Summer Opportunities


Program for Investigation and Training for Careers in Health (PITCH) is a free summer program for high school students in San Francisco School Unified School District. It’s an opportunity for incoming high school juniors, particularly those who may be the first in their families to pursue a four-year college degree, to spend three weeks at UCSF, exploring careers in healthcare, and looking into the educational pathways that lead to different careers. In addition, participants will learn professional skills that will help them along the way.

Watch an informative video about the program.

Share the flyer for the PITCH program.

PITCH students are mentored by current UCSF students in the Graduate Division, dental school, pharmacy school, medical school, and nursing school as they complete a group research project and receive one-on-one and small group academic advising from EAOP counselors.

PITCH has three core components:

  • Exposure to Careers in Health - presented through a combination of hands-on workshops or guest lectures, led by UCSF students, faculty and staff.
  • College Awareness - Assists students to better understanding the college search and application process.
  • Group Work on a Research Project - PITCH students research a specific disease, which allows them to develop an understanding for the roles of the various health professionals treating the disease.

Apply for PITCH and share the flyer.

UCSF Summer Science Camp

Each June, EAOP collaborates with The School of Pharmacy to support UCSF students in holding a one-week free summer day camp at the Parnassus campus for rising fifth- and sixth-grade students.

Watch an informative video about the program.

Summer Science Camp was established by UCSF School of Pharmacy student Heather Hertema in 2007 to excite, motivate, and inspire youth — especially those who are underrepresented and underserved in natural and health sciences — to pursue the natural and health sciences both in college and as a career. Each year, the camp affords up to 60 students the opportunity to experience hands-on, inquiry-based science. The camp also promotes positive interaction with professional students, campus scientists, and health professionals who serve as role models

Download the Summer Science Camp application: English or Spanish.

CURE Internship

The CURE Internship is a paid opportunity for 10 rising underrepresented minority (URM) high school junior and seniors to spend two months at UCSF supporting cancer research. The internship is a partnership between EAOP and the Hellen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center with the primary objectives being to:

  1. Immerse 10 promising URM high school students per year to career opportunities across the spectrum of cancer research, including basic, clinical, behavioral, and population sciences.
  2. Provide positive training and support for participating students so they will declare a major aligned with biomedical research and are seriously considering cancer research as a career option

The HDFCCC CURE program will not only provide high school students with an exceptional scientific, health and medical environment to further their career interests, but also the opportunity for students’ academic and professional development.

Download the CURE Internship application and share the flyer!

Brain Camp

Brain [email protected] is a free, immersive, week-long experience for underserved high school students in San Francisco, led by UCSF medical & graduate students, and faculty. Join us in exploring the fascinating anatomy of the brain, learning about mind-blowing advances in neurosurgery, and understanding the complex interplay between mind and behavior. You'll learn how to suture, dissect a brain, use a reflex hammer and much more! Additionally, there will be workshops and panels on college preparation as well as extensive opportunities to interact with neurology faculty and medical students. We look forward to seeing you at UCSF!

Applications are now open for 2019 and close March 15th. Apply here.