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Pre-College Summer and Year Round Programs for High School Students

On Georgetown's Campus

At the Stern Summer School at Georgetown students experience a unique combination of rigorous academics and hands-on learning in our nation’s capital. During three intense weeks, the study of government is enriched by a high-level speakers program and nightly student debates.

On Stanford's Campus

The world-famous campus forms a backdrop to three rigorous weeks of political study and debate. Palm trees, red-tiled roofs, and 70 degree sunny days welcome Summer School students to Stanford University, along with an outstanding faculty and an ideal learning environment. Explore San Francisco, visit Google HQ, and feel the buzz of Silicon Valley.

In Shanghai

Travel to Shanghai to study Mandarin, Chinese history, and the art of diplomacy. Hosted on the campus of one of China’s premier universities, this program aims to provide America’s future leaders with the skills to represent their nation effectively and with a global perspective. No prior Mandarin knowledge required.


In four action-packed days, students have the opportunity to investigate regional politics in an interactive learning environment. During the summer institute students will explore today’s most pressing policy challenges with the decision makers who are implementing them. Meet your representatives, cabinet members, business leaders, lobbyists and more.


Hear what our alumni and past speakers have to say

"I think JSA is one of the best programs for young people we have on Capitol Hill. They’re able to question America’s political leaders on every issue…it’s a significant opportunity for young people, and that’s why I keep coming back." -Chuck Hagel, Former U.S. Secretary of Defense


Join notable leaders as proud JSA Summer Program alumni

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