Polygence blog / Research Opportunities and Ideas

Top 10 Medical Summer Research Opportunities for High School Students

4 minute read

The field of medicine is a broad topic with wide-ranging specialities and young people with a curiosity for “medicine” may not know how broadly or narrowly they want to study it. A medical research program can help refine a student’s interest, providing focus and direction. Many students ask us where they can go to get hands-on with a medical research opportunity over the summer - you asked and we listened!

Here is a list of 10 Shortlisted Medicine Research Opportunities for High School students listed in order of application deadlines. If you’re searching for a virtual research opportunity, you can also consider doing a project through Polygence.

1) High School Senior Summer Internship Program

Hosting Institution: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Cost: paid internship: $13/hour; 20 hours/week

Format: In person (Cincinnati, OH)

Application deadline: January 31, 2023

This eight-week paid internship for Cincinnati-area 2023 graduating seniors is an opportunity to work closely with a mentor in one of multiple pediatric clinical specialties. This competitive program offers students an opportunity to learn more about careers in Medicine and Clinical Research.

Do your own research with Polygence this summer!

Polygence pairs you with an expert mentor in your area of passion. Together, you work to create a high quality research project that is uniquely your own.

2) Summer Child Health Research Internship

Hosting Institution: University of Colorado Boulder

Cost: $3,500 stipend offered

Format: In person (Boulder, CO)

Application deadline: February 1, 2023

This is a paid internship for rising high school seniors. After a summer of hands-on experience, students will provide a 2-3 page written summary along with an oral summary of their research. Students and mentors will also be encouraged to produce abstracts for submission to local, regional and national meetings.


3) Summer Internship Program (HS-SIP)

Hosting Institution: The National Institutes of Health

Cost: None

Format: In person (Bethesda, MD) 

Application deadline: February 1, 2023

HS-SIP invites high-school juniors and seniors (17 years old) in the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, area  to do biomedical research for eight weeks at the NIH offices, working alongside experts in the field. The program requires a two-month commitment and may provide a stipend. 

4) Rady Children's Medical Academy

Hosting Institution: Rady Children’s Hospital

Cost: $2,800

Format: In person (San Diego, CA)

Application deadline: February 24, 2023

These two-week sessions are designed for students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare: physician assistant, nurse, and mental health. Designed for commuters with proximity to San Diego, these programs feature hands-on skills & interactive learning opportunities.

5) Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program (SIMR) 

Hosting Institution: Stanford University

Cost: $500-1,500 stipend is offered

Format: In person (Stanford, CA)

Application deadline: February 25, 2023

This eight-week program, occurring from June-August, brings together high school students from diverse backgrounds to perform basic research on a medically-oriented project. The program aims to increase 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.

Your Project Your Schedule - Your Admissions Edge!

Register to get paired with one of our expert mentors and to get started on exploring your passions today! And give yourself the edge you need to move forward!

6) CDC Museum Disease Detective Camp

Hosting Institution: CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Cost: None

Format: In person (Atlanta, GA) 

Application deadline: March 31, 2023

While topics vary year to year (i.e.: public health interventions, global health, infectious disease, chronic disease, injury prevention, data analysis, etc.) these one-week sessions are both fast paced and academically demanding. Participants are expected to fully immerse themselves, work together, and become a diverse team of disease detectives!

7) Georgetown Summer High School Science and Medical Program 

Hosting Institution: Georgetown University

Cost: $2,500-3,225

Format: In person (Washington, DC)

Application deadline: May 15, 2023

The 1-Week Medical Academy in June or July introduces students to the field of medicine. Participants explore topics ranging from human anatomy and physiology, to cancer and biomedical ethics. Learning occurs via hands-on labs, using a patient simulator, and focuses on current medical concerns like COVID-19, preventative medicine, heart disease, and HIV.

8) Medical Immersion Summer Academy (MISA)

Hosting Institution: Alameda Health Systems, Samuel Merritt University, and private clinicians

Cost: $1,400

Format: In person (Oakland, CA)

Application deadline: None

This 5-day program is designed to give pre-med high school students the opportunity for hands-on experience. MISA offers experiences in a variety of healthcare settings by partnering with local health institutions and clinicians.

9) Medicine Institute

Hosting Institution: Wake Forest University

Cost: $3,000

Format: In person (Winston-Salem, NC)

Application deadline: None

This week-long opportunity will help students gain a better understanding of what being a healthcare professional is really like. Offering hands-on experience in the medical field and insight into the many career opportunities available within the various disciplines of medicine, participants visit healthcare facilities in Winston-Salem, participate in simulations and labs, and learn basic skills like taking blood pressure and suturing.

10) AIM: Introduction to Medicine 

Hosting Institution: Boston University

Cost: $5,131 + room/board

Format: In person (Charles River, MA)

Application deadline: None

In this three-week program students explore a broad introduction to the field of medicine, combining coursework in related sciences with experiential learning activities and explorations of the various career possibilities that exist within the field.

Interested in a more customized medical research program for high school students? At Polygence, we offer students the opportunity to get 1:1 project mentorship from expert mentors and researchers. Students are in the driver’s seat of their education here, and whatever project you want to do, we will help you make it happen! 

Register now to get matched with one of our expert mentors.

Want to Learn More?

Join Polygence and do your own research project tailored towards your passions and guided by one of our expert mentors!