The Young Innovators Program is an eight-week paid summer internship offered through the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and the Eshelman Institute for Innovation. The program offers high school students the opportunity to participate in an immersive experience designed to engage students in cutting-edge and innovative research in STEM as it relates to the pharmaceutical sciences.

Throughout the program, interns work directly with a faculty preceptor, laboratory mentor, and clinical mentor to gain hands-on research experience and pursue a mentored research project. Interns spend approximately 32 hours per week in a research lab or center and also participate in various team building, career development, and interdisciplinary activities outside the laboratory environment.

Featured activities outside of the research experience include:

Panel discussions provide interns exposure to a spectrum of career opportunities in the pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacy, and healthcare in general. This structure offers interns an opportunity to learn from and seek advice from a range of perspectives, including near-term (undergraduate students), intermediate-term (graduate and professional students), and long-term (RTP industry leaders). The panel discussions also bring together individuals from UNC undergraduate admissions to provide tangible advice for matriculation to higher education (UNC undergraduate admissions).

Interns have the opportunity to visit various facilities across UNC and the surrounding biotech community. Past tours include UNC Cancer Hospital Infusion Pharmacy, Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, the BeAM Makerspaces at Murray Hall, and Kenan Science Library.

Workshops provide interns the opportunity to explore the profession of pharmacy, the Doctor of Pharmacy program, challenges and opportunities within the profession, and core concepts of problem-solving, failure, collaboration and communication.

At the conclusion of the program, interns present their research projects to an audience of their peers, their family members, high school teachers, and UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy faculty and mentors during the annual Young Innovators Program Research Symposium.

 

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