OHSU

UCEDD Summer Youth Program

The 2013 application is now available! 

Fill out the online application before April 12!

The University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) Summer Youth Program provides a unique opportunity for high school and undergraduate students interested in pursuing healthcare-related careers.

The primary objectives of the UCEDD Summer Youth Program are to:

  • Expose students to the disabilities field, health and allied healthcare careers
  • Expand the definition of "disabilities" for better understanding
  • Mentor students and facilitate network building opportunities
  • Expose students to community-based and clinical research

Student Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in high school or college at the undergraduate level
  • At least 16 years of age by June 1
  • Base knowledge of patient & research confidentiality
  • Desire to learn about healthcare, research, and disabilities
  • Positive attitude and responsible
  • Commitment of 15-20 (flexible) hours work week for an 8 week program
  • Able to complete a periodic questionnaire about your career path through the remainder of your education
  • Must complete a 3-4 page "End of Experience" research paper and questionnaire

Each year the number selected for the program varies between 6-10 students. Students selected for the UCEDD Summer Youth Program receive engaging and meaningful experiences; participants will become exposed to many career opportunities.

Students will have the opportunity to visit with faculty and tour facilities like:

  • OHSU Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Dentistry;
  • Oregon Graduate School of Engineering,
  • Primate Center
  • Simulation Laboratory.

Off-campus tours include specific health related exhibits at OMSI and with the Paramedics at local Fire Stations.

In some cases, students have been able to use the summer experience for:

  • Practicum experience time
  • Volunteer placement time

Please check with your individual school for specific program requirements. Students completing the program receive UCEDD Summer Youth Program certificates and letters of recommendation for school, college and/or employment upon request.

Fill out the online application before April 12!

University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
UCEDD Summer Youth Program
707 SW Gaines St
Portland, OR 97239-2901
ph: 503 494-8364