MedSTEM Pathways


In light of the developments with COVID-19, we want to keep you informed about our plans for this summer. At this time, we are planning to continue with MedSTEM Explorers and MedSTEM Pathways for the Summer 2020 session as scheduled. However, we understand that circumstances are constantly changing due to the outbreak and we may need to modify our programs to accommodate Rush’s Safety and Visitor requirements. 

If the outbreak continues to worsen and isolation continues, the Rush Education and Career Hub will make the decision to transition our MedSTEM Explorers and Pathways programs to a virtual learning experience. 

This decision has not yet been finalized, however, we will continue to keep you updated via email as we move forward with planning for this summer. If you have any questions or concerns you may contact us via email ( or phone at (312) 942-3634. 


What is MedSTEM Pathways?

MedSTEM Pathways is an internship program at Rush University Medical Center for high school upperclassmen in Chicago. Students will get work-based learning experience by interning in a department of the hospital or at a partner organization aligned to the career they hope to pursue. There are three sessions: summer, fall, and spring. The summer session is our largest and most comprehensive, and it includes 8 hours per week of classes in college and career readiness, life skills, and workforce development skills. The fall and spring sessions are typically open to students who participated in the summer session and only involves the internship portion.

Whether you’re interested in mental health, allied health, entrepreneurship, finance, healthcare, law, media, research, or any other field, we help motivated high school students make the most of their summer, fall, and spring and make more informed decisions about college and career plans.

Spring Session

Applications are now closed for Spring 2020. 

Summer Session

Applications are now closed for Summer 2020.

Fall Session

Please check back in summer for information on the Fall 2020 session.

Program Benefits


Academic Enrichment

Students will be a part of a supportive learning community where they can step beyond the comfortable routines of the classroom and actively shape their education and their lives. 



Student will be able to connect with healthcare providers, STEM professionals, and alumni in order to gain important knowledge about their desired fields and succeeding in their chosen colleges and careers. 


Industry Recognized Credentials

Students will be given the opportunity to take courses that provide industry recognized certifications (CNA, PCT, etc.) and early college credit.


Hands-On Learning

Students will work alongside doctors, nurses, technicians, and tradesmen/women receiving on-the-job learning about specific procedures and tasks that relate to the profession.