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DTC High School Internship

Discovery to Cure High School Internship Program is designed for high school juniors at least 16 years of age, who will enter their senior year in the fall following the program. Dr. Gil Mor, a former Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences and Director of the Discovery to Cure Translational Research Program, created the Internship in 2003 with the intention of exposing talented students from local high schools to Yale’s biomedical laboratories and encouraging careers in science and medicine.

Over the past 16 years, the program has grown exponentially, mentoring hundreds of exceptional young women and men, not only from Connecticut but also from throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America—the majority of whom have gone on to pursue careers in medicine and science.

Students accepted to the program must agree to fulfill all requirements of the Internship, including six full weeks of hands-on research in one of Yale’s biomedical laboratories working under the mentorship of a Principal Investigator and participating in a research project as directed by the PI, and attendance at all of the mandatory training sessions and activities. Students must also agree not to participate in any other programs or activities that will interfere with their full-time commitment to the Internship.

Interested Students

Connecticut high school students interested in learning more about the Discovery to Cure High School Internship program should have their school representative directly contact us by email to: Ruth Ann Ornstein

School representatives should include the school's name, location, and the name and email of the school teacher or contact person who will then coordinate the student's applications.

These schools will then be added to our distribution list for more information regarding important program dates and our application process. Interested students are encouraged to contact either their guidance counselor, science teacher or other committed educator to be the school representative. High schools that have had students participate in the past are already on our distribution list and will receive an email invitation to participate again, once application materials are available.

  • Students must have completed their junior year of high school and be 16 years of age to participate.
  • Participation in the summer internship program is a full-time commitment, and interns are expected to come to their assigned lab every day, Monday through Friday for 6 weeks.
  • We regret that we are unable to provide housing or transportation for any interns during our summer program. Students should be within commuting distance to Yale's campus.
  • High school students must have a teacher or other educator coordinate their application. We do not accept applications from students without a teacher recommendation. Teachers can only recommend 3 students from their school.

Due to COVID-19, the Discovery To Cure High School Internship Program will not be taking place in person this summer. This year there will be a Young Professionals Virtual Medical Conference in its place. This program will take place June 21-June 24 from 9am-11am. This program will provide the opportunity for students completing their junior year to meet and interact with a variety of doctors and researchers through the Department of Obstetrics Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. There will be 50 students selected this year. Applications will be limited to 3 students per school. Applications will be available on Monday, March 15 and be distributed to all the schools on our distribution list. School representatives who would like to be added should directly email Ruth Ann Ornstein. Please add school name, location, and the name and email of the school teacher or contact person who will coordinate the student’s applications.

Discovery to Cure Video

A short video on our internship program.