for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math subjects? This is the second part in a series of some amazing summer programs that we think you should check out. Below you’ll find a list of a few great pre-college programs that give students exposure to STEM, while bolstering admissions chances. All of these programs also offer great financial aid and/or scholarships so apply now!

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Summer Scoop: STEM Summer Programs Part 1

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/7/20 11:15 AM / by Empowerly Team

Looking for summer programs for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math subjects? This is the first part in a series of some amazing summer programs that we think you should check out. Below you’ll find a list of a few great pre-college programs that give students exposure to STEM, while bolstering admissions chances. All of these programs also offer great financial aid and/or scholarships so apply now!

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How to Approach Summer Programs

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/3/20 9:00 AM / by Madeleine Karydes

Summer programs for college admissions? Yep, it's a big area of focus for our students, all the way up to senior year. Honing in on a passion, pursuing it full-time over summer, and reflecting on the experience are highly important parts of the iterative process here at Empowerly.

Having seen thousands of students, we know that those who actively pursue interests (regardless if they actually end up focusing on that field) end up doing very well—and even more importantly, learning more quickly who they are as a person.

However, the deadlines are fast approaching. We recommend starting this process in December at the latest! There's no time to waste.

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Interview with a Princeton Alum and Science Fair Champ

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/24/20 2:43 PM / by Madeleine Karydes

Ever wondered how top STEM students get their start?  Curious what sets them apart from the rest of the pack?

Empowerly sat down with Changxiao, our  CTO (Chief Technical Officer), to learn more about what extracurriculars in science helped him gain acceptance to Princeton. We asked all the questions you might want to know. Read our interview to understand his perspective on admissions and high school extracurricular activities!

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Online, Digital, or Virtual: Being Well-Rounded Still Helps Admissions

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/9/20 9:15 AM / by Madeleine Karydes

The competition for college admission has never been tougher than it is now. The National Center for Education Statistics recently estimated that approximately 20.2 million students were enrolled in college. Today, as school administrations are only beginning to announce their plans for the fall semester, those in-demand spots are suddenly uncertain.

What we do know is that college admissions’ personnel accepted these lucky students after careful consideration. The college or university board of admissions, with a weighting system unique to each school, determines the criteria for acceptance. Some criteria that are evident across the board at different colleges and universities are: good grades, well-written college essays, glowing recommendation letters, and of course, community and school extracurricular activity involvement.

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How to DIY Your Extracurriculars—and Get Results

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/23/20 8:30 AM / by Jennifer Liepin

At Empowerly, it has been heartbreaking to see our students' summer plans quashed, as many internships, externships, and programs alike were either canceled or attenuated. What might have been a full-blown summer internship with Cisco was now reduced to a couple of weeks of virtual programming. Summer research at Northwestern postponed. What is a student to do with their newfound time and a great deal of continued social distancing ahead? Well...

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Learn How to Change the World This Summer!

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/17/20 3:05 PM / by Neha Krishnakumar

Did the COVID-19 epidemic cancel your plans for the summer? Are you left bored at home, with nothing to do? Do you have a great idea for a business, but are unsure of where to start? Or do your college apps just need a boost? 

If any of these questions apply, the National Youth Entrepreneurial Summit sounds like the perfect opportunity for you!

  • In light of current events, including the murder of George Floyd and the protests for Floyd and many others, we would like to express our support for the Black Lives Matter movement. As an organization, we are in support of the movement towards equality—and in order to do our part to make change, we have several updates as follows. 
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Summer Activities for Humanities Students that are Social-Distancing Approved

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/11/20 8:45 AM / by Jennifer Liepin

Summer is here, and with it brings a wealth of opportunity to learn, try new things, and explore your interests in greater depth. It can feel a bit overwhelming at first, trying to decide how to spend one’s time over the summer; and without direction, one can easily find themselves developing a less than savory Animal Crossing or Fortnite addiction. We at Empowerly, as graduates of some of the top universities across the nation, have been there, done that—and we are here to give you some inside knowledge as to how you can make your summer meaningful and fun. 

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When to Start Working on Your College Essays? Now!

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/9/20 8:00 AM / by Jennifer Liepin

The beginning of your summer, your rising senior year, is the perfect time to start planning your first college essay. Your mind is no longer full of the memorized facts, equations, and extracurricular scheduling of the school year. You also are likely to have more time to dedicate the process of brainstorming, writing, and editing that are necessary to write a thoughtfully organized and meaningful essay. 

Do not sell yourself short in waiting to write this all-important piece that will be a deciding factor as to whether or not you are accepted to the school of your dream; start now!


Here's how to approach writing your college essays over summer.

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What to Expect from a Counseling Session with Empowerly

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/4/20 6:05 PM / by Casey Monahan

Empowerly provides expert advice to high school students applying to college. Our counselors play a huge role in working one-on-one with our students to help them through the application process. You may be wondering, “what’s so important about getting college admissions counseling?” or “how can a college counselor help me?”

We talked to Sheelah Bearfoot, one of our fantastic counselors, to get the scoop.

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Pre-Med Opportunities You Can Do This Summer—and Stay Safe

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/20/20 3:15 PM / by Julia de Raadt

As students plan their summer (or rejig their plans) to accommodate for the likelihood that social isolation will continue, students interested in the medical field are probably feeling particularly stuck. The two typical extracurricular activities a premed student will do are off-limits: volunteering at the local hospital is a no-go; and research programs at colleges cancelled.

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I Didn't Get Into a Summer Program: Plan B

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/25/20 8:00 AM / by Farah Weheba

The old adage is "You are what you eat," not "You are where you were accepted." We're serving up some perspective to untangle your sense of self-worth from any summer program rejection letters. Check out growth mindset, and put together an amazing and self-driven plan B summer program. 

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Preparing for an AI-Powered Future

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/4/20 5:00 PM / by Madeleine Karydes

Why is an AI education important?

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