Summer 2021

In response to critically important, highly relevant issues affecting us all right now, API has created several theme-based programs specifically for Summer 2021. Dive in to learn more about these critically relevant opportunities focused upon the following topics:

- Social Justice
- Emotional Wellbeing
- Investing for Social Good

Participants will explore these complex topics through online coursework paired with unique virtual activities designed to maximize their experience. Participants can choose to enhance their learning by participating in an in-person session. API on-site staff and participants will practice safe, social distancing and masking as recommended by health authorities, so no one feels that their health will be compromised.

In addition, students who are applying to participate in one of our inaugural domestic summer programs can submit a scholarship application for a US$1,000 scholarship toward the API program fees.

Priority deadline to apply for scholarship: 4/15/21
Deadline to apply without the scholarship: 5/31/21

Read more about these programs and the scholarship below!

  • Austin

    Investing for Social Good

    Perhaps for the first time in history, impact investments, which aim to promote a social good or prevent a social ill, have significantly outperformed traditional bets during the coronavirus pandemic. And their returns are enticing hesitant investors to rework their portfolios. Explore how investors are changing and the role business systems and structures play in cultivating community, building infrastructure, and creating opportunity.

    • Dates: June 28 - August 22
      Optional on-site sessions:

      - Session 1: July 5 - July 18
      - Session 2: July 18 - August 1
    • Experience Options:
      - Virtual
      OR
      - In-person in Austin, TX, Chicago, IL, San Diego, CA or Charleston, SC
    • Courses:
      - BUS 150: Small Business and Entrepreneurship: This course will provide an introduction to exploring fundamental business principles with an emphasis on a practical approach to the entrepreneurial process and the skills for starting a small business. The course will include studying ethics, the global environment, forms of business ownership, starting a small business, an entrepreneur's acquisition of capital, small business management, networking, and managing financial resources. The course further explores issues with franchising and other business opportunities.
      - MKTG 151 Introduction to Marketing: This course exposes the student to the vocabulary of marketing and introduces many of the major principles and theories of the discipline. The focus of the course is on marketing’s relationship to the other business functions and on marketing function management as opposed to day-to-day marketing operations.
    • API Badge:
      Earn the Leadership badge by defining who you are as a leader. Become a change maker by identifying your core values and constructing your personal mission, vision, and values to align who you are with what you do. Define your "why" and then apply it to your academic, professional, and personal lives.
    • The On-Site Option Includes:
      - Safe, convenient housing
      - Program-relevant excursion and activities
    • Deadlines:
      -
      Priority deadline to apply for scholarship: 4/15
      -
      Deadline to apply without the scholarship: 5/31
    • Price:
      - Virtual :
      $4,775
      - Virtual + On-site Options:
      $6,675-$6,975

    APPLY NOW | LEARN MORE | FIND OTHER PROGRAMS

  • Cresent Bay Early

    Social Justice, Diversity & Inclusion

    It's not hard to see why greater understanding of issues surrounding social justice, diversity and inclusion are, perhaps, this generation's most urgent call to action. Engage across boundaries of difference to shape the future and create an impact in your community by acting on principles of social justice to advance equity, inclusion, and belonging of all people. Put your studies into practice as you explore ways to navigate challenge, shape opportunity, and embrace brave conversations to advance a more just and peaceful world.

    • Dates: June 28 - August 22
      Optional on-site sessions:

      - Session 1: July 5 - July 18
      - Session 2: July 18 - Aug 1
    • Experience Options:
      - Virtual
      OR
      - In-person in Austin, TX, Chicago, IL, San Diego, CA or Charleston, SC
    • Courses:
      -
      HUSE 386 Social Inequality: Focus on social inequality in human societies, with particular reference to the United States. Exploration of the origins, evolution, legitimation, and consequences of social inequality. Emphasis on inequalities that are rooted in the socioeconomic order. Examination of the relationship between social class, race, and gender as different but related forms of social inequality.
      - COM 105: Interpersonal Communications: This course introduces students to effective communications in a variety of settings. Topics include exploring personal identity, communicating in one-on-one conversations, understanding workplace interactions, using multiple communication channels, and making presentations. Students learn and practice the skills of active listening, interpretation of body language, and tailoring the message based on audience considerations.
    • API Badge:
      Earn the advocacy badge by drafting a community action plan to advance social justice in your community. Identify your unique skillset to shape a future where everyone feels like they belong. Demonstrate your commitment to your principles and core values of equity and justice through active practice. These guided activities will give you the tools to apply what you learn in the virtual classroom to make real change in your community.
    • The On-Site Option Includes:
      - Safe, convenient housing
      - Program-relevant excursion and activities
    • Deadlines:
      -
      Priority deadline to apply for scholarship: 4/15
      -
      Deadline to apply without the scholarship: 5/31
    • Price:
      - Virtual :
      $4,775
      - Virtual + On-site Options:
      $6,675-$6,975

