Resources for high school students

Stanford Medicine has a number of opportunities for high school students preparing for a future in medicine or science.


Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Program

This eight-week program gives high school students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to pursue basic research with Stanford faculty, postdoctoral scholars and students on a medically oriented project.

Stanford Medical Youth Science Program

This fully funded summer residential program helps low-income and ethnically underrepresented sophomore and junior high school students from Northern California to prepare for careers in medicine. 

SMASH Medical Curriculum

A free-of-cost, STEM-intensive college preparation program for underrepresented and low-income high school students, this five-week program is comprised of five sessions designed to expose the students to a range of healthcare careers. 

Stanford EXPLORE

This four-week lecture series provides an introduction to current research conducted by faculty in Stanford Medicine's Institutes of Medicine, as well as research in the fields of bioengineering and genetics. 

Clinical Neuroscience Immersion Experience at Stanford

This intensive one-week summer program includes interactive seminars with Stanford faculty and researchers, and the opportunity to work on a team to develop solutions to social issues related to psychiatry, psychology or neuroscience.

Stanford Anesthesia Summer Institute

An engaging two-week program for undergraduates and high school students interested in exploring careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), medicine, and health technology. Stanford faculty mentor students as they work towards solving real healthcare design challenges. 

Stanford Cardiovascular Surgery Internship

This internship is designed for high school and undergraduate students considering careers in cardiovascular physiology and incorporates commonly used medical and surgical techniques.

Stanford Clinical Internship

A two-week program for premed undergraduates and motivated high school students interested in medicine. The curriculum includes lectures about medical specialties, laboratory learning opportunities, and sessions with current students and medical school admissions officers.

Stanford STARS Internship Program

Interns with the Science, Technology, and Reconstructive Surgery (STaRS) summer program spend seven weeks mastering basic lab techniques, participating in research projects, and presenting their work, all under the mentorship of experienced researchers.


Stanford Admissions

Video Gallery

How I spent my summer: three interns, three perspectives

Stanford Medical Youth Science Program (SMYSP)

Know thyself: a summer intern tests the waters of scientific research

Pioneers in science

Know thyself part II: a summer intern tests the waters of scientific research

Match Day