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15th Annual NIH Graduate Student Research Symposium

Summer Programs outside the NIH

We recommend that SIP applicants apply to multiple summer programs or consider multiple summer opportunities.  We have listed summer opportunities outside the NIH below.  Appearance of programs on this list does not mean that the NIH recommends the programs.

The National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions, Inc. has posted a list of Summer Opportunities for Pre-Health Students. External Link

 

NASA has hundreds of summer internships available. Check them out hereExternal Link

The Faculty for Undergraduate (FUN) Neuroscience lists summer internships in neuroscience. External Link

 

THE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE IN ST. LOUIS External Link

The Washington University School of Medicine offers two eight-week summer internship programs: the Advanced Summer Program for Investigation and Research Education (ASPIRE) and the Summer Research Program in Global Health (SRPGH).

Memorial Sloan KettEring 2020 Summer ReSearch Programs in NYC

Applications are now being accepted for the following five 10-week programs, some of which include participation from the Rockefeller University and/or Weill Cornell Medicine:

 

Pathways Undergraduate Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center External Link

Pathways Undergraduate Researchers is a full-time, paid summer internship program for first- and second-year college students. Interns are paired and spend most of their time immersed in nine weeks of mentored activities in a Fred Hutch research group in Seattle. Summer interns also participate in a cancer biology education series, attend professional development workshops and enjoy social activities with their teams and peers. Pathways Undergrads gives students from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical science the opportunity to explore, clarify and strengthen their research-related career interests. We encourage students with an interest in computational biology and/or programming to apply.

More senior students may apply for the Summer Undergraduate Research ProgramExternal Link, an intensive, nine-week internship for undergraduates entering the summer before their final year, semester, or quarter of study. It's designed to provide research experience and mentorship for students interested in biomedical research. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, interns will complete an independent research project and present their findings at a competitive poster session. 

 

Michigan State University 

MSU has a number of summer internship opportunities, listed here External Link, as well as the Summer Research Opportunities Program External Link, a gateway to graduate education at Big Ten Academic Alliance universities.

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER 
The Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy offers the Undergraduate Clinical Research Internship Program External Link, providing students interested in a career in medicine with the opportunity to participate in both research and clinical patient care. Participants will complete a research project under directorship of a research mentor and directly observe clinical patient care while spending time with residents and attending physicians.

The Vanderbilt University Medical Center Summer Internship Program External Link is a 10 week internship program that gives students currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate coursework the chance to receive practical experience in healthcare administration. Program participants will be exposed to hospital and/or clinic operations and leadership through project-based work. In addition, interns will have the opportunity for other experiences within the medical center and professional development opportunities.

UCLA Public Health Scholars Training Program External Link

This eight-week summer program provides undergraduates the opportunity to address health disparities and explore public health through hands-on training, workshops, and leadership and professional development activities.

NIDDK SHORT-TERM RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR UNDERREPRESENTED PERSONS (STEP-UP) External Link

The STEP-UP Program is a federally funded program managed and supported by the Office of Minority Health Research Coordination (OMHRC) in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The overall goal of STEP-UP is to build and sustain a biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social science research pipeline focused on NIDDK's core mission areas of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolic diseases; digestive diseases and nutrition; kidney, urologic and hematologic diseases. Students have 8 to 10 weeks of full-time research experience and are paired with experienced research mentors at institutions throughout the nation. The program provides all-paid travel expenses to the Annual STEP-UP Research Symposium held on NIH's Bethesda campus late July-early August.

In addition to other eligibility criteria, applicants must

  • Come from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in biomedical sciences on a national basis
  • Have been diagnosed with a disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities
  • Be the first generation in their family to graduate from a four-year college or university and/or come from a disadvantaged background as defined by annual family income

The US Department of Energy Office of Science SCIENCE UNDERGRADUATE LABORATORY INTERNSHIPS (SULI) PROGRAMS External Link

Seventeen participating DOE laboratories offer 10- to 16-week paid internships three times a year: summer, fall, and spring.

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Summer Program in Cancer Research  External Link

The Summer Program in Cancer Research at MD Anderson Cancer Center's Science Park campus provides an authentic research experience for outstanding undergraduate and high school students considering careers in biomedical research. Students have the opportunity to work with a faculty mentor in cutting-edge cancer research areas such as molecular mechanisms of cancer, DNA damage and repair, and cancer epigenetics. This ten-week program, which combines a hypothesis-driven research project and a weekly lunch lecture series, is offered in Smithville, TX, a short drive from Austin.

