Summer Programming

STAR Summer Scholars Program

Since 2005, the Ochsner STAR Program has provided high school students with the opportunity to explore the world of healthcare through hands-on learning and mentorship from over 125 Ochsner providers, employees, leaders, and medical students. 

The STAR Program is a competitive program that specifically targets highly motivated students who have a strong interest in science and medicine. 

Students are eligible to apply during their Junior year of high school.  The STAR Application is made available online mid-January. To learn more about the STAR Program, curriculum, application process, and upcoming application deadlines, please refer to the "Ochsner STAR Program" page.  www.ochsner/org/STAR  

Junior Volunteer Program

Each summer, students ages 14 - 17 are invited to apply to be a volunteer.  The Volunteer Office begins accepting application for the summer in April.  There are typically two summer sessions, each 4 weeks in length.  For more information on the Junior Volunteer Program, please visit their site:

In addition, Ochsner Education Outreach partners with and supports summer programming throughout the New Orleans area. Ochsner hosts high school level student internships to help students gain first-hand work experience in non-clinical and clinical areas.

YouthForce NOLA

YouthForce NOLA is an organization that facilitates business and education partnerships within the city, with the goal to prepare New Orleans public high school students for successful careers in high-demand fields. In the summer of 2019, Ochsner hosted 50 Orleans Parish students who are interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. Each student completed a 90 hour internship at an Ochsner facility.

The YouthForce Nola – Ochsner partnership is supported by Ochsner Workforce Development.

To learn more about YouthForce NOLA and how to apply, CLICK HERE.

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