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Thank you for your interest in the Young Innovators Program! Before starting your application, carefully review the eligibility criteria and application instructions below.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Young Innovators Program has been canceled for Summer 2020. As a dynamic internship program, YIP has many moving parts that will prohibit successful operation in any form given our current and predicted future circumstances.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be considered for the Young Innovators Program, applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Currently enrolled in 10th, 11th or 12th grade.
  2. Must be 16 years of age by the program start date.
  3. Must be a North Carolina resident.
  4. Must be able to participate in the full 8-weeks of the program (in adherence with our absence policy).
  5. Must be able to arrange your own transportation to and from campus Monday-Friday throughout the duration of the program. While we encourage students from across North Carolina to apply, if you are not within commuting distance, you must arrange your own living accommodations for the summer
  6. Authorized to work in the U.S. at the time your application is submitted.

If you have questions about the program schedule, our absence policy, or transportation and accommodations please email


All applications for the Young Innovators Program must be submitted online via the UNC Careers at Carolina website.  Follow this link to apply or click the button at the bottom of this page. The application consists of the following sections:

Personal Information

In this section, you will be asked to provide information such as your name, address, and contact information.

Personal Statement:

Please submit a one-page essay to answer the following prompt. Your response should be no more than one page in length and uploaded as a PDF with your application. Please include your full name and high school in the header and format your essay as follows: Font: 12 pt. Times New Roman, Spacing: Single or exactly 12 pt. Margins: 1 inch.

What inspires you to pursue STEM opportunities in pharmaceutical science research and/or the practice of pharmacy as opposed to other disciplines? Why are you interested in participating in the Young Innovators Program? How will the program advance your academic and career goals?

**Note: Please submit your Personal Statement document to BOTH the “Cover Letter” and “Other Document” fields on the application.


Please download and complete the YIP Resume Template. Upload as a PDF.

 YIP Resume Template

High School Transcript:

Please obtain a copy of your transcript from your guidance counselor and upload as a PDF. Your transcript must reflect all classes, grades, and your current GPA (an unofficial transcript is acceptable). Home-schooled students are required to submit equivalent documentation.

STEM Teacher Contact:

Please provide the name and contact information of a teacher that can attest to your academic strengths, personal character, and interest in STEM. If you are selected to participate in an interview, we will reach out to your teacher directly and request a recommendation.

Once the application deadline closes, the selection committee will convene to review all applications. Select applicants will be invited to participate in an interview with the Program Coordinator.

Final selection of the 2020 Young Innovators Program interns will be announced by mid-April.