Summer Researchers in Global Health

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.

Photo: Anton Avanceña, MS ’14

Internship Experience

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. Nominating faculty can be teachers of any subject or counselors, but should be familiar with the student’s academic performance and work style. Only one faculty member needs to nominate a student, i.e., multiple nominations do not strengthen the student’s application.

There is no limit to the number of nominations from each school. However, due to the program’s limited capacity, schools should nominate only those students who would be best suited for the internship.

The nomination form asks faculty the following questions:

  • How long and in what capacity have you known this student?
  • Please tell us why are you nominating this particular student (in no more than 200 words). Please describe the student's strengths, weaknesses, demonstrated competencies in science or social science, and interests in health issues or social justice.
  • Please share any other comments you may want us to know about this student.

IGHS will invite select nominees to complete an online application to express their qualifications and interests in global health.

Important Dates

February 3, 2020
High school faculty nomination deadline

February 17, 2020
Selected nominated students invited to apply

March 16, 2020
Student application deadline

March 31, 2020
Students notified of admission status

April 10, 2020
Student response deadline

June 15 - July 23, 2020
Summer internship period

Contact Us

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