Summer Opportunities/Research


Program for Investigation and Training in Careers in Health (PITCH) is a three-week, unpaid internship at UCSF for current high school students. At PITCH, students will conduct research under the guidance of UCSF students, meet with professors, receive college advising, participate in labs, and much more. See below for key dates:

Program session:
July 12-30, 2021
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Applications due:
Friday, April 30th, 2021

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.

Learn more about applying to be a PITCH counselor 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

2020 Program Cancelled

Following UCSF's Interim Policy on Large Events and Gatherings enacted to limit the community transmission of COVID-19, the 2020 Summer Science Camp has been cancelled.

CURE Internship

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

  1. Immersing 10 promising URM high school students in career opportunities across the spectrum of cancer 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 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.

Application deadline: March 29, 2021

Download the CURE Internship application or apply online. Please share the program 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!

2021 Program Cancelled

Following UCSF's Interim Policy on Large Events and Gatherings enacted to limit the community transmission of COVID-19, the 2021 Brain Camp has been cancelled.