I'm currently a junior and looking around for potential internships or programs to do this summer. My main goal is to get an internship, but I figured if I can't find one I might as well do a summer program. There's a lot of colleges and universities with summer programs that focus on fields I'm interested in (like political science and law), but the major deterrent is the cost. I don't want my parents to spend $3000+ the year before they have to pay for my college tuition. And to be honest, though I'm definitely attracted to these programs because of the topics they cover, I'm also interested on how they will look on my college applications- is it worth spending all that money if it means I'll get an advantage (if any) during the application process?