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High School to Undergraduate

As students begin to express interest in medical careers and are ready to explore all available options, we're happy to provide this list of available opportunities which support their journey. 

A variety of programs, internships, and workshops are available to students preparing to enter college or postgraduate school which support exploring and learning more about health care professions. We're happy to provide a robust list but note this is not all-inclusive. 

Available Opportunities

Accelerate Cancer Education (ACE) Internship Program

The Accelerate Cancer Education (ACE) program is a summer research program specifically designed for minority and underserved high school students. The goals of the 6-week program are to expose students interested in biomedical careers to firsthand educational experiences related to oncology, introduce them to a variety of potential career paths and demonstrate the commitment of The University of Kansas Cancer Center to a diverse workforce by offering a comprehensive education and training experience to a wide variety of students. 

  • WHO: Underserved students, primarily in Wyandotte County, Kansas
  • WHEN: Summers

Breast Cancer Research Internship

Provides high school and undergraduate students with a glimpse into breast cancer clinical research. Students are exposed to basic principles of research and gain direct experience with clinical data collection and maintenance.

  • WHO: High school and undergrad students
  • WHEN: Contact Rachel Yoder for details.

Doc for a Day

Workshops for high school students from Wichita and the surrounding area who are interested in a career in medicine. This event is sponsored by the Family Medicine Interest Group. 

  • WHO: Wichita area high schoolers
  • WHEN: Annually

Health Career Collaborative

Health Career Collaborative (HCC) is a national program with the goal of connecting medical students with under-resourced high school students. KU Medical Center has created a partnership with Wyandotte High School to offer a local HCC program. 

  • WHO: Wyandotte County High School Students
  • WHEN: See link for details.

Journeys and Destinations

This program provides high school students the opportunity to spend time with and learn from a variety of health care professionals about their career path, salary potential and their daily activities.

  • WHO: Kansas High School Students (Rural Areas)
  • WHEN: See link for details.

K-12 Initiative

This event is designed to prepare students for careers in health professions. Includes the K-12 Tutoring Program, an after-school opportunity for students in various programs to receive added help in their school studies.

  • WHO: Rosedale area Students
  • WHEN: Tuesdays, 3-5 p.m. and via Zoom

The University of Kansas Health System Volunteers

Open to high school students, this program matches skills and interests with the needs of the health system for a rewarding volunteer experience.

  • WHO: 14 and older
  • WHEN: Summers

Kansas HOSA

HOSA is an international career and technical student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Technology Education Division of the Association for Career & Technical Education developed to support students interested in pursuing a career in health care. The program is open to high school students. 

  • WHO: Students 7th grade to college undergraduates
  • WHEN: Year-round events

KEE System

The KU Medical Center Educational Experience (KEE) provides high school and undergraduate students and those in the workforce with non-curricular educational opportunities in both clinical and research settings. The benefits of the program range from learning about careers in health care to gaining valuable research experience. 

  • WHO: 16 and older
  • WHEN: Anytime

National Two Step CPR

National Two Step CPR is an annual event aimed at engaging the public and educating them on the benefits of compressions-only/hands-only CPR. Since its inception, this project has trained over 18,500 in proper compressions-only CPR technique, with the help of 700 medical students each year. Classes are set up in public areas for free, and virtual programs are available.

  • WHO: Public
  • WHEN: Contact to set up a class. See link for details.

Night at the Lab

An exciting program from the KU Medical Center Area Health Education Center created to provide an opportunity for high school students to explore the connections between health and science and showcase their knowledge to the community.

  • WHO: Kansas high school students
  • WHEN: Fall semester

Nurse Academy

A two-day program designed to introduce high school students and college first-year students to the profession of nursing through hands-on experiences and presentations. 

  • WHO: High school and college students
  • WHEN: Summers. Applications open in February.

Nursing Pathway Program (School of Nursing)

This program introduces nursing to high school students in under-resourced schools and provides encouragement during their entire nursing education journey.

  • WHO: High school students in under-resourced schools
  • WHEN: See link for details.

KU School of Pharmacy Summer Camp

This program gives high school students and incoming college freshmen a chance to see what the pharmacy profession is all about. One-day, hands-on camps and two-day, two-night extended camps available. See site for details. 


  • Pharmacy practice settings and explore pharmacy career paths
  • Campus laboratories
  • Engagement with current KU Pharmacy students & faculty
  • Compounding of medications
  • Virtual tours of local pharmacies and hospital

  • WHO: High school students and incoming college freshmen
  • WHEN: Summers

Summer Medical Academy

The Medical Academy is an intensive 6-week health pipeline experience. Interactive learning and career exploration are integrated through four learning modules: Bioethics, Physiology, Risk Factors and Math. Students present research projects to medical and community stakeholders at the closing ceremony in mid-July. 