Siemens Foundation-PATH Fellowship Program  External Link

This three-month, Seattle-based summer program will provide students at the technical/community college, undergraduate, or graduate levels with hands-on experience in diagnostics or medical devices and health technologies. The program includes a housing allowance and living stipend. 

Loma Linda University's Undergraduate Training Program External Link

Loma Linda University's Undergraduate Training Program (UTP) is a nine-week summer research internship for undergraduate college and university students. The internship focuses on giving students practical lab research experience alongside distinguished faculty, while providing mentorship in support of their future academic and research goals. The program supports the Loma Linda mission to eliminate health disparities and increase the number of basic biomedical and physician scientists from diverse backgrounds involved in research. Students in the program are paid a competitive hourly rate with support from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) at the National Institutes of Health.

THE UW MEDICINE NEUROLOGICAL SURGERY SUMMER STUDENT PROGRAM External Link

The University of Washington Medicine Department of Neurological Surgery Summer Student Program provides "Bench to Bedside" exposure in the field of neurosciences. This program accepts students interested in a wide range of basic and translational research areas such as neuroscience, bioengineering, computational neuroscience, along with clinical disciplines including, but not limited to, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and medical technology.

Participation includes:

  • A stipend
  • An 8-week lab placement in a neuroscience lab
  • Weekly neurological surgery grand rounds lectures
  • Weekly neuroscience faculty lectures
  • OR observations
  • Student presentations on individual program focus

Harborview's Injury Student Training Program (INSIGHT) External Link

The Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center is housed in the University of Washington's (UW) Harborview Medical Center - the only level 1 trauma center serving Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. INSIGHT offers an outstanding opportunity to work on a research project in the field of injury. Elite high school, undergraduate and graduate students are matched to projects and project tasks and partnered with University of Washington Medical School faculty. Students meet and learn from peers and health professionals from across the country. Bringing together a diverse group of young people interested in health care and research allows HIPRC to create a unique and rich resource for students who seek to learn more about what they can accomplish in the field of injury and injury prevention. Past research areas include elucidating the risk factors and causes of injuries, injury prevention strategies, acute and chronic care of injured patients, outcomes from trauma, and interventions to return the injured individual to their full potential.

Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis summer research programs External Link

The program incloudes two summer research program tracks: Public & Global Health and Aging & Neurological Diseases.

These 8-week programs are open to national and international students currently enrolled in or matriculating into at the time of application and participation in the program in the following degree programs at a U.S.-based university:

  • Full-time college undergraduates
  • Graduate students pursuing a master's degree
  • Medical students
  • PhD students

The program comes with a $4000 stipend.

The Leah Menshouse Springer Summer Opportunities Program External Link
Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine invites undergraduate, graduate and medical students to participate in the Leah Menshouse Springer Summer Opportunities Program. The Summer Opportunities Program is designed to provide students with hands-on cancer research experience for 10 weeks over the summer. Opportunities range from basic science research to clinical research to prevention/control and population research.

Program participants are provided a $6,200 stipend.

Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) at the Medical University of South Carolina External Link

This 10-week research-intensive program places participants in research groups whose interests match their own.  Completion of the course results in 15 credits in the College of Graduate Studies. Interns will receive a living allowance of at least $400/week.

University of Maryland Aging Diversity and Professional Training (UM ADAPT) Program External Link

The Aging Diversity And Professional Training (UM ADAPT) Program provides underrepresented undergraduates with 2 yrs of research, ethics, and career development training. The overall aim is to increase diversity in individuals who choose careers in biomedical/behavioral research related to aging.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Office of Science and Technology Policy Summer Internship Program External Link

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Internship Program provides an OSTP intern a unique opportunity to work closely with senior White House officials and science and technology (S&T) policy analysts in OSTP's policy divisions (Policy internship). The application deadline for the summer policy Internship is February 3, 2020. All applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applicants must be enrolled, at least half-time, in an accredited college or university during the desired internship term. Students in undergraduate, graduate, law, LLM, and professional programs in all fields are encouraged to apply. (High school students are not eligible.) 

ROSWELL PARK CANCER INSTITUTE: "SUMMER RESEARCH EXPERIENCE PROGRAM IN CANCER SCIENCE" External Link

Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) is a comprehensive cancer center in Buffalo, New York that hosts a 10-week mentored summer research experience for undergraduate juniors who are interested in biomedical research with a particular emphasis on cancer. Students who participate in the "Summer Research Experiences in Cancer Science Program" conduct a cancer-related basic or translation research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor and their laboratory staff. Interns present science talks and posters on the results of their projects at a research symposium where awards are given to the best scientific presentations. To support their research experience, interns attend weekly seminars which include the following topics: communication skills, biomedical research ethics, innovations in cancer diagnostics/therapies and cancer health disparities. To provide professional development and broaden scientific career awareness, interns attend: lectures on graduate school, the RPCI Science Retreat and field trips to local life sciences and pharmaceutical companies. 

