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 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 malaria surveillance and elimination; HIV/AIDS response; maternal, newborn, and child health improvement; global health economics and financing solutions; and tuberculosis control.
  • 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 by completing an introductory global health seminar with weekly case study discussions 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 event.

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 are available to 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.

High school faculty must nominate a student before the student can apply for the internship program. Nominated students will be invited by the IGHS selection committee to complete an online application, expressing their qualifications and interest in global health.

The application opens in early spring for the summer internship.