PLEASE NOTE: Youth will follow Commonwealth and College guidelines re:COVID vaccinations.

The Division of Inclusion and Community Engagement offers two summer programs for high school students:

Summer Youth Employment Program

In-person interviews will take place June 29.

Dates: July 6, 2021 - Aug. 20, 2021

The Summer Youth Employment Program provides six Springfield youth, rising sophomores to rising seniors 16 years of age or older*, with 20 hours per week of summer employment and vocational experience at Springfield College. Current seniors are ineligible.

Participants will work on the Springfield College campus, primarily in facilities and grounds, and will develop workplace skills and competencies while working side by side with positive student and adult role models and enjoying the beautiful campus environment.

The Springfield College Youth Summer Employment Program will run for approximately eight weeks. Youth participants must be Springfield residents and attending high school in the fall.

The Summer Youth Employment Program works to accomplish the following for its youth participants.

  • Impart valuable employment skills
  • Provide youth with summer income in safe and nurturing community
  • Provide employment experience that stresses the development and practice of real-world labor expectations
  • Introduces youth to Springfield College and its diverse programs of study
  • Provide opportunities for career instruction and financial literacy training

Interviewing best practices:

  • Be on time (a few minutes early is on time.)
  • Dress for success (i.e., no ripped jeans, no sweats, wear a belt)
  • Good energy
  • Turn off cell phone
  • No gum
  • Make eye contact
  • Be prepared to answer why you're interested in the job (not "my mom told me.")

*Due to Massachusetts laws regulating minors' work hours and occupational restrictions, applicants must be 16 years of age or older

The application deadline has passed.


Health Professions Pathways and Social Justice Summer Academy

Springfield College will not be hosting a summer 2021 Health Professions Pathways and Social Justice Summer Academy. Please check back at a later date to learn about a new opportunity taking place this fall.

The Social Justice Summer Academy will focus on the intersection of health and social justice, and our new name will be the Health Professions Pathways and Social Justice Summer Academy. This program will bring together approximately 20 local area rising sophomore, junior, and senior high school students (week one), and 20 area rising eighth and ninth graders (week two) who will take part in a two-part academy: half of the participants' time will be spent working in small learning communities exploring the concept of social justice through self-reflection, team building activities, organizing, self-expression, and critical thinking through a variety of discussions and projects, while the other half of their time will specifically explore issues of social justice in health and engaging in health professions education with a mind to addressing social justice issues.  

Our high school and middle school academies will be held on the Springfield College campus and will provide students with a forum to become a catalyst for social, political, health, and environmental change in their communities.

The academy seeks to bring to campus socially conscious middle and high school students to engage in dialogues on equality, access, and equity.

A limited number of partial scholarships are available to support the enrollment of qualified applicants.

Please contact us at inclusion@springfieldcollege.edu for more information.