Summer High School Internship

We are on a break for Summer 2024 and are not accepting applications at this time. We will post announcements to this website so please check back next year.

In the meantime, we encourage you to explore these other exciting opportunities at UCSF: UCSF internships and camps

The Neuroscape summer internship launched in 2017 with the goal of creating learning opportunities for young minds interested in science and technology. Since then, the program has hosted more than 25 high school students with varying research interests and skills. As a unique highlight of this program, many of these students have gone on to pursue further education in this field. Neuroscape prides itself on providing interactive experiences to explore firsthand a career in translational neuroscience.

For three years, Neuroscape has proudly partnered with the SFUSD College and Career Readiness Program and UCSF’s Center for Science and Education Outreach to encourage post-secondary success in college and career.

How to Apply

Applications are submitted through SFUSD. If you are a student at an SFUSD high school, ask your teacher or counselor about applying to the summer College and Career Readiness Program. In the SFUSD application, please indicate that you are interested in UCSF, Neuroscape, or neuroscience. This will increase the likelihood that you are paired with our program if we have openings.

If you are not a student within SFUSD, it is rare that we have additional openings during our summer program when we partner with SFUSD.

Our Program at a Glance

Independent Research Project & End of Program Presentation

Each intern is paired with a team of mentors to work on an independent research project. This allows interns to gain hands-on experience and learn new skills related to translational neuroscience and technology, with projects ranging from literature reviews to interactive media programming. The internship culminates in short presentations about what interns learned over the summer!

Group Activities

The group enrichment activities supplement learning each week and cover a wide range of topics from neuroanatomy to machine learning. This is a great opportunity for interns to connect with others in the program and to ask questions of experts.

Intern Testimonials

This internship was amazing! I had never learned about neurology, neuroscience, and research before, and this internship has completely changed my views on the medical and science worlds. As of now, I want to pursue a career in neurology and neuroscience research! The internship was incredible in how much it covered in the neuroscience field. It was also so cool to get to work with such amazing, experienced, knowledgeable mentors! They were so inspiring to me and were the ones who really excited me to want to pursue a career in research. ~ Neuroscape 2021 Summer Intern

I loved the mentors, the project, the process, the presentation, all of it was an opportunity of a lifetime. ~ Neuroscape 2021 Summer Intern

I liked all of the lectures that we attended and I thought we learned a lot from each one. ~ Neuroscape 2022 Summer Intern

It was fun to research and do a slide about our own scientific topic. ~ Neuroscape 2022 Summer Intern

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