Apply now to mentor with the UCSF High School Intern Program!

Summer 2023 program dates: June 5th to July 28th


Through this program, high school students from San Francisco public and charter schools complete authentic biomedical research projects with their mentors* for 8 weeks during the summer. Stipends for students and scientist mentors included!

*Mentors must be affiliated with UCSF

The role of the mentor is vital to the experience of the intern.

Mentors are the day-to-day guide and teacher for the intern, and support them in all aspects of the lab experience.

As a mentor, you'll:

  • Develop a research project for your intern. This may mirror your research or could be a new project (or side project) related to your work.
  • Support your intern’s learning of foundational science content, and teach them the lab skills required to complete their project.
  • Develop research goals with your intern and help them understand an authentic scientific process.
  • Work closely with your intern to understand and accommodate their learning needs.

Who are our interns?

They are current juniors at San Francisco public/charter schools, are excited and curious about science, and are motivated to work with a UCSF scientist.

Our interns come from backgrounds underrepresented in the sciences.

About our selection process of interns:

We aim to recruit and select students who have expressed some interest in science…even just a little. Our goal is to support students developing a sense of belonging in science and broaden their ideas about college and careers in the biomedical sciences. We don’t use grades or GPA in our selection process. We rely on application essays, letters of recommendation, and interviews with students to assess their interest and motivation to participate in the program.

Join us for an information session to hear more and ask questions!

All sessions held from 11:30-12pm via zoom. Register by clicking on one of the buttons below:

Want to get involved with HIP in other ways?

If you’re interested in a lower commitment, one-time opportunity with the high school interns, please fill out this form!

Ready to apply? Click the button below to get started!

Questions? Contact Lakisha: Lakisha.witzel@ucsf.edu