High School Intern Program
Each summer, SFUSD high school students conduct original research under the direction of a UCSF scientist mentor. This program is rigorous and intense with just eight short weeks for students to complete their research projects. Unlike most other high school research programs in the country, the High School Intern Program (HIP) does not seek students who are already on track to enter top-tier universities. Instead, HIP selects students with unfulfilled potential who have an interest in science, but may not yet be on the path to college. The majority of interns are from backgrounds underrepresented in the sciences, do not have family members with college degrees, and many are immigrants or the children of immigrants. In order to participate students must attend an SFUSD high school, be a rising senior, and, most importantly, be nominated by one of their science teachers.
Each year, 10 of our high school interns are supported with funding from the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). In addition to conducting research specifically related to stem cells and regenerative medicine, these interns are part of a larger community of California high school students participating in CIRM’s Summer Program to Accelerate Regenerative medicine Knowledge (SPARK) program. This statewide cohort communicates with the general public about their research experiences through blog and social media postings, and they participate in an annual SPARK conference to share their summer research projects.
Read about the experiences of our 2017 CIRM SPARK interns on our blog: 2017 Blog
My greatest accomplishment was becoming comfortable and confident enough to present my work to my peers multiple times toward the end of the program. At first I had no idea how I could possibly present such complicated science; however, I came to realize that with focus I could learn almost anything.
HIP has first of all given me hope that I could do something with my life someday.- High School Intern
- November: teachers nominate students
- January: students attend informational meetings
- February: students apply
- March: students interview
- June: students begin their internship
- August: students conclude their internship
Nationally, student background correlates with college success:
However, longitudinal outcomes for HIP alumni are inspiring:
These outcomes can only be achieved with the dedicated efforts of the UCSF faculty who generously host interns in their labs, and the UCSF researchers who devote their time and skills to mentoring and inspiring them.
In recognition of HIP’s success, the program received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring in 2011.
HIP is one of SEP’s longest running programs and is currently funded by the UCSF Chancellor, School of Medicine and Executive Vice Chancellor and the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Silicon Valley Community Foundation and the Baskin Family Foundation.
We are no longer accepting nominations from teachers for the 2018 program. Look for the 2019 nomination forms this November!
School of Medicine
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost