Summer Internships and Programs

Applications for summer internships are NOW OPEN. Browse and click the links below for more information and application deadlines (most application deadlines are between January and March 2016). 

Internship Spotlight!

Health Career Connection (HCC) - Summer Internship Program

Health Career Connection (HCC) provides a summer internship to undergraduate students interested in careers in public health and healthcare. HCC serves to increase the diversity of the health care workforce, to develop the next generation of health care and public health leaders, and to increase opportunities for people who are from, or want to serve, underserved communities. 

Internships are available in New York/New Jersey, Boston, Northern California (San Francisco Bay Area from Salinas to Sacramento), Southern California (Greater Los Angeles, Inland Empire, Orange County and San Diego) ,Central California Valley (Fresno, Modesto, Visalia, Bakersfield), Coachella Valley (Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Coachella, Cathedral City) North Carolina

Internships are full-time (8 hours/day, 40 hours/week) educational opportunities that last 10 continuous weeks, from June through August. Internships take place at prominent healthcare/public health organizations such as hospitals, academic medical centers, community clinics, medical groups, health plans, health departments, & advocacy groups. Each year, these placement sites may change. Through an apprenticeship model, each student is paired with a preceptor at the placement site who will serve as a mentor and guide, sharing his/her experience and wisdom. Internship stipends are $3,000 – $4,000.

Visit our website for more information and to fill out an application. 

Opportunities for Undergraduates

APHA Internships
Applicants MUST be enrolled in school.  

Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for unpaid APHA internships. The internships at APHA are extremely beneficial to those seeking to acquire practical work experience. Candidates should be working toward a bachelor's, graduate or postgraduate degree, and all majors are welcome.

Opportunities for internships are available year-round. Internships can be developed for a 3-4 month period, an academic quarter, an academic semester or a full year. To assure that the intern maximizes his/her experience, we prefer to have students commit a minimum of 20 hours a week to the internship, and for those students visiting for a semester, full-time, if possible.

APHA internships are unpaid.

Upon receipt, applications will be screened to determine which applicant best meets the needs of the application’s desired area of interest. APHA staff will then interview selected applicants for internship positions. Visit the online Internship Center if you are interested in applying for an internship. All candidates must submit their application online for consideration.

Application Deadlines: While internships are available year-round, students may also intern for a specific academic period or for the summer. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Applications and due dates vary.

Aetna Health Professions Partnership Initiative Medical/Dental Preparatory

University of Connecticut School of Medicine 

This program is for college sophomores, juniors, seniors or recent graduates. Priority consideration will be given to pipeline participants. Its a six-week summer program consisting of two tracks: 1)MCAT/DAT Preparation Program and 2) Basic Medical Science Program. Provides housing, meals, and a stipend.

 

BEST program

The Biostatistics Epidemiology Summer Training Diversity Program (BEST) was established to expand and diversify the behavioral and biomedical sciences’ workforce by introducing undergraduates from underrepresented populations to biostatistics and cardiovascular and pulmonary disease research. Students representing racial and ethnic minority groups, disadvantaged backgrounds, and students with disabilities join the Department of Biostatistics at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health’s for eight weeks of research, training, academic and career planning, and social activities around New York City.

 

CCV Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program

Harvard Medical School 

The Church Lab ( Department of Genetics) at Harvard Medical School is offering paid, 10-week summer undergraduate research internships for underrepresented students interested in research careers in genome sciences. Research interns will participate in a variety of projects with the Center for Causal Consequences Variation (CCV), a Center for Excellence in Genomic Science (CEGS), focused on the development of cutting edge methods for genomics that hold promise for significantly advancing biological and medical research. Undergraduate interns who are not residents of the metropolitan Boston area will receive assistance in securing free housing in the vicinity of the Medical School. Stipend: $4,000

 

CDC Summer Public Health Internship Project: IMHOTEP

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Project Imhotep is an eleven-week summer internship designed to increase the knowledge and skills of student trainees in bio-statistics, epidemiology, and occupational safety and health. The program begins with two weeks of intense educational training. During the following eight weeks, interns conduct public health research with experts at community based organizations, state, and federal public health agencies. 

 

Columbia University SPHSP Program

The Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP) is designed for undergraduate students to increase interest in and knowledge of public health and biomedical science careers. SPHSP is a partnership of Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, College of Dental Medicine, School of Nursing, and the Mailman School of Public Health. Together they represent the broad spectrum of public health practice. SPHSP grant funding was awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office of Minority Health, and Health Equity (OMHHE).

The program is designed for undergraduates going into their junior or senior year and recent baccalaureate degree students who are undecided about their career goals. This is a rigorous program which includes Public Health course work at Columbia University; hands-on field experience and immersion in a diverse, economically disadvantaged urban environment; seminars and lectures with public health leaders; and mentoring by faculty members, ensuring students' exposure to the breadth and importance of public health as a career option.

 

GAO Analyst Student Intern (Health Care)

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) supports the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities to legislate, appropriate, and oversee the Federal government for the benefit of the American people. The GAO, commonly referred to as the investigative arm of Congress, or the congressional watchdog, is independent and nonpartisan. The GAO assists Congress in making informed decisions by providing information on policy and program issues, as well as by providing recommendations to make government more effective and responsive.

GAO's work is designed to address four goals:

- to help the Congress address current and emerging challenges to the well-being and financial security of the American people;

- to help the Congress to respond to changing security threats and the challenges of global interdependence;

- to help transform the Federal government to address national challenges; and

- to maximize the value of GAO by enabling quality, timely service to Congress and by being a leading practices Federal agency.

As an intern in GAO's Health Care (HC) team, you will learn how to conduct federal audits and program evaluations in a team environment. You will assist analysts in planning and conducting reviews of financing and operations of HHS programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, and of the health programs in the Departments Defense and Veterans Affairs; issues in private health insurance, including implementation of PPACA; public health areas, including FDA issues and preparedness for naturally occurring and bioterrorist events; and other health-related executive and legislative branch programs. You will collect and analye data, develop data-based findings and conclusions, and present information both orally and in writing to diverse audiences.

 

Harvard Catalyst Summer Clinical and Translational Research Program (SCTRP)

Harvard Medical School 

The Harvard Catalyst Summer Clinical and Translational Research Program (SCTRP) is a 10 week mentored summer research program designed to enrich the pipeline of college students' understanding of and interest in pursuing clinical and/or translational research. College sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible to apply. The SCTRP students are responsible for the completion of a mentored research project, a written abstract, paper and oral presentation summarizing their findings.

 

John Hopkins Summer Internship Program (SIP)

John Hopkins University School of Medicine

he Summer Internship Program (SIP) provides experience in research laboratories to students of diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented minority students, students from economically disadvantaged and underserved backgrounds and students with disabilities that have completed one - two or more years of college.  The purpose of this exposure to biomedical and/or public health research is to encourage students to consider careers in science, medicine and public health.  The program runs ten weeks and a minimum stipend of $3,000 is provided.  Housing is provided near our undergraduate campus; the University has a shuttle service that provides convenient transportation between the Johns Hopkins Medicine Institutions (JHMI) and the undergraduate campus.  

 


Johns Hopkins Diversity Summer Internship Program (DSIP)

The Diversity Summer Internship Program (DSIP) at the Bloomberg School of Public Health is a 10-week summer program that provides undergraduates with a graduate-level, independent research project in the biomedical or public health field. For a printable one page handout about DSIP, click here.

Students work under the direct mentoring of accomplished Johns Hopkins researchers, gaining valuable experience in a collaborative, challenging and fun environment.

The Diversity Summer Internship Program welcomes applicants from all over the United States, including underrepresented and economically disadvantaged areas. The application for summer 2015 is now open and will close on Feb 1, 2015.  

 

Kaiser Permanente University Connection

Internships and early career opportunities for college students and recent grads. Click the link to see numerous programs and options. http://www.kaiserpermanentejobs.org/university-connection/opportunities.aspx

Applications and due dates vary. 

Maternal Child Health Careers/Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement - Undergraduate Program (MCHC/RISE-UP)

The MCHC/RISE-UP Program is a 10-week summer public health leadership program designed for undergraduates in their junior and senior year and recent baccalaureate degree students (within 12 months of the MCHC/RISE-UP orientation). MCHC/RISE-UP is a national consortium of institutions including the Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI), Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, University of Southern California, California State University-LA, and University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine Center for Disabilities. Three tracks are offered: (1) clinical (KKI only), (2) research, and (3) community engagement and advocacy. 

 

National Institute of Health (NIH):

Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. The NIH consists of the 240-bed Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center and more than 1200 laboratories/research projects located on the main campus in Bethesda, MD and the surrounding area as well as in Baltimore and Frederick, MD; Research Triangle Park, NC; Hamilton, MT; Framingham, MA; and Detroit, MI.  NOTE: the number of positions in Hamilton, Framingham, and Detroit is limited.

Internships cover a minimum of eight weeks, with students generally arriving at the NIH in May or June. The NIH Institutes and the Office of Intramural Training & Education sponsor a wide range of summer activities including lectures featuring distinguished NIH investigators, career/professional development workshops, and Summer Poster Day.

 

Occupational Health Internship Program

A Summer program that is designed as a field-based learning experience in occupational safety and
health. Students work with labor unions or community-based organizations on a variety of issues of
major importance to workers and the occupational safety and health professionals.
Students can apply to work in any of the following cities, regardless of where they now reside:
Berkeley/Oakland, Los Angeles, San Diego, Seattle, Chicago, Boston and New York City. Supervision
and mentorship is provided by senior occupational health researchers from UC Berkeley, UCLA, San
Diego State University, CUNY, UMass Lowell, University of Maryland, University of Washington, and the
California Department of Public Health.
More information about the program, and how to apply, can be obtained at the OHIP website at
www.aoec.org/ohip.

 

Rutgers Summer Program:

In accordance with the national goals of HEALTHY PEOPLE 2020, Project L/EARN targets members of groups that have been traditionally under-represented in health-related graduate programs with the intent of increasing the number of health researchers from those groups. Project L/EARN identifies students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, racial/ethnic minority groups, first generation college attenders, and those with an interest in health disparities, and provides them with training, experience and mentoring to make them stronger candidates for admission to graduate programs. Past interns have come from a variety of majors, including psychology, sociology, economics, political science, nursing, public health, pharmacy, biology, statistics, urban studies, and public policy. Project L/EARN is open to students from any U.S. college or university. Project L/EARN is a research training program of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research at Rutgers University.

The summer program is an intensive ten-week internship opportunity for qualified students who would like to obtain research skills and "hands-on" experience in health services research under the guidance of a distinguished faculty mentor. Summer training often leads to involvement in faculty research during the subsequent academic year . Faculty mentors represent a diverse array of disciplines, including health economics, medical sociology, medical anthropology, public health, social work, nursing, and health psychology; all head vigorous research programs. Each intern will be matched with a faculty mentor whose work is most closely aligned with his or her particular interests, skills, and background.

 

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) Program

U.S. Department of Energy

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 15 participating DOE laboratories. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission. Selected students receive a stipend of $500 per week during the internship period.

 

Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program

National Defense Education Program, U.S. Dept. of Defense

The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion. Benefits include: Full tuition and education related fees (does not include items such as meal plans, housing, or parking), stipend paid at a rate of $25,000 - $38,000 depending on degree pursuing (may be prorated depending on award length), paid summer internships, health Insurance allowance up to $1,200 per calendar year, book allowance of $1,000 per academic year, mentoring, employment placement after graduation.

 

Summer Medical & Dental Education Program (SMDEP)

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 

The SMDEP program offers students a variety of academic and career experiences that will support their dental and medical school career preparation. Benefits include 1) academic enrichment in the basic sciences and quantitative topics, 2) learning-skills development, including study skills and methods of individual and group learning 3) clinical exposure through small-group clinical rotations and full-group clinician seminars. This is limited to 5% of program time for all the sites, 4) career development, including the exploration of the medical and dental careers, other health professions and an individualized education plan to identify other appropriate enrichment activities, 5) financial planning workshop and health policy seminars. All the housing costs and most meals are covered by the program. Scholars are provided with a $600 stipend which is typically distributed at the midway and at the end of the program. Some program sites offer travel assistance awards. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation also provides a needs-based scholarship for travel to and from the program site.

 

Summer Medical and Research Training Program (SMART)

Baylor College of Medicine

The Summer Medical and Research Training Program is for undergraduate students who are interested in exploring a career in scientific research. We encourage Ph.D.-oriented candidates to apply. Up to 80 students are recruited for the SMART Program from across the nation. The program offers 9 paid weeks of biomedically related research in a broad range of areas. Provides daily seminars designed for undergraduates, free SMART GRE prep workshops, career development activities, housing at Rice University dorms.

 

Summer Premedical Academic Enrichment Program (SPAEP)
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine would like to invite you to participate in our Summer Premedical Academic Enrichment Program (SPAEP) Level I or II. This program, open to high school graduates and college students, is designed specifically to prepare and support students who wish to pursue careers in the field of medicine. Spend seven weeks in Level I, strengthening your academic skills and learning more about careers in medicine. Or, spend seven weeks immersed and engaged in the work of physician-scientists including laboratory research and MCAT preparation through Level II. Both programs will enhance your skills and knowledge in science, writing and public speaking. You'll discover a challenging and stimulating program in the environment of a major academic medical center.

 

Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)

Medical College of Wisconsin

The Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) at the Medical College of Wisconsin provides the opportunity for students to learn first-hand the potential of the biomedical sciences as an interesting and fulfilling career. THe SPUR program provides laboratory experience in science, in which the undergraduate works with graduate faculty, students, and staff on significant ongoing basic science research issues. This program is primarily intended for students interested in a PhD degree in biomedical sciences. We also encourage applicants interested in obtaining a dual degree (MD and PhD) to apply. Selected applicants will receive a stipend for a full-time commitment of 10 weeks. The stipend for 2014 is $3,500.

 

The Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) - UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley

The UC Berkeley Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) was established to promote access to graduate education among undergraduates who have been educationally or economically disadvantaged, and who may not have had exposure to the academic environment of a research university.

SROP offers summer research opportunities in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences for sophomores, juniors, and seniors (not graduating in the summer or spring of 2015, except UC Berkeley students). It is an eight-week program that will commence on Sunday, June 7, 2015, and continue through Saturday, August 1, 2015.

The goal of SROP is to increase the level of diversity among students entering Ph.D. programs by providing research opportunities under the supervision of faculty and graduate student mentors. Special consideration will be given to applicants who have shown potential for success, but may have had limited access to graduate research or other academic opportunities. The program strongly encourages applications from undergraduates who have been educationally or economically disadvantaged, and who show potential to benefit from exposure to the environment of a research university. All applicants will be considered without regard to race or gender.

 

University of Pennsylvania Program:

Today, one in every four Americans belongs to a racial or ethnic minority group. Yet despite tremendous advances in health science in recent decades, minorities still fall victim to heart disease, cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS in numbers far greater than whites.

Clearly, it's going to take more than medicine alone to change this fact. It will take health services researchers who can understand the political, social, economic and environmental realities that have created such deep disparities in health and healthcare between minorities and whites - researchers whose minority perspectives can shape a wider discussion.

To prepare top candidates to pursue careers in health services research, the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI), the Health Care Management Department of the Wharton School, and the VA Center of Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) are co-sponsoring a summer program for rising undergraduate sophomores, juniors and seniors from underrepresented minority groups, or anyone interested in exploring the field of health services research. The SUMR program provides students with an opportunity to receive a stipend to conduct health services research on a topic of their choice, under the guidance of Penn faculty.

 

VCU Summer Academic Enrichment Program

Virginia Commonwealth University

The Summer Academic Enrichment Program is an intensive, six-week inter-professional academic enrichment program designed to enhance the academic preparation of junior and senior undergraduate students, and post-baccalaureate students, actively pursuing enrollment in a health professions school. The curriculum is designed around an inter-professional framework that provides: 1) Three core courses 2) Discipline specific instruction time (dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy) 3) Learning skills and test-taking workshops 4) Seminars featuring topics on health disparities 5) Professionalism 6) Group and individual counseling 7) Social and networking events. Participants are provided housing and a stipend to cover program expenses. Program Dates: May 19-July 1, 2015

 

