How to Apply

Application Timeline

The BCC Internship Program will be recruiting for the 2023-2024 year. Our program follows the evolving UCSF and State COVID-19 guidelines. Interns will be Bay Area-based for the duration of their internship program and may telecommute, as required, for a portion of the year to ensure the safety of all patients, faculty, researchers, staff, and interns.

Position Details:

Start Date: June 12, 2023 

Estimated Salary: Approximately $43,013 with benefits (first year)

The intern will work closely with the Director or a faculty member and other members of the research and clinical care team of the UCSF Breast Care Center to accomplish the research goals of the Center. This will include involvement in such areas as clinical research, basic science research, delivery of care, and/or patient education. Additionally, interns will gain experience with the clinical setting. They will be trained as consultation planners, assisting patients in sifting through information and asking questions during consultations with surgeons and oncologists. The intern will have the opportunity to shadow oncologists and surgeons in the clinic and the operating room. The intern will be required to occasionally work weekends and evenings to finish a project. Position title for the intern is *Project Assistant* or *Research Assistant.* We will have multiple positions available beginning in June 2023, with candidates from multiple universities considered. Positions are either 1 or 2 years in length (depending on the assignment).

Position Requirements/Preferred Skills:

We are seeking bright, independent, hardworking interns with a strong science or public health background. We strongly encourage traditionally underrepresented and diverse applicants to apply.  Most of the positions require a 1-year commitment. There are 2-3 positions that require a 2-year commitment. Please note that we require a firm start date of June 12, 2023. (Exceptions will be made for students that have not yet completed their academic year).  There will be a 3-week overlap with all outgoing interns to help with training and orientation, so positions are 1 year plus 3 weeks or 2 years plus 3 weeks. Rolling offers will begin in March 2023, and we will expect an immediate response. Interns will learn their specific project assignment when they arrive in June.

Learning Outcomes: The intern will learn about the healthcare system from both a clinical standpoint and a research standpoint.


  • Recent College Graduate or Pre-Medical Post-Bac Graduate
  • Must be a graduating senior or an alumnus from an undergraduate program (This is a full-time position that cannot be completed while enrolled in classes)
  • We do not consider applications from students who are not included in the groups above
  • Be interested in pursuing a career in healthcare   
  • Be committed to either a full one-year (June 2023 – June 2024) or full two-year (June 2023 – June 2025) role
  • International Applicants:  You must be eligible to work in the United States during the time you are applying for the Internship and have proof of eligibility

Application Packet

Interested applicants must compile a packet consisting of:

  • Resume
  • Official transcript(s). We prefer electronic transcripts sent from your University through authorized channels.  If your University is not able to send electronic transcripts, then they must be sealed and sent directly from your university in order to qualify as official.
  • Mailing Address: 
        Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center
        UCSF Department of Surgery
        Attn:  Anne Marie Bredehoft-Hallada
        550 16th Street
        6th Floor, Box 0144
        San Francisco, 94158
  • 2 academic or professional letters of recommendation (these should be emailed directly from the writer, or hard copies may be scanned and emailed)
  • Please include 1-2 pages answering the following questions:
    • Why are you interested in UCSF and why do you believe you will be a good fit for the program?
    • What skills do you believe are important for a person to have who wants to pursue professional development in the medical field?
    • What are your short-term goals for your job next year? Are you interested in a one or two-year internship with our program? What are your long-term goals for your career?

Packet and documents must be emailed to [email protected]. You will receive a final confirmation email after your entire packet has been received.

Note: We strongly prefer all items to be sent electronically since our internship staff is telecommuting at this time. If you have specific concerns or inquiries regarding mailing items, please email [email protected].

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

2023-2024 Application Opens: December 1, 2022 at 12:00 AM Pacific Time

2023-2024 Application Closes: February 1, 2023 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time

Application materials will not be considered if they are received after the deadline. Please apply early and confirm receipt with all parties, as processing times lengthen closer to the February 1st deadline.