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Summer Research Resource External Link

A master listing of summer research opportunities, organized by state.

The CLIMB UP (Undergraduate Program) for Summer Research External Link

The CLIMB Undergraduate Program for Summer Research is an opportunity for undergraduate students to perform research and gain understanding of graduate career opportunities at the University of Buffalo.

Pasteur Foundation Summer Internship Program External Link

This program provides an opportunity for U.S. undergraduates to conduct research at the Institut Pasteur in Paris.

Summer Engineering Seminar External Link

Santa Clara University offers two five-day sessions to expose high school students to engineering.

Harvard Summer Program in Epidemiology External Link

This program, which is for college students from groups underrepresented (broadly construed) in biomedical research, is offered by the Harvard School of Public Health.

THE MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CAREERS/RESEARCH INITIATIVES FOR STUDENT ENHANCEMENT UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM (MCHC/RISE-UP) External Link

This program provides opportunities for enhanced public health and related training to undergraduate students from underrepresented populations.  The program takes place at three sites, one each at Johns Hopkins University, the University of South Dakota, and the University of Southern California.

Smith College Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP) for high school girls External Link

This program is open to girls of all nationalities.  There is a charge, but some financial aid is available.

Amgen Scholars External Link

This program supports summer research experiences for undergraduates at universities, both in the US and abroad.  Applications are handled by the universities, and the application deadlines are generally in early February.

American Physiological Society Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships External Link

The APS funds up to 24 fellowships that permit undergraduates to conduct full time research working with an established investigator.  A stipend is provided and travel funds are available.

AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program External Link

The program seeks to increase communication skills in student scientists as they not only become more adept at describing scientific concepts to the journalism community, but also better equipped to engage the public about the impact of their work. The fellowship places 10 to 15 senior undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate science and engineering students at media sites nationwide to work as summer science reporters for 10 weeks. Past sites have included the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and NPR. An eligible applicant's field of study must be in the natural, physical, health, engineering, computer, or social sciences, or mathematics.

Mathematical Biosciences Institute Undergraduate Summer Research Program External Link

This program is organized by The Ohio State University.

Annual University of Virginia Summer Research Internship Program (SRIP) External Link

Ten-week summer research internships are available for qualified undergraduates considering a career in biomedical research. A generous stipend, round-trip travel, and housing are provided to participants. 

Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Deerfield Illinois External Link

Summer internships in a large number of areas related to the pharmaceutical industry are available to college or graduate students.

Bio-Rad Summer Internships in the U.S. External Link

Ten-week internships for individuals who have completed their sophomore or junior year in college in areas ranging from bioscience research to marketing and human resources.  Applications are submitted directly online.

Rand Corporation Graduate Student Summer Associate Program External Link

This twelve-week program is for those who have completed at least two years of study leading to a PhD or professional doctoral degree.  U.S. citizenship is not required.  Rand Corporation conducts research on a wide range of national security problems and domestic and international social policy issues.

SUMMER PROGRAM IN BIOSTATISTICS AND COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY AT THE HARVARD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH External Link

For college undergraduates who would like to learn how quantitative methods can be applied in the study of human health.

SURF, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at NIST

These positions are at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in Gaithersburg, MD or Boulder, CO.

Riken Brain Science Institute Summer Program External Link

Opportunities for advanced trainees to complete either a two-month laboratory internship or a seven-day intensive lecture course just outside Tokyo, Japan.  Funds may be available to support those with financial need. 

University of Maryland School of Public Health Summer Training and Research (UM STAR) Program External Link

This program is designed to provide traditionally under-represented undergraduate students with 2 consecutive summers of a 10-week research training and career development program to enhance their potential to apply for and complete graduate degrees in biomedical and behavioral science relevant to preventing and treating cardiovascular disease, as well as other public health issues.

Naval Research Laboratory Summer Research Program for HBCU/MI/TCU Undergraduates

A ten-week (non-biomedical) research program for undergraduates enrolled at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Minority Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities.  Applicants must be US citizens, be fluent in English, and have a GPA of at least 3.0.

Science & Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) External Link


An opportunity for qualified high school students to spend 8 weeks in a Department of Navy lab during the summer. The program aims to encourage students fo pursue science and engineering careers. Students work with scientists and engineers who act as mentors.

Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) External Link

This ten-week paid intern program is designed to provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in research, under the guidance of an appropriate research mentor, at a participating Navy laboratory.