High School & Undergraduate Programs

Stanford Medicine has a number of opportunities for high school students and undergraduates at Stanford and other schools preparing for a future in medicine or science.

Undergraduate Programs


Canary Cancer Research Education Summer Training Program (CREST)

This 10-week program matches participants with a faculty mentor who helps them craft a research project in a state-of-the-art lab.

Dia de los Muertos Pre-Health Conference

This day-long event provides academic, professional, cultural and social support to Chicanos and Latinos pursuing careers in the areas of science, medicine and public health. The three Chicanos/Latinos in Health Education (C.H.E.) groups in the Bay Area (UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and Stanford) rotate hosting the annual conference.

Stanford Summer Research Program

This fully-funded residential program helps undergraduates of diverse backgrounds prepare for PhD programs in the sciences.

Stanford Summer Premedical Programs

This six-week residential program targets community college students in the Northern California region, providing exposure to medicine and health through a variety of topics.

Undergraduate Pre-Renal Initiative

Stanford's Pre-Renal Initiative seeks to develop a thriving research training program for undergraduate students in adult and pediatric nephrology and (benign) urology. During the 10-week summer program, students work full-time in the labs and clinics of Pre-Renal Faculty Mentors.

Stanford University Minority Medical Alliance Pre-Health Conference

Ideal for undergraduate students considering medicine as a career, this day-long conference offers an in-depth experience of what it takes to enter the medical field and succeed.

Cardinal Free Clinics

Cardinal Free Clinics educate and empower the next generation of health care leaders through internships to proactively address health disparities and improve access to care in their communities.

Ethnicity and Medicine

A spring lecture series that challenges undergraduate students to explore how culture and language impact the effectiveness of clinical encounters.

Leadership Education for Aspiring Physicians (LEAP)

LEAP is a project-based seminar series designed for Bay Area premedical students seeking structured leadership development while improving community health and wellness.

For Both High School Students & Undergraduates

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 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.

Civic Engagement Symposium

This symposium explores multidisciplinary approaches toward improving health, illness, and wellness. Presenters have have developed and implemented community health – related projects, events, activities, programs and initiatives with a community or educational partner.

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.

High School Programs

Stanford Cardiothoracic Surgery Internship

The Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills and Education Center's Stanford Summer Internship is designed to educate high school students considering careers in science and medicine in cardiothoracic surgical anatomy and physiology as well as surgical techniques that will be utilized in pre-medical and medical training.

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.

Pediatrics Internship Program at Stanford (PIPS)


The Pediatrics Internship Program at Stanford (PIPS) is a 6-week program in which high school students from diverse backgrounds are invited to learn about science, medicine, and research with Stanford faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students and researchers on a medically-oriented project. The goals of the program include increasing interest in biological sciences and medicine in high school students, helping students to understand how scientific research is performed, and increasing diversity of students and researchers in the sciences. 

Harris Neuroscience Internship 

Founded by Stanford neurosurgeon Odette Harris, MD, the annual Harris Neuroscience Internship is for high school students who identify as an under-represented minority. Participants will be paired with a mentor from the Stanford Neuroscience community for the duration of their experience. 

Summer of Neurosciences

The Stanford/VA Summer of Neurosciences Program is a virtual one month experience for high school students to learn about the field of neuroscience. Participants will join a weekly journal club, meet with scientific and medical professionals, and learn about clinical and basic science topics.

Neuroscience Journal Club

The Neuroscience Journal Club is a nine-month program for high-school students. Under the mentorship of expert Stanford scientists, participants will read and discuss scientific literature and newsworthy developments in the field of neuroscience.

Stanford University School of Medicine consistently ranks among the top U.S. medical schools, and faculty members routinely secure the highest amount of research funding per investigator in the country. 

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