Oregon’s health care sector is projected to grow significantly over the next decade, which presents workforce challenges for employers and career opportunities for high school students.

Oregon Health & Science University in Southwest Portland is seeking high school students to apply for clinical-research internships in its Department of Surgery for the summer of 2017. This is part of OHSU’s broader strategy to develop the local pipeline of talent for health care professions of all kinds, including research.


High school students will pair up with University and Medical Students, work in teams and complete a chart review study, according to Sharon Kryger of OHSU. The program runs from the end of June until the end of August.  The deadline to apply is Tuesday, Feb. 28. This research experience includes:

  • Weekly conferences on Vascular Surgery
  • Workshops on data visualization, biostatistics & researching resources
  • Job shadow opportunities in the Vascular Surgery clinic, the Vein clinic,
    the OR, and the Vascular Lab
  • Interactions with patients in a prospective study “out in the field”
  • Support from the Principal Investigator to present completed work at local, regional, and/ or national meetings

Open to current sophomores, juniors, and seniors
Must be at least 15 years old by June 1, 2017
GPA 3.0
US, Canadian, and International applicants welcome.

Enthusiasm for clinical research and shadowing
Dedication to collaboration
Proficiency with Microsoft Office
Commitment: 20-30 hours per week
How to apply: Please email a one-page cover letter and resume to Sharon Kryger:krygers@ohsu.edu by Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017.

Your cover letter can be simple and brief!  Consider including why you are interested in this internship, what you hope to gain from the experience, and what skills or abilities you would bring.

The nonprofit Portland Workforce Alliance works with OHSU and other leading Oregon employers to promote and support career-learning experiences for high school students. Learn more about PWA.

Summer internships: OHSU Department of Surgery seeking high school students
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