Opportunities for K-12 Students

Our department has developed and participates in multiple outreach programs for high school, middle school, and elementary students interested in neuroscience. 

NOTE: Due to COVID, any in-person internship or shadowing experience, even Summer 2021, may not be likely. Research opportunities may be possible to create, while clinical observations currently are not.

ENVISION Internship Program

ENVISION is an internship program in partnership with UCSF Department of Neurosurgery and the non-profit organization Oasis for Girls to expose young high school girls of color (ages 14-18) from under-represented communities in San Francisco to careers in the medical field and to help them build important professional skills to enrich their future.

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ACHIEVE Scholarship Program

The San Francisco Achievers Scholar Success Program is geared towards high school senior students who are African American young men graduating from a SFUSD high school with an opportunity to apply for a renewable 2 - 4 year college scholarship. In addition to the scholarships, our college scholars have access to mentors, internships, and the opportunity to develop professional and personal skills helpful in navigating college, career and life.

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ACHIEVE Leadership Academy

The San Francisco Achievers' Leadership Academy program is for high school seniors and focuses on the exploration, education and empowerment of each student. The program is designed to help create a close community of peers across San Francisco. These young men gain valuable skills through a variety of activities that included college campus visits, worksite visits to partner companies, opportunities to apply to competitive internships and scholarships, and more.

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Brain Camp

Led by UCSF medical students and faculty, Brain Camp is a free, week-long immersive experience for underserved high school students in San Francisco. The Camp features many hands-on activities and explores neuroscience, neuroanatomy, and behavioral science topics.

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Led by UCSF professional school students, HealthLink is a program designed to inspire and support high school students who are underrepresented in medicine and health professions. The program involves hands-on science and career workshops held during Saturday sessions, occuring monthly throughout the school year. 

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Neuroscience Day

Organized by the Department of Neurological Surgery, Neuroscience Day is an annual community outreach event. The one-day event features hands-on workshops in the operating rooms at the UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights, offering a chance for the families of department staff to learn from our faculty.

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Additional Resources

UCSF Resources

Find contact information for people that work at UCSF.

Find volunteering opportunities at UCSF. (Must be at least 16 years old.

Find a research specialty of interest, and follow up with the department's Community Internship Specialist ([email protected]) to discuss volunteering opportunities. (Must be at least 16 years old.)

Internships and Opportunities

UCSF Center for Science Education and Outreach (CSEO)

Internship / Outreach Programs: EAOP, Inside UCSF, MESA, Upward Bound

UCSF Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP)

Internship / Outreach Programs: EAOP Summer Opportunities - PITCH, UCSF Summer Science Camp, CURE Internship*, Brain Camp

UCSF SEP High School Intern Program

SFUSD high school students conduct original research under the direction of a UCSF scientist mentor, for 8 weeks in the summer.

UCSF High School Outreach Conference

An annual, one-day event at UCSF that brings together dental, nursing, medical, graduate, pharmacy, and physical therapy students to host over 300 high school students from the Bay Area. Applications open in February for the annual event in April.

UCSF HealthLink 

HealthLink is a partnership between UCSF professional school students, Bay Area public schools and community organizations. Our mission is to inspire and support high school students from communities that are underrepresented in the health professions through mentorship, workshops and hands-on activities in the health sciences. This program takes place over (8) Saturday sessions from October through May.

Summer Researchers in Global Health is a six-week summer internship for rising high school seniors that introduces students to global health concepts and immerses them in challenging, real-life projects. Each summer, qualified students from participating San Francisco Bay Area high schools learn from and work with expert global health researchers at the Institute for Global Health Sciences on the UCSF Mission Bay campus.

Hands-on science activities, lab experiments, and workshops that convey scientific principles while building self-confidence and developing the skills to problem-solve using math and technology.

Helix at Berkeley

Helix is a California registered non-profit that hosts a free, four-week summer medical program for high school minority populations who are underrepresented in the medical field in the Bay Area.

UCSF/Kaiser Permanente Undergraduate Research Internship (URI)

Annually, URI engages 16 interns in a meaningful research project, clinical shadowing at UCSF and Kaiser Oakland, didactics, leadership training, and extensive mentoring during the 8-week program, as well as through the medical school application process.

The Youth Steering Committee (YSC) is a young women's health and leadership program for a group of diverse high school girls from SF public and charter schools. The YSC works together for 9 months to explore young women's health issues and to create a health & leadership summit for other high school girls.

* paid internships

Career Search

UCSF Temporary Employment Program (UCSF TEP)

The Temporary Employment Program provides immediate clerical and technical support services to UCSF Departments and various off-campus locations. UCSF departments deploy Temporary employees to work on special projects, fill in for regular employees who are on vacation or sick leave, or to temporarily fill a vacant position during recruitment. Frequently temporary employees become successful candidates for career and limited appointment positions.

UCSF Careers (Job Search)

Must have college degree or equivalent experience for most of these opportunities.

UCLA Alumni Job Search Starter Kit

We know that you have a lot on your plate and creating your résumé may have fallen by the wayside. Your UCLA Alumni Association aims to provide you with tools to simplify your job search process, and help get you moving! Your Job Search Starter Kit provides you easy templates for a résumé, cover letter and email correspondences. Of course, we recommend you build upon these templates to showcase your individual skills and personality. Also included are Résumé Tips and a Career Development Plan to get your creative juices flowing.