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Summer Healthcare Experience (SHE)uc irvine cddc summer healthcare experience

The Summer Healthcare Experience (SHE) is a career exploration program designed for young women, rising Juniors and Seniors in High School, who are interested to learn about careers in healthcare while also providing them with the practical tools and mentorship to achieve their educational and career goals.

The program was founded in 2014 and so far over 200 young women have participated.  SHE Program Alumni were contacted to find out how participating in SHE influenced them.   Nearly 90% of the respondents reported they were currently pursuing a career in healthcare or allied health professions.  

We are excited to announce that our program will be returning to the in-person model for 2022! 
Program dates: Monday, 7/25/2022 through Friday, 7/29/2022.  
Daily program times are 8:00am to 5:00pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided daily.

Participants will:

  • Recieve a SHE Program T-shirt and matching scrubs
  • Learn and get certified in Basic Life Support
  • Engage in the surgery simulation lab and learning suturing techniques
  • Learn from physicians, nurses, administrators, research scientists and allied health professionals
  • Networking with healthcare professionals, medical students, and peers
  • Interview coaching and Essay Preparation
  • Collaborate on a digestive health awareness project
  • Meet mentors and like-minded local peers
  • Graduate with a certificate of completion and a letter of reference

Please view our Program Video from 2018:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=1vlCFEOCyTr_Tb_OrOaMHGvgpyXOxBrz7

Who should apply? 

You should consider applying to the Summer Healthcare Experience if:

  • You are a young woman in high school, ages 16 to 18 and will be a rising Junior or Senior.  Participants must have turned 16 years of age by the start of the Program.
  • You are considering pursuing a career in healthcare, such as doctor, nurse, pharmacist, social worker, healthcare administrator, physical therapist, nutritionist, genetic counselor, surgeon, dermatologist, radiologist, cardiologist, physician assistant, occupational therapist and more.
  • You want to learn more about career opportunities in the healthcare industry.
  • You want to make friends who share your interests.
  • You want to meet role models and mentors.
  • You are ready to work hard and have fun for a week this summer.

Tuition and Scholarships

Tuition is $1550.00. 10% discount for family members of UCI Staff & Faculty.

10 full scholarships are available based on financial need and merit.

See the scholarship application instructions below.

How to apply:  

1) Submit the Program Application, including your transcripts. (Transcript does not need to be official, but should show the full information/grades from 9th grade).

Apply Now: https://uci.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2hs0IOdDzxsuC2y


2) If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, complete the Scholarship section in the Program Application, making sure to select the Scholarship Box and answer the Scholarship Question. BOTH are needed to be considered for scholarship funding. 

Only complete applications (including all required materials) will be reviewed for admission.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Application Deadline is April 29, 2022, no late applications will be accepted. Notifications will be sent out to applicants beginning the week of 5/27.

Payment Deadline for those accepted is 6/8/2022.

Any cancellation requests must be emailed to the SHE Program Coordinator. 100% refund will be granted for cancellations up to 6/22/2022. No refunds after 6/22/2022.


If you have more questions, view our FAQ ›

If your question isn't answered there, please email Sonha Castelli at sncastel@uci.edu.