Summer Opportunities

Various organizations offer summer opportunities for pre-med and pre-health students. Please contact the organization directly to confirm program dates, costs, and application deadlines.

*Please note that the information provided is subject to change. The Office of Pre-Health Advising does not maintain direct relationships with any of these programs.

Remember to also check Oxy's Undergraduate Research Center for summer research opportunities.

Summer Opportunities for Pre-Health Students (nationwide)
This site, managed by the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professionals (NAAHP), offers an extensive list of opportunities throughout the country for pre-med and pre-health students. Types of opportunities include: academic enrichment, academic research, basic science research, internships, and shadowing. Deadlines vary.

Summer Health Professions Education Program (13 universities across the nation)
Dates: varies by university. Cost: FREE

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for underrepresented students who are interested in the health professions.

Learn more about SHPEP

SHPEP’s goal is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and prepare them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools. These students include, but are not limited to, individuals who identify as African American/Black, American Indian and Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino, and who are from communities of socioeconomic and educational disadvantage. SHPEP, formerly known as the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP), expanded in 2016 to include a broader array of health professions.

SHPEP is implemented at 13 universities across the nation. Each institution provides scholars with academic enrichment in the basic sciences and math, clinical experiences, career development activities, learning and study skills seminars, and a financial planning workshop. Program sites vary on how they deliver each of these required components and their program start date.


Summer Explore Health Professions at the Keck Graduate Institute (Claremont, CA)
2020 Dates: July 13-24 There is a $350 non-refundable program fee.

Explore Health Professions is a two-week residential program of classroom and experiential learning to help students investigate what it means to be pre-med. The program is best geared for undergraduate sophomores and juniors, but it’s beneficial for anyone contemplating a career in healthcare. The program also benefits those applying to graduate programs and seek highly personalized advising and support.

Learn more about Explore Health Professions

Highlights of the program:

  • Clinical shadowing experience across different specialties
  • Visits to local programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, PA, and more
  • Overview of application and admission process
  • Interview techniques and coaching
  • Develop friendship with others sharing similar interests
  • Experience LA (Weekend outing to popular tourist spots)



Pre-Med/Pre-Health Wilderness & Emergency Medicine Course (Colorado)
August 10 – 21, 2020

Taught by faculty of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, these classes are a hands-on introduction to emergency and wilderness medicine, and provide insight to the medical school application process and a career in health care.

Learn more about the wilderness program

This unique program includes all instruction, labs and simulations, Emergency Department shadowing, lunches and snacks, a week at a local camp (all food and lodging included), recreational activities, transportation to and from camp, group camping gear, and CPR, optional WFR, and program certification. It does not include breakfasts, dinners, and lodging for the first week, nor personal camping equipment. In addition to learning about emergency and wilderness medicine, students will meet with members of medical school admissions committees and get the inside scoop on the medical school application process. Students will also have time to get to know successful emergency room physicians (as well as PAs, paramedics, and nurses), and learn what it takes to excel in a medical career.


University of Vermont Medicine Mentorship & Enrichment Summer Program (Vermont)
Dates: TBD

Learn more about the UVM summer program

Learning Objectives:

  • Expand clinical experiences by participating in organized shadowing opportunities with physicians in various specialties at UVM Medical Center and the UVM Medical Center Network including in emergency medicine, pathology, radiology, primary care, community medicine, and more.
  • Practice for medical school interviews through mock multiple mini interviews (MMIs).
  • Perform virtual medical procedures in state-of-the-art medical simulation center.
  • Dive into Biochemistry and also prepare for the revised MCAT with didactic sessions and practice questions integrating all areas covered on the MCAT.


Co-op/Internships and Summer Research Opportunities in Biomedical Research and for Pre-Medical Students (nationwide)
Dates: vary

The Rochester Institute of Technology has shared this an extensive list of premedical internships throughout the country. Some opportunities are paid, and some provide travel reimbursement, housing and meals.


Pharmacy Summer Institute for High School and College Students at the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Rochester, NY)
July 13-15, 2020 

This is an enrichment program providing information about the challenging career pathway opportunities in the profession of pharmacy and exposure to the fields of pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical sciences to interested and motivated high school and college students.

Learn more about the Pharmacy Summer Institute

This unique day camp experience incorporates active participation in a broad scope of learning experiences, including “hands-on” training in pharmacy practice skills, lectures by faculty and local Buffalo area alumni pharmacist practitioners and field trips. The program reviews pharmacy education opportunities and the pharmacy curriculum at SPPS as well as recommended high school preparatory and collegiate pre-pharmacy course work.


Gateways to The Laboratory Summer Program (New York, NY)
Monday, June 1, 2020, through Friday, August 7, 2020

Fifteen students embark on a 10-week intensive journey of learning about the challenging and rewarding road of becoming a physician-scientist.

Learn more about Gateways to the Laboratory

Students will:

  • Work independently on a research project at Weill Cornell Medicine, The Rockefeller University, or Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Have on-going mentorship with a current MD-PhD student, as well as with the Program's leadership
  • Partake in a lab techniques and clinical skills workshops
  • Present and participate in weekly journal clubs
  • Participate in career development workshops
  • Scrub in on surgeries at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospitals
  • Sit for a Mock MCAT exam
  • Learn how to and then give oral, written, and poster presentations of their research at national and local meetings

Who Is Eligible To Apply? (Gateways Admissions page)

  • Current college freshmen and sophomores
  • US citizens and permanent residents (proof of status is required)
  • Members of groups historically underrepresented in medicine and science*:
    • Individuals from racial and ethnic minorities
    • Individuals from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds
    • Individuals with disabilities

*It is important that you explain how you identify with one or more of these groups in your application.

Stipend and Housing:

Students receive a stipend of $6,000, a $1,000 allowance toward on-campus housing, and reimbursement for their travel expenses. Gateways students are all housed in Weill Cornell Medicine student housing. Additionally, one family member is flown out to NYC for the final presentations and accommodated at a hotel in New York City.