Summer Leadership

Zinc’s Favorite Selective Summer Programs

Immersive study in a key area of interest is both a meaningful opportunity for growth and a worthwhile addition to a college application. We’re continuing our series on our favorite summer intensives for teens, grouped by subject area. We’re focusing on selective, highly regarded programs that offer exceptional instruction. Many of these programs are online this summer and some are still accepting applicants. Be sure to check program websites for details about application deadlines and entrance requirements.

Here are a few of our favorite programs that focus on leadership and business:


Boys Nation/Girls Nation

Boys State/Girls State

Congressional Page Program

Telluride Association Summer Seminars (TASS) (one of the most selective, topics rotate each summer)


LaunchX (at MIT, highly selective)

LEAD Program (at Wharton)

Economics for Leaders