UC Berkeley Undergraduates Only 

Health Leads Advocates 
Applications available in January 

Health Leads envisions a healthcare system that addresses all patients' basic resource needs as a standard part of quality care. Health Leads believes that UC-Berkeley undergraduates have what it takes to make real change for individual families and for our country's healthcare system. We are launching our first Health Leads Desk in the Bay Area in spring 2014! We are seeking students from UC-Berkeley who are passionate, diverse, committed, and social justice-minded to join our movement. Health Leads Advocates will: 1) Educate and Empower families to break through the barriers to accessing health care 2) Work directly with patients within the health care system 3)Explore the Bay Area community resources

To request an application, email bayarea@healthleadsusa.org with your name, email address, phone number 

 

SMART: Student Mentoring And Research Team 

Administered by the Graduate Division, the SMART Program enables doctoral students to provide mentored research opportunities for undergraduate students at UC Berkeley. This program is designed to broaden the professional development of doctoral students and to foster research skills and paths to advanced studies for undergraduates. Undergraduate mentees will: develop expertise in discipline-specific research methods; gain exposure to advanced research to assist them  in choosing their future career paths; become more competitive candidates for admission into graduate programs. Funding: $3,500.  

 

UC Berkeley Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program (MHIRT)

The Minority Health/Global Health Disparities Research Fellowship at UC Berkeley funds international summer research experiences for eligible Berkeley students. The program provides training in global health research, with a focus on diseases that disproportionately affect poor people in developing countries. 

 

Opportunities for College Graduates & Graduate Students

The Greenlining Institute Summer Associate Program

Greenlining Institute - Berkeley, CA

The Summer Associate program is an intensive, 10-week paid training program for young leaders who have completed at least their undergraduate degrees. Associates take on research and advocacy projects under the direction of a Greenlining staff member.  Summer Associates participate in leadership skills workshops, attend meetings with key stakeholders, and conduct site visits to community, government, and corporate entities. Associates are exposed to community leaders, new issues, and new methods of advocacy. Associates receive regular mentorship, professional and personal skill development, and are given opportunities to interact with the media, write reports/press releases, testify at key policy hearings, and participate in key meetings with top government officials, corporate CEOs, and political leaders. Associates work 37.5 hours per week and earn a $4,300 total stipend for 10 weeks.

HSHPS Graduate Fellowship Training Program

The HSHPS Graduate Fellowship Training Program provides paid and unpaid training opportunities for graduate and doctoral students and recent graduates interested in working on Hispanic health research. Fellows are placed throughout the United States and Latin America within government agencies and academic institutions. All HSHPS fellows work along side a mentor, an experienced researcher or senior staff member; assist with a research project as it relates to minority health issues; and participate in a series of professional development seminars. The training programs are designed to:1) Enhance the trainee's research and professional development skills 2)Increase the trainee's knowledge about Hispanic and other minority health issues 3) Provide opportunities to network with other health professionals

 

Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program

National Defense Education Program, U.S. Dept. of Defense

The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion. Benefits include: Full tuition and education related fees (does not include items such as meal plans, housing, or parking), stipend paid at a rate of $25,000 - $38,000 depending on degree pursuing (may be prorated depending on award length), paid summer internships, health Insurance allowance up to $1,200 per calendar year, book allowance of $1,000 per academic year, mentoring, employment placement after graduation.

 

UC Berkeley Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program (MHIRT) 

UC Berkeley Masters or PhD students only 

The Minority Health/Global Health Disparities Research Fellowship at UC Berkeley funds international summer research experiences for eligible Berkeley students. The program provides training in global health research, with a focus on diseases that disproportionately affect poor people in developing countries. 

 

VCU Summer Academic Enrichment Program

Virginia Commonwealth University

The Summer Academic Enrichment Program is an intensive, six-week inter-professional academic enrichment program designed to enhance the academic preparation of junior and senior undergraduate students, and post-baccalaureate students, actively pursuing enrollment in a health professions school. The curriculum is designed around an inter-professional framework that provides: 1) Three core courses 2) Discipline specific instruction time (dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy) 3) Learning skills and test-taking workshops 4) Seminars featuring topics on health disparities 5) Professionalism 6) Group and individual counseling 7) Social and networking events. Participants are provided housing and a stipend to cover program expenses. 

 

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