  • WHO: Kansas City, KS Public School Students
  • WHEN: June and July


The U-CHaMP program provides diverse and disadvantaged students enhanced support to reach their academic goals on their path toward a health professions degree and inspires them to practice in underserved communities.

  • WHO: High schoolers or undergraduate college students from underserved areas
  • WHEN: Year round

Women in Healthcare

An exciting three-day program available to 10-15 Kansas high school junior and senior women students who have shown a strong interest and commitment to health care careers. The event provides them with the opportunity to interact with health professions students and faculty at KU Medical Center.

  • WHO: Kansas high school junior and senior women students
  • WHEN: Fall Semester


PREP-KC partners with the University of Kansas School of Nursing to expose students from PREP-KC partner districts to a one-week summer program in June at the KU Medical Center campus focused on health sciences, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Students in the one-week summer program engage in hands-on projects, worksite tours and interactions with healthcare professionals and faculty.

  • WHO: PREP-KC partner districts. See link for details.
  • WHEN: June

School of Health Professions Virtual Information Sessions

Learn more about the degree programs offered by the School of Health Professions on the University of Kansas Medical Center campus. The need for trained specialists has increased tremendously as the scope of health care delivery systems has broadened, with many opportunities beyond those careers typically represented in mainstream media. A booming health care industry will continue for the foreseeable future, meaning we also will need to provide extended, transitional, and community-based health services to more Kansans. These roles come with excellent pay, career mobility and job security and you’ll be helping others! The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts need for qualified health care workers will increase by at least 15 percent by 2029 in the areas where our graduates will be employed.

Additional Info: These sessions are typically offered twice a month, in the evenings starting at 6:30 pm.

  • WHO: Anyone
  • WHEN: Bi-monthly

Summer Research Internship

Ten students are selected to participate in an intensive 6-week summer research experience the summer before their first year of college. Students work 1:1 with a professional/graduate research mentor in an interactive laboratory setting. 

  • WHO: Wyandotte County Students
  • WHEN: Summer


Aims to establish a learning community of teachers, students and researchers committed to bringing relevant community-based health issues into the high school classroom.

  • WHO: See link for details.
  • WHEN: See link for details.

Upward Bound

Federally funded college access programs for high school students that provide fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance.

  • WHO: First-generation and low-income college-bound students in Shawnee, Douglas, Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties.
  • WHEN: Year-round

K-12 Initiatives

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion has many pipeline programs, academic resources and activities for current and prospective students of all levels. 

  • WHO: Kansas City, KS students
  • WHEN: Year-round

Health Sciences Enrichment Institute

A five-week summer program on the KU Medical Center campus designed for incoming college freshmen and sophomores. It offers instruction in science courses, such as biology, anatomy, microbiology and introduction to research and medicine. 

  • WHO: Incoming college freshmen and sophomores
  • WHEN: Summer

Heartland College Assistance Migrant Program

Heartland CAMP helps students from seasonal, temporary and migratory agricultural labor backgrounds successfully complete their first year of college and continue in postsecondary education. Heartland CAMP provides intensive financial, academic and personal support to eligible students. 

  • WHO: Students from migrant farm-work backgrounds
  • WHEN: First year of college

KEE System

The KU Medical Center Educational Experience (KEE) provides high school and undergraduate students and those in the workforce with non-curricular educational opportunities in both clinical and research settings. The benefits of the program range from learning about careers in health care to gaining valuable research experience.

  • WHO: Anyone 16 years or older
  • WHEN: Year-round

Masonic Cancer Alliance Summer Internship

Allows up to three students to complete a summer internship implementing evidence-based community education programs across Kansas and western Missouri. A typical intern is selected in March, and the internship begins in mid-May and ends in July.

  • WHO: Small selection of students
  • WHEN: Summer

Nurse Academy

A two-day program designed to introduce high school students and college freshman to the profession of nursing through hands-on experiences and presentations.

  • WHO: 50 students selected from applications
  • WHEN: One day in the summer

Primary Care Workshop

This one-day workshop prepares Kansas college students to get the most from physician-shadowing experiences, helps them understand the "life of a doctor", learn about universal precautions and learn the basics of a physical exam.

  • WHO: Kansas college students
  • WHEN: See link for details.

Scholars in Rural Health

Designed to identify and encourage undergraduate students from rural Kansas who are interested in building successful careers as physicians in rural areas.

  • WHO: College students from rural Kansas
  • WHEN: Summer

Scholars in Urban Health

The Urban Medicine Program for Underrepresented Scholars is designed to recruit students from the urban areas of Kansas (Kansas City, Topeka, Wichita and Lawrence) who are committed to improve the health challenges faced by their communities. Students must apply for the program by the end of their second year in college.

  • WHO: College students primarily from urban Kansas
  • WHEN: Summer
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