UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
member announcement 3/13/2018
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MENTORS NEEDED: Paid Summer Internship for High School Students

There is almost nothing better than mentoring the next group of promising high school students who are looking to make an impact.

The purpose of the Cancer Center's CURE Internship is to expand efforts to reduce disparities in health and education in San Francisco's underserved communities by increasing exposure of African American & Chicano/Latino male high school students to cancer research and supporting them on their path of becoming the next generation of researchers. This program started in 2017 and leverages a partnership with the Program for Investigation and Training for Careers in Health (PITCH), which is managed by the UCSF Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP). EAOP has worked closely with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) for the past 17 years to support underrepresented and educationally disadvantaged students and to provide services that lead to their academic success, expose them and their families to health careers, and increase the number going to college. EAOP collaborates with SFUSD, community-based organizations (CBOs), business and industry leaders, families, and other institutions to achieve its mission.

The selection process for the CURE Internship will be managed by EAOP, we just need to come up with mentors who are each willing to take TWO students for the summer (funding provided through the CURE Internship). The objectives of the internship are:

  1. To immerse up to 10 promising African American, Chicano/Latino high school students to in an experience that spans the spectrum of cancer research, including basic, clinical, behavioral, and population sciences.

  2. To provide positive training and support for participating students so they will declare a major aligned with biomedical research and seriously consider cancer research as a career option.

While the application process is competitive, grades are not the only factor in selecting participants. A selected CURE Intern must demonstrate a desire to learn, an interest in science, and the ability to explain how this experience will help to advance his/her goals. The program includes a series of seminars on the basics of research work, career development, and camaraderie building.

The critical role of the mentor is to provide a supportive environment that teaches young students what research is about and to build a foundation for their success in research. We are looking for mentors who:

  • Are willing to support 2 high school interns (this will allow the interns to support each other and feel more comfortable in an unfamiliar environment) from around June 4th-August 10th (paid internship x10 weeks, 40 hr/week)
  • Can provide the interns with an inclusive, welcoming learning environment.
  • Can provide the interns with sustained mentorship throughout the internship.
  • Will assists the CURE interns in devising a supervised summer research project.
  • (additional academic advising will be coordinated through EAOP; Funding provided through CURE supplement)

If you are interested in hosting a CURE intern, please contact Emily Bergsland by Monday, March 26, 2018.


Emily Bergsland, MD
Ernest Rosenbaum, MD, Endowed Chair in Medical Oncology
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Division of Hematology/Oncology

Associate Director for Education
UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Funding and Award Deadlines

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