    APPLY NOW | LEARN MORE | FIND OTHER PROGRAMS

  • Chicago

    Emotional Health & Wellbeing

    COVID-19 has challenged us all to better understand the critical importance of emotional health and wellbeing - our own, as well as that of others. Intense stress stemming from financial insecurity, health concerns and social isolation have proven to be among the greatest issues of the last year. Resilience, emotional wellbeing, mindfulness, and empathy are just some of the skills that are required in this moment of global challenge, as the world works together as a larger community to center health as essential to economic, social, and cultural security. This program will give you the tools and opportunities to practice mindfulness and improve your emotional wellbeing so that you can make lasting change.

    • Dates: June 28 - August 22
      Optional on-site sessions:

      - Session 1: July 5 - July 18
      - Session 2: July 18 - August 1
    • Experience Options:
      - Virtual
      OR
      - In-person in Austin, TX, Chicago, IL, San Diego, CA or Charleston, SC
    • Courses:
      -
      NAT 130 Foundations for Healthy Living: This course will provide students an overview of the basic principles of healthy living. Topics include personal fitness and care, the use of drugs (legal and illicit), diet and nutrition, consumer health, psychological health, and several other topics related to the development and maintenance of a healthy lifestyle. Throughout the course, selected, practical experiences and the review of current research related to health and wellness will be provided to guide the learning process. Personal health evaluation in various areas will be available through the completion of laboratory assessments.
    • PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology: an introduction to psychology as a behavioral science, including historical background, human development (genetic and physical) from birth through death, the senses and perception, intelligence and creativity, and the principles of conditioning, learning, memory, and forgetting.
    • API Badge:
      Earn the mindfulness badge by demonstrating committed action to growing your emotional intelligence. Practice resilience and empathy as you navigate reflective activities exploring change management and the disruption to everyday norms that occur frequently. Engage in your community in a mindful way and demonstrate your commitment to making a lasting impact.
    • The On-Site Option Includes:
      - Safe, convenient housing
      - Program-relevant excursion and activities
    • Deadlines:
      -
      Priority deadline to apply for scholarship: 4/15
      -
      Deadline to apply without the scholarship: 5/31
    • Price:
      - Virtual :
      $4,775
      - Virtual + On-site Options:
      $6,675-$6,975

    APPLY NOW | LEARN MORE | FIND OTHER PROGRAMS

  • Lennys

    Add a Scholarship to Your Summer Program!

    As part of our commitment to increasing access to experiential education opportunities, API encourages students who are applying to participate in one of our inaugural domestic summer programs (with options to travel to Austin, Charleston, Chicago, or San Diego) to submit a scholarship application. All scholarship applicants must have completed their program applications by APRIL 15. Once selected, all scholarship awardees will receive a US$1,000 scholarship toward the API program fees. The scholarship will be applied to the total balance due, and cannot be applied toward program deposits.

    DOMESTIC PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

    1. Complete both the program and scholarship application by APRIL 15.
    2. Complete a short essay (maximum 500 words) highlighting the most important lesson you have learned from living through a pandemic and why you wish to participate in this program.
    3. Submit a letter of recommendation from a professor, assistant professor, or a former or current supervisor or employer that indicates the following:
    • How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant?
    • Comment on the following topics regarding this applicant:

    -Socioemotional intelligence and sensitivity toward others

    -Intellectual qualities and promise for the future

    -Ability to handle challenges and adapt to new situations

    -Any additional attributes that you think make the candidate unique.

    REVIEW TERMS AND LEARN HOW TO APPLY