YDIP students and parents must participate in a six week summer program.

The student program combines career exposure, work-related experience, and academics. Once students are eligible to work they are placed in departments on the Northeastern University campus, based on their career interests; past placements include the Graduate School of Engineering, School of Nursing, Snell Library, and the Curry Student Center.

The students’ days consist of internships and academic classes such as Math, English, History, Economics, and Student Government. Participation in recreational activities—like swimming, volleyball, or basketball—is also included for two hours each day.

Students are provided with lunch (at a campus dining hall) every day

The parent program requires parents to attend weekly meetings, and read a summer reading book assigned by the YDIP Staff. Each week, parents discuss the reading and how it relates to their students and their own lives. Meetings are held in the evening to best accommodate parent schedules