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.
Summer Researchers in Global Health (SRGH) interns participate in the following activities:
- Develop an independent research project in collaboration with a UCSF expert in one of several critical global health areas, including HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, maternal mortality, preterm birth, climate change, and more.
- Apply practical problem-solving skills to global health research through a variety of methods, including literature reviews, analysis of qualitative interviews, data management and informatics, and support for international policy and research meetings.
- Establish a general understanding of global health through weekly case discussions and group activities led by graduate student instructors.
- Attend lectures and discussions led by epidemiologists, doctors, and other global health professionals.
- Present research findings to UCSF faculty and staff, parents, program peers, and high school faculty at a concluding Project Showcase.
Interns may qualify for a stipend of up to $2,000.
Throughout the summer, SRGH interns receive direct mentorship and have the opportunity to meet individually with global health experts.
During the academic year, UCSF’s global health faculty and staff present on global health topics at participating schools, by request.
Nomination and Application Process
The SRGH internship program seeks to build broad interest in the critical field of global health and encourages applications from high school students with diverse backgrounds. All interns must be rising high school seniors. Previous global health experience is not required.
High school faculty must nominate a student before the student can apply for the internship program. Each faculty member may nominate up to two students, and there is no limit to the number of nominations from each school. IGHS will invite select nominees to complete an online application to express their qualifications and interests in global health.
February 1, 2019
High school faculty nomination deadline
February 8, 2019
Selected nominated students invited to apply
March 8, 2019
Student application deadline
April 5, 2019
Students notified of admission status
April 19, 2019
Student response deadline
June 10 – July 19, 2019
Summer internship period