500 Stars

CTSI 500 Stars Initiative

The CTSI 500 Stars Initiative is a paid summer internship program for middle school, high school, undergraduate and graduate students offering hands-on professional, career training and educational opportunities in clinical and translational sciences. Apply now to become a 500 Star
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A Bright Future Starts Here

As a participant you’ll receive:

  • real-life practical education and research training (non-credit)
  • lifelong mentorship & support 
  • career and professional development
  • hands-on experiences with CTSI teams and partners
  • the opportunity to serve your community 

The CTSI 500 Stars Initiative offers 8 weeks (about 2 months) of training and educational opportunities working with CTSI regional partners.  Internship sites may include research labs, research support settings, clinical care settings, community sites, and much more. We offer experiences in clinical and translational science settings at CTSI partner and collaborator sites shown here, as well as in the community.


Hear from our 500 Stars Students


My favorite thing personally would be our session in the cadaver lab. We got to learn a lot of things about how our own bodies work.

Aaron Lee

2023 First-year 500 Stars Student

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Program Expectations

  • Interest in health science career pathways
  • High School Students must meet proficiency or higher/2.5 CGPA or higher AND must by at least 16 years of age starting the program
  • College/Graduate students must maintain a 3.0 CGPA or higher
  • Students must commit to the 8-week summer internship

Apply to become a 500 Star

Now accepting applications for the Summer 2024 Program!

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We are the 500 Stars Initiative

We create experiences that transform lives through training and educational opportunities in clinical and translational sciences.
Who We Are

Who We Are

The CTSI 500 Stars Initiative is a ten-year, comprehensive, multi-institutional, and community-focused, education and workforce diversity plan, with the overarching objective of replenishing, while increasing diversity in the translational science workforce. Student family members are essential to career achievement and success; as such, the program also engages family members throughout the entire student experience.

We offer direct, hands-on, professional experiences in clinical and translational science settings at CTSI partner and collaborator sites, as well as in the community. The Initiative works with well- established regional partners to move the translational workforce along existing regional diversity pipelines. Our Initiative takes both direct and supportive roles in the educational and workforce diversity pipeline.

Our Vision

Our Vision

Our Vision is to enrich the southeast Wisconsin translational research workforce through promoting inclusion and diversity.
Our Mission

Our Mission

Our Mission is to provide training and educational opportunities to students of diversity in middle school, high school, and college undergraduate and graduate programs who are looking for a career in clinical and translational science.
Our Goal 

Our Goal 

Our Goal is to enroll 500 students over ten years into the CTSI 500 Stars.

Our Team


Reza Shaker, MD

Assoc Provost, Sr Assoc Dean, Ctr Dir, Chief, Prof

Contact Us

Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin
500 Stars Initiative

8701 Watertown Plank Rd., Suite M1350

Milwaukee, WI 53226


(414) 955-8200

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