High School Summer Research

CURE Internship

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. 2Providing 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.

We are now accepting applications for the 2023 CURE Summer Internship. For more info and how to apply, please visit the CURE web page.


Program for Investigation and Training in Careers in Health (PITCH) is a three week summer program for High School Students. Our program goals are to provide exposure and hands-on health field experience to students with underrepresented backgrounds who will be first in their family to attend college. This will the 15th year of PITCH and we hope you join us!

PITCH Program Dates: M-F July 10 - 28, 2023
Location: UCSF Parsassus Campus

PITCH High School Participant Application
Application Due: Friday, April 28th, 2023

Watch an informative video about the 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.

PITCH Counselors

UCSF graduate students can earn $1500 this summer by mentoring a small group of students, advising them on reaching personal and academic goals, and fostering a safe, fun, comfortable learning environment. We are looking for five UCSF graduate students to join as counselors and mentors for the high school participants in the summer program. You will lead a cohort of five high school students on their journey at UCSF and learning about their path to the Health Sciences.

PITCH UCSF Counselor Application
Application Due: Friday, April 28th, 2023