About the program

The Bay Area Youth Science (BAYS) Program is an eight-week, paid summer internship for rising high school juniors and seniors to conduct research in labs at UCSF. Research projects will range in topics from drug discovery and design, cancer biology, computational chemistry, infectious disease treatments, COVID-19 therapeutics, structural biology, protein biophysics, and much more! Interns are paid $5,000 for their participation in the eight-week summer internship.

2021 was the first year of the BAYS Program, held with students at KIPP San Francisco College Preparatory (KIPP-SFCP). We hope to expand in future years to reach more schools in the Bay Area. Check out interviews with the 2021 BAYS Program cohort!



The BAYS Program consists of two phases:

  1. A virtual introduction to the scientific enterprise. The virtual portion is for high school students to attend weekly research talks by professors at UCSF, along with a postdoc panel, a graduate student panel, and a staff scientist/research associate panel where newer scientists can share how and why they got into science and a bit about themselves and their research.
  2. A summer internship opportunity for selected applicants to conduct research in UCSF labs. Interns spend Monday through Thursday conducting research in UCSF labs or virtually under the supervision of UCSF graduate students, postdocs, staff, and faculty. They spend Fridays attending workshops in college & professional development, financial competency, learning about research basics, and developing their projects. The internship culminates in a presentation of their research project that will be open to all of UCSF, friends and family of interns, as well as our partner organizations and donors.


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  • Must be a rising high school senior (currently a junior).
  • Must be at least 16 years old at the time of the internship.
  • Must have an interest in science research.
  • Must commit to dedicating 200 hours to the program (24 hours per week for eight weeks).

Internship application

Application (Microsoft Word, 2 pages, 63 KB)

More info

Contact Emma Gunderson ([email protected]) or Marissa Lee-Baird ([email protected]).

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