For High School Students

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Career 911

This online course, subtitled "Your Future Job in Medicine and Healthcare," offers insight into healthcare career options and strategies for entering the workforce.

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Chicago Youth Programs

Chicago Youth Programs was founded in 1984 by Northwestern University Medical Students to improve the health and life opportunities of at-risk youth. CYP uses a comprehensive approach aimed at developing their capabilities by providing tutoring, enrichment programs and healthcare to children from birth to young adulthood.

Visit the CYP Site

CPS Career & Technical Education Summer Program

This summer internship is offered in partnership with NM's Pharmacy and IT departments.

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Cristo Rey High School Corporate Work Study Program

Through this program, high school students receive tuition assistance and work experience at NM.

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Discovering Healthcare Careers (DHC)

This six-week summer internship at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago is for Hispanic/Latinx and African-American/Black high school studentswho are interested in pursuing a career in healthcare.

Visit the DHC Site

EMPOWER (Encouraging Mentoring & Preparing on Workforce Education Readiness)

This six-week paid internship for young adults with minor or chronic disabilities places students in non-clinical entry-level positions.

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Health Professions Recruitment & Exposure Program

Known as HPREP, this six-week educational and exposure program gives high school students of diverse backgrounds from the Chicago area firsthand exposure to the medical school curriculum, career options in healthcare, tools for academic success and opportunities to interact with healthcare professionals.

Apply to HPREP

Huntley & McHenry East and West High School Residency Program

More than 20 departments at NM host students from these high schools for learning opportunities.

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Kimberly Querrey Summer Research Program

This six-week paid internship is designed for students who plan to pursue degrees in biological science and combines intensive research training with support for their academic and professional development.

Visit the Internship Website

Junior Mentoring Educational Development (M.E.D.)

Junior M.E.D. is an 11-week program for ITW Speer Academy students to gain experience within a department at Lurie Children's.

Visit the Junior M.E.D. Site

NM Discovery Program

This program from Northwestern Medicine exposes high school students to a broad range of healthcare careers through activities such as tours, guest speakers, group discussions and hands-on projects.

Visit the Discovery Program Site

NM Scholars

The Northwestern Medicine Scholars Program enables outstanding high school students at Westinghouse College Prep to explore and be better prepared for potential careers in medicine as future physicians and biomedical scientists.

Visit the NM Scholars Site

One Summer Chicago

Lurie Children's partners with the mayor's One Summer Chicago to provide paid internship opportunities in six-week, non-clinical, entry-level positions. This program is in partnership with Chicago Public Schools Career and Technical Education.

Visit the One Summer Chicago Site

PRISM Outreach Program

Promoting Inner-City Youth in Science and Medicine (PRISM), in collaboration with the Pedersen-McCormick Boys & Girls Club, encourages inner-city youth to explore science and medicine career opportunities through mentor-guided, interactive educational opportunities and activities. It was started by Northwestern University Medical Scientist Training Program students.


Project Search

Multiple NM clinical sites participate in this program, which prepares young people with significant disabilities for success in competitive integrated employment.

Visit the Project Search Site

Radiology Internship Program

During this eight-week program, prospective radiology professionals will be exposed to multiple roles within the field. Successful participants will be offered a role at NM while they pursue their degree.


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SciHigh Summer Program

Led by NU GoKidney, the SciHigh Summer Program is an eight-week, immersive enrichment program for Trinity High School students that aims to leave trainees with the skills and confidence to achieve success in science and kidney research.


Esmeralda Liz, NUGoKidney Program Assistant

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Shades for the Future

This program engages high school freshmen and sophomores in a 6-week virtual learning series featuring healthcare professional speakers, mental health sessions and workforce development workshops.

Visit the Shades for the Future Site

SQE Inspire

This program from the Simpson Querrey Institute for Epigenetics exposes students to STEM through field trips, science teacher development/continuing education, internships, workshops and other outreach opportunities.

Visit the SQE Site

Year Up

Year Up is an intensive skills-training program for underserved young adults.The first Year Up Chicago cohort working within Feinberg’s Research Administration recently completed the program.

Visit the Year Up Site