What are good things to during the summer if my intended major is political science?
I’m specifically asking about programs and other opportunities.
One route is to find academic summer programs to pursue where you can learn about political science more, but don't think that a summer program at a prestigious university will necessarily help your college application a lot. Unless you find a program that you really like and are genuinely very interested in, it would be great to instead find ways to take a class or two at any college, even a community college, for actual college credit, as this will show your capability to keep up with real college work. Because you're moving in the direction of political science, you could also go the route of internships. You can either contact professors and ask to help with their research (Yes, this can be done even if you don't know any professors yet. Look for a bunch whose Pol-Sci research you're really interested in and email them. The most effective way to do this is to tell your story and why you're interested in their work so they can connect with you and not just see your resume as another high school student looking for a bump up, then ask them if they would allow you to assist with their research, even virtually, once you've established a connection) or you can try to land an internship with a politician like a senator, congressman, or even your local mayor (I'm not as experienced with this, so I'm not 100% sure on how to go about it, but I would assume it's similar to professors where you have to stand out by telling your story and why you love their work so that they'll want you for your passion since most high school students don't have the qualifications that college students or even graduates might have). One last idea for you is to create your own project. It could be educating people in your community about political science or starting some kind of campaign or initiative related to political science. Just make sure it has a definite impact, even if it's small and local just to your community. I hope this helped!