Experiential Learning & External opportunities

SEED DC believes that each school year offers an opportunity for students to be involved, engaged, and stimulated by the world around them. Whether it is participating in an internship, studying abroad, playing sports at a summer camp, or engaging in a leadership program, students expand their horizons through off-campus enrichment activities. Beginning in middle school, students and families are strongly encouraged to apply for and participate in external opportunities. 

In recent years, students have completed service projects in Africa through LearnServe Zambia, lived with families in Australia, Mexico, Scotland, Costa Rica, Japan and Spain through The Experiment in International Living, traveled throughout Greece through the Greek Classics Program at SEED, and explored Wyoming’s wilderness through the City Kids Wilderness Project

SEED DC is committed to identifying challenging and exciting opportunities beyond SEED’s campus for any student that demonstrates academic excellence and has mastered SEED’s Core Values. Our long-term goal is for each SEED student to participate in an external opportunity that promotes The SEED School’s mission of college-preparedness.

For more information on these and other opportunities, contact Mrs. Lesli Thompson, 202-248-3030, lthompson@seedschooldc.org.

Available Opportunities

Cathedral Scholars Program (9th grade scholars only)

The Cathedral Scholars Program is currently kicking off its recruitment season for new scholars.  The Cathedral Scholars Program is a four-year college preparatory program that provides academic enrichment, professional and career exploration, leadership development, and community engagement experience for selected high school students in DC Public and Charter High Schools.  CSP highlights include intensive academic courses (English, Math, and SAT prep classes) with afternoon placements in paid internships (in partnership with the MBSYEP); college tours; opportunities for full or partial college scholarships; and opportunities for cultural experiences and community service.  

Each year, 15 ninth graders from at least five different D.C. public and charter schools are inducted into the Cathedral Scholars Program through a competitive application process. The scholars are primarily students of color with minimum of a 3.0 GPA, low to moderate family income and first generation college students. The cohorts of 15 students are recruited from 1/3 of D.C. public and charter schools on a three-year rotating basis. Our inclusive approach to recruitment ensures diversity amongst each scholar cohort. The goal of recruitment is to have students representing every D.C. public and charter high school every three years. Click here to view the program overview.

MPD Youth Advisory Council Seeks Students

MPD’s Youth Advisory Council seeks student participants. Click here for more information. Contact Sergeant Sonja Flipping at sonja.flipping@dc.gov or (202) 576-3408 for more information.

Finland-U.S. Future Scholarship

Spend six weeks in Finland with a host family and get to know Finnish culture! Scholarship recipients will embark on exciting activities that will strengthen leadership skills and inspire civic and global responsibility. The application deadline is January 30, 2019.

Finland-U.S. Future Scholarship Info Sheet

Experiment in International Living (EIL) – 9th-11th Grade Scholars Only

Interested in traveling and learning about new cultures? EIL is a summer abroad program that immerses students into a new culture where they have an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of how to communicate across cultural, national, racial and linguistic borders while also engaging in day-to-day activities with a host family.


Important Summer 2019 Deadlines:

January 16 – Admissions & scholarship applications due for applicants applying to The Experiment Leadership Institute.

February 13 – Admissions & scholarship applications due for applicants seeking need-based scholarships from The Experiment. Students must submit their enrollment deposit within two weeks of scholarship award notification.

M.E.T.E.O.R. Experiential Research Project - Rising Juniors Only

METEOR provides talented students high school students the opportunity to participate in an experiential research project at Children’s National Medical Center and its Children’s Research Institute. This eight week summer experience is designed to encourage students to take the required steps toward careers in STEM and biomedical research fields.

The application deadline is January 31, 2019 via the following link:


Yale Young Global Scholars Program (10th & 11th Grade Scholars Only)

The Yale Young Global Scholars Program (YYGS) is a summer academic enrichment and leadership program that brings together students from around the world for two-week sessions on Yale’s campus in New Haven.

Additionally, YYGS-Beijing: Asia in the 21st Century will be administered by Yale Center Beijing and takes place in Beijing, China.  Current high school sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply online at https://globalscholars.yale.edu/admissions.

The application deadline is February 6, 2019. Additional information is available here: https://globalscholars.yale.edu.

Black Girls CODE DC

Sign up today for our Make Code Minecraft Enrichment Activity with Microsoft!

This free 2-hour introductory coding workshop is an engaging interactive way for young women ages 10-13 to understand more about how the opportunities in computer science and coding open up for them. Tech Divas will meet with local women who work in technology; and will also get a hands on introduction to coding and create their own project.

This event is FREE and open to all Tech Divas ages 10 to 13 ONLY.

Saturday, February 9, 2019
Microsoft Store
Fashion Center at Pentagon City (between Lego Store & Macy's)
1100 South Hayes Street, Unit G04A
Arlington, VA 22202


Yondr Student Work Program

Are you 18 years old or older? If so, check out the attached flyer. All interested persons should contact Mrs. Thompson for more information.



Yondr works with artists, musicians and comedians to create phone-free events and experiences including:

  • Concerts

  • Comedy shows

  • Festivals

  • Album listening parties

  • Film screenings

  • Production sets


  • 18+ years old

  • Professionalism: arrive on time

  • Positive attitude: phone-free shows are fun

  • Communication: enjoy interacting and working with people in-person

  • All students must participate in a training session prior to the event start time

Apply Today! https://www.overyondr.com/student-work-program