CURE Internship Program

Now Accepting Applications

The CURE Internship is a paid opportunity for high school juniors underrepresented in health careers to spend two months at UCSF supporting various types of research with the primary objectives of:

  1. Immersing promising high school juniors in career opportunities across the spectrum of research, including basic, clinical, behavioral, and population sciences;
  2. Providing positive training and support for participating students so they will declare a major aligned with biomedical research and seriously consider research as a career option.

The CURE program provides high school students with an exceptional scientific, health and medical environment to further their career interests, as well as college application preparation and academic and professional development.

We are now accepting applications for the 2024 CURE Summer Internship. For how to apply, please check out the eligibility requirements below on this page


11 High school students gather as part of UCSF's CURE Internship program

A collage of scenes from the 2022 UCSF CURE Internship program: high school students participate in group activities and experiment in their labs.

What Students Will Gain from the Program

  • CURE Interns will be mentored by UCSF faculty, post-docs, and graduate students
  • CURE Interns will have the opportunity to conduct scientific research and present their findings in a 1-day Research Symposium
  • CURE Interns will receive college and career advising

What are the Eligibility Requirements

  • Students who come from backgrounds considered underrepresented in the sciences, first-generation, and/or low-income
  • Must be a current 11th grader in high school and at least 16 years old by the start of the program
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Must have completed Biology or Chemistry with a grade of B or better
  • Must be able to commit 40 hours a week during the summer
A collage of scenes from the 2022 UCSF CURE Internship program: high school students present their research work in an auditorium and experiment in their labs.

How to Apply

What Is Needed to Apply

  1. Application Form
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Unofficial Transcript
  4. Waiver Liability & Risk Form
  5. Photo Release Form
  6. Recommendation Form

Important Program Dates

  • Application opens on December 4, 2023
  • Application Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2024 at 11:59pm PST
  • Program Duration: June 10 - August 2, 2024

Submit all your application materials via the online student application (strongly preferred).

Alternatively, you can submit your application via mail:

  • Download and fill out the application forms (personal statement included)
  • Mail completed forms and personal statement to our office:
    Chaney Saephan
    1855 Folsom Street, Suite 548
    Mission Center Building, Box 0934
    San Francisco, CA 94143-0934
  • If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].