Student Pathways Program

Student Pathways Program

About the program

The Student Pathways Program offers a unique career exploration opportunity to 11th and 12th grade students who have an interest in healthcare.

Participants in the program gain exposure to a wide variety of clinical and non-clinical healthcare careers. Through direct interaction with current Cleveland Clinic caregivers, students explore the world of opportunity available to them in healthcare including direct-to-employment positions, which can be available immediately after they graduate from high school.

Not only will participants learn about careers through virtual workshops and onsite observations, but they also will receive skills training directly from our Talent Acquisition Team. Topics include:

  • Resume writing.
  • Interviewing skills.
  • Personal branding.

Students who participate in this six-week education experience will explore career possibilities while successfully preparing for their post-graduation journey.

Financial incentives are available for participants who successfully complete all Student Pathways Program requirements.


To participate in the Student Pathways Program, students must:

  • Be an 11th or 12th grade student at the time of application.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or legal permanent resident.
  • Be interested in a healthcare career with a clinical, non-clinical or business focus.
  • Obtain the agreement of parents, guardians or caregivers to participate in assessments and educational forums.
  • Have Wi-Fi, internet, or hotspot capabilities; access to a desktop computer, laptop computer, tablet/iPad or cell phone; and have the Zoom and Microsoft Teams apps downloaded.
  • Attest to or provide proof of having received the following health immunizations during the onboarding process:
    • Tdap booster within the past 10 years (proof of vaccination required).
    • Measles (rubeola) immunization.
    • Mumps immunization.
    • German measles (rubella) immunization.
    • Chickenpox (varicella) immunization.
    • Hepatitis B immunization or signed waiver.
    • Influenza immunization.

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Student Pathways Program Dates 2023-24

The 2023–24 Student Pathways Program application is now CLOSED. To be notified when the 2024-2025 application season opens, please complete an interest form.

Student Shadowing Experiences

Student Shadowing Experiences

About the program

The Center for Youth and College Education’s Shadowing Program is designed for high school students, college students and adult learners who are interested in shadowing a healthcare professional for a defined time. Our Shadowing Program allows learners to gain visual and verbal experiences to make an informed decision and gain an understanding about their career of interest. Please know that shadowing experiences are observational and do not include hands-on work with Cleveland Clinic patients or data and that students are not conducting any type of research for class.

College students and adult learners can engage in up to one week, or 40 hours, of shadowing per calendar year, and high school students (age 16 and over) can engage in up to 20 hours of shadowing per calendar year. Students are able to shadow three areas within that time.

We offer experiences across our Northeast Ohio facilities.

The Center for Youth and College Education uses Clinician Nexus to display all shadowing experiences.

Students who wish to apply need to download the appropriate login instructions.

View the college and adult learner login instructions.

View the high school student (16 and over) login instructions.


To participate in a shadowing experience, students must have:

  • Tdap booster within the past 10 years, proof of documentation required.
  • Negative tuberculosis screening: two-step Mantoux test (TB test), QuantiFERON®-TB Gold test, or T-Spot test within 12 months before the student experience.
  • Measles (Rubeola) immunization.
  • Mumps immunization.
  • German measles (Rubella) immunization.
  • Chickenpox (Varicella) immunization.
  • Hepatitis B immunization or signed waiver.
  • A COVID-19 vaccine may be required of students working in high risk areas such as the pediatric ICU, critical care unit and other areas with immunocompromised patients.

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High School Senior Project

High School Senior Project

The Center for Youth and College Education welcomes high school students to perform their for-credit senior projects in all fields, with the exception of nursing, pharmacy and pediatrics.

The student will apply in Clinician Nexus (instructions below) and must provide the following documentation so they can be considered for the program:

  • Documentation from the school detailing the project.
    • All documentation is subject to review by the Cleveland Clinic Law Department for final acceptance.
  • Email communication from Cleveland Clinic sponsor accepting the responsibilities of being the sponsor. View the email requirements.
    • Please note that the CYCE team is currently unable to match students with a sponsor.

Senior project requests need to be submitted by the student to CYCE in Clinician Nexus no later than 45 days prior the project start date to accommodate processing time and onboarding. The student will not be able to begin their project until the process is completed in its entirety.

Student Requirements

  • 17 years of age or older.
  • Completion of SilkRoad onboarding process prior to the start date of your senior project, some attestations from academic program director required.
  • Onboarding overview
    • Update and verify personal information.
    • Review and acknowledge Cleveland Clinic enterprise wide policies.
    • Review Cleveland Clinic mission, vision and values.
    • Complete Conditions of Use form.
    • Complete background release form (ages 18+).
    • Complete Health Requirement Attestation.
    • Submit proof of negative tuberculosis test (two-step mantoux or Quantiferon blood test) from the last 12 months.
    • Submit proof of MMR vaccine (measles, mumps, rubella).
    • Submit proof of TDaP vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis).
    • Submit proof of Hepatitis B vaccine series or signed waiver.
    • Submit proof of Varicella/Chickenpox vaccine.
    • Submit proof of Flu vaccine if attending between November 1 through March 31.
    • Complete confidentiality agreement.
    • Complete MyLearning coursework.
    • Obtain ID badge.
    • A COVID-19 vaccine may be required of students working in high-risk areas such as the pediatric ICU, critical care unit and other areas with immunocompromised patients.

Contact Us

For questions about this process, please contact the Center for Youth and College Education Academic Student Team at

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