High School

Exploring Pathways and Preparing for the Future

Our High School programs work to expose students to their chosen STEM and healthcare pathway through pre-internships, internships, and independent study; teach foundational skills for entering the workforce, and help students make logical and financially healthy choices for better college plans and readiness.

Making a Difference

These opportunities are available for students who reside and attend schools in the West Side communities we serve, with the goal of providing education outreach and opportunities to underserved and under-resourced communities. High-quality STEM and healthcare curriculum partnered with hands-on learning and dedicated STEM mentors is necessary to inspire students between the age of 14 - 18 and prepare them for future school and career challenges.

MedSTEM Pathways

MedSTEM Pathways is an intensive academic enrichment program designed to introduce teens to a variety of STEM and healthcare careers, strengthen academic preparation, and develop leadership skills. Students will engage in hands-on learning to strengthen communication, teamwork, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. In addition to developing skills for higher education and career, students will have the opportunity to earn industry-recognized credentials.


The MedSTEM Pathways Pre-Internship is a paid, 6-week summer program for rising high school Sophomores. Students will attend class at Rush University Medical Center exploring various STEM and healthcare careers, developing workforce skills, and researching real-world issues that affect their Chicago communities. Class is held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:30am - 4:30pm.


The MedSTEM Pathways Internship is a paid, 6-week summer program for rising high school Juniors through recent high school graduates. Students will spend up to 25 hours per week gaining work-based learning skills while interning in departments throughout Rush University Medical Center and several other partner organizations. Students will also spend one day per week strengthening college readiness and life skills through academic and professional development classes. Internship days and times vary. class is held on Thursdays from 8:30am - 4:30pm.

Rush Health Information Technology

The Rush Health IT program is a labor market-aligned, year-round program offered to juniors and seniors at Crane Medical Prep High School.  Rush Health IT offers two semesters of coursework followed by an internship onsite at Rush. The students study current topics in healthcare, fundamentals of healthcare information technology, and app development, and they have an opportunity to earn certifications in the Epic electronic health record system and Apple Swift.

For more information, please contact Sharon Gates at sharon_gates@rush.edu.