The Summer Internship Program (SIP) provides experience in biomedical and/or public health research to students from diverse backgrounds – including students from racial/ethnic groups underrepresented in science and medicine, students from low-income/underserved backgrounds, and students with disabilities. The program provides research exposure for students interested in potential careers in science, medicine and public health.
Participants gain both theoretical knowledge and practical skills in research, scientific experimentation and other scholarly investigations under the close guidance of a faculty or research mentor. SIP students take part in a range of professional and career development activities, networking events, and research discussions. Students also have the opportunity to present their work in oral or poster format at the conclusion of the program. SIP students also may go on to present their summer research at national conferences.
The program runs approximately ten weeks and students receive a minimum stipend of $3,000. Housing is provided.
Overall, SIP students can expect an experience similar to that of a first-year graduate student who does a three-month rotation in a laboratory (or out in the community) in order to become acquainted with a research project, techniques, and people working on that topic. Before arrival, each SIP intern receives several papers related to their specific research project. The goal of the project and its relationship to other work in the area will be discussed. Participants also receive training in the techniques necessary to conduct their research activity. The projects that SIP students take on provide students a sense of ownership of their work. Besides daily interactions with others at the project site, most teams have a more formal meeting once or twice a week to discuss research problems, progress and developments reported in the literature. While the focus of each research site varies, all are composed of highly dedicated mentors who are fully devoted to the professional development, advance and success of our SIP scholars.
This summer internship program requires a full-time commitment. It is not permissible to take academic classes or hold other employment during the internship. Students are required to participate for the full period of the Program.
The Complete Application
To apply to a SIP division you will need:
- Two letters of recommendation
- Transcripts for each undergraduate institution attended (transcripts can be unofficial)
- Current CV or resume
- Personal Statement*
- (CSM applicants only) Proof of family income