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 2024 CURE Summer Internship. For more info and how to apply, please visit the CURE web page.


Program for the Investigation and Training in Careers in Health (PITCH) is a three-week summer program that takes place at UCSF Parnassus Campus daily, July 8th through July 26th from 10am-3pm for 20 Rising 10th-12th Grade High School Students in the Bay Area. Our program goals are to provide exposure and hands-on health field experience (from UCSF Students and Professors) to students with underrepresented backgrounds who will be first in their family to attend college. Students are paired with UCSF Student Mentors and work on a group research project of their choice! Breakfast snacks and a Full Lunch is provided daily. Students also receive college advising and attend a college campus visit. This will be the 16th year of PITCH and we hope you join us! Application Deadline: April 15th, 2024.

PITCH Program Dates: M-F July 8-26, 2024
Location: UCSF Parsassus Campus

PITCH student application QR code
PITCH High School Participant Application
Application Due: Monday, April 15th, 2024

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 mentor applicatioin QR code
PITCH UCSF Counselor Application
Application Due: Monday, April 15th, 2024