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

Summer 2022 program dates: June 6th to July 29th


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

At the present time, we are planning for the summer 2022 High School Intern Program to run in-person. This plan may change at any time in order to adhere to SF County guidlines or UCSF’s COVID safety protocols.

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.

Develop a project for your intern. This may mirror your research or could be a new project (or side project) that supports your work.

Support your intern’s learning of foundational science content, and teach them the lab skills required to complete their project.

With your intern, develop research goals and help them understand an authentic scientific process.

Work closely with your intern to understand and accommodate their learning needs.

Work with your intern 16-18 hours per week (includes research time, lab meetings, journal clubs, independent work).

Who are the interns?

  • Attend San Francisco public schools.

  • Current juniors (entering their senior year after the summer).
  • Are excited about learning, curious about science, and motivated to work with a UCSF scientist.

  • Come from backgrounds underrepresented in the sciences.

We hope that our program can make a meaningful and impactful difference in each student’s life.

We aren’t just looking for students who are clearly on a science path or who have the highest grades. We aim to help students see themselves as scientists and to figure out if a career in science is the right path for them. 

SEP’s Role:

  • Review applications, interview and select interns.
  • Submit all required UCSF paperwork.
  • Support mentors with the development of a research experience.
  • Host monthly meetings with mentors to to foster discussion, address common challenges, and share best practices for mentoring
  • Lead the intern’s program orientation including an introductory lab skills workshop.
  • Host weekly meetings with interns to develop their science communication skills, practice their lab skills, and learn from UCSF researchers about their work and their paths to science.
  • Support students on their paths to college through college counseling, financial aid workshops and help with college essays.
  • Coordinate culminating research talks and poster session.
  • Pay the interns a stipend.

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

All sessions held from 12-12:30pm via zoom: http://tiny.ucsf.edu/16rIKG

Friday, February 25th  **  Thursday March 17th  **  Wednesday, April 13th

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

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