Programs for High-School Students

Programs for High-School Students

The Office of Academic Placements offers a number of experiences for high school students interested in exploring careers in healthcare and biomedical sciences.

Opportunities include:

Career Shadowing and Observation

The Observation/Career Shadowing Program is designed to allow college and high school students the opportunity to explore the many career options that exist within the Life Sciences, in both clinical and research areas, at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine. It is not intended for medical student graduates who are seeking a residency program. This educational experience is for observation only; no hands-on contact is permitted with any patients.

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A novel collaboration between medical students and high school students, the PULSE program is a semester long academic course taught at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays in the fall. PULSE aims to cultivate interest in medicine and healthcare by introducing high school students to medical topics through lectures, facilitated small group learning experiences, and supplemental activities (e.g. laboratories, simulations, exhibits, student presentations).

Read more about PULSE and see application

Inspired Nursing

Inspired Nursing is a program for any high school student, college student, or other individuals not currently in a healthcare-related program of study who are interested in exploring a professional career in nursing. "Inspired Nursing" highlights the diversity of roles and opportunities which exist in nursing. The day begins with brief presentations by nurses practicing in a variety of roles and clinical areas. Students will participate in clinical activities in our Simulation Center and be provided an educational tour of the medical center clinical nursing areas.

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Surgery Live!

Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center have created an innovative partnership designed to stimulate the interest of high school students in careers in health care. With the support of Highmark BlueShield, Surgery Live! at Whitaker Center connects students to the operating rooms of Hershey Medical Center through interactive high-definition videoconferencing technology.

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Capital Area Science & Engineering Fair

The Capital Area Science & Engineering Fair is held each March at the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts. Any student in ninth through 12th grade may enter.

Read more about the Capital Area Science & Engineering Fair

Summer Teen Volunteer Program

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center offers a summer volunteer experience for teens 14 and older as of the time the program begins each June.

Read more about the Summer Teen Volunteer Program